Spiritual Forgetfulness

Have you ever found yourself looking for something only to forget what you were looking for? One issue I regularly wrestle with is remembering things. As any of my family or friends can remind you, rather quickly (and with far too hearty a nod) I am a forgetful individual. I regularly find myself walking out … More Spiritual Forgetfulness

Amen and Amen

Have you ever felt as if God was far off, and your life as a Christian seemed pointless? For some of us, there may be points in our lives where we believe that our present situations are too far gone for God to repair, to save, or even redeem. Here we see most clearly what … More Amen and Amen

Times of Testing

There are only a few certainties in this life. Those often highlighted are death and taxes. But if we look at Scripture seriously, and even our own experiences, we know that another certainty must be added to our former list: temptation. The Lord Jesus knows that the life of His disciples will not be easy … More Times of Testing

Forgiven to Forgive

One of my favorite computer functions is the "undo" function. Whenever I'm in the middle of typing an email, or even an article like this, each time I make a mistake I'm grateful for the power of the "undo" function. The function has saved me countless hours of correcting mistakes. I can't imagine the headache … More Forgiven to Forgive

Our Neediness as a Gift

The people of Jesus' day were very familiar with the Old Testament. They knew about God’s miraculous acts for Israel while they wandered in the wilderness under Moses. During that 40-year period, God provided heavenly manna daily for His people. God strengthened them, and fed them from His hand every single day throughout their unexpected … More Our Neediness as a Gift

Your Will Be Done

Jesus, in His third petition of the Lord's prayer, teaches us to pray to God saying, "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10). But what exactly does it mean to pray this? And why is Jesus having us pray in this way? As we look through the Scriptures, we … More Your Will Be Done

Kingdom Come

The book of Matthew has sometimes been called, "The Book of the Kingdom". Through it, we see so often in the forefront that the Lord Jesus is pre-occupied with the work of the Kingdom from beginning to end. But what is the Kingdom of God? And what are we praying for whenever we pray the … More Kingdom Come

Set God’s Name Apart

As we continue looking at the Lord's Prayer, we see the very first petition written by Christ in prayer is not what we would expect. We might expect that the first petition in prayer might be for world peace, or to abolish poverty, or for hunger to be conquered. And yet, though all those things … More Set God’s Name Apart

Our Heavenly Father

Jesus wants His disciples to know how to pray. It is so often difficult for people to pray because they assume there is a select vocabulary to be used for prayer or that it can only be done by "religious people". But what Jesus wants His disciples to know is that prayer is not between … More Our Heavenly Father