Scientific research has shown that prayer can affect healing. In 1988, San Francisco cardiologist Randolph Byrd conducted an experiment in which he asked a group of born-again Christians to pray for a group of hospitalized patients, and compare the results to similarly affected patients who were not on the prayer list during the time of the study.
As we thank God for taking us through 2020, we look forward with hope for 2021. Despite trying times for many of us, we can thank God for the blessings of 2020 - loved ones and family who gave us hope and support. And we can thank God for the love and spiritual growth that occurs as we navigate through these challenging times.
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I have come across many people who give up on God when they go through a crisis in their life. They feel abandoned by Him.
The word rain, R-A-I-N, is significant to today's gospel. In a parable used by Jesus, rain is a force of nature that is capable of destroying a house with a weak foundation.
This Thanksgiving, can we give a gift of thanks?
Jesus drives out the people who are making money selling in the temple, saying, “My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” (Luke 19:45). In doing so, He removes the sinful activities that separate people from God and prevent them from growing in His love and sharing it with others. Then he stays there and teaches.