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Preparing For Thanksgiving

  As we prepare for Thanksgiving, you may consider the brief seven-day Thanksgiving project that I outline on pp. 88-90 in my book Putting God Back in the Holidays. It includes such things as listing people whom God has used to bless your life—family, friends, neighbors, pastors, teachers, mechanics, hairstylists, insurance agents, etc. After you thank God for each one, ask yourself, “Have I ever thanked that person for how God has used them in my life?” On the next day take time to express to some of them how God has ministered to you through them. May God give you a wonderful Thanksgiving season.   Know that I am very grateful for your praying for me and for the many who receive this...

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Prayer For Our Nation

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You Have Not Because You Ask Not (James 4:2)

  Many of us may be familiar with the prayer promise in James 4:2, “You do not have because you do not ask.” When James’ readers heard this scripture, they would have certainly objected to it just as many people do today. They say, “What do you mean, ‘You do not have because you do not ask.’? We are continually asking and we have not received that for which we have been asking.” It is for this reason that James continues by acknowledging that they have asked. However, He says, “You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” It is very important to know what it means to pray with wrong motives. It does not necessarily mean not to pray for something that you really want....

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