Hallowed Be Your Name In my last article I talked about my personal struggle finding my way to a meaningful life of prayer. I kept at it, making tons of mistakes along the way, but God led me to the eventual enjoyment of a rich, full, and free personal relationship with Him. I found the … More Using the The Lord’s Prayer as a Guide: Part 2
Drawing Near to “Our Father” I struggled for years just getting started in prayer. Based on Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”, I was told that I should start prayer with confession of sin. So, for about 2 years I dutifully began every scheduled prayer time … More Using the The Lord’s Prayer as a Guide: Part 1
This past Sunday our sermon text at Solomon’s Porch was Hosea 9:10-17. The Book of Hosea provides a lot of opportunities for social commentary, and this passage in particular is one that we need to read and understand in the modern era. I’ll explain what I mean by the previous statement a little further down … More American Evangelicalism: Is Our Root Dried Up?
This past Sunday as I taught through Hosea 7, I drew several parallels between the state of Israel in Hosea’s time period, and the state of our own nation and church today. Some of the parallels I made were rising crime and increased border difficulties (vs 1), a public that generally recognizes something is wrong, … More The Search for the Fountain of Youth and the Destruction of the American Church and State
Analysis of American Culture through the lens of Hosea 4 In America, as it was in Israel, we find a lack of the “knowledge of God in the land”. Because we find here in our land, as they found in their land, wide spread immorality. There is “swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and adultery”. It can … More Rejecting the Knowledge of God: The Effects on Israel and the American Church Part II