Yearly Archives: 2017

A Prayer Based on Exodus 20:4-6

““You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:4–6, NASB95) Heavenly Father, you are truly glorious. There is no god like you; and there is no creature like you. As we look around this world we see many creatures, many things which captivate our hearts because of their beauty; but you are above all things. Even we who are made in your image are poor reflections of your glory. You are Jealous for your glory so that it will not be lied about, and just in asking that we respond to you, and not to a god of our own making. You are loving and merciful to generation after generation of those who love you. We turn our hearts this morning to your love, and cry out that you will visit your love on those […]

A Prayer Based on Exodus 20:1-3

“Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:1–3, NASB95) You have shown us Lord, that you are the Eternal, all powerful God of salvation. You took Israel from Egyptian slavery even as you take us out of slavery to our own sinful nature. You delivered Israel through the sea, and deliver us through the waters of baptism. You guided Israel to the mountain and gave them the tabernacle, and you have given your Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us and guide us. There is no one like you, and none who can stand beside you. You are God alone and we worship you for who you are. We worship you Lord our God for delivering us from sin and death – taking us out of the kingdom of darkness and releasing us into the kingdom of your dear Son. We confess that we need you. We love you with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Lord we first lift up our own lives. We struggle with weakness and sin, and ask for your cleansing forgiveness. Where we […]

Acts 2:42-47 Life After Repentance

The Youtube video is linked here. As you start turning to Acts 2:42-47, I want to introduce you to what it looks like to live Life after Repentance. Teachers in Jesus’ day recognized the principle of Kavanah. It is a Hebrew word meaning “to aim” that is used to speak of the inner life and points to hitting the bullseye by strengthening yourself, aiming, releasing, and hitting the bullseye repeatedly while taking into account the favor of God on the Arrow’s flight. Kavanah combines our intentional action as we purposely do spiritual disciplines together with the expectation that God is present and active. Kavanah refuses to pretend that only God is active in my life; and it refuses to act as if all of my spiritual progress is up to me alone and if I just work hard enough I can hit the target. Kavanah demands that we labor as God labors within us. it is the Expression of Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 15:10. 1 Corinthians 15:10 NASB95 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. God was […]

Life After Repentance