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Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to visit a Buddhist Temple in Nashville, Tennessee. It was an eye opening experience for me. I was expecting this temple to be a large structure, but when I arrived at the address, they were meeting in the attic of a coffee shop. As I walked in, people greeted me and made me feel very welcome. I thought, "Wow, these people are more friendly than some of the churches I have been to." So I sat down in the back and started to observe. I noticed the candles that were lit, the people sitting on the floor with their legs crossed, the chants playing on a compact disc player, a BIG STEEL DOOR the greeter shut and bolted together. I immediately started looking for a window to escape from if they started sacrificing people. Before the service began, those regular attendees, stood before a statue of Buddha, and knelt down three time before him, and bowed before a statue. I thought, "If I was ever in trouble, I would not want to pray to something I could put in my back pocket." There are many verses in the Bible that validate God’s attentiveness, yet my favorite is in Isaiah 59:1, "Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear." God hears you the first time you pray.

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