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You Never Leave a Mate!

That was the ANZAC motto. Sure it came to the fore at Gallipoli but it had already been born during the Boer War in South Africa and grew strong in the trenches of Flanders, the siege of Tobruk, along the Kokoda Trail... through Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and so many other conflicts.

JC Denim & Destiny Rescue

Need some new jeans? Consider supporting JC Epidemic and Destiny Rescue. Jim Bartle speaks about the inspiration behind JC Denim: 'JC Epidemic, the extreme sports ministry I founded with two friends, has been running 10 years this year. We’ve seen more ups and downs than one of our FMX/BMX shows.

...to a postbox near you!

The 21st edition of word4U2day is being mailed right now and should be in your postbox in a very short time. Royal Tailor frontman, Tauren Wells, has contributed some fantastic thoughts for this issue. We usually run out of copies of this devotional very quickly each quarter. If you've recently

Music, bikes and Christianity!

Sanctus Real, United Pursuit, Newworldson, JC Epidemic - yep, these are just a few of the Christian groups we've had writing exclusive feature articles for word4U2day. It's been a huge privilege to showcase them in our print edition over the last few issues and

It's really simple.

You can read through the Bible in about 60 hours! But who has time to sit down and do that? Our SoulFood reading plan will take you through the whole of Scripture in just one year. Spend just a few minutes each day in this easy-to-use systematic Bible reading plan. The daily SoulFood readings provided

Vision's latest podcasts

Caught the start of a Vision radio programme and want to hear the end? Want to share an interview with a friend? Every day new podcasts are added to the Vision website, so you can listen to your favourite programmes again, and again, at your convenience. One great recent podcast has even become a video on YouTube: The Green Line 
   
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Praying When You Don't Want To

'...Father...Take this cup away from Me...' Mark 14:36 NKJ

 

 

How do we pray when we don’t feel in any way holy? Nobody feels incredibly devout 24/7. Motivation is important—we can’t always ride off the back of a wave of intense spiritual emotion. Sometimes, it’s clear and sunny outside, and you know you still have to fit in your morning’s fifteen minutes with God. Sometimes, the last thing you’ll want to do is listen to your depressed friend and quietly ask God to help them (while you could be happily zoning out to your favourite playlist.)

CS Lewis said, ‘I must say my prayers today whether I feel devout or not; but that is only as I must learn my grammar if I am ever to read the poets.’ Yeah, poetry was the thing that got Lewis’s tastebuds tingling, but feel free to replace that with your own activity of choice... The point is that the ‘drudge’ of learning grammar (or lifting weights, or learning guitar chords) changes you. Not just in patience. You grow closer to an experience that is beyond flat, normal, just-getting-by human life. You start to change inside. This is especially true with prayer. Even when it looks like practice, speaking words to an empty room, you will be opening your life to God. And God, because He is good, will come along and meet you, because you have tried. Maybe you’re thinking: ‘Don’t believe the hype.’ Well, the core of prayer is very exciting—conversation with the Creator!—but in reality it doesn’t always feel like a life–changing experience. That’s ok. What’s your usual prayer routine? Go do that, even if it feels quiet. Don’t have one? Have a look at Greg Laurie’s Becoming a Person of Prayer at ucbdirect.com.au

 



SoulFood ANZAC Day: Acts 18-19, Mk 1:35-45, Ps 7:10-17, Prov 11:7-9

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd
   
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