They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Lord Teach Us to Pray: Part 2

Part 2 of a Series on the Lord’s Prayer, found in Luke 11:1-4 and Matthew 6:9-13 In our opening post we learned that Jesus and His disciples would have prayed three times a day to their Lord in Heaven. During these prayer times, they would have faithfully recited the Shema and a series of eighteen

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Lord Teach Us to Pray

The Lord’s Prayer, found only in the gospels of Matthew (Matthew 6:9-13) and Luke (Luke 11:2-4), is a passage of scripture that was probably one of the first Bible verses most of us learned. Even for many adults, it is one of the only portions of scripture that can be recited word for word by memory. However,

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To Pray Without Ceasing

“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” –1 Thessalonians 5:17 I’ve always been puzzled and confused by this verse and others like it, thinking that only a monk would spend all his time praying. I couldn’t imagine a situation in life where

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Pillar of the God Fearers

In 1976, archaeologists excavating the ancient city of Aphrodisias in southwest Turkey uncovered an object that is very significant to studiers of the Bible. An eight foot carved marble pillar with several names on it was uncovered in the agora (market place). The part of the agora where the stone was found was thought to

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Tapestry

While we were in Turkey studying the Seven Churches of Revelation, we spent an evening touring a large Turkish factory that made exquisite hand woven rugs. Turkish rugs are generally thought of as the finest quality rugs in the world. The intricate and laborious process used to make these rugs was fascinating to learn about.

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The Shoulders on Which We Stand

If you do a study on what happened to the New Testament disciples and their followers, you quickly realize what a sacrifice has been made for us to be able to exercise our Christian faith in the 21st century. The early years of the Christian movement were perilous and deadly times. How the gospel survived

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