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The Great Teacher of Promise

By , September 4, 2018

“the Holy Spirit…
will teach you all things and remind you of everything…”
John 14:26 (NIV)

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I well recall a couple of history teachers I had during my formal education. One was the most boring person I have ever met. “Monotone Malcom” we would call him. He droned on endlessly in class and many times each lecture my hand would finally draw a wiggly line as I went to sleep. If he could have bottled his style and marketed it as a cure for insomnia he would have made a fortune.

The other outstanding professor of history I had was animated and powerful. He would wave his arms like a windmill, shout here and whisper there, as he described the scenes he was seeking to get into our heads. He would have the heroes of the battle running up and down the lecture room aisles as the battle seesawed back and forth. It was sensational stuff and we loved it.

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The Great Teacher of Promise

By , September 12, 2016

“the Holy Spirit…
will teach you all things and remind you of everything…”
John 14:26 (NIV)

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I well recall a couple of history teachers I had during my formal education. One was the most boring person I have ever met. “Monotone Malcom” we would call him. He droned on endlessly in class and many times each lecture my hand would finally draw a wiggly line as I went to sleep. If he could have bottled his style and marketed it as a cure for insomnia he would have made a fortune.

The other outstanding professor of history I had was animated and powerful. He would wave his arms like a windmill, shout here and whisper there, as he described the scenes he was seeking to get into our heads. He would have the heroes of the battle running up and down the lecture room aisles as the battle seesawed back and forth. It was sensational stuff and we loved it.

When Jesus spoke of the coming of the Holy Spirit He never said the Spirit would be dramatic or sensational, or that those to whom He came would have ecstasies of emotion. But instead the promise was that this One would be a fantastic teacher and not only bring all the new information the disciples needed but would work on their memories to ensure they recalled all of Jesus’ teaching.

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Pleasure in Prayer

By , July 13, 2015

“The prayer of the upright is His delight”
Proverbs 15:8

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When I was a preschooler my mother was usually the one who tucked me in at night. She taught me to kneel down beside the bed to pray before climbing in. I had memorized prayers taught by her and reciting them was a pleasant thing. Mother was a woman of prayer and exercised this gift for several hours each day of her very busy life. It was as natural to her as breathing.

Alas, she did not pass on that gene to me, her son. I sometimes find deliberate prayer a chore and hard work even though it is one of my responsibilities as a minister of the Gospel. How is prayer found to be a delight? What can we do to be joyful in this spiritual exercise and responsibility?

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Prayer, Its Use and Abuse

By , July 10, 2015

“My Father,
if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away
unless I drink it, may Your will be done.”
Matthew 26:42

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As we ponder this prayer by Jesus we are seeing Him make a request and then qualify it with an expressed submission to the Father at the end. Why did Jesus make this request? Was He opposed to the horrors ahead of Him?

The ending to His prayer indicates His submission to whatever the Father had for Him to endure. What the problem was, is understood as being the dreadful fact that He had to have our sins laid on His holy person.

He had already said to the disciples in Gethsemane,

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Can we pray too much?

By , June 14, 2015

“Devote yourselves to prayer,
being watchful and thankful.”
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

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When a paramedic arrives at the scene of an accident the first thing is to identify who are the victims and then triage them, that is, decide the order in which the victims are to be helped.

The most seriously hurt are given attention first and those less injured wait until the critical ones are attended to immediately. This is obviously the most reasonable way to proceed. Vital signs are taken to determine the degree of stability of the patients and how serious their injuries are.

Prayer is the vital sign of life in the soul. If the person does not pray then they may be presumed to be without spiritual life. If the victim at the accident scene does not have a pulse and is unresponsive in any manner, then they may be presumed to have died.

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