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Churches strive to be good neighbors

Middle Georgia churches are making sure the words of Mark 12:31 and Matthew 22:36 are carried out literally in their communities. The famous Bible verses read, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” and houses of worship have made a habit of reaching out to their neighborhoods to show the love.

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Come for Jigglypuff, stay for Jesus

Pokemon Go is the latest technological advance to have a significant impact on church. The new augmented-reality app lays a Pokemon-inhabited layer over a map on your phone, allowing players to wander around looking for monsters to capture. The game relies on players visiting local landmarks — including, frequently, churches. Or at least church parking lots. This could be good news for millennial-starved churches across the country.

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Wrestling with the dark parts of our past

Sometimes when we grow up in a place, particularly when it is a place we love or among people we love, we become so entrenched in the way of life there that it’s hard to see its shortcomings. In my town, racial divisions were the norm. So in 1998, I went to my segregated senior prom with all of my white friends and had a great time without ever noticing what was wrong with that picture.

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Evangelical rapper wants to talk about race

It was just another day on the media circuit for Lecrae, a 36-year-old Atlanta rapper with a Grammy Award under his belt and a best-selling book to promote. Dressed in the trendy chic of hip-hop celebrity — flannel shirt-jacket, gold necklace over white tee, expensive ripped jeans — he rolled into a Financial District high-rise for an appearance on a syndicated radio show.

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So what does the pope eat?

Regardless of our religious backgrounds or belief systems, we tend to take note not only of what the pope says and does, but what he wears, what kind of car he’s driven around in — and what he eats.

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There’s just something about that name ...

Read these lines taken from a song by Bill Gaither: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s just something about that name ... let all heaven and earth proclaim, kings and kingdoms may all pass away, but there’s just something about that name.” We know him as Jesus Christ. However, Jesus of Nazareth is his given name, and “Christ,” meaning the anointed one, is his title.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (7/28/16)

Father, when I need a blessing, you always supply everything I need. My cup overflows with special friends who love me and encourage me. You have blessed me with a family who truly cares for one another. But most of all I have a loving heavenly Father who looks after me day and night. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen.

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Prayer for today (7/27/16)

Father, I know you can do so much more than I could ever think about. You are so big and powerful. You can do anything but fail as long as I believe in you. Even if I didn't believe in you it's on me because you’re still God. Lord, I do believe in you because I don't know anyone who can watch over me and make sure I'm safe along with all the other people you are taking care of. Thank you so very much for looking out for me. Amen.

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Prayer for today (7/26/16)

Great God of day and night and Lord of ages that roll, give me courage to fight with every unconquerable soul. Help me live as a dream to rise each day toward you. Surpass the things I see to be what I want to be. May I never lose glow nor in the storms blow, ever disappoint friends, and if thou hast seen fit in me some kind of perfect man, let me know that I may be and dare to attempt what I can. Amen

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Prayer for today (7/25/16)

My dearest Jesus, when darkness and doubt descends on us, shine your light upon us, we pray. When we wander away into the unknown, reach out and guide us along the pathway to a safe harbor where peaceful waters flow. When sickness and death draws us into despair, our hope is for you to be with us every day to warm and comfort us. Peace and joy truly come from you, Jesus. There is no depth, no distance, no trouble that is unknown to you. You are our savior, redeemer and friend forever, as in your name, I pray. Amen.

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Prayer for today (7/24/16)

God of all mankind and every living thing, keep our feet on your path and our eyes on your goal so that we may love one another as you love us. Lord, help me to always remember that the fruits of my labor belong to you and have been accomplished only through you. Open my eyes and my heart to all that I do so that my deeds will be worthy of your holiness. To God be the glory.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (7/17/16)

Father, it is so refreshing to worship you each day as we see the many beauties of this Earth. Being in your presence is breathtaking, and warms our soul. When we sin, You are always ready to forgive us. Hallowed be thy name. Amen.

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Prayer for today (7/23/16)

Father, thank you for dedicated policemen and women who put their lives on the line for us. Many are faithful to their tasks and never think of themselves. May we as Christians honor and respect their calling. Help us to turn our eyes upon Jesus. Amen.

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Prayer for today (7/22/16)

Our heavenly Father, we come at the throne of mercy this morning realizing we need you in a mighty way, and we can’t do anything without you. Father God, we want to thank you for all your miraculous works. Thank you for all of our benefits. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your new mercy and grace everyday. We magnify your holy name because there is no other name we know as powerful as yours. What a mighty God we serve.

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Prayer for today (7/21/16)

Heavenly Father, remind me that others’ situations are far worse than mine. You have blessed me in so many ways. I’m done with trusting my own plans. Direct my steps, I pray. Show me the way forward. Send your rain to water my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (7/20/16)

Father, it’s so easy to feed the people you love with no problem, because it’s something that you want to do, but sometimes I have a problem feeding the enemy and giving him drink knowing that he’s trying to hurt and harm me. Please help me love my enemies and the people who allow the enemy to use them, Amen.

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Prayer for today (7/19/16)

Father, I pray for all law enforcement officers who diligently serve the citizens of our great nation and state. Lord, please bless and protect our officers, and keep them safe from all harm. I rebuke all hatred and demonic forces desiring to harm our officers, in the powerful and precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Prayer for today (7/18/16)

Our Father, Lord, we come boldly in your righteous name this morning to say thank you Lord for another wonderful day that you have made. We are so grateful for your unconditional love, mercy and grace to start us on another day’s journey. Lord, please bless our country, all of our leaders and people in high places making decisions for your people. We thank you for just being God all by yourself. We love you and we adore you.