Elements of Effective Prayer

By: Adam McClendon www.newlineministries.com Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we are honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought.  That’s why Wayne Grudem’s often cited quote is such a stinging rebuke.  In his Systematic Theology book, he writes:       “If we were really convinced…

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The Danger of Holiness (Part 1)

Imagine you walk into your local congregation of believers next Sunday. As always, you sing a couple of hymns or contemporary worship songs (depending on the culture of your church) and then the offering plate gets passed around. The guitarist (or organist) is playing a lovely tune when all of a sudden the music crashes…

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The Story

Two of Jesus’ disciples are traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Luke says they are discussing recent events, which include Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and reports of his resurrection. I think it would be fair to assume that these men were utterly confused. They believed Jesus to be their Messiah who would restore Israel to her…

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Checking Our Compassion Gauges

  Our culture generally sees compassion as a virtue. We admire and respect compassionate people and even feel that it is our responsibility to be compassionate to some extent. But, the call to be compassionate is more than a cultural value; it is a biblical expectation for all who claim to follow God.   Here…

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A Joyful Noise

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!  Serve the Lord with gladness!  Come into his presence with singing!”    Psalm 100:1   Neuroscience is making some interesting claims about the benefits of corporate singing.  (You can read the article here:  http://upliftconnect.com/neuroscience-of-singing/). The article claims that when people sing together as a group, their…

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