Happy Independence Day
United States Of America
We, at The Forgiveness Foundation, thought that for Independence Day in the United States we will share Bible passages that share God’s view of government so you can ask yourself if your relationship with our government is as God expresses in Romans and whether our government is as God describes in 1st Samuel.
Israel Demands a King (July 4-10)
(11) He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. (12) And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. (13) He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. (14) He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. (15) He will take a tenth of your grain and your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. (16) He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys and put them to work. (17) He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. (18) And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” 1st Samuel 8:11-18, (ESV)
The Lord’s Prayer
The Model Prayer
Relationship and Worship
Our first lesson on the Lord’s Prayer is limited to verse 9 because the verse needs to be meditated and reflected upon. This verse identifies God and establishes the relationship between God and the person praying. Do you view God as your heavenly Father or are they just words you recite? Has the Lord’s Prayer become a convenience for you, allowing the words, like so many memorized recitals, to pass through your mind without a conscious thought of their true meaning?
The non-believer who is following the lessons regarding the Lord’s Prayer will find that God reveals Himself, many aspects of His personality, through this prayer. The Lord’s Prayer or model prayer is a good introduction to God.
(9) Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven; hallowed be your name. (10) Your kingdom come, your will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread, (12) and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. (13) And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-14 (ESV)
The Lord’s Prayer is found in the Bible at the 6th chapter, starting at verse 9, after the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. Some scholars refer to this prayer as the model prayer and not the Lord’s Prayer because it teaches the elements of prayer and is not considered by them to be a prayer of our Lord. They consider it to be instruction on how to pray.
Let’s start by looking at verse 9 of Matthew 6. Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Jesus’ first lesson in prayer is simple, call out to God, “Our Father in heaven.” Some believe that God is universal. This is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In prayer it is important to call out to the living God, because the others won’t hear because they do not exist. In these first few words, God is called upon and the word, “Father” reveals the personal nature of the relationship God has with those who call upon his name. We are his children and He is our Father. Father is a word of comfort that assures us that God cares about us, listens to our prayers, and gets personally involved with our lives.
Verse 9 continues, “hallowed be your name.” Holy is your name. Holy is your name. Holy is your name. An incredible contrast from the intimate beginning of the verse, “Father in heaven,” to the worship filled phrase, “hallowed be your name.” Although we are to strive for a personal relationship with God, He demands that we grant Him the reverence due Him and acknowledge Him as creator and Lord of all.
Verse 9 instructs us to acknowledge God and state our relationship with Him. It identifies God, as the God of heaven; it speaks to His personal relationship with the believer, and identifies his total authority over all things. You can use your own words to address God, the point that Jesus was making to the disciples was to address their prayer to the only true God, to have comfort in His desire to have a personal relationship with each of us while acknowledging Him as creator and ruler over all things created.
Jesus’ Thoughts on Prayer
Jesus told us everything we need to know about prayer. The Forgiveness Foundation plans to share Jesus’ teachings about prayer over the next fourteen days, “The Forgiveness Foundation’s 14 Days of Prayer.” Our objective is to learn to pray as Jesus taught us to pray.We pray that you will join us.Matthew 6:6-8 shares some do’s and don’ts about prayer.
(5)"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. (6) But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (7) “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.(8) Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you Him.”Matthew 6:6-8 (ESV)
In verse 5, Jesus tells us that God is looking for a sincere relationship and not one designed for others to observe rather than true and sincere relationship with God.Jesus in verse 6, tells us seek a private place to pray. This allows us to pray without interruption or distraction.In verse 7, Jesus tells us that the length of our prayer does not account for its reception from God.God is looking at our heart as intently as He listens to our words. In verse 8, Jesus reminds us to not be like them, the hypocrites, people who play act a life for God without having a genuine heart to live life for Him.
Jesus' Thoughts On Prayer
The word Christian means to be Christ like, that is, to take on the characteristics of Jesus – inwardly and outwardly.One characteristic of Jesus Christ that is sited universally is love. Love is described in 1st Corinthians 13 and Jesus tells us to love everyone. “But I (Jesus) say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” … Matthew 5:24 (ESV) If you are having a problem forgiving someone, you have a love problem.Is there someone in your life who has wronged you and you can’t let go of that hurt, follow the words of Jesus, pray for them, pray that they be blessed upon their greatest imagination, and watch what Jesus does in your life.
THE JOURNEY TO CALVARY
SIN DEFEATED – RESURRECTION SUNDAY
The Last Supper
17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Matthew 26:17-29 (ESV)
Christ’s Anointing At Bethany
When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to His disciples, (2) “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” (3) Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, (4) and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill Him. (5) But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
(6) Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, (7) a woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on His head as he reclined at table. (8) And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” (9) For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” (10) But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. (11) For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. (12) In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. (13) Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
(14) Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests (15) and said, “What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. (16) And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray Him. Matthew 26:1-16 (ESV)
Christ’s Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem – Palm Sunday
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples (2) and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. (3) If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” (4) And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they united it. (5) And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” (6) And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. (7) And they brought their cloaks to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and He sat on it. (8) And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. (9) And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! (10) Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
(11) And He entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when He had looked around at everything, as it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. Mark 11:1-11 (ESV)
January 2, 2013
Think Like Jesus 2013
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries (TFFCM)want to help Christians prepare to live a life that is pleasing to God through our series Think Like Jesus 2013. Our series, Think Like Jesus 2013, will take us through the Word while examining how Jesus applied the Word to situations He shared with us in the Bible. The objective of our series, Think Like Jesus 2013,is to help us learn and apply the scripture to our daily lives.
Jesus Tempted by Satan
(Blue parentheses is commentary) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But He (Jesus) answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. ’ (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 8:3) Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, “ If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.‘” (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 6:16 and Isaiah 7:12) Again the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 6:13)Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him. (Matthew 4:1-11, ESV)
The temptation of Jesus begins with Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where, for forty days and forty nights, Jesus fasts. The Bible does not make it clear what Jesus did to prepare for the temptations of Satan during the forty days and nights of fasting. It is clear that Jesus knew what was coming and that He was prepared with knowledge of the Word (Temple training as a youth) to fend off Satan. The scripture is replete with scenes of Jesus going off, often alone, and often early in the morning to pray. It is likely Jesus prayed during this period of fasting. Keep in mind that the Jesus, who confronted the temptations of Satan, was incarnate man. He was also prepared.
Think Like Jesus 2013
Temptation The Path to Sin
If you are a parent, you probably remember Christmas Eve. Do you recall just how hard it is to get excited children to bed? Can you remember the pressure building knowing that a bicycle, a bicycle in a box, a bicycle in a box is waiting for you to put it together, to put it together quietly, quietly before morning, and placing it under the Christmas tree? Remember deciding to leave the assembly instructions in the bicycle’s box. Do you remember taking the bicycle apart and retrieving the instructions from the box before you put the bicycle together correctly. Are you like Adam? He actually read the instructions and decided to ignore them.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” (Genesis 2:15-17, ESV)