Why Pray?

We pray because prayer opens up the floodgates of God’s infinite grace and power to flow toward the person in need. God can act without prayer, but He chooses to operate within the boundaries of human will and invitation. He allows us to participate in His work on earth with each prayer. Leonard Ravenhill once said about prayer, “One might …

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Death by Tent Peg

For years, ministers around the world have marveled over the sermons of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He didn’t prepare manuscripts in advance, seldom knowing on Friday what he would speak about on Sunday. Yet, when he stood to preach, audiences were entranced by his eloquence, insight, authority and bluntness. The modern American pulpit seldom speaks of “hell, fire and brimstone.” But …

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Giving Up Control

After two failed attempts at landing, a balloonist panicked. Frantically, he searched for a third spot to attempt a touchdown, but all he could see for miles was thick woods. He had only half of one tank of fuel left. Nevertheless, he felt his only option was to hit the burners and try to find a clearing. Nearly paralyzed with …

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New Year’s Sermon

Time has forgotten quaint Roland Hill, but in eighteenth-century England he was dearly loved. He founded and built London’s famous Surrey Chapel with his own inheritance, and there he preached to immense audiences from 1773 until his death fifty years later. When he grew so old his voice barely carried across the pews, his people said, “But it does us …

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As for Me

In the 1700s, a young man named James Taylor proposed marriage to his girlfriend, and a wedding date was set. Neither of them were Christians. James, in fact, so detested itinerant preachers that he often pelted them with rotten tomatoes or eggs. Shortly before his wedding, one of John Wesley’s circuit riders entered town, and James, hearing of it, wanted …

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Why Worry?

People who continually worry about every detail of their lives are like a patient in a mental hospital who stood with her ear pressed against the wall. “What are you doing?” an attendant asked with curiosity. “Shhhh,” the woman whispered, beckoning to the attendant to join her at the wall. The attendant pressed her ear to the wall and stood …

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