Lord, Teach Us to Pray!

16057954_sIf ever we as a nation and as a people needed to pray to the Father Almighty it is now. But if you are anything like me, you may still find praying a bit difficult. We may feel intimidated, inadequate, preoccupied, or we may simply lack the motivation to pray.

But God wants to hear our voice. As a good father longs to hear from his children, our Heavenly Father longs for us to come to him.

The Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. This is often recited as “The Lords Prayer.” It is a helpful springboard for things to pray about, but when it becomes so familiar that we can say it with our minds far away, we haven’t really prayed, have we?  Continue reading

…and the life everlasting. Amen

And the life everlasting

Scripture promises life everlasting to Christians. Let us look at what this means.

Life. At birth, we are given blood that runs through our veins, lungs to collect oxygen from the air, and many more interwoven bodily functions that make us alive.

But there is a higher level of life available to those who will accept it. In John 3:16 the Apostle John says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV) When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well Continue reading

…the resurrection of the body, …

the resurrection of the bodyThese earthly bodies we live in are only temporary. One day they will be resurrected when Christ returns to bring us home. 1 Cor 6:14 promises that God will use the same power to raise Jesus’ followers from the dead that he used to raise Christ from the dead. 2 Cor 4:14 adds that they will be raised with Jesus and presented to God on that day.

In 1 Cor. 15:23 Paul writes about the order in which it will happen. Christ is the first of the harvest, then Jesus followers will rise when Jesus returns for us. Are you eagerly awaiting his return?

Acts 24:15 tells us Continue reading

…the forgiveness of sins…

The forgiveness of sins

Once Adam and Eve broke God’s law they lost harmony with God and needed his forgiveness. All of humanity lost fellowship with God at that point in time.

In the covenant God made with the people in the days of Moses, God required the priests to made animal sacrifices for the sins of the people. Hebrews 10:3-5 explains that the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament couldn’t really take away sins. The people continued to sin and to turn away from God.

Jesus came to serve. Continue reading