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A Royal Doxology

Greetings and grace to you, my friends, in the name of Jesus, our Lord. We come this week to the conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer, and we find that the Lord’s Prayer ends, not with another petition, but with a doxology: ‘For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ Christians […]

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Deliver Us

Greetings friends and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Rock and our Redeemer. This week we continue our study in the Lord’s Prayer as we consider what Jesus means when he teaches us to pray: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We pick back up this week […]

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A Prayer for Mothers

Heavenly Father, on a day like Mother’s Day there are so many different emotions that we bring to you. Some of us bring emotions of deep gratitude and joy for the mothers you have blessed us with; mothers who have loved us, cared for us, walked with us and taught us how to live well. […]

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Ascension Day

Greetings friends, and grace to you in the name of Jesus, our risen and reigning Lord. This week we will take a break from studying the Lord’s Prayer to celebrate Ascension Day, which falls on Thursday May 5. Dietrich Bonhoeffer emblazoned the phrase ‘cheap grace’ on the mind of the church in his twentieth century […]

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Can I say the Lord's Prayer?

In our continuing journey through the Lord’s Prayer, we are reminded that again and again Jesus warns against insincere prayers. Indeed, as the Lord’s Prayer is not only a pattern for praying but a pattern for living, Jesus calls us to align our hearts with our lips and our lives. Nowhere is this more readily […]

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Our Sins, Our Debts, God's Forgiveness

How should Christians see their sins? As we continue our look at the Lord’s Prayer this week, we come to that plea in which Jesus teaches us to pray, ‘forgive us as we forgive our debtors.’ J. I. Packer, in his outstanding book, Growing in Christ, offers the following thoughts for our consideration. Forgiveness as […]

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Forgiven and Forgiving

Greetings friends and grace to you. In the heart of the Lord’s Prayer we have embedded the ‘inside-outness,’ the ‘upside-downness’ of the gospel. Jesus says you have to lose yourself to find yourself. If you say your will be done before give us, your heart will be satisfied. Jesus shows us that we are creatures […]

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It's a ...

Greetings dear friends and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord who lives. I know I’ve posted for the week and I hope this is the last for the week, but then again, no promises. Just a couple of highlights, yeah? First, we are serving at the Magnolia Festival this Saturday […]

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Daily Bread

Greetings and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. As we continue our journey in the Lord’s Prayer we note that once we have prayed for God’s heavenly glory, then it is right for us to pray for our own earthly good: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ […]

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Let Thy Will be Done

Greetings friends and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Rock and our Redeemer. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us a pattern for praying. He opened by giving us the foundation of all prayer; that is, we begin by going to ‘Our Father in heaven.’ Once we have confirmed our covenant […]

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