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  • Analyzing Unanswered Prayer (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    02/21/2018 5:50:02 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Our prayers are sometimes not answered because we pray in vague generalities. When all our prayers are either vague or universal in their scope, it is difficult to experience the exhilaration that goes with clear and obvious answers to prayer. If we ask God to “bless everyone in the world” or “forgive everyone in town,” it would be difficult to see the prayer answered in any concrete way. Not that it is wrong to have a large scope of interest in prayer, but if all prayer is given to such generality, then no prayer will have specific and concrete application....
  • Why Pray If God Is Sovereign?

    02/16/2018 8:35:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/16/2018 | Darin Smith
    "People ask me, 'Why pray if God is sovereign?' I respond, 'Why pray if He isn't?" -- Michael Horton As I have reflected on my prayer and devotional life and this statement, I am reminded that it isn't that we "should" pray -- as in a duty -- but we "must" pray -- as in a relationship. You and I can no more attempt to live this thing called the Christian life without prayer than we can live each second and day without breath. I have jotted down several faith lessons the Lord has reminded recently from the Scripture concerning...
  • Examining Calvin’s Rules of Prayer (Part 2) (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    02/13/2018 7:00:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    John Calvin’s third rule of prayer was that we must always pray with genuine feeling. Prayer is a matter of passion: “Many repeat prayers in a perfunctory manner from a set form, as if they were performing a task to God … They perform the duty from custom, because their minds are meanwhile cold, and they ponder not what they ask.” A fourth rule of prayer from Calvin was that it be always accompanied by repentance: “God does not listen to the wicked; that their prayers, as well as their sacrifices, are an abomination to them. For it is right...
  • Satanic Temple claims discrimination after invite to deliver invocation scheduled to be revoked

    02/02/2016 6:23:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies ^ | February 1, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    PHOENIX ( - Members of the Phoenix City Council are blocking a satanist group from performing an invocation at a council meeting this month. Four councilmen are seeking to enact an emergency ruling forbidding representatives from the Satanic Temple of Tucson, Arizona from delivering a prayer at the beginning of the February 17 city council meeting. Current rules allow any organization to call the city clerk's office and choose a date to act as the prayer leaders for that particular meeting. City Manager Ed Zuercher has stated the proposed changes, set as an agenda item for next Wednesday's meeting, would...
  • Three Things You're Probably Getting Wrong about Praying to the Saints

    04/20/2015 1:46:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 983 replies
    Shameless popery ^ | April 20, 2015
    As Christianity Today acknowledges, prayers for and to the Saints date back to the early Church (in fact, these practices date back far earlier, even to Old Testament Judaism, but I'll talk more about that tomorrow). Nevertheless, these practices are controversial within Protestantism. Today, I want to look at just one of them -- prayer to the Saints -- and show why the opposition to it is grounded in a faulty view of life after death. Tomorrow, I'll look at the Biblical support for both prayer to the Saints and prayer for the Saints. First, a word on why...
  • Arizona Football Coach Suspended for Praying with Team

    09/29/2014 2:42:47 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 21 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/29/14 | Aurelius
    An Arizona high school football coach was suspended for two games last week for praying with his team. The problem, according to the school, arose after their coach, Tom Brittain, prayed with his team. This is despite the fact that the school, Tempe Preparatory Academy, is state-funded. Freedom of religion only goes so far, according to the school's administration. "He is a man who likes to pray and I don't object to that," said headmaster of the school Dr. David Baum. That said, "he can't do that with our students," Dr. Baum stated bluntly. After a win the previous week,...
  • "Francis Effect"? Popular Pope Has Catholics Praying More, Poll Finds

    03/06/2014 9:40:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 6, 2014 | Tracy Connor
    Pope Francis has brought American Catholics to their knees. As the pontiff wraps up his first year in the Vatican, a new poll has found that 40 percent of his U.S. flock says they are praying more often than they did a year ago. It could be one sign of what's being called the "Francis Effect" — the impact of a very popular pope with the common touch who isn't afraid to shake things up.
  • 9 Captions for this weird looking photo of Obama bowing his head and clasping his hands...

    02/11/2014 5:02:46 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-11-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Posted a blank of this photo over the weekend, here are 9 of the best/favorite captions people came up with.
  • Caption this weird looking photo of Obama bowing his head and clasping his hands...

    02/08/2014 4:16:07 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 55 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-8-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Pictures truly are worth 1000 words. Lets find a few for this one...Help me out...What's going on here? Who's saying what?As usual leave them in the comments and I'll post the best ones in the next day or so.
  • Biden, Rubio head to Virginia for governor's race

    11/04/2013 6:47:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    My Way ^ | 11/4/13 | PHILIP ELLIOTT and JOSH LEDERMAN
    Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli are both looking to make Tuesday's election for governor into a referendum on President Barack Obama's health overhaul. McAuliffe planned to campaign Monday with Vice President Joe Biden a day after Obama weighed in, throwing national Democrats' full backing into the race. Cuccinelli, meanwhile, would be campaigning with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and planned his final campaign rally with former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a hero of the libertarian wing of the GOP.
  • Jim Robinson's surgery postponed but he needs us to continuing praying. Update #318, 413, 440, 466

