Ought is not…

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grieve to God and trust his comprehensive promise Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted {Matthew 5:4 seems to be explained in Matthew 6:16-18} Fasting as mourning over what is not right Fasting was a primary spiritual discipline (like prayer & giving). Fasting is giving up something good (like food) because you are more concerned about something else (that’s not good/right/as it should be) Examples?  6 He did not eat food or drink water, because he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.  Ezra 10:6b (HCSB) 16 David pleaded …

Lord’s Prayer; Our Father; Pater Noster; Disciples’ Prayer; model prayer…

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The Pater Noster sounds really spiritual in Latin. Imagine hearing it in Elvish. Tolkien’s Pater noster in Sindarin The prayer Jesus taught is to be understood. It is not magic. It should solicit our curiosity not because it is so unusual, but because it is so sensible. Jesus knew how to live wisely in a tempting wilderness. When he gives a pointer for wilderness sojourners like us, wisdom invites us to take the time to understand and employ such a brilliant bit of advice. Two faces one reward Looks as …

Justice? Mercy!

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Want to know God in charge? Like it or not, excessively generous love is where you will find Him. Chances are we won’t like it. Matthew 5:38-48 This is the peak of the mountain Jesus is leading his hearers to climb. Blessed? Righteousness. How righteous? Enough to be persecuted by people who live by the rules of this world. Enough to value making peace more than justifying contempt. Enough to be more concerned about the integrity of your heart than the legitimacy of your status. Enough to aim for turning …