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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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GOD’S WILL BE DONE

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

Most Christians are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer. If you attended Sunday School as a child, you are probably able to recite it. I have prayed this prayer many times over the years and have often meditated on these verses and what they mean. I sometimes wonder when we say the words of this prayer if, in the secret places of our hearts, we are really thinking: “MY kingdom come, MY will be done…” Submission to the will of another is very difficult for most of us; even submission to the will of God.

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Prayer

The Five Dilemmas of CalvinismCraig R. Brown:

The Bible gives us many great examples of prayer, … First, there is the Lord’s Prayer, which teaches us to pray “`your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”‘ (Matt. 6:10). We are instructed here to pray as if we understand that God reigns in this world. By doing so, we are agreeing with the Calvinistic doctrine that God’s will is supreme. But we are still praying. God uses our prayers to bring about those things He already has determined. How can that be? Is not God so much greater than we ever imagined? (The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism)

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