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rayer is such an important part of the Christian’s life that Jesus gave us an example of how to do it (Matt. 6:13-15). It is therefore something we should consider seriously. Prayer can be divided into two groups for the purpose of this article: public and private. To start with, let us note a few observations regarding public prayers.
First, while every prayer is personal, and the heart of those praying must always be right with God, public prayer must account for more than just the personal needs of the individual leading the prayer. The person who leads the public prayer should be cognizant of the fact that others are participating in this act of fellowship and should make them feel that they are a part of the prayer. Others need to be able to say “amen” at the end of that prayer (I Cor. 14:16). Therefore, the prayer cannot be too specific about one’s own needs . . .
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Years ago, you rarely heard of anyone being a homosexual, but there has been a coming out party and homosexuality is now aired freely through the news media and movies. However, there have been homosexuals throughout the course of history.
Homosexuality is condemned in the old testament. "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: It Is abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). The word "sodomite" is used in the old testament to refer to homosexuals and is derived from the city of Sodom. "But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly" (Genesis 13:13). "There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel" (Deuteronomy 23:17).
The new testament reveals that homosexuality is sinful also. . . .
God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
Here’s a hand to the boy who has courage
To do what he knows to be right;
When he falls in the way of temptation,
He has a hard battle to fight.
Who strives against self and his comrade
Will find a most powerful foe.
All honor to him if he conquers.
A cheer for the boy who says, “No!”
There’s many a battle fought daily
The world knows nothing about;
There’s many a brave little soldier
Whose strength puts a legion to rout.
And he who fights sin singlehanded
Is more of a hero, I say,
Than he who leads soldiers to battle
And conquers by arms in the fray.
Be steadfast, my boy, when you’re tempted,
To do what you know to be right.
Stand firm by the colors of manhood,
And you will o’ercome in the fight.
“The right,” be your battle cry ever
In waging the warfare of life,
And God, who knows who are the heroes,
Will give you the strength for the strife.
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)
What kind of person loves to pray to be seen of men?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER
In what kind of worship of the "Unknown God" did the Athenians engage?
Acts 17:23 - For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE (Theme: Prayer) Monday, August 19 - Psalm 5:1-3; Matt. 6:5-15; Phil 4:6,7; I Pet. 3:7; II Chron. 30:27; Rev. 5:8 Tuesday, August 20 - I John 5:14,15; I Tim. 2:1-8; Luke 18:1; Rom. 12:12; Psalm 86:6,7 Wednesday, August 21 - James 1:6; I Tim. 5:5; I Thess. 5:17; Heb. 4:16; Luke 6:12 Thursday, August 22 - Eph. 6:18; Luke 22:39-46; Mark 14:38; Matt. 5:44; Matt. 26:42 Friday, August 23 - Psalm 10:17; James 5:16; Prov. 15:8, 29; I Pet. 3:12; Prov. 28:9
Weekly Memory Verses
I Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.