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Does God Lead Us Into Temptation?

   It’s often been taught that God brings His people into trying situations in order to produce something good. But if this is true, why would Jesus teach us to pray, “lead us not into temptation”? Temptation is present everywhere. It’s present with you the minute you wake up in the morning! You might be […] Continue reading →

Why Samson?

  Why, of all people, was Samson mentioned as an example of faith in Hebrews 11:32? The book of Judges records his lying and self-indulgence. As a Nazirite, he was supposed to be completely consecrated to God, yet he had no qualms about breaking the law and eating from an unclean carcass. He even pursued […] Continue reading →

Be Free and Forgive!

  The petition to forgive appears somewhere in the center of the Lord’s Prayer. That’s an interesting place for it. It would seem more likely, and is often taught, that we should first get right with God before we move on in prayer. And yet, Jesus brings it in after asking for our daily bread. […] Continue reading →

Praying “Our Father…”

cure for depression   While a multitude of churches around the world make it a weekly practice to recite the Lord’s Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4) is taught to be a model: “After this manner, therefore pray…” Of course, it’s not wrong to recite the prayer. My fear, though, is that in the name of […] Continue reading →

The Prayer of Faith

   Prayer is one of the most important and powerful aspects of the Christian life. The devil knows that he’s in trouble when Christians begin to pray. That’s why it’s so hard to develop our prayer life. There are many hindrances and distractions. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, and the principalities […] Continue reading →

Now Podcasting

   Get 15-minute shots of encouragement through the Interpulpit Radio Blast! Still broadcasting on the Fourteen12 radio network, but now you can listen or download at your convenience. It’s available at the link above or you can subscribe through iTunes.     Continue reading →

The Church as The Incarnation

  At Christmas, we celebrate the incarnation. We remember the Word became flesh, when God clothed Himself in the person of a man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was the perfect representation of God, and the reason for the incarnation was to reveal who God is, and His love for mankind. When you receive Jesus […] Continue reading →