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BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE

June 10, 2012

“But deliver us from the Evil One …” Very few us have learned this prayer using the expression, “the evil one.”  Our prayer seems to focus on evil in general–malevolent but impersonal.  Why do you think Matthew quotes Jesus use of this description, rather than Mark’s more generalized, “evil”? From my perspective, this form emphasizes […]

DO NOT PUT US TO THE TEST

May 16, 2012

“Lead us not into temptation …” For those of us who tend to see temptation in terms of “something that encourages us to do evil”, this is a very difficult petition. On the night that he was betrayed, Jesus made it clear that they were in a spiritual war: “In this world you will have […]

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

May 10, 2012

As we look at this particular petition let’s just say something straight out.  God is not the author of temptation.  To intentionally create an opportunity to sin would absolutely run counter His character which is good and His nature which is holy. Secondly, we should clear up a typical misunderstanding of temptation. Generally we think […]

STILL WAITING

May 8, 2012

We seem to have lost a little momentum here. Still waiting for feedback on the May 4th question about God and temptation.  Remember, this is an inductive Bible study not merely a Bible blog.  I need to hear from some of you so we can proceed.  Your thoughtful input may be just the thing to […]

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

May 4, 2012

We live in a world of constant and persistent temptation. The occasions and invitations to sin are all around us, and many reside deeply inside us. Jesus spoke of temptation frequently. One of his most memorable statements was: “”There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting!” […]

ONE MORE THOUGHT ON GOD’S PROVISION AND FORGIVENESS

May 3, 2012

Barry Callen writes: “God stands for distributive justice and restorative righteousness—sharing fairly with others and graciously forgiving their debts. It also is rooted idea that God owns everything, we are merely stewards of the gift, How does this impact not only this half of the prayer, but its initial partner. See Matthew 18:13ff. How does […]

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS – PART 2

May 2, 2012

“What do we say about our spiritual state and what are we asking God to do when we pray forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors?” That was the question I left you with last time.  I received no feedback, so here’s mine. In Romans we read “…for all have sinned and fall […]

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS

April 25, 2012

As you read the Lord’s Prayer in its two scriptural versions you read  the expressions forgive us our debts and forgive us our sins.  A traditional variation of this is forgive us our trespasses. In the stream of Christianity that I been formed by we use the term debts.  With all due respect to the […]

GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD – 3

April 20, 2012

We are invited by Jesus to ask the Father for bread–to meet our everyday physical needs. In Jesus’ day ”bread’ often referred to food in general.It was the staff of life around Galilee where Jesus did much of his ministry. It was both lunch and lunch box – people were nourished, but they were nourished […]

BOSSING GOD AROUND

April 19, 2012

Just an interesting reflection on The Lord’s Prayer – STEVE BY MICHAEL KELLY   Prayer, by its very nature, is predicated on both a sense of humility and a sense of power, for prayer is asking for something. Humility is built into the fabric of prayer, for when we pray we are recognizing our complete […]