Posts with tag "Prayer"

An Insight about Praying “in Faith”

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

... When I was younger, I would try to get rid of doubts by closing my eyes (really really tightly) and concentrate (really really hard) on pushing out the doubtful thoughts. And when I (inevitably) started thinking about my doubts again, I’d simply try again (really try this time!) to expel those doubts. But you can’t push doubts out of your mind any easier than you can push other thoughts out of your mind by valiantly trying ...

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If We Ask “According to His Will” It Will Happen, But What is “His Will”?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 7, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

A spiritually-minded friend of my wife and me recently made this comment: “I struggle with the idea of praying according to the will of God. Since I know that some things are clearly according to God’s will, why can’t I just pray directly about those things and know for certain that they’re going to happen? But that’s not the way it works with my prayers. For example, I know that God doesn’t want Christians to get divorced. But I’ve sometimes prayed that God would preserve a struggling marriage that still ended up in divorce ...

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What Good Are “Thoughts and Prayers” After a Mass Shooting?

By David Horner Dec. 8, 2015 9:00 a.m. Culture, Theology

"GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS," New York’s Daily News announced in the aftermath of the latest US mass shooting, in San Bernardino. Their target? Presidential candidates who immediately responded to the tragedy by offering sufferers their “thoughts and prayers,” not calling for more gun control.

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Together With Them – Hebrews 13:3

By Dave Talley Nov. 26, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Voice of the Martyrs has offered an excellent idea for those who may be travelling during this Thanksgiving season or who might be looking for some special activities to do while gathered with families and friends. 

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A Pesar de las Malas Noticias Podemos Orar y Ayudar / We are Surrounded by Bad News, but We Can Pray and Help

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 6, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

Esta semana hablé por teléfono con un amigo y cuando le pregunté qué estaba haciendo me dijo que estaba en la sala de su casa leyendo las noticias en el periódico local. En tono de broma le pregunté si había encontrado una buena noticia y me respondió rápidamente con un “no” rotundo. Al parecer las malas noticias salen a luz  mientras que las buenas se pierden en el anonimato social ...

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Should You Pray to the Holy Spirit?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology, Historical Theology

The short answer, I believe, is that there is nothing wrong with offering a prayer to the Holy Spirit since God the Spirit is, of course, fully God, just as is God the Father and God the Son. However, most prayers in the New Testament and in the church of the second and third centuries were to God the Father, with a few exceptions.

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What is the Point of Prayer?

By William Lane Craig Feb. 13, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Dear Dr Craig,

I have recently moved on from Christianity to agnosticism, but I regularly check out your Q and A section as much of the content there is more sensible and thought provoking than the kind of thing I hear from a lot of Evangelicals ... Currently it seems to me that the idea of prayer is most sensibly explained as an addictive placebo that gives people a greater sense of control over their circumstances than they actually have. But just maybe there's something crucial I've missed, and if so I would be grateful if you could point out what that might be ...

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