Divine Peace, Sermon-First Sunday after Easter, 23 April 2017

St. John 20:19-23       by the Rev. Dennis Washburn, Ph.D. The Gospel today is rich in content. There is Christ’s appearance to ten apostles, and His commissioning them to ministry. Each of these elements could be the theme of a variety of sermons. This morning, I would focus on the general meaning of the risen Lord’s appearance to the apostles. Even …

Mission Direction for the Twelve: Matthew 10:5 – 15

My mission direction today differs from this first one given to the twelve disciples, but important lessons remain applicable. Matthew 10:5-15 A New Mission Direction Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: “Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you …

Christian Meditation for Panic and Fear

Christian meditation serves as an extension of prayer and assists me in keeping my mind focussed on God. More relaxed concentration benefits all areas of my life. Many distractions hit me daily and cause me to lose focus on God and the best of life. This practice of Christian meditation enables me to concentrate more easily and deeply on my …

Calling found in Journey: Matthew 10:1-4

Looking for an Easy Answer to Calling? To find calling, I need to prepare myself for a journey without expectation of a specific answer, time, or place. Obtaining this answer requires effort: mental, spiritual, and maybe even physical. Most of all, it requires I prepare myself to hear the whisper of God’s Spirit. Matthew 10:1-4 Jesus called his twelve disciples …

Blog’s Purpose? For what and why?

Originally I started this blog to make it an ongoing way to connect with the readers of the book: Food in God’s Place. That was my original blog’s purpose. As I like to write about more topics, the scope of my blog’s purpose changed. Outside of a few specific posts, the posts on the Study of Matthew received the most …

Prayer Fasting Guide

Prayer Fasting Guide? The one I promised to complete long ago? Well, I apologize to those waiting. It’s coming, eventually. I’m in the midst of a major rewrite of Food in God’s Place. I also plan to price FIGP at $5.99 instead of $9.99. As I just have not had time for the updates with my work schedule, I’ve set …

Praying Workers are Few Matthew 9:35-38

Today, praying workers are few. Why? Praying workers are few because many church workers look to the need described here, ‘harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd,’ run out to meet the need, but disobey the command stated here, ‘Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers.’ The command contained here is to ‘ask the Lord,’ …

Prayer Sacrifice

I did not consider the sacrifice aspect of prayer until recently. I’ve made numerous posts about prayer: Prayer: What is Your Concept of Prayer, Prayer II Believing is Seeing, What Do I Pray For? Prayer III, What Do I Pray For? Part 2 of Prayer III, What Do I Pray For? Part 3, How to Pray, Prayer IV, How Often Should I Pray? The …