Posts from December 2014

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Seeing into the Heart of God

by Ladd
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One of the Christmas gifts I received this year was a commentary on Matthew by Craig Keener. Some commentaries on the Bible are complicated and dry but not this one. It reads like a novel and flows from chapter to chapter filled with interesting and exciting insights into the text. In this blog post I […]

This Coming Year 2…

by Ladd
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Housekeeping to do before the New Year: First of all I want to thank all of you for reading thebeggardanced.com this past year. If all the people who read the blog were in one church we would be one of the largest churches in Canada. I appreciate your input, encouragement and suggestions. I have been […]

This Coming Year…

by Ladd
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A friend of mine posted to my Facebook page Alice Cooper’s song Salvation. I must admit I was a bit shocked at how spiritually sound the song was and the sense of longing really spoke to me. I didn’t know that he was a Christian and I was really surprised when I listened to a […]

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

by Ladd
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It is hard to believe that another year has rolled around. Ruth and I want to thank all of you who have faithfully read the blog and contacted us through either comments or by email for your support and encouragement this past year. We know that it has been a very difficult year for a […]

Angry With God

by Ladd
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During the Second World War two young Jewish boys were hung in a German concentration camp for stealing a few bites of food. The entire camp of inmates were forced to watch the slow and agonizing death of the two teens so that they would understand what happens to anyone who dared break a rule in […]

“Treasures of a Wasted Life” David Platt

by Ladd
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I want my life to count. We can either go through life letting it happen or we can make life happen. I want my life to count for the glory of God. Philippians 3:9b, 10 “the righteousness from God that depends on faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and […]

Promptings…

by Ladd
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At our Bible study last night we got into an interesting discussion on promptings of the Holy Spirit. When we sense that God is speaking to us, “how do we really know it’s God” was one of the questions we grappled with over hot cider. How do you know when the prompting is just your […]

The Elephant In the Room

by Ladd
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It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room – unanswered prayer. Few things in life are more demoralizing than dealing with unanswered prayer. Most of us have figured out that inappropriate prayers don’t get answered the way we hope. For example, to pray that your neighbor gets hit by a truck because of […]

Prayer Is a Privilege

by Ladd
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We need a prayer routine to really talk to God the way we wish to speak with Him. There are a number of interesting outlines that people use when organizing their prayers, but for me the one that works best is ACTS. ACTS is an acrostic that stands for adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. I […]

Prayer Comes From the Heart

by Ladd
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Let’s talk about clichés when it comes to prayer. I must admit I am an expert on overused and meaningless jargon when praying. I find myself using the same phrases, requests and terminology over and over again without giving much thought to what these words actually convey. And that is the crux of the problem […]