Prayer Fasting Guide

Prayer Fasting Guide ? The one I promised to complete over a year ago? Well, I apologize to those who have asked and to those of you who thought about it but didn’t. It’s coming.  I’m in the midst of a major rewrite of Food in God’s Place, so if you haven’t read it yet, wait. I plan to have …

Praying Workers are Few Matthew 9:35-38

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, and disobey the command or call stated here, ‘Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers.’ The command contained here is to ‘ask the …

Prayer Sacrifice

Prayer sacrifice is not an aspect of prayer that I have considered 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? Part 1 of Prayer III, What Do I Pray For? Part 2 of Prayer III, What Do I Pray For? Part 3, How to …

Is Spiritual Blindness Incurable? Matthew 9:27-34

Is spiritual blindness incurable? This section closes with a statement from the Pharisees that makes me think so. Jesus had just healed two blind men. He said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ Again as in the last scene, there is a desperation associated with this faith, a sense of ‘nowhere else to turn.’ This is …

Desperate Circumstances Reveal the Need for God: Matthew 9:18-26

Desperate circumstances will reveal my need for God. The synagogue ruler broke rank and chose to reach out to Jesus because he was desperate. His daughter was far more important than his position or reputation, and in her death he recognized how empty pointless and worthless was everything in which he had trusted. He was empty and in desperate circumstance. …

A Real Life Not a Patched Up Religion: Matthew 9:14-17

A real life is promised by Jesus in this section and he compares reasons for fasting. He implies that his disciples will have a deeper relational purpose for fasting in the future, and that he will not impose fasting on them as an ascetic, traditional religious practice. Again his focus in on the inner life, not on adhering to external …

Invisible Church? Where else can I find unity?

Invisible Church? Where else can I hope to find unity? I believe that the unity called for by Jesus in John 17:20-22 is something we strive toward as individual Christians looking to and following Christ. I do not believe it is something we can achieve between organizations called churches. Too frequently some of these organizations have come into existence and …

Follow Me: Matthew 9:9-13

‘ Follow me’, Jesus says to Matthew. Matthew immediately follows him without excuse or delay, and with no indications of regret. It is likely Matthew already knew of Jesus by reputation. Jesus knew his heart, and knew he was ready to give up the life he had known. Unlike fishing, tax collecting was not a profession to which he could …