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Have you ever struggled to know how to pray for someone? You don't want to act like you know better than God does about what should be done. You don't want to only pray for temporal relief. You know God already knows, and you suspect He'll do whatever He wants no matter what you pray. One...

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Prayers Aren't Working!

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With every tragedy, the same cycle replays, but with increasing intensity each iteration: Tragedy hits. Some people declare, "I'm praying for the people in _______." Other people counter with, "Your prayers aren't working! It's time for _______." That last blank is always filled with...

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Ahead of Prayer

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every few months, I get together with other EFCA pastors in the greater KC metro area. These are always rich, challenging, and encouraging times, and I come away from these meetings with at least a gem or two. In the last couple of meetings, we've batted around the difference between two...

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Tags: ahead, behind, follow, prayer

Honi is a Bunch of Hooey

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in D.C., is selling thousands of books and products related to his 2011 book The Circle Maker. It's based on an event in the life of a 1st C BC character named Honi Ha-Ma’agel, who might not even have actually existed. The products...

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Tags: batterson, circle, prayer