Prayer: The Covenant to Meet with God

In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, there was an attempt to recover the dying daily discipline of meeting God as the first act of each new day. The valiant effort emphasized the importance of daily ‘quiet time’. The attempt was noble, but rigid and legalistic. Nothing was acceptable, according to those leading the campaign, short…

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Blessing and Favor

Which comes first, the blessing of the Lord or the favor of the Lord? Enabled by grace, we believed and experienced the blessing of God’s salvation act in our behalf. Luther translated the Greek word soteria into the German language as Heil, salvation.[1] Claus Westermann argues that Heil refers to the condition created by the…

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Unity and Brotherhood

If that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it (Jeremiah 18:8). Jonathan Edwards famous message, ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ preached on July 8, 1741, was a call to the church to repent, an appeal for sensitivity…

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Send a Revival

What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? I Chronicles 17:21 The American Colonists were a diverse assortment of ethnic groups in a strange land. There was no central government. Unity was localized. A wild and adventurous spirit prevailed. Morals had declined and religious devotion had deteriorated. Drunkenness,…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 14

Gerald Ford With Nixon’s resignation, Ford was thrust into office. On the day prior to the formal resignation, Ford and his wife spent the day praying “for guidance and assurance for the responsibilities” that were being thrust on him.[1] When he took the oath of office, he confessed to the American people that he was…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 13

Dwight D. Eisenhower Patton and MacArthur were both more open about their faith in the war days than had General Dwight Eisenhower. “Nobody goes through six years of war without faith,” he would declare.[1] But he had never been baptized. He grew up in the Church of the Brethren in Abilene, Kansas. On becoming President,…

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Presidents and Prayer – Part 12

Harry Truman President Truman declared a Day of Prayer on Aug. 16, 1945: The warlords of Japan…have surrendered unconditionally…Our global victory… has come with the help of God…Let us…dedicate ourselves to follow in His ways. But the path to peace would be difficult. Roosevelt would die a month before victory in Europe. Four days after…

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