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'God bless America'

Pray instead: 'God bless the world'

It's tempting to pray: "God bless America." And stop. But as Christians we know, For God so loved the world .... So we can't help but add: "God bless the world."

And we find ourselves further challenged by Jesus to add: "God bless our enemies."

Jesus tells his disciples in clear and simple language: "But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. ... If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them" (Luke 6:27-28, 32).


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