And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
— Luke 11:9-13
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We live in a world where many view suffering as the primary indicator you are doing something wrong. “You made a bad decision.” “You should have tried harder or prepared more." Even when we view suffering through the lens of Christian faith, we hear similar reverberations. “You don’t have enough faith.” “God must be judging you.” While those are at times absolutely true, they can discredit the oft-neglected reason we suffer—for the good purposes of God. Are we not called to persevere?
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Jon Bloom is the board chair and co-founder of Desiring God. In late July he wrote this thoughtful challenge—and encouragement—to Christian parents.
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Most everyone in America was and is in favor of marriage equality. Most everyone was and is in favor of marriage equality because most everyone wants the law to treat all marriages equally.
The debate in the United States in the decade and a half before Obergefell v. Hodges wasn’t about equality. It was about marriage. We disagreed about what marriage is...
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By Ravi Zacharias
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Our ministry teams are in the final stages of preparing for the fall semester and the freshmen arriving on campus. This includes a planning retreat with student leaders. Please pray for Christian Union ministry faculty and student leaders to prepare well to reach many newly arriving freshmen. Also pray for returning students to feel a spiritual zeal over what God can do in their own lives this year.
Please pray for the New York and DC teams as they continue to meet with recent graduates and new arrivals to the city, and connect them to the broader spiritual community. We’re excited for them as they see God work in and through them in these cities.
DAY & NIGHT
Our 21-Day Fast for Revival in America has begun. Pray for hearts to be humbled before God during this time. Ask God to take notice of these measures to seek Him with increased intensity. Ask Him to come to us with greater doses of His presence and power. Ask for changed lives, answered prayers, transformed churches, and public demonstrations of His glory. We need revival in America!
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