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Prayer and Work

“Never stop praying” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) has become a constant reminder for me in order that prayer itself might become a constant practice. It’s a good work, far from accomplished (hardly begun), that is necessary in my life. Prayer is the work of our lives. We come together and pray corporately. We worship God. This is our work, in which we participate in his life. We also pray in solitude, ...

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Stillness: Guarding Peace

I have been considering a statement I recently read from Mark the Ascetic. He says that when we perpetually keep in mind Christ's humiliation, "then what anger, wrath or bitterness can take possession of us?" Similarly Jonah Paffhausen, in his lecture "Do Not React, Do Not Resent, Keep Inner Stillness," says, "Our watchfulness needs to be focused on God. We need to maintain the conscious awareness of God’s pres...

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