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Living in the Reign?

 

14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14 – 15 CSB

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The Place of Prayer

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But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6 ESV

All of Life Comes Together

The place of prayer is where all of life comes together. It is where we see ourselves as we really are. All the pretense is stripped away. It is also the place where we see God as He is. In prayer the glory of His splendor is perceived like nowhere else. It is in prayer that we begin to see our circumstances in the light of absolute reality. Everything becomes clear when we enter in and truly pray.

Why Do We Hesitate?

So why do we hesitate to enter the place of prayer? One reason is largely because prayer has a feeling of being unreal. We don’t feel like we are doing anything. In a world where it is demanded that we produce, that’s huge! We also have our pride to overcome. From the beginning man has always balked at admitting how dependent on the Lord He really is. We like to think we can handle things on our own.

To Those Who Know

To those who know what prayer truly is, however, it is the most real thing in the world. It is the place where they get in touch with reality rather than escaping from it. Prayer is also the home of the humble. They will be the ones who continually see the Lord acting on their behalf. They will have a continual testimony of the reality and greatness of their God.

Run to It

 Instead of running away from prayer, we need to run to it. Those who abide in the place of prayer are those who get a good taste of what it is like living in the Reign.
 
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The Beginning

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Every story has a beginning.

The beginning is where the stage for the story is set.

The beginning is where we are introduced to the characters in the story and begin to become acquainted with them.

The beginning is the first step in the journey toward the conclusion of the story.

We are all part of a wild and wonderful story. It is the most ancient story that did not originate in the mind or imagination of any human author. It is essential that the beginning of this story is understood so that the rest of the journey makes sense. Let’s begin…

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Just So We Know

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It has been said many times by many people that love has to look like something.  Very true.  The problem we have is that love looks different to each individual person.  To me love may look like someone bringing me coffee and a plate of cookies.  To you love may look like a long walk with your significant other, or like playing with your grandkids.  See what I mean?  The question we really need to ask is, “What does love look like from God’s standpoint?”  Fortunately He has painted us a picture just so we know.

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