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Jesus didn’t choose the wealthy or the popular or the great intellectuals of his time to walk with him as his disciples. He chose simple fishermen, regular people of the world, tax collectors, even doubters.

When Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi, he was in a Roman prison and certainly had great reason to feel anxious for his life. Yet, he wrote to the Philippians in chapter 4, to “be anxious for nothing.”

Known as a condensed version of Christian living, James’ letters to the dispersed Jewish Christian believers helped to encourage them in living the Christian life on a daily basis, just as it speaks to us today.

Last week I wrote about being a guest at a monastery in downstate New York. I spoke a little about what one does at a monastery, and some of the particulars of the one I stayed at for several days.

We have a holy God who loves us and cares for us. Throughout time, God has shown his love for us, including how he forgives us when we fall short.

Prayer is a big part of many religions. In the Christian life, many have learned from their youth to recite what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. Others learn this prayer from its importance in the worship service every Sunday.

A group of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, agribusiness leaders put their heads together recently to organize weekly prayer and discussion sessions for farmers, many of whom are feeling the weight of the challenges facing the families who produce America’s food.