Connected, Session 6: 3 Steps to a Healthier Prayer Life

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by Joel A. Lindsey Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You decide it’s time to pray, so you close your eyes. Fifteen seconds in, out of nowhere, tomorrow’s to-do list pops up and your thoughts are off on a tangent. Before long, you realize what’s happening, and by sheer force of the will, you [...]

Connected, Session 6: May I Pray For You Now?

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  PRAYING WITH P U R P O SE / LIVING IN THE WORD  May I Pray for You Now? by Kaye Johns “Brothers, pray for us also” (1 Thess. 5:25).  Most of us, if we are at all active in our churches, are occasionally asked to pray for someone. We say we will — [...]

Connected, Session 5: Gifts

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By Michael Kelley My kids love getting gifts. (I guess that whole “blessed is the giver” thing hasn’t caught on yet.) My son likes Legos®, light sabers, and baseball bats. He could care less about getting clothes. In a big stack of presents, he’ll open a package of socks, nod politely, and then quickly throw [...]

Connected, Session 5: All Excuses Ceasing

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by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an [...]

Connected, Session 5: Can I Take Your Coats?

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by Scott Penner These were the first words that greeted me as I, along with my family, entered Truro Alliance Church as a candidate for pastoral ministry.  Delbert, a quiet, unassuming senior, had his own way of making a person feel welcome. He was what you would call the head usher. However, when asked if [...]

Connected, Session 4: No, Not Forever

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A Prayer of Thanks for an Overheard Conversation by Charlotte Poteet Lord, yesterday, one of Your saints encouraged me, although he had no idea of it. I did not know him, nor did he know me. But I saw his face, and I knew he belonged to You. Actually, I was encouraged by several of [...]

Connected, Session 3: Beyond the Casserole

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by Karen S. Robertson Upon the recent death of our mother, my family experienced an outpouring of love. Delicious cakes, pies, and casseroles appeared at our door. But help also came in other ways, teaching us to think outside the box when helping someone else struggling with grief. Stand in the gap. Offer to house-sit, [...]

Connected, Session 3: Pen to Paper

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by Farrell D’Lynn Boone At Cross Point Community Church in Nashville, Tenn., a team of volunteers has put new life into the dying art of letter writing. Not only have they given voice to its revival, but they’ve shaped it into a ministry that has far exceeded their expectations with its powerful results. Members of [...]

Connected, Session 3: Going the Distance

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Marathoner Amy Compston used to run away from God. Now she’s running for Him.  by Mark Maynard Amy Compston has been a distance runner since she was 11 years old. The wife and mom, 28, who finished among the top 15 percent of females at the 2013 Boston Marathon, is training for a grueling 50-mile Ultra Marathon in [...]

Connected, Session 1: All Excuses Ceasing

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by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an [...]