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Religion

Ray Dare

When God Says ‘No’ to Your Prayers

By Pastor Ray Dare
Posted: 8/7/2013

Have you figured out that God’s plan for your life is often different than your plan? Why? Because God has a better plan! The Bible says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “This plan of Mine is not what you would work out neither are My thoughts the same as yours. For My ways are higher than yours.”

The problem is we think we know what’s best, what’s going to make us happy, so when we pray, we don’t just ask God for something. We tell Him when we want it. We have all these specifics, and we get disappointed when God doesn’t agree with what we want. God says, “Wait a minute, I’ve got a better plan! When I say ‘no’ to something you want, it’s because I have a better plan.” Hebrews 11 is the chapter of all the famous heroes of faith in the Bible. It says, “These people were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better.” Hebrews 11:39-40.

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More Articles by Pastor Ray Dare:

How to Conquer Complaining - Posted: 7/24/2013

3 Big Purposes of Prayer - Posted: 7/3/201

What People Will Remember About You? - Posted: 6/19/2013

God is Working Behind the Scenes - Posted: 6/5/2013

Don’t Ask “Why?” Ask “What?” - Posted: 5/22/201


Ronnie McBrayer

No More Show-and-Tell

By Ronnie McBrayer
Posted: 8/7/2013

In American literature, the biggest religious pretender of all time is probably Sinclair Lewis’ Elmer Gantry. While most of us have not read the book, we may remember the movie. The film was a 1960 masterpiece starring Burt Lancaster in an Emmy-winning role as the charismatic but corrupt evangelist.

Gantry begins his career in the early 1900s at a Baptist seminary in Kansas preaching at a little country church while trying to seduce the daughter of one of the deacons. Eventually he becomes a traveling evangelist who steals from the till, chases skirts, and stays drunk most of the time; but his preaching is phenomenal, so he always has a crowd.

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More Articles by Ronnie McBrayer:

Fight On - Posted: 7/24/2013

Thanks Dad for Wising Up - Posted: 6/19/2013

Multitasking Madness - Posted: 6/19/2013

Choose to be Happy - Posted: 5/22/201

A Saint Goes Marching In - Posted: 5/8/2013


Apple Fritter: The Fruit of My Choice

By Rev. James L. Snyder, D. Litt
Posted: 8/7/2013

Our country, so it seems, runs on choice. The more choices we have, the better we like it.

Most people in America pride themselves on the ability to make their own choices.

“Freedom of Choice” is the cry you hear all around our country these days. Yet most people do not have the freedom of choice they think they have. Somebody is influencing the choices they make without them realizing they are being influenced.

That is called marketing.

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were watching television the other night, trying to watch a favorite TV program. Finally, from an end of the room that was not my end, came an exasperated sigh. I tried to ignore it, but you know how that works.

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More Articles by Rev. James L. Snyder, D. Litt:

Of Course It’s Raining, I Just Washed My Car - Posted: 7/24/2013

It Was a Murphy’s Law Kind of Week - Posted: 7/3/2013

Can You Hear Me Now, Uncle Sam? - Posted: 6/19/201

The Many Excuses of a Man in Midlife Crisis! - Posted: 6/5/2013

Oh for a Memory Like Dear Old Mom’s - Posted: 5/22/2013


Karen Anderson

Cleansing Breeze

By Karen Anderson
Posted: 8/7/2013

As I sit here feeling the morning cool breeze, I am reminded of the wonderful feelings that I have when I am walking close with God. It also reminds me, when God said in Genesis, “In the Garden of Eden God walked with Adam.” I too, can have that same close and wonderful relationship. There are times, when I feel like I have lost the intimacy that Adam had with God. It saddens me that once again, I let it slip away. I have taken my hand out of His, and decided to go it alone.

How lonely a life that would be if He didn’t call for me again? Remember, I am His daughter and I go running back to His arms willingly, which are open wide to gather me up once again. I can do this often and He won’t grow tired of it. It would be better, if I just kept my hand in His.

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More Articles by Karen Anderson:

Sometimes You Gotta Roar - Posted: 7/24/2013

Oops! I Did It Again! - Posted: 7/3/2013

But I Don’t Want To! - Posted: 6/19/2013

Potential: Hang Onto God’s Hand - Posted: 6/5/201

“Satan, SCAT!” - Posted: 5/22/2013


Marlys Norris

Disciples

By Marlys Norris, Christian Author
Posted: 8/7/2013

Once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you become one of His disciples. You are now saved for eternity! Grafted into His enormous family all over the world who follow God’s instructions scribed in the Bible. Joy and a deep sense of belonging fills your being and you begin to tell your story to others. The adventure of walking with the Lord has begun and He has promised to never leave or forsake you. You learn about His love, grace and mercy and experience many answers to prayer as you talk to God about every incident in your life. He answers your prayers. You learn the Words of the Bible and they become “living words” in your heart and life as you become His Disciple.

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More Articles by Marlys Norris, Christian Author:

Is Your Name Written in the Father’s “Book of Life?” - Posted: 7/24/2013

Come Now ! ! - Posted: 6/19/2013

Make Your Reservations Today ! - Posted: 6/5/2013

God Honors Faith - Posted: 5/22/2013

Accept and Give the Pardon Freely - Posted: 5/8/201


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