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ArchiveNovember 2017

Coincidence? I think not.

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I don’t believe in coincidence. In our secular, scientific culture, we dismiss seemingly random occurrences as, well, random.  After all, why would we think that losing our keys or getting stuck in a traffic jam could be anything else? But maybe… because you were late you were protected from a car accident. Maybe…. buying coffee 10 minutes late let you encourage the new barista. I also don’t believe in fate. I certainly don’t believe that God has us on strings like marionettes, for if He did, there would be no need to fill the Scripture with passages talking...

Zechariah 14:9

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Zechariah 14:9
The Lord will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. (NIV)
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I Timothy 4:18

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I Timothy 4:16
Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (NIV)
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Acts 10:34b-35

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Acts 10:34a-35
God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
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Passionate Prayer and An Outpouring of Gratefulness

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“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord” (I Samuel 1:27-28a NIV). I Samuel chapter 1 tells the story of Hannah, who was devastated for lack of a child and who fervently prayed that God would grant her a son.  I recommend reading it before continuing with my thoughts below. Hannah’s impassioned plea to God for the one thing that would mean the world to her finds its echo in each of us, for we are not strangers to heartbreak, though the causes vary widely. But...

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