Originally Posted by pryz
I am convinced, the (Jms 5:16) “effectual fervent prayer” isn’t a frenzied or agitated prayer but one of composure, of contentment, of assurance, but first of ease.
I very much enjoy many of your posts, and admire your perseverance in thinking about difficult issues. I'd like to be more encouraging and responsive, but perhaps the best things I can do would be first to remind you how difficult it is to understand what you write, and then to encourage you to keep most posts to just one or two issues and to more carefully choose and review your words.
Recently I've made two very helpful life style changes that I encourage you to consider. I now keep my pocket dictionary right next to the chair I like to read in (I don't even have to stand up to reach it). And when I read a word I'm not sure of, even if I'm too lazy to look it up (or don't want to interrupt my reading), I mark a little circle in the margin to remind me the word was difficult, and also write the word and page number on the last page of the book, to remind me to check it the next time I feel like checking a word.
My pocket d- defines fervent as passionate
from Latin fervere, to glow (or boil)
Don't you wish they would just say here's the most common, most traditional definition? And leave it at that.
Best regards, keep writing and thinking. Was your primary question here whether Christians (all or just a few) are making progress ascending to Divine Power and God's Kingdom even while still on earth? I think most of us hope for this and seek it, try Archbishop Emile Guerry's In the Whole Christ. Are we succeeding? Maybe if we are consistently sharing Love, Peace, Hope, Faith, and Joy.