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Joel E. Jacobson

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On Sensationalism

I’ve had the privilege of working with junior and senior high kids at the annual Lighthouse Young Writers Summer Camp. The cool thing about teaching at summer camp is you get to teach, encourage kids with their writing, and never have to grade a thing. It’s really the way teaching should be. But I’ll save […]
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Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, September 30, 2014.Genre: Christian non-fiction, prayer.Format: PaperbackPages: 192.Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good.Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.Litfuse Publicity Group Blog Tour: Before Amen.About the author: More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.Find Max: website, Twitter,FacebookSummary:Praying when there is a problem or an emergency is the most common time people pray. The busy life we live pushes free moments away when we could talk to God as we would talk to a friend. Prayer can make us feel clumsy, feeling as if we're using the wrong words. We don't know if we should be formal or relaxed. If we're too relaxed does this mean a disrespectful attitude to God.Max Lucado reminded me that "the first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested."In patience, clarity, and transparency, Max teaches us how to pray. He uses a formula that is easy to remember and follow.The first step is "Father." Calling on the name of our heavenly Father."Prayer is conversation with God." Page 10. My Thoughts:Max Lucado is a teacher, writer, pastor, who any type of learner can understand. He speaks "plain" as my dad used to say.I appreciate Max expressing his own frustration at praying. He stated he has a tendency to fall asleep while praying. I'm reminded that once upon a time, my prayer time was right before I fell asleep at night, and most of the time I fell asleep before ending the prayer.In chapter one Lucado reminds me that God waits for me."Jesus waits on the porch. He stands on the threshold. He taps...and calls. He waits for you to open the door. To pray is to open it. Prayer is the hand of faith on the door handle of your heart." Page 11. Lucado reminds me at several points in the book to go to God first, not after a disaster.My favorite chapter is on intercessory prayer. Lucado declares, we "actually have a 'seat with [Christ] in the heavens (Ephesians 2:6).'"Before Amen, is not a theologically deep book on prayer, and I don't believe it's meant to be, the book is written for a large audience of readers who need help in prayer.The book has a study guide included for small group or individual study. My advanced reader copy does not show this feature.If you are looking for a basic book on prayer fundamentals Before Amen is a great choice. If you are wanting a deeper look in to prayer, I recommend With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. Another wonderful book is by E.M. Bounds simply titled Prayer.  

Michele Howe

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“O” Positive (or not)

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:Last month I gave blood for the first time in a long time. It had been such a long stretch between “giving” that I couldn’t…
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Chad Ethridge

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great city

Oh great city,Where streets connect at intersectionsand commerce happens at every cornerbusiness transactions with a handshakeand legal documentation to supportWhere structures are erected or torn downin the name of progresswhere campaigns bring loyalty to idealsand divide people over the issuesOh great city,Where sturdy buildings are reminiscentof bygone eras and the lifestyles that went with themshrines for the working class and monuments to the daily grindWhere moral codes are eroded by the hands of timelike a shirt in a dryer or under a hot ironthe heat is absorbed in the pavementand wears down all who walk upon itOh great city,That is still yet to comeWhose architect and builder is GodWho alone is immortal and lives in unapproachable lightWho prepares a place for all foreigners and aliens on earthwho live by faith in what was promised and not yet receivedThey shall posses gladness and joyin that great city where God is presentand Jesus is Lord of all!



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A very poor sketch of Thayer Street, Providence, RI

A very poor sketch of Thayer Street, Providence, RI

Larry Hehn

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Posts with the Most – July 2014

If I had to choose a favorite time of month, this would definitely be it. I always look forward to the end of one month and the beginning of another, since that means it’s time for the Posts with the Most! Every month I boldly explore the interwebs, compiling my favorite top blog posts to share […]