Praying for Full Provision for All

by Gary Bergel "Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people.... This, then, is how you should pray.... Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 4:19, 6:9, 11:29)A prayer common to Christians worldwide is what we now call "The Our Father" or "The Lord's Prayer" -- a model prayer which Jesus of Nazareth, Rabbi Yeshua, taught his disciples as they sat together on the Mount of … [Read more...]

The Biblical Art of Naming

by Dean Ohlman Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh (Genesis 12:6). Abram moved his camp to Hebron and settled near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. There he built another altar to the Lord (Genesis 13:18)."Remember to turn in between the big red oak and the silver maple," I would sometimes say to Marge as directions for turning into the right driveway to a home we often visited. She, not being a tree aficionado, would simply … [Read more...]

7 Reasons the Church Can’t Afford to Ignore Creation Care

by Kevin ScottIt is unfortunate that many of us (and I include myself, through most of my life) think of environmental concern and sustainability as mostly a political issue, and worse, one that falls on the "wrong" side of the political fence. Combine this with a version of the Christian worldview that looks forward to escaping the earth rather than witnessing its redemption, and you have a serious blind spot.It's time that we took a look at things from a different perspective. So I … [Read more...]

Practicing Gratitude

by Leah KostamoThe hallmark of a truly "simple" life is gratitude. "Gratitude is the heart of faith," writes Mary Jo Leddy, author of Radical Gratitude. In this vein, she relates a lovely prayer of gratitude the Jewish people pray every Passover as they celebrate the deliverance of the Hebrew people from Egypt. The prayer centres around the Hebrew word Dayenu, which in English means, It would have been enough.If you had only led us to the edge of the Red Sea but not taken us through the … [Read more...]

Leaning Into the One Who Loves You

by Pattrick WattersFor you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How … [Read more...]

The Vision of Narnia

by Dean OhlmanIt was in preparation for this post that I first saw the amazing parallel between Psalm 148:1-6, 11-13 and Revelation 5:5:11-13. Each passage offers hymns of praise to the Creator--the Psalm written almost a thousand years before the first coming of Messiah and the Revelation envisioning a celebration in heaven as Messiah ("the Lamb who was slain") is honored before His coming back to earth to reign forever as Lord of the universe.KEY SCRIPTURE: Praise the LORD from the … [Read more...]

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

"So fearfully and wonderfully made, how could they say there is no God. Reminded every breath that I take, it's by your hand that I have been formed." … [Read more...]