"One of the men lying [at the pool of Bethesda] had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, 'Would you like to get well?''I can't, sir,' the sick man said, 'for I have no one to put me into the … Continue reading Ignore the Naysayers
I'm writing this post in response to a comment by blogger christenfindenruhe to my post on John the Baptist. To give a quick summary the post analyzed the answers that Jesus addressed to the crowds about the questions they had about the authenticity of John the Baptist's ministry and his credibility as a prophet. Jesus … Continue reading We All Have Doubts
I am reading through Luke these days and in Chapter 17 I found a nice little lesson on healing from Jesus' healing of the ten lepers. To set the scene we find our Lord leaving his home turf (Galilee) and entering into Samaria (actually at the border of the two territories) on his way to … Continue reading A Lesson on Healing
I was recently reading the story of the prodigal son in Luke Chapter 15 and it naturally led me to thinking about rebellion and why we (and more specifically I) rebel. For those not familiar with the story of the prodigal son or in need of a refresher it is the story of the younger … Continue reading On Rebellion and Identity
As Christians we are not selfish in asking others to pray for us nor should we feel that we are imposing upon our brothers and sisters in Christ to ask them to pray for us. Our triumphs are their triumphs and when we prosper the whole body of Christ prospers, therefore when we ask others … Continue reading If You Need Help (Prayers) Then Ask!
Before we prepare our heart to come to the altar in prayer our heart must be right with man. After providing his disciples the Lord's Prayer, the Lord specifically highlights the importance of forgiveness (credit to Tim Keller in his book on prayer for pointing this out). "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your … Continue reading Forgiveness is Mandatory
As Christians we should be aware that there are certain spiritual realities that may affect the efficacy of our works. One of these is unbelief, and I do not mean our own but that of others. The unbelief of others hampers our spiritual gifts. Even the Lord Jesus Christ was subject to this spiritual reality. … Continue reading Minding Our Spiritual Atmosphere