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Christians, Politics, and Learning the Hard Way What Really Matters

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If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how Christians can align themselves on opposite ends of the political spectrum. After all, we read the same Bible and serve the same God. How can we end up on “opposite” sides? Or are we? As a general rule, I live by a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to politics. Heaven knows I generate enough controversy on the other social taboo—religion—because I’m a Christian author. But I’ve decided, no, I feel compelled to break my own rule and speak on politics because I think we all need some grace and understanding to help us put up with one another. “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13, NIRV).   Does Jesus Take a Side? Every few years you’ll see books or articles claiming, “Jesus was a democrat” or “Jesus was a republican.”...

Epaphras Prayer-Warrior Award

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Introducing the 2016 Biblical Character Awards The Biblical Character Awards are my way of featuring a handful of readers and recognizing them for their contribution to my life and ministry.   “They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well” (1 Corinthians 16:18).   Meet Sara McKeefer   I first knew Sara McKeefer as @lakegirl90 on Twitter. Her Twitter handle comes from living in the Northern Indiana Lakes Area. I watched as Sara connected with people on Twitter through prayer. She engages with people by sharing their prayer requests and celebrating answers. What a sweet spirit! When Sara learned I have bipolar disorder, we connected even deeper because she has a family member with a mental illness. Sara has been a great encouragement to me for several years. I always know she will encourage me with a...

Lord, Help Me to See Other People as You See Them

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Lord, Help me to see other people as you see them. Let me not look upon the masses or refer to the generalized public, but to see each individual and love them the way you love them. You made each person in your own image. Let me see the image of God in each person. Let me realize the high esteem with which you regard each life. Just as I am your workmanship, let me see your workmanship in each life I encounter. It doesn’t matter whether they know you or not, they are still precious in your sight and you love them so much you died for them. How can I not treat each person with personal care when I know they are your masterpiece—a work of art in progress, being sculpted into your likeness? Lord, you said that if we do something for “the least of these” we have done it for you. The way I treat others is a reflection of how I treat you. My spiritual life is played out in the physical...

Learning to Pray by K.P. Yohannan

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Learning to Pray K.P. Yohannan 2014 62 pages   K.P. Yohannan is someone I deeply admire and his writing always stirs my heart to go deeper with God. This short eBook, Learning to Pray, is no exception. I’d love to learn to pray from a man who spends several hours a day in prayer, seeking God’s will and moving mountains through faith and intercession. After talking about some standard things about prayer, he urges the reader to let God shape their prayer time. That may mean starting by praying for one simple thing until it is answered or it may mean stepping up to longer and deeper prayer times. I find it reassuring that he sees prayer as a habit that is gradually developed over a lifetime rather than something we have to be perfect at right now. Here’s a brief sample: Be specific in your prayers. Matthew 6:11 says, “Give us this day …” Ask Him for exactly what you need. What do you...

My Prayers Are Shallow and Selfish

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I’m a week into my 40 days of prayer and I’ve discovered a major blind spot: my prayers are shallow and selfish. I suppose that’s natural because we know our own needs and when God answers, we can readily see the results. But “natural” isn’t the word I want to describe my prayers. I want my prayers to be faith-filled, supernatural bombs that rock heaven and earth. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but I want to pray bigger, more meaningful prayers. I want to pray kingdom-minded prayers. I want to say to God, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” And then I want to spend time with God understanding His heart for His kingdom. I want to learn what moves God, what burden He has for the world today. I want to know His will for His kingdom on earth so I can pray according to His will. We know that if we pray according to His will, we can be sure He will...