For Christ-followers and those who want to be

A Blessing

“The Lord our God be with you, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave you or forsake you, that he may incline your hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers. Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God Day and night, and may he maintain me and my family as each day requires, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there…

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If God Elects, Why Pray for the Unconverted?

If God Elects, Why Pray for the Unconverted? The answer to that question is not as direct as I could wish.Several statements bring us to a conclusion: We are commanded, encouraged, and privileged to pray – to make petitions of our God (I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray continually!” and other verses) We are told that prayer is one of the means God has ordained by which he acts (James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Somehow God incorporates our prayers into his sovereign working. This is a mystery to me but I know God commands us…

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Public Prayer in our Public Worship

Public Prayer in our Public Worship Dr. Jerry Nelson It was over 30 years ago that Gordon MacDonald changed my understanding and practice on the subject of public prayer in worship (“The Cleansing Power of Public Prayer” in Leadership, Winter Quarter, 1987).   Since then I have read a number of books and articles on the subject (see suggested books below) and am more convinced than ever that prayer should have a significant role in our public worship services.  In a previous article, I wrote about the lack of the public reading of Scripture in many evangelical churches, likewise I…

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