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...
Muslims Pray At Trump Tower

Muslims Pray At Trump Tower

Recently Muslims made a public street in New York impassable. They prayed in front of Trump Tower for all to see. While much was made of this in the news, my thoughts couldn’t help but think about Christians praying and how our prayer is to be different from...