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
The title of this post is a paraphrase of the question that is posited by Jesus Christ to those around him after John the Baptist (who is in prison at this time) sends his disciples to Jesus to try to determine whether or not Jesus is the Messiah that John had prophesied about (Matthew 11:2-3). … Continue reading What Did you Come Here to See?
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
While I do not think that birthdays are explicitly prohibited by the bible I do think that it's interesting to note that in the only two mentions of birthdays in the bible, a man was effectively sentenced to death on that same day. First, in the story of Joseph, we see that on Pharaoh's birthday … Continue reading Birthdays for Christ!
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
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…