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The Great Business of Life

The great business of life is practical oneness and total dependence on Jesus. We don't learn our way into this gospel. Repentance is the only way in. But, like Martha, many Christians bustle through the duties of life–or even the duties of the church. They never take time to sit with Jesus and give him...

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The Intercession of the Spirit

What does the apostle Paul mean when talks about the unutterable groanings of the Holy Spirit? This intercession of the Spirit occurs when we set aside time to think, meditate, and pray. The Holy Spirit leads the mind to consider the church, sinners, and one's own soul in light of the Bible. This excites deep...

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When You Don’t Want to Pray

What do you do when you don't want to pray (but you know you should)? Charles Finney lays out how we are to come into the state of mind to offer the prayer of faith. First, we search the Scriptures and find evidence that God will answer. Simultaneously, we cherish the good desires from the...

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Will You Pray?

Will you pray? The first baby step of following Jesus is really the only step in the entire Christian life. It is simply doing what Jesus tells you to do. Once you make this commitment, you're in a place to offer the prayer of faith. God has pledged himself to always answer the prayer of...

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Perfectly Trustful, Perfectly Calm

In his memoir, Holy Spirit Revivals, Charles Finney describes how revival broke through fierce opposition in Auburn, New York. Finney brought the opposition before the Lord. After several days of prayer, he was lifted into a perfectly trustful, perfectly calm state of mind. Kindness for those who opposed the revival filled Finney's heart. He determined...