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Praying Follows a Pattern

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Praying Follows a Pattern

We talked in worship on Sunday, February 21 about how individual prayers can and should follow a pattern. We took Jesus’ model prayer found in Luke 11:1-4 as our starting point and came up with four parts of prayer. As we pray, we want to do the following: Celebrate: Praise God for who he is and what he has done. Admit: Tell God the truth about what you have done and who you are. Request: Ask God for blessings for yourself and others. Engage: Plan to obey God’s instructions. The point is not to pray with a checklist in your hand, nor is...

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Our lives are filled with successes, failures, and people commenting on both.

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Our lives are filled with successes, failures, and people commenting on both.

When I was in high school track, I was a hurdler. My speed, long legs, and coordination meant that I was actually pretty good at hurdling. By my senior year, I was winning most of the 300 meter races I was running and closing in on our school record. At the sectional meet I was feeling as good as I ever had. As I rounded the second and final turn, I took the lead and was on pace to break our record by two whole seconds. But then I grazed a hurdle. Hurdling is all about precision and maintaining a certain number of steps between each hurdle, so...

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What does a disaster say about life and God?

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What does a disaster say about life and God?

A few years ago, the O’Neal family headed to Grand Marais for a vacation disaster. The trip started with such high expectations. We love Grand Marais, and we were traveling with good friends. We expected nothing but good things along the way. Boy, were we naive. As we crammed everything into two vehicles headed for the North Shore, we were like the characters in the first scene of a horror movie, completely unaware of the trouble waiting for us. The trip involved a string of unfortunate events. Our trouble started in Duluth when one of our...

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Storytelling changes lives

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Storytelling changes lives

My husband grew up in a large family. And his family members for generations had many adventures. His immediate family lived in the woods, 30 minutes from any small town, didn’t watch much TV, read a lot and created their own fun outside. I think these factors, along with some good DNA, contributed to the fact that his family is filled with exceptionally creative people. Storytelling was a big part of their life. Stories were told and imaginations fostered, and many storytellers were made. We had the chance last week to be together with...

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Who’s your political hero?

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Who’s your political hero?

I picked mine when I was ten. It was 1980 when Ronald Reagan ran for President against against Jimmy Carter. I felt like I had to choose which man I wanted to be President, and making that choice felt like I was making some kind of life decision. Jimmy Carter was a Bible-believing Christian and a good man. Jimmy Carter was one of the few people who ever stood before the nation and said that he was a born-again Christian. His faith made an obvious difference in his life. But Ronald Reagan reminded me of my grandfather. He looked vaguely like my...

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