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December 2013 Blog Posts (34)

A Thought for Today about resolutions

"The life of every [person] is a diary in which [he or she] means to write one story, and writes another;

[his or her] humblest hour is when [he or she] compares the volume as it is with what [he or she] vowed to make it."…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 31, 2013 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Last Year . . . Next Year

The last hours of a year are always a mixture of looking back and looking forward. What Ralph Waldo Emerson said about a past and future day, could well be applied to a completed and coming year: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” The Apostle Paul said it this way:…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 31, 2013 at 9:46am — No Comments

Importunate Prayer

I have long been fascinated by the word importunity. It seems so deep and rich with meaning. Recently as I was reading Scripture I followed the Thomas Chain references through to several passages on the subject.

Importunate: pertinacious: urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so. (from dictionary.com)

1. Luke 18:1-8.

One of the most well-known examples of persistence was this widow…

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Added by Naomi Fata on December 27, 2013 at 5:47am — 2 Comments

What is Your Response to the Birth of Jesus?

After the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they ran to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph and the baby was lying in a manger.

  • The shepherds were so excited they told everyone what they had seen. All who heard the shepherd’s story were astonished. The shepherds went back to the fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God. …
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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 26, 2013 at 7:58pm — No Comments

PRAY

What if we face spiritual attack when we try to increase our prayer life? In that case we need to pray. I am not sure I need to write anything else in this blog entry. The primary reason the enemy of our souls attacks when we pray is to stop us from praying. When you pray even more you are by definition victorious.

Of course you should pray for deliverance. When you fall into sin, ask for forgiveness. When you see temptation coming pray for protection. And pray that you will not miss…

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Added by David Young on December 26, 2013 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

Learning to Listen to God

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him… Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:18, 21).



If ever we needed to listen to God and hear what He is saying, it is now. He longs to be gracious to us and wants to show us…

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Added by Debbie Przybylski on December 20, 2013 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

The Power of a Praying Church

“The life of the church is the highest life, and its office is to pray. Its prayer life is the highest life, the most fragrant, the most conspicuous. When God’s house on the earth is a house of prayer, then God’s house in heaven is busy and powerful in its plans and movements. ‘For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people’ (Isaiah 56:7), says our God. Then, His earthly armies are clothed with the triumphs and spoils of victory, and His enemies are…

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Added by Debbie Przybylski on December 20, 2013 at 11:27am — 3 Comments

Which is your favorite Christmas Fragrance?

 During the Christmas season, we not only enjoy the beautiful lights we also enjoy the smells of Christmas. We enjoy the fragrance of a live recently cut tree Christmas tree when we walk into a house.

            There is also the fragrance of the…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 19, 2013 at 5:54pm — No Comments

EMERSE YOURSELF IN GOD'S WORD

It is tempting to write my blog this week and next on Christmas. I thrill with all the truth brought to us at Christmas. But I have been writing the past few weeks about facing spiritual attack that comes when we try to increase our prayer life. And along with loneliness and depression this time of year, most of us face spiritual attack.

After the glorious experience of Jesus’ baptism He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days He was…

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Added by David Young on December 19, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

“Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant; Come ye, come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him, born the king of angels; Come and adore Him, come and adore the Lord.” - Bonaventure   The faithful—…

“Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant; Come ye, come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him, born the king of angels; Come and adore Him, come and adore the Lord.”

-…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 18, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments

PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH WITH THE HOPE AND JOY OF CHRISTMAS

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 241 | Wed 18 Dec 2013



PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH WITH THE HOPE AND JOY OF CHRISTMAS



by Elizabeth Kendal



It is Christmas, and we want to celebrate. We want to marvel at the incarnation, and in awe and wonder contemplate what it means: what it says about God's love and what he values; what it says about God's means and how he works. This is a time for joy, not lament! We want to sing 'Joy to the World' with joy in our…

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Added by Ron Clough on December 18, 2013 at 1:09am — No Comments

Praying Together in the Christmas Season

Praying Together in the Christmas Season--
This Thought was presented two years ago on the…
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Added by Lewis Turner on December 15, 2013 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

The Lights of Christmas

I enjoy candles so during the Christmas season, we love to see the Christmas lights illuminating our homes with candles lit on the mantle or the dining room table, providing a beautiful festive atmosphere. Many of us hang outdoor lights on our houses to share the Christmas spirit with others. I enjoy driving around our neighborhood to see the beautiful twinkling outdoor lights decorating the houses, trees, and displays.…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 12, 2013 at 10:59pm — No Comments

RESPONDING IN PRAISE

If you significantly increase your prayer life you will certainly come under spiritual attack. So if I am going to encourage you to pray more, I need to help you prepare for the onslaught of the evil one.



I believe one of the most important things you can do when you come under spiritual attack is praise God. It is true that you need to wake up to the reality of our enemy’s schemes. But you also need to connect with the reality of our God. Nothing focuses us on the power,…
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Added by David Young on December 12, 2013 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Knowing the Christ of Christmas

Having examined the trends in our government, judicial system, the Church, and the culture as a whole, we must confess that we have come to the end of ourselves and are in desperate need of a Christ awakening in the nation. The Awakening America Alliance considers catastrophic a future without the Spirit’s extraordinary intervention. We have committed ourselves to the prescriptions and promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and are calling upon every ministry, church, and institution within our…

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Added by Kay Horner on December 12, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Solemn Assembly Webinar

Friday, December 13, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM





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Join us for an impactful webcast on the critical practice of the Solemn Assembly!



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Added by Keeney Dickenson on December 12, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

A Thought for Today about great expectations

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.

It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

- Helen Keller…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 12, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

Word Power

Word Power

A lot of things have great power and potential, for either good or bad results.  We've discussed before that people are that way.  But today we are looking at the power of the spoken word.  I'm sure most of us know what it means to wish we could "eat our words," or at least take them back.  Once out however, their effect is neither revocable nor negotiable.  Hurtful words can last so very much longer than we would like them to.  Sticks and stones not only break bones and…

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Added by john hoelzel on December 11, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

CHURCH EXCEEDINGLY VULNERABLE IN EGYPT and CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 240 | Wed 11 Dec 2013



EGYPT and CAR: CHURCH EXCEEDINGLY VULNERABLE



by Elizabeth Kendal



* EGYPT: POGROMS & CLASHES IN UPPER EGYPT



El Minya is a sparsely populated region of upper (southern) Egypt. Whilst it has Egypt's highest concentration of Christians, it is also a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold and home to some of Egypt's most militant Islamic sects. Violence broke out on 28 November in two…

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Added by Ron Clough on December 11, 2013 at 12:56am — No Comments

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