Sometimes, Lord, we feel like we’re ‘hitting our head off a brick wall’.

‘Their ears are closed… The Word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it’ (Jeremiah 6:10). Sometimes, Lord, we feel like we’re ‘hitting our head off a brick wall’. So few people show any real interest in hearing and obeying Your Word. It seems like Your Word is ‘going in one ear and out …

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The Lord’s Prayer (8): Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.

This is not about a human kingdom. It's not about human power. It's not about human glory. It's about the kingdom of God. It's about the power of God. It's about the glory of God. Human kingdoms rise, and they fall. Human power comes to an end. Human glory fades away. The kingdom of God …

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The Lord’s Prayer (7): Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Here, Jesus speaks to us about temptation. It is important that we understand what temptation is, and it is, also, important that we understand what temptation is not. Temptation comes to us from the evil one (also known as the devil or Satan). He's trying to draw us away from the Lord and make us …

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The Lord’s Prayer (6): Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

"Debts" make us think about bills that have to be paid. "Trespasses" make us think about breaking into private property. "Transgressions" make us think about breaking a law. What do "sins" make us think about? When we think about our sins, what do we think about? We think about God. Where do we stand in …

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The Lord’s Prayer (5): Give us this day our daily bread.

Our daily bread: Jesus is speaking to us about food for physical growth, and he's, also, speaking us about food for spiritual growth. When we have plenty of food to eat, we must never forget that "all good gifts around us are sent from heaven above." We must, also, remember that we need Jesus. He's …

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The Lord’s Prayer (4): Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus is teaching us to pray. He's teaching us to come to God with praise and thanksgiving. He's giving us encouraging hope for the future. How are we to respond to these things that Jesus is teaching us? We're to pray that our lives will be changed by what we hear from Jesus. We're to …

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Blessing will only come to us when we give the glory to God.

The building of the Temple - It was “the Lord’s Temple” (2 Chronicles 3:1). It was being built “for the Lord’s Name” (2 Chronicles 2:1). The glory of the Lord - This must never be forgotten. There is nothing more important than this. God is to be glorified. This was the reason for the building …

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Arminius – Hero or Heretic?

This article was first published in Evangelical Quarterly 64:3 (1992): 213-227. --Some proclaim Arminius as a hero. Others denounce him as a heretic. It may, however, be more accurate to describe him as an enigma. Commenting on the enigmatic character of Arminius, Carl Bangs writes, "Some Calvinists, finding that his writings do not produce the …

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When God works in mighty power

Jonah 1:1-4:11; Romans 2:1-16; Psalm 85:1-7 In Nineveh, God works in mighty power. "Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry" (Jonah 3:10-4:1). To this proud attitude, God says, "You ... have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else" (Romans 2:1). He calls for a change of attitude: "Do you show contempt for the …

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