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David Young's Blog – February 2017 Archive (9)

PRAYING BEFORE YOU WRITE

Do you pray before you begin writing? I suspect most of you do. I do not see anything wrong with brief prayers. Some of you have prayed, "Lord, help me write." Or you may have prayed something like, "Father, guide my thinking." I pray prayers like that. Just acknowledging God has a positive effect on your thinking. And of course, God answers prayer.

But I would like to suggest that you at least try something a little more difficult. Could you spend extended time in prayer as you sit…

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Added by David Young on February 28, 2017 at 6:14pm — No Comments

A POWERFUL SECRET TO SUCCESS

I don't write a great deal about success. I fear our hearts read something glitzy rather than substantial. But I need to show you something about success from the word of God. The characteristic most connected with genuine success in the Bible is humility.

Jesus repeatedly told us we would be exalted if we humble ourselves. James said we would be exalted if we humbled ourselves in the sight of the Lord. Peter told us to humble ourselves under the…

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Added by David Young on February 27, 2017 at 11:35pm — No Comments

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

I want to address Prayer Warriors and those of you who long very much to become prayer Warriors. In the Old Testament book of Esther Mordecai spoke to his niece the queen, saying “Who knows perhaps you have been raised up for such a time as this.”

You have been raised up for this very day. I am not qualified to determine exactly what kind of era we are living in. The beginning of A Tale of Two Cities may well apply to our age. It is the best of times and the worst of times. We are…

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Added by David Young on February 20, 2017 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

PRAYING ABOUT WHAT YOU READ

Up to now I have only written in this blog about my own experiences and disciplines. But I have to admit I don’t think I have ever prayed at all about what I should be reading. I recognize reading voraciously is essential to being a writer. And it is beneficial to my character and the enjoyment of life. A number of books have greatly impacted my thinking and writing. And I have prayed about the content of those that struck my spirit and drew me closer to God. But it has…

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Added by David Young on February 19, 2017 at 9:58pm — 2 Comments

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SPIRIT

One of the most wonderful truths of the Christian life is the fellowship of the Spirit. Paul puts it forth so vividly in his salutation in the final verse of 2 Corinthians.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

In the discussion on friendship love in his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis talked about three close…

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Added by David Young on February 13, 2017 at 4:19pm — No Comments

PRAYING ABOUT WHAT TO WRITE

The simplest way to do this is to ask God to give You ideas, and lead you to what you should write. But most of us will see this as more complex.

LISTENING TO GOD

One of the most common Scriptural principles is that God speaks. He seldom speaks twice in the same way. God can even speak to us in His silence. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says the things of God are spiritually discerned. If you understand something in Scripture the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. There are Many times I did…

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Added by David Young on February 12, 2017 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

PRAYING FOR OUR HEARTS

I have been much alarmed over the violent, blasphemous and obscene language in books and other entertainment, on social media, in politics, and in daily conversation in these days.

Of course the problem is deeper than the coarseness of our speech. In Luke 6:45 Jesus said “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

I see a lot of medical professionals in these days. I pray for each one. And I want to witness to them. Several times I have them use bad language with me. And while…

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Added by David Young on February 6, 2017 at 9:08pm — 3 Comments

PRAY FOR EDITORS

Most of us who blog also deal some with editors. For more than forty years I had wonderful experiences with magazine editors, including those who didn't accept my offerings. To be honest my dealings with editors has been mixed lately. And it occurs to me that I have not thought much about the pressure and difficulties facing editors in these days. It is also important to note the crucial responsibility in the hands of Christian editors. Finally beginning to grasp these things, I have begun…

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Added by David Young on February 5, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments

IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES

Do you know what meditation is? Most of you have meditated on scripture from time to time. But have you ever meditated on the person of Christ. We sing, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.” I recommend doing just that as a spiritual discipline. You might remember a favorite event recorded in the Gospels and spend time thinking about Jesus in that situation. You might also meditate on some things Jesus said or did that are hard to understand or disturbing.

But let me introduce you to a…

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Added by David Young on February 1, 2017 at 12:37am — No Comments

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