The Lord’s Prayer…So-Called

The Lord’s Prayer—so-called—is not exclusively Jesus’ prayer; rather it is a means of prayer, a prayer outline that Jesus taught his disciples upon their request.  In fact, it seems that the only time the disciples may have asked Jesus to specifically teach them anything was when they asked Him to teach them how to pray Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer…So-Called”

Science(s) And The Bible

The following is a brief alphabetical listing I have compiled about various fields of studies, endeavors, pursuits, and strategies used in determining the Bible’s origins, authenticity, trustworthiness, reliability, veracity, translations, interpretations, and understanding.  This is not a teaching, per se, as are most of the other 100 + entries on this website. The listing givesContinue reading “Science(s) And The Bible”

Baptism(s)

When most people familiar with the Bible or Christianity hear or read the words “baptize” or “baptism,” they automatically think of being baptized in water as some sort of initiation rite into the Christian faith.  Many people might be surprised to learn that there is more than one type or mode of baptism besides waterContinue reading “Baptism(s)”

Joy-Full Living

Some people just never seem to have any authentic joy in their lives.  Oh, they might experience happiness, but joy and happiness aren’t the same.  Happiness (or unhappiness) depends on happenings. Joy comes from God within us. Some people just seem to fret all the time about the negative, “dark” aspects of life, and neverContinue reading “Joy-Full Living”

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Although this teaching will, in general, examine all the supernatural gifts of Holy Spirit mentioned in the New Testament, specifically, I will address the matter of speaking in tongues in more detail—because that is what I have been asked by some of my readers to do: focus some teaching about the supernatural gift of speakingContinue reading “Gifts of the Holy Spirit”

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

In the mid-twentieth century, a worldwide phenomenon called “The Charismatic Renewal” began almost simultaneously in three locations: Seattle, Washington, New York City, and at Notre Dame University in Indiana in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s—and continues to this day. That event was preceded by a similar event a generation or so earlier that began inContinue reading “Baptism in the Holy Spirit”

The Image of God

The Bible makes the startling claim in Genesis 1: 26 and 27 (and Genesis 9: 6) that human beings were created in the “image of God.” That’s what the reference says, but what does it mean to be created in God’s image? By basic definition “image” means a “representation of something.” We know from manyContinue reading “The Image of God”

Water

Water. What a mysterious substance! On one occasion Jesus said: “Those who believe in Me will have rivers of living water flowing out of their innermost being.” He was speaking about Holy Spirit Who would later come to reside permanently in his followers. (John 7: 37 – 39) There’s an interesting principle found throughout theContinue reading “Water”

Truth

2,000 years ago Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor who sentenced Jesus to die on a Roman Cross, asked Jesus: “What is truth?” (John 18: 38) Jesus had previously claimed of himself: “I am . . . the truth.” (John 14: 6) Speaking about truth on another occasion, Jesus emphasized that when people embrace and comeContinue reading “Truth”