Religion presents God as if he is a mafia godfather. They want you to fear Him instead of fall in love with Him. Jesus portrayed the truth about God in all He said and did. He told His disciples that when they see Him, they are actually seeing what God is like (John 14:9).
It was a bad time for Israel. The leadership was feeble and they faced strong enemies. Their knowledge of God supported them knowing that the God they served was The Lord of hosts, of all the hosts both of heaven and earth.
The mother of Samuel approached God through prayer for a child. Hannah was her name. She was childless and her affliction was aggravated by her rival’s uncomfortable insolence. However she did have a kind husband. His kindness toward her brought her some relief.
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Telling people they need to love God without teaching them first how God loves them is like a farmer expecting a harvest without having planted any seeds.
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Do you feel disillusioned, let down and frustrated with the results you get when trying to pray for the sick. The Bible tells us to pray for the healing of the condition of the sick and those in poor health.
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Background: The name Jabez in Hebrew means “He that causes pain”. In the Jewish culture, it is a common practice to use symbolic names for the children. Jabez’s mother experienced great pain in giving birth to Jabez, much more pain than the usual childbirth, so this is why his mother named him Jabez.
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