Sunday, September 21, 2014

In Jesus' Name

There are some common passages we use in prayer. I shall mention just a few. 

Isaiah 45:11; “Thus says the LORD, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. ””

Matt 7:7-8, 11: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you;  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! ”

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Teach us to pray

All religions pray. God and prayer are inseparable. The ideas may be crude and cruel in pagan peoples, but they belong to the universal institutions of the human race. Only human beings pray.  The basis of prayer is sonship. It is natural for a child to ask of its father, and it is reasonable for the father to listen to the request of his child.  See Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11: 5-13.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

nobodys perfect

First John 1:8-2:2
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 

Many Christians live in a state of perpetual fear of being rejected by God because of our sin. We imagine God as a stern headmaster, with a pen and paper in hand,  watching every move we make, noting our weaknesses. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Billy Graham
Bundesarchiv, Bild 194-0798-22 / Lachmann, Hans / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Christian cannot do anything without Christ

Billy Graham was preaching, and a chap listened intently and later told Billy: “Do you know why I cannot be a Christian? It is because I fear that when I start, I cannot hold on” To this Billy replied: “Don’t ever forget that!” You can never be able to hold out without Christ!