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Passion for His Presence

James 4:8 "Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

 

I am so thankful, that when I draw near to God and He draws near to me, that I am not be graded on the total perfection of my sentence structure, inflections of speech, posture, position, how I am dressed or not dressed, I am so thankful, that when I draw near to God and He draws near to me, that I am not be graded by,…

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Added by Dr. John D. Abbott, Jr. on September 30, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Passion for His presence!

James 4:8 "Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

 

In the New Testament there are many stories of those who wanted and needed to draw near to Jesus. Zacchaeus was so eager that he ran ahead and climbed a tree just so he could see Jesus. The woman with the issue of blood believed if she could just touch the hem of his garment she would be healed. So their proximity was physical and of…

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Added by Dr. John D. Abbott, Jr. on September 27, 2011 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

Passion for His presence!

James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts you double-minded." (NASB)

My dear friend, Dr. Ralph I. Tilley just published a book entitled "Thirsting for God" on page 67 he wrote "Come Near to God" He used Hebrews 10:19-22 and then wrote the following poem:

 

"Come near to God,

How can that be?

I've sinned,

the Law I've…

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Added by Dr. John D. Abbott, Jr. on September 21, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

Passion for His presence!

James 4:8 says: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." 

 

It is in our nearness to God that are able to have the cleansing that is offered through the blood of Jesus. Purified hearts allow us to be more…

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Added by Dr. John D. Abbott, Jr. on September 19, 2011 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

My House Shall Be Called A House of Prayer!

We, the congregation of Center United Methodist Church, in Indianapolis, Indiana, are seeking the Holy Spirit's direction in understanding what Jesus actually meant when he said "My House Shall Be Called A House of Prayer!" Yes, we know what it means to "pray." But what is a house of prayer? We already have a beautiful prayer chapel that is often used through out the week and not just on Sunday. We have two groups dedicated to prayer throughout the week and they meet in the church at least…

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Added by Dr. John D. Abbott, Jr. on February 1, 2011 at 11:46am — No Comments

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