The Lords PrayerWritten by Rev. A.R.Smith
What is Reverence? A new look at Matthew 6:9 thru 13. Many call Matthew 6:9-13, The Lords Prayer but it actually isn't. Its prayer that Jesus gave to us, so in essence its our prayer. What I want to do is break it down to make it more personal. How many here today love Jesus? How many here today love God? How many here today do commandments of Christ? You know, Love your neighbor as yourself, pray for those who despitfully use you, forgive others, pray for your enemies, ect, ect, ect? If you are sure, then this is your prayer. Mat 6:9 ...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is kingdom, and power, and glory, for ever. Amen. Now lets make it personal, between you and Father. 1.“Our” Belonging to, in possession of, to abide in oneself. God belongs to us and we to Father. By purchase of our body and soul with blood of His Son. 2.“Father”A man who begets or raises or nurtures a child. To procreate (offspring) as male parent. To act or serve as a father to (a child). To create, found, or originate. To acknowledge responsibility for. Isn't meaning of Father, everything that God is? “To acknowledge responsibility for.” God acknowledges us as His children, His seed, His Creation and he fully takes responsibility for us. To Teach and Nurture, to Feed and cloth, to Save and protect. Now what about those who refuse God as Father, refuse His Chastisement? Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. “Bastard”, The Talmud and rabbis are probably therefore right in explaining mamzer, not illegitimate children in general, but those begotten in incest or adultery: from mazar, "to be corrupt." The only other occurrence of mamzer is Zec_9:6; "a bastard (a vile alien) shall dwell in Ashdod." One who is without conjoining of Father (God) to themselves. We must look at this from spiritual and not physical for all children have a physical father(dad). 3.“which art” “Which Art”, residing at, being in a certain place or time, without doubt as to where or who.Positive. Without our Faith knowing where God our Father resides, we would not believe in a Diety, that is in controll of all manner of life. We must first believe in Heaven and Hell, Reward and punishment, Resurrection and Damnation, on a grand scale, up to and including, very soul that makes us who we are. Rom 1:17 For therein is righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 4a.“in heaven” 4.”IN” Within limits, bounds, or area of: From outside to a point within;. To or at a situation or condition of. 5.”Heaven” The sky or universe as seen from earth; firmament.The abode of God, angels, and souls of those who are granted salvation. An eternal state of communion with God; everlasting bliss. Any of places in or beyond sky conceived of as domains of a divine being. A place of great happiness, delight, or pleasure: Jesus promised all who believed in Him a place. John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Proclaiming your Christianity in the digital ageWritten by Clay
There's no doubt that computers and internet have changed our lives drastically. We can communicate with everyone, everywhere, in a way we could not have ever imagined just a few years ago. These technological innovations give Christians an overwhelming amount of new opportunities to spread word of God.
One of these opportunities lies within every Christian's grasp and could be utilized within minutes. Just take a look at computer you're using right now: whether you're in a library, school, at work or home, chances are that you're not only one using computer you have in front of you. The first thing people see when they start up their computer is a desktop wallpaper, which most likely contains a tiled texture or a Windows logo if they have left