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Why? Why? Why? Guest Post by James N. Watkins

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James N. Watkins is a leader in Christian publishing and the most encouraging editor I’ve ever worked with. But he’s also so funny I snort my Coke in my sinuses (Coca-Cola, not the other coke). I love to laugh, minus the burning sinuses, and I love to make other people laugh, so he’s been a role model for me. I’m excited about the new book by James N. Watkins, The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, and Unpunished Evil. These are issues I’ve struggled with and I know others do, too. I’ll let James N. Watkins introduce you to his book in today’s guest post.     If you have children, nieces and nephews, or younger siblings, you know that a three-year-old’s favorite word is why. “Johnny, hold my hand while we cross the street.” “Why?” “Because I don’t want you to run out in front of a car.” “Why?” “Because if...

All Lives Matter on World Leprosy Day

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World Leprosy Day is January 29, 2017. Leprosy? Is that still a thing? I know Jesus healed people of leprosy, but is leprosy still around? Sadly, yes. Despite new treatments that can cure leprosy, the stigma of having an infectious disease keeps people from seeking treatment, especially when society shuts out people with leprosy. More than 200,000 new cases are reported every year, with more than half of them in India (World Health Organization). If treated early using multidrug therapy (MDT), people can recover without permanent disfiguration. Instead, most people with leprosy are forced to live in leper colonies, which are little more than garbage and sewage dumps. This contaminated environment only makes things worse.   Jesus Loves Lepers In the New Testament we find Jesus unafraid to touch lepers. He could have spoken the word to heal them, but He touched them, adding a social and...

Hearing God through Biblical Meditation by @MarkVirkler

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Hearing God through Biblical Meditation is another valuable book by Mark Virkler. It expands upon the overview of biblical meditation provided in the brief eBook, Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God. So if one were choosing between the two, I’d go for this more comprehensive edition because it not only provides solid biblical teaching, but interactive exercises to put the teaching of each section into practice. The author provides an introduction (or review) of his teaching on how to hear God’s voice through two-way journaling. Then he explains the difference between study and meditation, and he goes on to describe seven steps to guide you through a process of biblical meditation. Biblical meditation involves asking God to identify your needs and guiding you through a study of relevant topics until the Spirit opens your eyes to a fresh understanding (Ephesians...

Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God by @MarkVirkler

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Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God offers a brief introduction to biblical meditation, which the author defines as “God’s Spirit utilizing every faculty of my heart and mind, bringing forth revelation which ushers in transformation.” Meditation involves asking God to open the eyes of your heart so you can understand (Ephesians 1:18) what He wants to show you. Many times this looks like a verse leaping off the page at you that God says is exactly what you need right now. “Meditation is intently seeking God’s revelation, resulting in God disclosing Himself to you.” – Mark and Patti Virkler, Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God Through a process of prayer, identifying areas of personal need, and targeted study of those areas, the process of meditation brings about personal transformation because it is God-guided. Think of meditation as...

Miracle Testimony: God Healed My Skin Problem (Possible Cancer) in an Instant

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If you know me very well, you know I have some seemingly insurmountable health challenges. I’ve been praying for healing for some of my health problems for more than two decades. I’ve even had doctors tell me, “Don’t come back to me for this condition. I don’t know what else to do for you.” So, yeah, it’s been a discouraging situation with my health as one thing after another piles on. And they’re not normal things. I have had a chronic (daily) cough for twenty-five years and doctors don’t know what to do. I have two permanently dilated eyes from a rare neurological disease. I have bipolar disorder. That’s just to name a few. And then . . . About a year ago, a crusty raised bump appeared on the back of my shoulder. I didn’t think too much of it but it didn’t go away. Then a second one appeared a few inches away. Could it be skin cancer from the severe sunburns I had when I was young?...