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Why Do I Do What I Hate?

It is amazing to me how many times I’ve heard that life automatically gets better when a person becomes a Christian. Change has come. You and I are no longer the same.

While it is true that many things get better, it’s also true that many things get more difficult. In all honesty, the differences before surrendering to Christ and after are a mixed bag. It gets better in that we no longer have to carry guilt and shame a...

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Prayer: The Words of My Mouth

The words we use in our petitions to God are often quite odd. We ask for things that God provides because such is his nature. We pray for things that he has already given or gives abundantly at all times. Perhaps we even pray for him to do what he will not do. When I pray some phrase such as, “God, be near,” I am asking him for something (his presence) that is already given. Of course, I am not saying that such prayers are fruitless. ...

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