    09/30/2013 1:13:40 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 514 replies
    9-30-2013 | JustAmy
    Graphic by MamaBear Dear Heavenly Father, You said that when two or more are gathered in Your name, there You are also. We come together as friends and family of Jim to ask that You place Your hand of protection upon Jim during his surgery today. Lord, bless the hands, minds, and souls of the surgical team. Let their hands be Your hands. Let their decisions be Your decisions. We lift him up to You and ask that You carry him through surgery and return him to us happy, healthy, and whole. We also ask that Your Holy Spirit...
  • Tips on Praying a Family Rosary

    05/04/2006 9:16:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 893+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 05/03.06 | Kathryn Marcellino
    May is the "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady... During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration.” (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May) What better way to please the Blessed Mother and her Son, Jesus Christ, than praying the rosary as she asked us to do at at Fatima. I’d encourage anyone who has thought of saying a family rosary to begin or continue for this month...
  • Obama Answers To God

    04/16/2011 10:14:16 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-16-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Obama: "I Do A Lot Of Praying" (video)

    03/29/2011 4:29:06 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 40 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 29, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "I do a lot of praying, absolutely, every night, right before I go to bed," President Obama told ABC's Diane Sawyer. Before closing out the segment, Sawyer's last question to Obama was: "Just a final question, how much do you think Kentucky will win by?"
  • Babies Starved and Beaten, Cling To Life In Little Rock Hospital (Prayers needed)

    03/22/2011 9:07:56 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 58 replies
    5NEWS-Fort-Smith/Fayetteville ^ | 17 MAR 11 | Jared Broyles
    FORT SMITH, Ark. - Fort Smith investigators say a dozen dogs inside a north side home were well fed, but a baby they rescued was little more than skin and bones. Another infant showed signs of abuse. We want to warn you that some of the photos with this story are very graphic and not appropriate for children. Officers at the Fort Smith Police Department have seen many things, but this is one of the worst cases. Most of them have young children themselves, and this case challenged them to set their personal feelings aside and do their jobs as...
  • Praying Muslims like Nazis, says Le Pen daughter Marine

    12/13/2010 4:01:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 12/13/10 | Staff
    The daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has compared Muslims praying outside overcrowded mosques with the Nazi occupation.Marine Le Pen said at a weekend rally of the anti-immigrant National Front there were "10 to 15" places in France where Muslims worshipped in the streets. "For those who want to talk a lot about World War II, if it's about occupation, then we could also talk about (that), because that is occupation of territory," she said at the gathering in Lyons, which was part of her bid for the party leadership when her father steps down in January.
  • Praying Outside Clinic Gets Man Disorderly Conduct Charge

    08/03/2010 5:42:56 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 10 replies · 7+ views ^ | Published August 02, 2010 | By Diane Macedo
    A Chicago man says he's fighting charges of disorderly conduct for simply standing on a public sidewalk and praying. Joseph Holland, a 25-year-old graduate student at Northwestern University, says he was standing still praying the rosary outside a Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Chicago July 3 when police arrested him for violating the city's new "Bubble Zone" ordinance. The law, passed in October, states that a person cannot approach within 8 feet of another person without consent "for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education or counseling" within...

    08/01/2010 4:31:23 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 28 replies · 2+ views
    WebToday ^ | 8-1-10 | WebToday
    A judge has ruled that two Christians fired by the University of Texas at Arlington for praying for a fellow employee, will get their "day in court." The women were fired in 2006 for praying at work after hours for the coworker, who at the time was not even aware of their desire to pray for her needs. Officials at U.T.A. in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, claimed the women were fired because praying for someone was a form of "harassment." Judge Terry R. Means of the Northern District Court in Texas says, "Can a prayer for someone constitute harassment...
  • Saudi Arabia: Town Realizes They’ve Been Praying in Wrong Direction for 10 Years…

    07/30/2010 3:25:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 69 replies · 4+ views ^ | 7-30-10 | Weasel Zippers
    Riyadh – Worshippers at a mosque in a Saudi Arabian village near Mecca discovered they were praying for 10 years in the wrong direction, a newspaper in the country reported Thursday. Muslims are meant to pray in the direction of the most sacred site in Islam, known as the Kaaba, a large granite structure in the holy city of Mecca. Villagers in Hadda, 20 kilometres north-west of Mecca, should have prayed southeast, but instead bent down five times a day in a northern direction. After realizing the error, the mosque’s leaders changed the direction of the prayer carpets so the...
  • Muslim bus driver pulls over and begins praying in the aisle

    02/08/2010 6:44:07 AM PST · by wazoo1031 · 30 replies · 1,178+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 8, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Muslim bus driver stunned passengers when he pulled over and started praying in the aisle - with the engine still running. The driver parked without warning then rolled out a fluorescent jacket as an improvised prayer mat. He took off his shoes, knelt down facing Mecca, and began to chant. The prayer session held up the bus for more than five minutes with no-one ab Read more: