The “Bless My Children” Prayer

The rabbis had a way of teaching prayer, called “Index Praying.” It consisted of a series of prayer phrases that would be memorized. A pause between each phrase would allow each individual to spontaneously expand the prayer, to personalize it and make it their own. The genuis of such an approach is that it provides…

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A Personal Plea for Prayer!

Have you ever sat in a room and listened to the conversation and asked yourself, “What am I doing here? How did I get into this room?” In recent days, I have found myself in a number of meetings asking myself that question. Today, it happened again. This afternoon, I met with representatives of the…

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Morning Prayer!

I came in yesterday, and collapsed. I have been in Africa. I have had three back-to-back pastor’s conferences from Seattle to Lancaster, PA. Each of those conferences has emphasized prayer. Most have had significant prayer moments. One was exclusively a prayer conference – we prayed all day, for almost three days. And yet! I had…

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A Personal Note from Doug Small

Barbara and I are off today for a multi-state regional conference in “Dutch Country!” – Lancaster, PA. The event is sponsored by “The Fellowship!” The somewhat diverse group began as an effort out of Christ For the Nations to maintain contact with the many pastors and leaders who had been trained there or who looked…

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The Dangers of Living Together!

Michael McManus is the coauthor of Living Together: Myths, Risks & Answers, and President of Marriage Savers. McManus says that couples who live together before marriage are gambling on the stability of their future and they are losing 85% of the time. They believe the myth that they are in a “trial marriage.” Eight out…

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Which Way Is Up?

I don’t know what my grandmother would have said. She might have just shook her head and cried. That’s what I feel like doing. Here is a sampling of the sexual maze that we are called to walk through regularly – taken from a article written by a Catholic Chaplain, Dwight Longenecker, giving advice to…

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