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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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Bible Christian

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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Bible Christian

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

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Bible Christian Prayer The Holy Spirit

Sparkling Gems from the Greek — A Partner To Help You When You Don’t Know How To Pray!

In this article from Rick Renner, rather than focus on one or two words in the Greek in a New Testament passage, he looks at Romans 8:26 as a whole. From Crosswalk.com…………………………..

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Bible Christian God the Father Jesus The Holy Spirit

10 Bible verses about anxiety

Oh my goodness…this world certainly produces a lot of anxiety! But thank God we are not left powerless in the face of our inner and outer anxieties. From First15…..

10 Bible verses about anxiety https://www.first15.org/06/29/10-bible-verses-about-anxiety/

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Bible Christian Jesus Walking with Christ

Jesus and Performance Fatigue

It is so easy sometimes to fall into the trap of thinking that we have to perform to some kind of standard to be accepted and approved by our heavenly Father. But it is not so! Some nice writing here from pastor and author Scott Sauls…………….

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Bible Study is Painful

But it is a good pain! Here is a takeaway for me: “All of the steps of Bible study are important, and none are a cinch. Application may be the hardest step, however, since it is the most personal. In application, we are forced to change. And rare is the person who likes to change.” From Knowable Word……….

https://www.knowableword.com/2020/09/14/bible-study-is-painful/