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John Bunyan on Prayer

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Today’s post is about one of history’s most well known and long renowned authors, John Bunyan.

John was born in 1628 in a small England village to his mother and father, who was a tinker. While his parents were poor, they managed to send John to school where he learned to read and write. John was not the good sort of boy that mother’s try to teach their sons to be, but made a name for himself by cursing, swearing and lying. Yet, already, at a young age he was tormented by thoughts and dreams of hell. John grew up and joined the army for a few years, only to later return and take up his father’s profession of tinkering. He left the army in 1647 and married shortly thereafter. While the couple was quite poor, having almost no furnishings for a house, his wife did have a copy of The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and The Practice of Piety. John relearned the long forgotten skill of reading, through these books and the help of his new wife.

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Answered Prayers Series: Hudson Taylor 

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J Hudson Taylor was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM, now OMF International). Taylor spent 51 years in China. The society that he began was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools and directly resulted in 18,000 Christian conversions, as well as the establishment of more than 300 stations of work with more than 500 local helpers in eighteen provinces.

His repertoire of achievements and skills are vastly phenomenal and deserve their own article, and has been written in many books but the most impressive, we believe, is his belief and stance in prayer. From humble beginnings and prayer, did his journey start. 

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A Praying Apron

A Praying Apron

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Imagine its 1710 in a little village called Epworth, England. You’re the wife of the town cobbler and its been a very busy day for your husband so you’re taking some deliveries for him throughout the village. Spring has arrived and everyone has their windows open, grateful for a taste of fresh, clean air. As you go along you pass the parsonage and glance inside the open window. The sight that meets your eyes stops you in your tracks.

 

There are 8 children on the floor, table and chairs. Some are reading, some are working mathematical equations and a few smaller children are playing with blocks and sticks. In the midst of them is woman, sitting in a chair, and over her face is an apron. Yes, she has set an apron over her face and sits quietly and still. You shake your head, That Susanna Wesley is a strange one, you say to yourself as you walk on. 

 

Yes, that woman was Susanna Wesley, and that was her praying apron.

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King David: A Man of Prayer

King David: A Man of Prayer

b2ap3_thumbnail_King-David.jpgIt seems a fitting start, in the series on individuals of intercession, to discuss the man of prayer named King David. Since he practically wrote a whole entire book of prayer called the Psalms, found smack dab in the middle of our Bibles, we see many of his own accounts of desperate prayer and praise directed specifically towards the throne of God itself. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the Psalms has noticed that David had a full spectrum of very raw and real human emotions, just as we do. But he had the bravery and the deep intimate relationship with the Lord to feel it appropriate to expose the reality of his life and the truest feelings of his heart to God Himself, because he knew God! Before David was lifted to the place of royalty, he was but a lowly and lonely shepherd. He spent days and years alone in the fields tending to sheep and mastered his harp, spending countless hours singing praises to God, fellowshipping, and praying. That is why his psalms are so intimate, because they sprung from an intimate relationship with God himself.

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Dear TeaParty.org

Dear TeaParty.org,

Why have I unsubscribed?

My inbox is perpetually filled with email from Tea Party groups heralding the latest abuse by the President and his cabal, or a crisis precipitated by his actions. Am I supposed to be surprised? Alarmed? Spurred to action?  Are we just now figuring out what tyrants do?  As I read your emails about the latest crisis, it becomes apparent that the reported crisis is framing for a fundraising appeal, and it feels manipulative.

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