All we have comes from God. Therefore, it is to Him we return, when we stand in need. We have covered the introduction to this prayer and have addressed Who we are speaking to. Now we will look at more of the petitions Jesus suggests. Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 This request … Continue reading Petitions and Praise in the Lord’s Prayer
Let’s look at the beginning of this prayer. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9 KJV In Jewish culture, people do almost everything in community. They do very little as individuals. We’ve revered Daniel for identifying with the sins of Israel in Daniel 9. Still, … Continue reading Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name
Jesus often pulled aside by Himself to pray. (Matthew 14:23, Matthew 26:36, Mark 1:35) The disciples observed Him and saw the power He exhibited when He healed the sick and set the demonized free. They saw the connection between prayer and power. So, in Luke 11:1 we hear their plea. Now it came to pass, as He was … Continue reading Teach Us How to Pray
An example of a Tzedakah Box “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in … Continue reading What is Our Motivation in Giving?
Have you ever packed for a trip and when it comes time to leave, you can’t shut your suitcase? At that point, you need to open it, refold, and sort the priority items from the non essentials. Writing this piece on Yom Kippur has been a similar journey. There is not any way to include … Continue reading What is Yom Kippur and Why Celebrate It?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun … Continue reading Love, Bless, and Do Good to Your Enemies
If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. Matthew 5:40-42 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, "God loves a … Continue reading The Laws of Giving in the Kingdom of God
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Matthew 5:38-39 Jesus was turning their mode of life upside down. For centuries the people … Continue reading The Law of Payback for the Kingdom of God
Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the … Continue reading The Matter of Oaths and Swearing – What Does Jesus Say?
“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. Matthew 5:31-32 These two verses have caused more confusion and … Continue reading The Question of Divorce – What Does Jesus Say?