Something has always bothered me about Judas Iscariot and I don't just mean because he betrayed my Lord. I am perplexed about Jesus' decision to appoint Judas as one of the twelve apostles. Now, Jesus is perfect and doesn't make mistakes so it was no mistake that he picked Judas to be one of the … Continue reading Et tu Judas?
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
I think temptation is something that we all struggle with. I know I do anyways, so I thought that I would write this prayer for those who do struggle with temptation. Prayer Against Temptation Lord Jesus Christ, for forty days you suffered temptations in the wilderness by the Devil and you emerged without yielding. Lord … Continue reading Struggling with Temptation? I Wrote a Prayer to Help You
The Lord looks favorably on those who approach him with earnestness and won't take no for an answer (with the caveat that what they are seeking is in keeping with his will). He uses the example of the persistent widow and the apathetic judge to demonstrate how we as Christians should be persistent in our … Continue reading We Must Persevere in Seeking the Lord
One thing I have found lacking in the Church in my experience is the desire among the brethren for spiritual gifts. We are commanded by Paul to earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit and so we should do so (1 Corinthians 14:1). The exercising of gifts was frequently used throughout the Book of Acts … Continue reading It’s Okay (even Encouraged!) to Want to Receive Gifts – It just Depends on What Kind…
Speaking for myself I at times struggle with fear, whether it be anxious thoughts, worst case scenario ruminations or just generally stemming from a lack of faith that the Lord has everything in control. So I have gone through the bible to pull out some scripture for those who might have similar struggles. And remember, … Continue reading Scripture References for those Struggling with Fear/Anxiety