The third petition of the Lord’s prayer is, “Thy will be Done!” It means, “God, make Your will happen on earth the same way it happens now in heaven!”
Have you ever found yourself with your mind wandering when you started to pray? You have great intentions, but after a few minutes you find yourself wondering about something on Amazon or falling asleep.
One way to look at the whole Bible is as a series of God’s answers to the Devil’s accusations. In fact, the Devil (ho-diabolos) in Greek means “the accuser/slanderer.” “Ha-Satan” is the exact same idea in Hebrew.
Exile in the Bible results from God’s people not conforming to God’s revealed will. This lack of conformity causes the banishment of rebellious sinners from the land. The best example of exile is the Babylonian captivity in 586 BC. God’s people refused the call of God’s prophets; with a brok…
In Genesis 12:1-3, God makes Abraham an incredible, multifaceted promise: “I will make you into a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and your name will be a blessing; I will bless the one who blesses you and the one belittling you, I will curse, and through you, all the…
Easter Sunday following Passover in 30 AD was a day which changed the world. Jesus rose from the grave on that day and nothing has been the same since. God planned for that particular day, a Sunday, to change everything.
Scripture presents two seemingly competing truths: 1) God Himself will accomplish our total transformation supplying us everything we need, and 2) God commands us to work toward that end ourselves.
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Division seems the order of the day in American politics. Perhaps rightly so. We are electing the leader of the free world. Our future could hang in the balance. Who will best provide people with the opportunity to go as far as their intellect and industry can take them? Who will best protec…
Recently, it was reported that three of the best-sellers in Christian bookstores are “adult coloring books”. The books are like children’s coloring books, outlined pictures with black borders and all-white centers, ready for grown-ups to take their (crayons?) to fill in the spaces. The idea …
For 430 years, Israel languished under Egyptian persecution (Exodus 12:40-41). They had no future. The Pharaoh wanted nothing more from them than to grind away their very lives. Supposedly, they were God’s people with promises from God, but when God’s messenger showed up, things just got wor…
God commands Noah to build an “ark” (Genesis 6:14). In Hebrew, this word is tebah, and it only appears in one other place in the Hebrew Bible, the story of Jochebed and infant Moses (Exodus 2:3-5). In that narrative, Moses’s mother makes a tebah/basket. She covers it with pitch (Exodus 2:3) …
How should a Christian be baptized? Immersion or sprinkling? Infant or adult? Christians often differ on particulars, but perhaps we miss a bigger picture.
One man comes naked to a tree in the Garden of “Pleasure” (Eden). His wife, “Life” (Eve), incites him to rebel against God by giving him deadly fruit. Through momentary disobedience, “Dirt-man” (Adam) spiritually murders himself and all his natural offspring because his wife wants to be God.…
In Matthew 18:23, Jesus tells Peter the parable of the unforgiving servant. This debtor owed his king 10,000 talents. The king forgives the slave’s debt, but the debtor then finds a man who owes him 100 day’s wages. He chokes the man and then throws him in prison until he fully pays the debt…
Deuteronomy 20:16-18 commands the Israelites to completely exterminate Canaanites living in the Promised Land. Israel is to leave nothing alive so that the Canaanites will not teach Israel to sin. All of this is very confusing to an average reader of Deuteronomy. It sounds like God is comman…
Having seen the disciples racked in pain as they tried to row . . . during the early morning hours, Jesus came to them walking on the water, and he intended to pass them by! (Mark 6:48)
This is a trustworthy statement, and everyone should accept it as true of themselves: “Christ Jesus came into the cosmos to save wickedly sinful people, and I am the very worst of all” (1 Timothy 1:15).