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Simple Thoughts on Prayer

A compilation

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6–7 NLT

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To pray without ceasing is to do everything with prayer. This does not mean that every . . .  read more

Stand Out!

Adapted from Treasures

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George was a sailor on an oil tanker, and like most sailors he was often at sea for weeks at a time.

Once when George’s ship was in port, he met John outside a bar. The two talked, and eventually John, who was a dedicated Christian, led George to receive Jesus as his Savior.

“Now that you’ve asked Jesus to come into your heart, George, your life is going to change,” John said.

“How’s that?” asked George.

“Well, it says right . . .  read more

Struggles that Strengthen

By Maria Fontaine

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The Lord knows that encouragement is very important to us, and He wants to give us a lot of it. Encouragement plays a key role in helping us to keep going, even when we feel like quitting. Encouragement is one of the greatest pick-me-ups—and when it comes from the Lord, I’d say it’s the greatest. God’s encouragement helps us to know that we’re not alone, that He understands what we’re facing‚ and that if we just hold on a little longer, we will make it.

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Answers to Your Questions…

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Q: I recently made some costly mistakes and became very discouraged as a result—and that discouragement is not going away. I’m a failure. I feel like giving up. What can I do to get out of this mess?

A: Even though we may not understand why the Lord sometimes allows us to stumble and fall, we must remember that He loves . . .  read more

Developing Biblical Self-Control

A compilation

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O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in Thee.
Let Thy mighty calmness reign in me;
Rule me, O King of gentleness,
King of peace.
Give me control, great power of self-control,
Control over my words, thoughts and actions.
From all irritability, want of meekness, want of gentleness, dear Lord, deliver me.
By Thine own deep patience, give me patience.
Make me in this and all things more and more like Thee.
—St. John of the Cross (1542–1591)

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We are never going to enjoy stability, . . .  read more