The phrase "prayer warrior" has come into wide use in the religious world in past years, and while I've never really been that crazy about the term myself, it clearly resonates with people. It's a phrase that seems to me to describe someone who prays regularly and with purpose, convinced that a petition to God will truly bring results. It … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus prayed like someone was listening
One of the most significant things that we know about Jesus is seen in the only story we have of his childhood. Jesus' parents discover that he is missing from the family caravan leaving Jerusalem, and eventually he's found in the temple (Luke 2:46-47), "sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus depended on scriptures
In Luke 17, Jesus gave his apostles a pretty difficult task: if your brother sins against you seven times in a day and repents each time, forgive him. Maybe that's the reason the apostles asked him in v. 5 to "increase our faith." After all, it takes a lot of faith to continually forgive someone … Continue reading Want to truly increase your faith? It will cost you your pride
It must have been an interesting spectacle, to say the least, when the two "kings" met. Herod was essentially the king of the Jews in the eyes of the Roman government, having been appointed the Tetrarch of Galilee by Caesar. He was at least nominally Jewish, although his lineage as an Idumean made him a … Continue reading Seeing the real Jesus
I was talking to a friend this week and she said something that made me take a step back and think. We were talking (or texting) about how we as Christians function in a society that continues to slide further and further away from God's righteousness, and how you sometimes have to put it aside and … Continue reading If we really care about their souls, why do we sound so angry?