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Pray for God’s sovereignty on display

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven More so than anything else, “The Lord’s Prayer”, or perhaps more accurately, “Every Disciple’s Prayer”, is a prayer for God to make it obvious that He is in control of everything. The model prayer that our Lord Jesus gave us, starts […]

Praying the Bible

Some of the least recognised, but profoundly impactful, especially over time, ministry of some pastors has been the public prayers during worship services. This reflects a heritage of the importance of public prayers in the lives of believers. The book of Psalms is the Bible’s way of modelling the relevance of public prayers to those […]

How you will become more holy

The “How to …” instructions for fighting temptation and becoming more holy is clearly explained throughout the Scriptures. There are three passages though that are of particular practical significance in setting us firmly on the highway to holiness. These three passages are not only full of their own insights into sanctification, but also have a […]

Spiritual experiences don’t make you immune to temptation

Spiritual blessing does not exempt you from temptation. In 1 Corinthians 10:1-6 God draws some broad parallels between us as Christians and the Israelites of the Exodus. The Israelites of the Exodus are well-known for two things: extraordinary spiritual experiences, and continual giving in to temptation. The point of relevant to us as Christians is […]

God’s character is our comfort

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. This chorus of God’s character is repeated three times in the Psalms. In Psalm 86:14-17, David reflects on this chorus of God’s character to comfort his soul when oppressed by others. Because of God’s mercy and grace, slowness of anger and […]

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