Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xx

It was on a hot, humid day in the summer of 1832 that the discovery was made. For several weeks Henry Schoolcraft and his men had been traversing lakes, portaging through thick forests, and winding along streams in pursuit of their goal. For 290 years, the object of their pursuit had been a mystery. ...

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1. A Prayer Revival

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pp. 1-24

Jerusalem was surrounded, and the food was running out. Thousands of pilgrims had recently arrived to celebrate Passover in that fateful spring of 70 CE, perhaps unaware that the Roman siege was about to begin. Now they were trapped. As days passed into weeks, and weeks into months, the desperation intensified. ...

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2. Prayer and Covenant Renewal

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pp. 25-58

Sara’s life was the story of one tragedy after another. For many years her family had been living as refugees in Assyria, having been forcibly deported from their homeland in northern Israel. Now settled in this foreign land, her father Raguel had been trying desperately to find her a suitable match. There was no lack of candidates. ...

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3. Matthew’s Vision of Heaven and Earth

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pp. 59-86

It had been said that all worlds must come to an end, and so it was with Narnia. Aslan and the Pevensie children stood at the Doorway and watched their magical country slip backward through time. Once the humans and animals were gone, the land was left to the Dragons and Giant Lizards who rendered its surface barren. ...

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4. Order and Chaos in the Didache

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pp. 87-116

For many years I have worked for an organization that consistently resists any efforts to define it. Known as Youth with a Mission (YWAM), the name itself is a bit of an oxymoron. With regard to the first part of our title, we call ourselves “youth,” when in actuality we are an odd mixture of authentic young people and a bunch of old people in denial. ...

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5. Luke on Prayer

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pp. 117-162

August 24 of the year 79 CE began as just another ordinary day for the people of Pompeii. As the sun rose, household slaves set about their chores, tradesmen opened shop, and small children were taken off to school. After several hours of work and the mid-day meal, most of the upper class passed the heat of the day with a brief siesta. ...

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6. Tertullian: “Prayer Alone Conquers God”

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pp. 163-192

As the sun rose upon the white beaches near the North African city of Carthage, Perpetua and her friends walked along the palm-lined streets toward the tombs. It seemed an odd place to hold their first day of class, but that’s where the instructor had told them to meet. She had many questions. ...

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7. Conclusion

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pp. 193-206

The Lord’s Prayer was born out of the Jewish experience of first-century Palestine, during a time of religious upheaval. Many people were frustrated with “the system.” Most still participated in the sacrifices and festivals, even as they were searching for a deeper level of encounter with their God. ...

Appendix: Praying the Lord’s Prayer

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pp. 207-210

Index of Ancient Sources

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pp. 211-222

Index of Modern Authors

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pp. 223-224

Back Cover

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