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God’s Name is Holy

God’s Name is Holy
This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series Christianity

“…hallowed be your name…” ~Matthew 6:9b

When the church finds its members falling into scandalous sins, then it is time for the church to awake and cry to God for Revival. When such things are taking place as give enemies of [Christianity] an occasion for reproach, it is time for the church to ask God, “What will become of Thy great name?” ~Charles G. Finney

WWJD? Reflection: Jesus was very concerned about God’s name. In teaching us to pray, He told us first to “hallow” (make holy, set apart) His name. In the Old Testament account of Moses being given the ten commandments, we learn that the third commandment prohibits misuse or defaming God’s name.

When Christians fall into open sin, it gives unbelievers cause to mock our faith, which is an insult to God. If we would ask “What Would Jesus Do?” about the name of the Father, we would surely get the answer, “Hallow His name.” And not just in word only, but also we would look to our deeds as an expression of hallowing God’s name. We would also see the sins of the Church as a desecration of His name, and ask Him for renewal in the Bod of Christ.

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Why go to church?

Why go to church?
This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Christianity

Why if I already believe in Jesus, do I have to go to church?

There are many reasons but the most important are:

Praise and Worship -

I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord, proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells…My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the Lord. ~Psalm 26:6-8, 12

Psalm 27:1-14
Psalm 108:1-6

Fellowship/Friendship – Fellowship is gathering in a social setting and not discussing church business. Joining a church gives you an automatic church family. Read Benefits of a Church Family.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.~1 John 1:7

2 Corinthians 6:13-15

Comfort and Support - Church is like the locker room before the game. It’s the pep talk that lifts you up before you go out into the world to face another week. Your church family is also there to support you in your time of trial and need. They are they to pray for you.

Service – God calls us to help the less fortunate.

Matthew 25:31-46

Learning – Sure you can read your Bible at home, but do you really understand it? Attending church, small group Bible studies or seminars help clarify some foggy areas, teach you how to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ~ Psalm 25:4-5

Prayer-

Scripture says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” ~2 Chronicles 7:14

HEAL THEIR LAND – Boy, can our land use healing!

I’ve often referred to the Church of America as a sleeping giant. It’s time for the Church to arise! Isaiah 60:1-2 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” ~Rod Parsley – Breakthrough www.rodparsley.com

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So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. ~Ephesians 4:11-16

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Solid Deo Gloria!
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Getting through the storms

Getting through the storms
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

 

The monsoons bring haboobs – dust clouds
that move over the city covering every inch.

Summers in Phoenix bring not only the heat, but monsoons. And some of them can be fierce – like mini hurricanes, which do their fair share of destruction. But it’s comforting to know that they are short and in an hour or two, the storm will be gone.

Hurricanes can last all night and do a 100 times the destruction of a monsoon. When you’re hunkered down, it seems like the storm will never end. But somehow you know that it will. The wind will die down and the sun will come out again.
Many people these days are going through storms of their own. And it may seem like there’s no end. It’s scary, you worry if you’ll make it through. You cry out – “Stop! Why can’t things be back to normal?”
Back in the summer of 2004, Florida’s “Treasure Coast” suffered two hurricanes, Frances and Jeanne, two weeks apart. After Jeanne, I took a walk on the what was left of the beach and saw beautiful, expensive houses and condos with half of their foundations washed away.
It reminded me of this passage from the Gospel of Matthew: Right after speaking the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” ~Matthew 7:24-27

Read these passages and feel the comfort in the storm.



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How to pray

How to pray
This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Striving to be Christlike

When was the last time you had a conversation with God?

Was it when you were a kid, kneeling beside your bed at night saying, “Now I lay me down to sleep…?”

Or maybe mindlessly rattling off 10 Hail Marys and 5 Our Fathers as your penance after confession?

Maybe it was the last time something went wrong and you yelled up to sky, “Why me, Lord, why me!”

Actually, it’s very easy. There’s no set formula, just some guidelines. But you need to know that God is a loving God and you are His child. You can speak to Him like if you’re speaking to a loving parent that cares for you and does not want to see you suffer.

Just talk to God no matter where you are. He doesn’t care what the words are, just that they are sincere – from the heart.

Here are some guidelines based on the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:6-14 when Jesus’ followers asked him, “Teach us how to pray.”

Jesus replied, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (Praising God)
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Acknowledging that God is in control and it’s His will not yours.)
     
“Give us today our daily bread. (He is the ultimate provider, but you still have to ask.)
Forgive us our debts (sins), as we also have forgiven our debtors (those who have sinned against us).

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (“The evil one” is Satan, the Devil, whatever you want to call him. Satan and his demons are all around us – tempting us. Evil is the absence of God just as darkness is the absence of light.)

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

You need to thank God for what you have – food, a roof over your head, a job if you have one, etc., because everything you have came from God. You may think you worked for it, but God created everything and he allowed us to work for what we’ve got. Everything belongs to Him and we are just the caretakers while we are on earth.

Then you can ask Him for things, help, whatever is heavy on your heart for yourself or a family member or friend in need. The more open you are with God, the better.

But if He supposed to know everything, why do we need to ask? Yes, he knows you and what’s in your heart, but He wants us to recognize His power (“For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever…”) and to lay your needs at His feet. When you do that, He takes them off your shoulders and you’ll feel the weight lifted. That is what trusting God is all about.

Read this post: Up the Down Escalator – When-Tough-Times-Get-You-Down

Remember, praying is just talking to God, your Father – “Daddy”. He loves you unconditionally. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done – God loves you.

Palm Sunday: A walk through Holy Week – part 1

Palm Sunday: A walk through Holy Week – part 1
This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! 
       Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! 
       See, your king comes to you, 
       righteous and having salvation, 
       gentle and riding on a donkey, 
       on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ~ Zechariah 9:9
It was predicted by one of the Old Testament prophets. 
The story is relayed in all four Gospels:
The crowd shouted “Hosanna!” which in Hebrew means “Saved” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” – a phrase from Psalm 118:26 – again from the Old Testament. 
He entered the city of Jerusalem in triumph in fulfillment of the Holy Scriptures that the Jews knew by heart. The crowd proclaimed Him the Savior, the Messiah – the Anointed One. 
Everything seemed great. What happened in four days to warrant Jesus’ arrest and execution? 
In this series, A Walk Through Holy Week, I will attempt to explain the importance of the events of Holy Week through Resurrection Sunday and the days immediately after. 
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