Is “Ask and Receive” Absolute

Is “Ask and Receive” Absolute

“Is ‘Ask and Receive’ Absolute?” (Mt 7:7-11) NOTE: This is what I take into the pulpit. There are devices I use like bold, underline, and italics. This is an “oral manuscript” designed to help me stay with the train of thought. More is said than written...
If God Wills It, Why Pray?

If God Wills It, Why Pray?

The argument goes like this, “If everything is predestined, why pray?” In my experience this is posed more as a criticism than a question… an indictment more than inquiry. Honestly, this has been a difficult hurdle for me even though I know the arguments and they...
Jesus’ Prayer For His Own

Jesus’ Prayer For His Own

On earth, Jesus prayed for His followers (John 17). Now… in heaven… He continues to pray for them. Consider the following… The best way for our prayer life not to “heap up empty phrases” (Mt 6:7) that are meaningless and therefore are pointless to...

Las Vegas and Jesus

What Happens In Vegas… ​Again there has been a tragedy for us to deal with. As of today, the shooting in Las Vegas has resulted in 59 dead and 527 wounded. While this is a personal tragedy for many, for most Americans it is not personal in the same way… which is not...