I don't pray enough. I'm not even sure it's possible to pray too much! Jesus gets up early to seek the Father after a late night of serving (see previous verses). I probably would have seen it as an opportunity to get some rest and sleep in for awhile. Maybe even pat myself on the back for being such a good guy... but anyway, Jesus is driven to seek fellowship with the Father. He gets up before the rest of his team and there he is... praying, until...
The historical evidence that Jesus was renowned by his contemporaries as an exorcist and miracle worker is overwhelming [obviously New Testament accounts and associated source documents]. Sources outside the NT also refer to Jesus' miraculous activity. Josephus states that Jesus was "a doer of startling deeds"... a probable reference to his miracles. The Babylonian Talmud claims Jesus was executed because he practiced magic and led Israel astray.
It's sometimes fun to listen to a motivating speaker attempting to light the fire inside of his audience. "You can do anything you set your mind on! You have as much potential as your vision will allow!"
I’m not telling you anything new when I say that it’s not okay in our current culture to speak openly about your faith. Some folks are offended and threatened by one propagating their faith. Frankly, some of this makes sense because the object of one’s faith contextualizes faith. If the object of my faith is different than yours, we share but one thing: a need to believe in something. And everyone believes in something.
When we hire the wrong people, we expose our organization to loss. The wrong person can cost your endeavor thousands of dollars, wound your team moral, negatively impact your customers, create a culture of distrust, and the list of possible grievances only gets darker and more devastating.
Like you, I have been exposed to good people as well as others who can be described differently. This proverb is screaming out to the young and to those seeking companionship.
As true believers, we envision this same comfort and hope available to all. That's why Jesus' command to "go and make disciples" is our labor of love.
Many folks don't like the phrase "Fear God." They often explain this by reminding us that God is gracious and loving and therefore, there is no need for fear. Indeed, Scripture and our blessings of life would agree that God is loving but that's not all it says about him.
What I came to learn is that Christian apologetics is the part of Christian theology (the study of God) that gives a rational defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” is a derivative of the Greek word apologia that, according to Wikipedia, means “giving an explanation or reply and to rebut the charge”. In other words, telling people the reason why you believe what you believe. What it definitely isn’t is saying sorry over and over when asked about my faith.
Many movies have been produced about Jesus. Most of them portray a portion of his ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Do you remember the Pilate-Jesus scene included in most of these films? Jesus and Pilate are having a "behind-the-scenes mini trial. Jesus explains to Pilate that he has come to testify to the truth. But Pilate responds with skepticism asking, "What is Truth?" (John 18:28-38)
It's a snowy Sunday morning in Colorado. The type of day and weather that encourages me to reflect. As humans, we have passion. To some this is news but to most I am stating the obvious. Our Creator intentional designed us with passion. Though it can vary in levels of intensity and flavor, we are gifted with this essence.