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Simplicity: Practicing to Be Less

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what...

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Fasting: Deliver Me from this Body of Death

Why doesJesus say fasting is necessary for deliverance from some evils (along with prayer—Mark 9:29; cf. Matthew 17:20 footnote)? Does God delight in our being hungry, in our suffering and deprivation? Is God moved to action when he sees his people doing extraordinary works, proving that they really, really mean it or desire the thing for which they pray? Or does fasting, in some special way, tap into God’s compassion so that he re...

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