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CheCKInG In WIth the BIBLe Texting GOD Read: Colossians 1:3-12 We do not cease to pray for you. —Colossians 1:9 Give me a spirit of prayer, dear Lord, that I may commune with Thee as I travel along life’s rugged road, in Thy company always to be. — Dawe An article in The Washington Post told about a 15-year-old girl who sent and received 6,473 cell phone text messages in a single month. She says about her constant communication with friends, “I would die without it.” And she is not alone. Researchers say that U.S. teens with cell phones average more than 2,200 text messages a month. To me, this ongoing digital conversation offers a remarkable illustration of what prayer could and should be like for every follower of Christ. Paul seemed to be constantly in an attitude of prayer for others: “[We] do not cease to pray for you” (Col. 1:9). “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18). “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). But how can we possibly do that? Missionary Frank Laubach described his habit of “shooting” prayers at people as he encountered them during the course of each day. In a sense, he was “texting” God on their behalf, staying in constant communication with the Father. Laubach believed that prayer is the mightiest force in the world, and said: “My part is to live in this hour in continuous inner conversation with God and in perfect responsiveness to His will.” Pray without ceasing. Perhaps what Paul urged us to do can be done. Prayer should become as natural as breathing. Source: David C. McCasland, www.rbc.org
Meant to be Understood I enjoy visiting museums such as the National Gallery in London and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. While most of the art is breathtaking, some of it confuses me.
A touCh of enCourAGement from mArthA WILLIAmSon how much Should We Give? Have you ever heard someone say “don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing”? I never understood that expression and I didn’t even know it was from the bible! Then I heard a sermon on charity about giving from the heart. The pastor told us that 2000 years ago, long before charitable
A Serving Leader I couldn’t take my actions back. A woman had parked her car and blocked my way of getting to the gas pump. She hopped out to drop off some recycling items, and I didn’t feel like waiting, so I honked my
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