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How to Make Gratitude a Habit

A few years ago, I wrote a short post about having a month of gratitude in November. While the ideas I shared are a great place to start, sometimes I think we need to push ourselves in the gratitude department! And I think that might be especially true this year. So let’s look at how…

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Pray

Why do you pray? Because you should? Because your life is a mess? Because you need help? Because you’re lonely? There are dozens of reasons to pray. But perhaps a better question to ask is why should you pray? If you pray because you think you should – you are partially correct. You should pray….

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The 10 Best Books on Prayer

Prayer is such a critical part of the Christian life that hundreds of books on the subject have been written. I’ve read several of them – and have several others on my ‘to-read’ shelf. From all the books on prayer that I’ve read, heard about, want to read, and have waiting for me on my…

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What is Prayer in the Bible?

I remember teaching my young sons that prayer is ‘talking to God.’ A simple explanation for a child, but is prayer really that basic? What is prayer in the Bible? What does Jesus teach us about prayer? How is praying Biblically different from what you might think prayer is? These questions, and others like them,…

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20 Ways to Pray for Missionaries

As believers, we know we should pray for missionaries. Unfortunately, many of us never get beyond, “Lord, bless the missionaries.” But I can imagine God scratching his head and wondering – “Which ones? How? I have a lot of different blessings; which missionaries need which blessings?” I have been guilty of just that type of…