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The Importance of Prayer

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The Scriptures show us that prayer is a powerful and extremely important form of communication with God. Nevertheless, most folks today seem to neglect to make prayer the important part of their lives that it should be. The Apostles seem to have been impressed with the effect of Jesus’ own prayers and came to Jesus in Luke 11:1, asking him to teach them to pray, just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. Aside from this Scripture, we have no knowledge of John’s prayers or how they may have affected his disciples, but, apparently, just as Jesus’ prayers were powerful, John must have been a powerful prayer warrior. So, the Apostles came to Jesus, apparently hoping they could, also, enter into this kind of powerful activity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Were the Canaanites that Wicked?

Anat -- Canaanite goddess

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Lots of folks really recoil in disgust when they come to the Scriptures where God judges the Canaanite people. Where is the justice in genocide? – is the cry. One may ask, “What are the guidelines that would show us when a culture is irredeemable?”[1] Certainly the Old Testament doesn’t present any that I have noticed, nor should we look for the list in the New Testament. The Bible is simply silent concerning how wicked a nation must be before God chooses to judge it. Both the Canaanites and the Israelites were driven from the land because of their wickedness (Deuteronomy 9:4-5; Amos 2:4-8), and, when the severity of that wickedness calls out for God’s judgment, it is known only to him (cf. Genesis 15:16 and Leviticus 18:25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in apologetics

 

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