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This is an example of regulation without knowledge or consideration. You see, my ideal workforce is Hutterites or Amish. A tight Mennonite cult. Work hard. Clear rules. Males only. One culture. Admittedly, this would not work that well in my profession… but it once did: the York Asylum was owned,…

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Lectionary Quotage

This is Sister Ame. Reflect that often our prayers and worship are not from where we are. They are a deliberate act of will. It is not an outflowing of our spirit.

I’ve struggled with prayer since my first husband left. As a friend who had known me a long time said, “If anyone could have prayed their husband to God, it was you.” That’s not boasting … that’s just stating how much she knew I prayed for him, for us, for our family.

But we cannot manipulate God, and God chooses not to manipulate us. So he still had a choice, and he chose to leave.

So I’ve just struggled … how should I pray? What should I expect when I pray? Why should I pray. It hasn’t stopped me from praying all together . . . it’s just, challenged me. I’ve wanted God to answer the “why” right away, but He hasn’t. And I don’t know if this is all of the answer to “why,” but it is some.

My prayers are incense . . . fragrance, to Jesus.

This is old doctrine, but one that has been lost.

Many churches today are simply baptizing cultural fads and fashions and calling it worship. Beginning with “felt needs,” the order and activities of their worship service reflect what the unbelieving world is comfortable with rather than what the bible says about true worship. If the starting place in worship is “How do I feel about thus and so?”, it is likely the worship service itself will continue to reflect this emphasis. Eric J. Alexander explains, “The important thing is not what is acceptable to you, but what is acceptable to God!”

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