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Thy Will Be Done

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In what we term the Our Father Jesus used to teach his Apostles (and us) how to pray. In the final clause of Luke 11:2 Jesus tells us to pray, “thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” I believe one of the keys to understanding Jesus’ teaching at this point is to remember the disciple came to Jesus, confessing his ignorance and asking Jesus to teach him and the other disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1). After all, if he knew how to pray, or how to hollow God’s name, or how bring the Kingdom of God to fruition etc., why would he come asking Jesus to teach him and the others how to do these things? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel?

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A number of Biblical critics believe that child sacrifice was both practiced in ancient Israel, and such a thing was not only approved but even commanded by God. While it may be true that child sacrifice was practiced at times in ancient Israel, it can be shown that it was never given God’s approval. On the contrary, God abhorred such activity.[1] Richard Dawkins is one who believes such things were committed in ancient Israel and even commanded by the God of the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Figuring Out God’s Will

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In a previous blog-post I suggested that God, through Abraham, showed he did not desire human sacrifice—i.e. men should not seek his favor by taking the life of the innocent. Human sacrifice was part of the cultural point of view in Abraham’s day. It was practiced for the “good” of the many. If the idea didn’t come from God, as God implies in his command to Abraham, “Don’t harm the lad!” (Genesis 22:12), then the idea that God’s favor could be gained by sacrificing the innocent must have come from man’s own imagination. This has been man’s attitude ever since Eden. We’ve always tried to decide on our own what was right and what was wrong. Morality has always been what we understood it to be, not what God says it is (cf. Genesis 3:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Misconceptions and Answered Prayer

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In a previous blog[1] I showed that it is a misconception to believe that God’s omniscience relegates prayer impotent. Omniscience means God knows all things that could be known, and since he created time, he has no future or past. God exists in an eternal present. This means, although our future is known to him, God doesn’t know it before our present or our past is known. He simply knows us—our whole life is before him at once. Therefore, if we pray to God concerning an important matter in our present, God is able to answer our request in our favor in the present, and it becomes a part of our future—whether our immediate or distant future. Time may be affected from our perspective, but time has no bearing from God’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Prayer in Jesus’ Name

Why does God answer some prayers but not other prayers? Why will God answer a prayer to save a cancer patient from death, but won’t have an amputee grow another limb? There are a lot of people who seem to know or at least think they know why God heals, but really, why would God heal one person, but not another? Jesus didn’t ask for qualifications when he healed anyone; he simply did what needed to be done. There was no hocus pocus, or do you have enough faith for the healing, or would it be God’s will for **you** to be healed. Jesus simply healed the person. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Prayer

 

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The Promise of the Father

After Jesus’ crucifixion and death, the Apostles were ready to pack it in. They thought Jesus was the Messiah, but not believed they were wrong, so it was back to the way things were 3 ½ years ago. When Jesus rose from the dead, things weren’t much different, as far as the Apostles’ usefulness to the Gospel was concerned. They knew they had abandoned Jesus and seemed to be utter failures, especially Peter. According to John 21 he wanted to return to his fishing career. He denied Jesus once, and he certainly was not about to face similar circumstances that would put him in the position of doing it again. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2011 in Holy Spirit

 

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Is it God’s Will?

Most Christians are concerned about this very question. “Is it God’s will?” Some sincerely want to know, while others may be just curious, but how can we know for certain what the will of God is? The plight of the Christian is often pictured in the Bible as a wilderness situation and there are simply no paths in the wilderness. One needs to find direction by some other means than experience, either ours or that of someone else. When no one has gone this way before, how do we know which way to go? In a natural wilderness one would look to a compass or the sun by day and the stars by night, but in a spiritual wilderness, how do we know which direction God wants us to go? Notice what Paul says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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