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Sermon the Mount 11

Model Prayer 6:9-15 So what would your private prayer sound like? On the one hand, memorizing this passage as some kind of sacred liturgy is a huge mistake. Nothing here suggests it, much less commands it. Rather, Matthew chose Greek … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 10

Ritual Prayers 6:5-8 This continues thoughts from the previous lesson. Worship is not for putting on a show. If making an offering to garner public approval was wrong, so was extravagant ritual prayer. According to Edersheim (a converted Jewish rabbi) … Continue reading

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How Faith Works

Your commitment to Christ is the starting point for everything. As with the rest of Creation, the human body has a rhythm and cycles of its own. Anyone with a good body consciousness can tell it, but it shows up … Continue reading

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Psalm 143

The last of the four songs of distress, this one is also considered a penitent psalm. David has no quarrel with dying here; it’s not a question of what he deserves, but his faith demands he not simply give up. … Continue reading

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Psalm 140

We have here the first of four psalms of David crying out to God in times of distress. This one refers to the political and military plots against him as God’s anointed. Keep in mind that, regardless of the actual … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes

Photographers know that sometimes the beauty is the whole scene, and sometimes it is some small portion hidden in the middle of a lot of clutter. I don’t choose the images; they call to me and I shoot. It speaks … Continue reading

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Psalm 138

A psalm of David, this one makes more sense if we keep in mind the image of a God who reveals Himself through His character in Creation. Anyone born anywhere has the capacity and means to grasp something of God’s … Continue reading

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