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This Then Is How You Should Pray: The Lord’s Prayer In The Time Of Coronavirus (4)

Introduction: Did you know that each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer was found as parts of prayers written down in the Dead Sea Scrolls? This means that Jewish people were praying these phrases even BEFORE the time of Jesus. Because each phrase already meant something special to the people, I believe this makes it even more The Lord’s Prayer. Let’s take a look at each phrase from the Jewish point of view from just before Jesus’ birth. Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 1 Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also ha

This Then Is How You Should Pray: The Lord’s Prayer In The Time Of Coronavirus (3)

Introduction: Did you know that each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer was found as parts of prayers written down in the Dead Sea Scrolls? This means that Jewish people were praying these phrases even BEFORE the time of Jesus. Because each phrase already meant something special to the people, I believe this makes it even more The Lord’s Prayer. Let’s take a look at each phrase from the Jewish point of view from just before Jesus’ birth. Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 1 Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also ha

This Then Is How You Should Pray: The Lord’s Prayer In The Time Of Coronavirus (2)

Introduction: Did you know that each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer was found as parts of prayers written down in the Dead Sea Scrolls? This means that Jewish people were praying these phrases even BEFORE the time of Jesus. Because each phrase already meant something special to the people, I believe this makes it even more The Lord’s Prayer. Let’s take a look at each phrase from the Jewish point of view from just before Jesus’ birth. Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 1Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also hav

This Then Is How You Should Pray: The Lord’s Prayer In The Time Of Coronavirus

Introduction: Did you know that each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer was found as parts of prayers written down in the Dead Sea Scrolls? This means that Jewish people were praying these phrases even BEFORE the time of Jesus. Because each phrase already meant something special to the people, I believe this makes it even more The Lord’s Prayer. Let’s take a look at each phrase from the Jewish point of view from just before Jesus’ birth. Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 “This, then, is how you should pray:" “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 1Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forg

Our New Vineyard

Reflection One hundred and eight. . That’s how many times God’s word refers to a “vineyard.” Of course a vineyard is all about fruit. So is the Christian life. Or more accurately, the Christian’s life. We all have our vineyards, places God has planted us to flower and produce. If you are like me, nowadays your vineyard looks a little (a lot?) different from what it did a few weeks ago. But…., it is still a vineyard, a place God has planted you for a purpose. For some of us our new “vineyards” are disorienting, perhaps even frustrating. We’d like our old vineyards back, and sooner, not later please. Let’s take a look at what Jesus says about our new vineyards. We will bear fruit. (No matter w

Know

Reflection The first weekend in March, in Chicago, just before the pandemic hit in force, our third granddaughter, Eva Hope, was born. Coming home from the hospital on Sunday, she immediately joined her two older sisters and her parents in lock-down. Since that first Sunday in March when we returned to Holland, it has been complete shelter-in-place for Eva and her family; my wife and I the only “outside” persons in the house the entire time. Meanwhile, the Coronavirus rages with almost 9000 cases and 300 deaths in Chicago alone as of this writing. Eva knows nothing of this. She is composed, free from discontent, resting and growing in the knowledge and security of her family. “Of course”, yo

Simplicity

Reflection: Come with me to the Upper Platte River, near Sleeping Bear Dunes just west of Traverse City, MI. On its way west toward The Big Lake, it tumbles out of the hills via a steep, treacherously winding path through the thick green and black woods. Fallen trees act like beaver dams blocking the flow. The sun glinting off the shiny stream conceals boulders just beneath the surface. The swift flow is a kayaker's dream, but you better know how to steer! As we exhilarate our way down the river, a great blue heron majestically rises from the bank ahead of us. Leading us from bend to bend, it seemingly soars us a welcome into territory it claims as its own. Scripture: Job 39 “Do you know whe

Acceptance

Scripture: Romans 9:16-18; Luke 1:38; Luke 23:46 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. ”Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Reflection I enjoy “reading outside of my tradition.” Today, I am leaning on two of my favorites, Nicholas Thomas Wright and Richard Rohr, an Anglican and

Pictures on the Wall

Scripture: Deut. 7:6-9; Galatians 3:26-29 6 For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. 7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand genera

Our role

Scripture He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God. -Micah 6:8 The above is a summary of what Micah tells God’s people about their role in the world. Reflection On October 2, 2006, a shooting occurred at the West Nickel Mines School, an Amish one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster, PA.. Gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV took hostages and shot eight out of ten girls (aged 6–13), killing five, before committing suicide in the schoolhouse. (Wikipedia) The Response of the Amish? "I don't think there's anybody here that wants to do anything but forgive and not only reach out to those wh

Contentment

Reflection: “A text out of context is a pretext for trouble.” (Dan Walcott.) Today’s passage is about being content, but it is attached to one of the most “out-of-context” quoted verses in all of scripture. “I can do all this (or, things) through him who gives me strength.” Back to contentment. I am not very good at it. Are you? Even though I am one of the most materially wealthy people that ever lived. (If you are middle class in America today, this is true of you, too.). But I am still bummed about not being able to travel. As I write this I am “supposed” to be in Spain. But listen to Paul. “ I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret

How so Joyful?

Reflection Generally speaking, Palestinians suffer economic poverty, but not necessarily poverty of self, community, or Spirit. Every morning our friend Ameen sells breakfast bars, coffee and tea, and cigarettes to Palestinians who possess those precious permits to work in Israel. Palestine had been on lockdown for two weeks when we video-chatted with him. Now, our friend from the same ancient village as the prophet Amos (Tekoa), is out of work. How ironic that now we in the U.S. are on lockdown just like the Palestinians. However, due to the Israeli military occupation, Palestinians have considered themselves to be “on lockdown” for decades now. “Call it a ‘quarantine’, a ‘shelter-in-place

Partnering With You To Maintain Your Social-Emotional and Spiritual Health

Reflection Rightly so, the last weeks have been all about our physical health. Sheltering in place, flattening the curve, and social distancing are all about one thing: preventing disease and keeping us physically healthy. Good job West Michigan, we appear to be making progress! One of the challenges of maintaining our academic program amidst this public health and economic uncertainty is the pressure this puts on families. Switching gears to a completely new model of education is difficult even under ideal circumstances. Force it on people with less than a week’s notice, then tell them that this is the way it’s going to be for the rest of the school year, and it is bound to take a social, e

Questioning God Lately?

Scripture 1: Job 38: 1-18 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels[a] shouted for joy? 8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garment and

Revealed

Scripture Romans 8:18-21 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed…. that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Reflection Life is not about our comfort, or even about our own personal salvation. It is about our claiming our role in the story of redemption. It is about our becoming agents of shalom, or helping to turn the world back toward the way God intended it to be. It is how the children of God are actually revealed to the world. Our personal salvation i

 

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