A Prayer in These Times of Pandemic

Prayer of the Church Heavenly Father, standing on the threshold of days and weeks unknown, we remember all Your benefits in times and ages past. In Your providence, You provided […]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 13: Two Parables on What Someone’s Prayer Reveals

The Parable of the Unjust Judge: Luke 18:1-8 Background in Luke Luke 17: 11-18: 8 is a significant unit focused on the “end times” with four major parts: Jesus heals […]

Luke 18:1-8: Persistence in Prayer

Oh, how discouragement settles in our bones.  We quit when details don’t go our way.  We leave when life gets uncomfortable.  The pain stabs us, our lungs burn, our legs […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 9: Christian Prayer, Pt. 3

We now look further into prayer, looking at specific verses that help shape our life of prayer. Fervent Prayer The traditional wording of James 5:16 is this: “The effective, fervent […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 8: Christian Prayer, Pt. 2

Last week, we looked at the Lord’s Prayer as a model prayer and a prayer to say verbatim.  Today, we continue looking into why we pray when our Father knows […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 7: Christian Prayer

If we want to know about Christian prayer, then we turn to the Christ, who gave us His prayer. Read Matthew 6:5-6 When Jesus says, “When you pray,” what does […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 3: Faithful Worship—Paul’s Pastoral Instructions to Timothy

Having commanded Timothy to “wage the good war” against the false teaching and teachers, Paul now shifts his focus to the Church and worship, “so you may know how someone […]

John 16:23-33: In Jesus’ Name

When our fallen flesh thinks of prayer, it merely sees it as a means to an end—a way to get what you want! And such sinful thinking is also rampant […]

Acts, Lesson 23: Paul Gives Godly Counsel to Fellow Pastors

Paul is still on his third missionary journey. Having left Ephesus, his longest stay during his missionary travels, he makes a final sweep through Greece before going to Jerusalem. During […]

Vain Repetition

This lesson is born from a concern about “vain repetition” in our worship liturgy. In our Divine Services on Sunday, we rotate settings of the Liturgy based on the season. […]