US Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s comment that Islam is inconsistent with the US Constitution sparked a flurry of public response via news broadcasts and social media. I’ve spent nearly twenty-five years in a country boasting a population that is 95% Muslim, so I am quite familiar with the practices of Islam. Using only the Preamble to the Constitution, I sought an answer to the question: Could Ben Carson be right?
Here’s the summary we memorized as junior high students:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the
Since the red-letter words of Jesus found in the Bible declare that I should pray in Jesus’ name, why aren’t all prayers answered as prayed? The formula seems easy enough to me. I don’t get it. Where’s the missing link so Jesus’ll answer?
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My Sunday School teacher showed me those highlighted words in her bible as she read to us. I did exactly what she’d said. I knew I hadn’t misunderstood but—still no new two-wheel bike by the backyard tree.
According to Jesus’ own words, whatever we ask for will be done for us. So, why don’t I see that happening in my life? Studying the familiar verse in the Gospel of John helped me understand the Two Keys that guarantee answered prayer.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7 NASB)
When Christians feel discouraged, we often refer to this passage, lamenting the absence of the Lord’s response. As I studied the verse, dissecting out each phrase, I discovered these two keys that guarantee answered prayer.
Searching for the familiar when living far from home can uncover a world of gastronomic adventure. Wherever Americans and their cross-cultural friends gather for a celebratory meal, a steamy, cheese-laden pizza pie can’t be far away. The following are stories from just four countries with unforgettable pizza memories.