Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Rett Copple really knows how to stir up some fun at the Richmond Ice Rink.  About halfway through this video you’ll notice that the police officer wants in on the fun too.  Happy Friday everyone!


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We know God wants what’s best for us here and now.  He is concerned with what is best for us right this moment.  He wants you to be comfortable and clean.  Just claim it.  Believe it.

And then watch this…

“a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:7-10

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One of my favorite places to stop on the internets is An Eye For Redemption, a blog by Kansas Bob.  I was reading through some of his entries yesterday and came across a great post titled Blessed are the Meek.  In this entry, which I highly recommend you read, Bob alerts me to how Albert Barnes defined meekness.  Barnes said meekness is “patience in the reception of injuries”.

This definition comes from Barnes’ work, Barnes Notes on the New Testament.  I think this definition of meekness is the most accurate I’ve read.  Barnes goes on to write about meekness, “It is neither meanness, nor a surrender of our rights, nor cowardice; but it is the opposite of sudden agner, of malice, of long-harboured vengeance.”

Meekness is a quality that we should all strive for, with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Christ claims that the meek will inherit the Earth in His sermon on the mount in the Gospel of Matthew. 

What I like about Barnes’ definition of the meek is that it’s complete.  We are not to react negatively to those that harm us by harboring hatred or plotting vengance, but we’re not to lay down when we see a wrong being committed.  If you are serving in the name of Christ, good things are going to happen, however, in the process trials are guaranteed to come.  Pray for the spirit of meekness to be a part of your response to any injury that comes your way, especially an injury that comes as a result of the name of your Savior.

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If you didn’t know, today is the National Day of Prayer.  It’s a time our nation is to come together and pray for all things that need prayer, BUT that begs a question that many, if not all of us, have thought before…Does prayer really work?

Complex questions usually beget complex answers.  Not so much with this question.

Christ addresses prayer several times in the gospels.  The Gospel According to Luke is especially rich in instruction on prayer.   What we’ve come to now as The Lord’s Prayer is the model of prayer that Jesus gives to the disciples.  This prayer focus on praising God and leaving our fate in the hands of His will. 

God’s will as an “answer” to prayer is a theme that repeats itself several times.  One of those times in Luke is again in Chapter 11.  In Chapter 11, verse 13, Christ says to His disciples, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Christ is saying that God is the perfect gift giver of His Holy Spirit to those who ask.  The Holy Spirit being in complete agreement with God’s will.

The second time God’s will is shown as an answer or result of prayer is in the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18.  In this parable, Christ describes a widow who is persistent in her pleading for justice from an unrighteous judge.  The judge eventually gives in to her pleas to alleviate himself from the constant nagging of the widow.  Jesus then says that God will not delay in giving His justice who cry to Him day and night.  Christ not only says that God will not delay but will deliver His justice speedily.  God’s justice is the result of constant prayer.  His will, not ours, is promised us from prayer.

So, does prayer work.  Yes.  Constant, faithful prayer results in God’s will in our lives.  That isn’t what we often expect.  We often want God to give us what we want, not what He wants.

The interesting question really comes in Luke 18:8: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Christ Himself says that prayer works and goes so far as to model for us how to pray.  But His question rings true, will there be any here on earth that are faithful in His promises on prayer when He comes?  That’s really the tough question.  I know I don’t pray as consistently or as faithfully as I should.   What about you?

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