In Matthew 6:5-14, Jesus shares a teaching that has become the most widely recognized Biblical passage on prayer. As I was reading, the context and positioning of Jesus’ example of prayer caught my interest, anew.  Jesus’ teaching is inserted between Matthew 6:1-4, regarding giving to the needy, and Matthew 6:16-18, sharing the heart attitude during…

First days of school are tough, especially if you have changed neighborhoods over the summer and are starting in a new school, mapping out and exploring an unknown territory of classrooms and lockers.  Old friends are far removed.  The anticipation of “starting fresh” is dampened by the reality that it’s “starting fresh…alone.” One of my…

(This is the last point from Pastor Larry McKnight’s 8/16 teaching) Part Four:  Articulating a Gospel of Reconciliation   “My first attempt at articulating the gospel sums up in this point: Every person was reconciled to the Father by Jesus work on the Cross-His death. We are called to believe that-literally to believe Him; the one sent from God….

Last week’s sermon from Pastor Larry (August 16) contained crucial elements of “understanding the Gospel” that are worthy of being read, read again, and submitted to prayer and Holy Spirit-led meditation.  “Most of us are taught that sin separated us from God. We think of that separation being like a fence separates us from the…

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” (Mark 1:35, NASB) “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”  (Luke5:16, NASB) Have you ever wished that Jesus had volunteered the details of those…

I’ve learned something about adding water to outdoor hanging flowers:  they are either terribly dry, or soaking wet.  And the soaking-wet stage does not last very long, as the elements of wind and sun cause a 360-degree, 24-hour cycle of evaporation. When I thought about this, I saw a parallel of sorts:   each of us…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  I have often wondered if this well-known, even secularly-recognized Scripture is one which  people often  default to as  a  “final word” of explanation when life seems  inextricably interwoven with chaos or misfortune. Often recognized as the “time for everything  quote”, it reads,  “There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a…

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