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Be Willing to Listen By Ed McDowell

Will you listen to what He has to say? “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.“ Luke 6:27-28 NLT From beginning to end, Luke chapter 6 is filled with Jesus showing…

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Despair During the Season of Christmas By Ed McDowell

When Despair Finds You at Christmas From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I…

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A Great Vision and Call to Pray By Diane Strack

A Great Vision Produces Remarkable Synergy The seed of a great vision can  take root in some of the most unexpected places. For me, it began with a firm grip across the table and a heavy ask – “Gather the women of America to pray, Diane, it is the only hope for our nation,” pleaded…

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Prayer for Steward Leaders and Boards By R. Scott Rodin

An Exercise of Prayer for Steward Leaders and Steward Boards I grew up in a highly liturgical church, and I still love the planned intentionality of moving through prayer, reading, and response rituals. I love liturgy. We wrote a liturgy to support our Steward Declaration, and I hope you will consider using it as part…

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The Most Important Prayer By Jim Stern

 Most Important Prayer for Every Circumstance “The model prayer of our Lord, called familiarly ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ is the universal prayer, because it is peculiarly adapted to all men everywhere in all circumstances in all times of need.” E.M. Bounds[1] Edward McKendree (E.M.) Bounds (1835–1913) was a Methodist minister and Civil War chaplain. He considered…

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Living on the Other Side of Anxious By Mark L. Vincent

Learning to Become Anxious for Nothing Being non anxious is a pretty handy gift during Pandemic Time! I’ve been teased as a person who never gets riled – and more than once given the nickname Yoda by people who don’t even know each other. I don’t think that never riled is accurate, because when anger…

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National Day of Prayer In Such a Time as This

Thursday, May 7, 2020 is the official National Day of Prayer The National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders. This year, God’s people will find new ways to gather and pray. HISTORY In 1775 the Continental Congress allocated a…

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A Prayer of Trust and Commitment By Ed McDowell

A Prayer and Commitment to Trust God In God, we trust. Today Christian Leadership Alliance launches the Outcomes Conference Digital Experience 2020. We open this event in prayer and voice our full and complete trust in God.  We are grateful for the beautiful prayer submitted by Ed McDowell. It expresses well the heart and desire…

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Prayer is a Gift from God By Howard Rich

Prayer is a Gift The Father Gives to Each of Us Prayer is a gift from our Father that allows us to hear and see His heart for relationship with us.  As He works through us to make His name known, He wants to communicate with us personally.  What an amazing privilege we have in…

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Pray for People by Dr. Gary G. Hoag

You Unlock Kingdom Outcomes When You Pray for People At the inception of Christian mission, we find a very important insight from Jesus that relates to apostolic ministry in modern times and people. By apostolic, I simply mean work that seeks to take the gospel of Jesus Christ into new territory. He told them, “The…

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