Why pray? Have you ever wondered that? I bet that many of you wish you had a deeper prayer life. I assume that many of you are frustrated in your prayer life. I also imagine that some of you wonder that if God is God and is going to do what he wants to do anyway, then why should pray?Good question! Let’s start though by talking about the highest goal of prayer. The greatest reason to pray is that it builds up our relationship with God.
Life is not about me! Can you repeat that with me: “Life is not about me!” Have you realized this? Too often we live under the subtle delusion that we are the center of the universe. We do a lot of navel gazing as if we are the center of all things, and the planet and solar system all revolve around us. Intellectually we know this is ridiculous, but practically we often live as if we are more important than those around us.
I have loved Christmas since I was a child. I love the trees, the lights, the Christmas specials and Christmas music. When I was a child, I would pull out our 33 LP vinyl Christmas albums and listen for hours to “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” There was one song that didn’t really connect with me a young child though — “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” I guess that is because I was always home for Christmas.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".