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6 Lessons from Philippians to Encourage Believers

The Epistle to the Philippians is one of my favorite parts of the New Testament, and this article highlights the encouragements to be gained from reading and meditating on this wonderful letter from Paul. From Crosswalk.com……………

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/lessons-from-philippians-to-encourage-believers.html

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Bible Christian Prayer Walking with Christ

A Lesson on Prayer from a Depressed Charles Spurgeon

Many people were not aware that the great 19th Century preacher and writer Charles Spurgeon struggled with often debilitating and crushing depression. This means he also labored with prayer. So, he provides a model for us mere mortals who also struggle. Here is a little tidbit: “The essence of prayer lies in the heart drawing near to God; and it can do that without words.” From The Chorus in the Chaos……………

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The Gratitude of Jesus Christ

This article reminds us that Jesus was always thanking His Father during His ministry. Do we have this same mindset? From Two Journeys…………………………….

https://twojourneys.org/articles/detail/2292123/the-gratitude-of-jesus-christ/

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Good Questions Brought Up by Ecclesiastes 3

More in the series from minister and biblical counselor Jared Ingle as he examines the Book of Ecclesiastes. This time, he looks at a number of issues brought up in Chapter 3, including peace, love and hate……………..

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Bible Christian Prayer

BOOK REVIEW: WHEN PRAYER IS A STRUGGLE: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer by Kevin P. Halloran (P & R Publishing; 2021)

Minister, author, and blogger Kevin Halloran has written an eminently helpful and encouraging book on how to handle the most common difficulties with prayer. He covers prayer problems such as being at a loss of what to pray, being hindered by guilt or shame, unable to focus, being too stressed or too busy. Halloran writes on nine of the most common obstacles to prayer reported by laymen and clergy alike as a fellow struggling pray-er so that the reader does not feel either belittled or unusual for needing assistance in developing a healthy and consistent prayer life.

The author begins the book by demonstrating through Scripture why prayer is essential, and the benefits to every believer for persevering through the difficulties often found in praying to God in any kind of meaningful and fulfilling manner. Readers will probably recognize themselves in more than just one of the difficulty areas described and are encouraged to skip around if they wish. Each of the chapters provides doable action plans that are thankfully not very complicated. At the back of the book, Halloran offers a listing of psalms to pray grouped by topic and verses to find the prayers of the Apostle Paul. Finally, he lists many recommended books for those who want to go deeper into the subject of prayer. This is one of the most practical and approachable books on prayer I have read. I highly recommend it!

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Resonating in Awe with the Presence of God in Ecclesiastes

Another article in this ongoing series from pastor and biblical counselor Jared Ingle on the Book of Ecclesiastes. This time, it is on the Preacher’s admonition to “fear God” or to live in awe of God as a proper mindset for all believers………………..

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Knowing the Times — Ecclesiates 3

Continuing in a series of articles on the Book of Ecclesiastes by Jared Ingle and the importance of understanding the times…………………….

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Regarding Solomon and the Authorship of Ecclesiastes

This article begins a series on that most interesting of books in the Old Testament — The Book of Ecclesiastes. From pastor and biblical counselor Jared Ingle……………

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5 Important Life Lessons We Can Learn from the “Patience” of Job

I put “patience” in parentheses because that is how the Hebrew is translated in the old King James Bible, but it is translated in newer versions as “perseverance,” “endurance,” and “steadfastness” in James 5:11. From Crosswalk.com…………….

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/5-important-lessons-from-the-patience-of-job.html

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Bible Christian Walking with Christ

How to Welcome Criticism and Respond to It with Grace

Wait…is this even possible? It is! Not easy; but possible. And something that each of us might have the opportunity to practice probably at least once a day or more! Here is a takeaway for me: “Secure in Christ’s righteousness, our aim is not ultimately to please other people, nor is it to gain an upper hand on our critics. Rather, our aim is to please Christ with lives of humility, faithfulness, and love. Our aim is to pursue a kind of character and humility that makes it difficult for others to accuse us, not for our own glory but for the glory of Christ.” From Eternal Perspectives Ministries…………………

https://www.epm.org/blog/2021/Aug/23/welcome-criticism-respond-grace