Thursday: Timeless Compassion Replicated
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The sincerest offering of praise is imitation. Christ’s earliest disciples imitated their Master’s prayer life. Naturally they prayed for personal safety, for their daily necessities, and for individual spiritual guidance. Nevertheless, intercessory prayer became an important component of their discipleship. Read Acts 1:13-14; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; James 5:13-16; 1 John 5:16; Jude 20-22; 1 Peter … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Timeless Compassion
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Christ was the embodiment of perfection; that is, all of God’s perfections were revealed in Him. Thus, was anyone ever more compassionate than Christ? Who possessed a stronger desire than Jesus to alleviate human distress? We, therefore, ask: what relationship did Christ’s compassion and intercession have with discipleship? Read Luke 22:31-32 and John 17:6-26 (see … [Click to read more …]

The Arrow of Prayer
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It was a simple question: “What are you doing here?” Standing in a cave after fleeing for his life, Elijah recounts the lament of his soul. His recent conquests for God appear to have taken a turn for the worse. Feeling alone and confused, this man of great experience, has all but given up and … [Click to read more …]

03: Discipleship and Prayer – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : There is power in prayer. Through prayer we develop like minds and learn to live and do according to His will. [Teaching plan for Discipleship and Prayer January 13, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 14:22-23. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Timeless Teaching
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Prayer miraculously bonds finite souls with their infinite Creator. Prayer is spiritual adhesive. Bonded with the heavenly Father, believers transcend their earthly natures and sinful tendencies. This transformation separates them from the world. Should Satan successfully recast prayer into a self-centered mold, thus robbing prayer of its potential for our transformation, we could be powerfully … [Click to read more …]

Prayer: Give Me or Take Me?
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I have had the opportunity to observe Buddhist culture a couple of occasions when I have taught college courses in Thailand. The overtness of Buddhist devotion was something new to me. It was not uncommon to encounter a shrine to Buddha where people were praying, chanting, and offering incense, or rubbing gold leaf onto an … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Time for Prayer
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Think through what prayer really is: fallen sinful beings, worthy of death, are able, instantly, to have direct communication with the Creator of the universe-our Holy God. Also, when God in Christ clothed Himself in human flesh, accepting humanity’s limitations, He, too, sensed the necessity of prayer. Though not standing before the Father in the … [Click to read more …]

Discipleship and Prayer – Hit the Mark
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She seems an unlikely character for this week’s discussion on discipleship and prayer. Throughout her story as recorded in the Gospel of John, prayer is not once mentioned. She is not one of the many who came seeking Jesus for miraculous healing from some incurable illness. As a matter of fact, she didn’t even initially … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Time-tested Compassion
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Frequently, prayer assumes a self-centered posture. Believers present their wish lists before God, hoping to get that which they ask for. Though, of course, we are told to set our petitions before God, sometimes our motives are not pure. After all, are not our hearts corrupt, wicked, and deceitful? Might not our prayers, at times, … [Click to read more …]

The Last Prayer of Woodrow Hill
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Last November I lost a dear patriarch from my church, and friend, Woodrow (Woody) Hill who passed away at 95. I had been a friend of Woody and his wife Jean for ten years. Woody was a man of God and always had a cheerful smile, even when I visited him at the hospital or … [Click to read more …]

Once Upon a Time – Telling Stories That Teach
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I love a good story, don’t you? Storytelling is a distinctly human trait. No matter how proficiently animals like dolphins, apes and some birds can communicate with us, they don’t care about stories. People, on the other hand, seem to be born craving stories. Think about the child at bedtime: “One more story, Mommy! Just … [Click to read more …]