Jesus taught us to begin our prayer with praise – “Hallowed be Thy Name.” Praise psalms like this one inspire us to higher levels of praise.
It is easy to neglect praise.Read More
It is not good for us to be alone. We were created to be in community. Friendship is one of the great gifts God has given us to live a happy and fulfilling life. Spending time with someone whose company you enjoy is a great pleasure, and those who are lonely are often in a place dangerous to their own well-being.Read More encouragement, friendship, influence
Could it be that the themes of this prayer were the substance of what Daniel was praying about in chapter 6? If so, then he was doing far more than keeping his quiet time. Stimulated by God’s promises, he was interceding for God’s people. He knew that the only ground of his appeal was God’s mercy; but then that is the only basis on which any of us can appeal.Read More confession, faith, prayer
What happens when we pray? Does prayer make a difference? Here, almost uniquely, we are taken behind the scenes and see how Daniel’s prayer is shaping events. A vision comes in response to his praying and Gabriel comes to tell him that his prayer has been heard and an answer is on its way.Read More big-picture, perseverance, prayer
Over the years of Christian mission abroad there have been harrowing tales of missionaries who faced danger and death. However no one could have had a more difficult assignment than Paul and his companions as they faced their enemies in Jerusalem. Paul tried to make them understand his strong roots in Jewish religion.Read More challenge, conversion, witness
When Canadian youth travel abroad they often have a small Canadian flag stitched to their knapsack. Canada has been known as a peaceful and welcoming country. Canadians assume that wherever they go they will be warmly received.
However, Canadian citizenship is for everyone born in Canada and for those who are granted citizenship after immigration.Read More citizenship, discipleship
We now see a Roman commander who takes a much greater interest in the controversy. This man, whose name we learn in 23:26 is Claudius Lysias, would have been the centurion, in charge of a thousand soldiers, stationed in Jerusalem and charged with keeping order.Read More opportunity, self-defence, sharp-wittedness, wisdom