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In response to the letter writer who thinks prayer is part of “Bronze Age mythology” (“Example shows prayer fails,” Dec. 4):

Too often, we look for and ask for big changes through prayer, expecting God to respond when we want. Or, we expect Him, through prayer and at that moment, to fix circumstances or change people when there is trouble.

What one fails to realize is that the circumstances, events and/or people in trouble may have occurred because of how one lives and the choices made, such as greed, power, deceit, immoral behavior, abuse, misuse, neglect, brutality – the list goes on. We are a “want, want, want” society. Me first. How can I beat someone out of something? I am No. 1.

If you stood still long enough, you cannot miss the glory of God’s work around us. God has answered many prayers from the beginning of time, and will through all eternity. He gives us a free will to choose to follow His Word, or to do our own thing. It is those people who fail to appreciate God and His glory, and balk at the mention of His truth, His Word and what it means to trust Him.

God cannot respond to prayer on our time or terms, especially when His Word is not honored, or when one lives against His Word. God loves all of creation, and all of us as His children, but we have a part in this, and that is to believe.

Stop, stand still and be quiet awhile, and ask God to reveal Himself to you. You will assuredly get an answer.

Joanne Parrish

Martinez

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/06/12 - 05:55 pm
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One of the greatest

One of the greatest archaeologists of all time was Sir William Ramsay. He studied under the famous German historical schools in the mid-nineteenth century, which taught that the New Testament was a religious treatise written in the mid-200s AD, and not an historical document recorded in the first century. Ramsay was so convinced of this teaching that he entered the field of archaeology and went to Asia Minor to specifically find the physical evidence to refute Luke's biblical record. After years of field study, Ramsay completely reversed his entire view of the Bible and first century history. He wrote:

Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy, he is possessed of the true historic sense...in short, this author should be placed along with the greatest of historians.

Just some interesting facts.

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Bizkit 12/06/12 - 06:09 pm
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Interestingly most physicians

Interestingly most physicians are people of faith too. Oddly enough too a majority voice a concern over evolution-which I find a bit puzzling like Paul Broun. But an MD is a professional degree not an academic and most PhD in the biological sciences have full faith in evolution and only a minority claim a faith-people like Francis Collins. I have family members who are physicians and they too have strong faith. I hypothesize this is a self preservation mechanims because they have to make life and death decisions-and if someone dies then it wasn't in their hands but Gods. Just an idea. I know my father who was a physician prayed for Gods help numerous times-as did the families he assisted.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/06/12 - 06:24 pm
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Well folks

This horse has been beaten long enough. I'm done commenting on prayer (in the near term). What I'm hoping for now, is that soon someone will write a LTE concerning this:
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/us/gay-wash-couples-get-marriage-licenses/nTN5h/

Or this:
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/social-issues/smokers-celebrate-as-wash-legaliz...

Should be the basis for some robust discussions!

specsta
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specsta 12/06/12 - 08:57 pm
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Be Humble In Our Ignorance

RMSCHEFF wrote: "When one has "the mind of Christ" we see everything as He sees it not as fallen man sees it."

There is no way that a human being sees everything the same as God. THAT'S THE PROBLEM!!! Christians who actually believe that their intellect and spirituality have become so advanced with the utterance of a "confession of faith", that they are now in a position to think about things the same as God.

When that mental condition occurs, when one starts believing that they are now in a mind-meld with God, it becomes very easy to judge and condemn others.

Face it! Human beings are so feeble-minded that we cannot even comprehend the concept of eternity. We cannot even imagine the sheer number of a trillion stars. We are stupid and blind to even the simplest of God-created science.

Yet, many Christians take a few sentences written in an ancient book that has seen countless revisions and interpretations and suddenly they know the secrets of the universe. They read contradictions and don't question them. They read that sin equals death and assume that everyone not saved as a Christian will face a one-way trip to an eternal hellfire. Yet they do not re-conciliate this with verses that state that Jesus paid the penalty for all sin, past and present. Well, did He or did He not? Would a loving God condemn a child to hell, because that child was never saved? Is Gandhi, a man of peace and love, burning in hell because he was a Hindu? Or is Ted Bundy, a mass murderer, doing cartwheels among the fluffy clouds because he repented before he was executed?

It would be better for Christians to realize how ignorant they are, and that the goal should be to have a personal intimacy with God and to seek wisdom. Be humble and be grateful, because you know very little.

The Scriptures even state that "we see through a glass darkly" and that our knowledge is limited.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/06/12 - 11:18 pm
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Specsta, I believe you have

Specsta, I believe you have misunderstood the meaning of RMSHEFF'S comment "When one has "the mind of Christ" we see everything as He sees it not as fallen man sees it. In your example of a sick or dying child we must look at this as Christ sees it with eternity in mind."

He/She is not saying that our minds now become the mind of Christ but that we begin to understand that things are not final for those who are believers. We begin to look at, or more importantly, we begin to have faith, that for every season there is a purpose and God knows what that purpose is and even though we may not understand it, our minds are settled because we know that God is in control.

Specsta, I find it odd that you believe in the Almighty God but you don't believe His Word. What do you use as a guide for your life? Your own thoughts, your own feelings? There are no contradictions in the bible. There may be things in it that some do not understand, it doesn't make sense to them, but there are no contradictions in His Word that alters the message of His birth, death, resurrection, His Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness and Love. No contradiction to the message of Salvation and the way He has commanded to live our lives. NOTHING that changes the message of Christ. And for the few minor things that we mere humans do not understand....no contradiction, we just don't have the whole story yet. Won't it be grand to be able ask Christ the answer when we get home!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/06/12 - 11:23 pm
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Wow, re-read specsta

Wow, re-read specsta comment.....you sure have a judgemental heart there.......and you want to condemn Christians? You blast Christians for being ignorant but then you talk about having an intimate relationship with Christ. My friend, with hatred, contempt, and condemnation in your heart.....I seriously don't think you are having an intimate relationship with the Master until you do some house cleaning yourself.

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