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Praying in the Character of Jesus – Simon

Last time we talked about how Jacob's character changed as he wrestled with men and then wrestled with God.  We have another story of a character change in Simon who becomes Peter.  Simon's hometown is Bethsaida, "house of the fishermen," which was at the Jordan inlet...

Praying in the Character of Jesus – Jacob

There is a condition to answered prayer, although at first it appears to be open ended.  In John 14:14 Jesus says, "If you ask anything in my name, I will do it."  But in the next verse he says, "if you love me, you will keep my commandments."  In John 15:7 Jesus...

We Must Be Pruned

Last time we talked about learning to wait.  Besides learning to wait, we also must be pruned. The vinedresser prunes the vine.  Prayers that do not allow pruning to be part of the process of getting good fruit, are prayers that cannot be answered.  In John 15, some...

Learning to Wait

In Jesus' day the people understood the ways that vines grow and they understood waiting for the fruit.  Just as the vine waits for the fruit, we must learn to wait for our prayers to be answered.  we cannot say, "I want this according to my time schedule, God."  Our...

God Lifts Us Up

The analogy of the vinedresser and the vineyard, found in John 15, is the second most common analogy used by biblical writers to speak of God's relationship to persons.  The most common, of course, is that of the shepherd and the sheep.  Both these analogies are found...

Prayer and Difficult Times

If we look at Jesus' life, we see that whenever he had a choice of taking the road that was more predictable, noisy, busy, or easy, or of taking the road that was less secure, he chose the one that was less secure.  In Christ we find not only the ideal of what God is...

The Scarab Egyptian God

As the Easter season approached, last week we sent out a letter of encouragement in the spirit of the prophet Isaiah about how through darkness we could still find help and hope on the other side of its passing. This week, we are now ready for our museum’s next...

More About Corinth

In The Setting of Corinth, we discussed Paul’s arrival and early ministry in Corinth between 49 and 51 CE.  We discussed how the new painting of the Mediterranean courtyard in our new museum nicely shows the city’s setting at a crossroads between the eastern and...

The Setting of Corinth

Paul, Silas, and Timothy arrive in Corinth from Athens This photo of our Mediterranean Sea Courtyard is looking from East to West. Athens is the white dot in the lower center of the photo.  In Acts 17 Paul, Silas and Timothy have been ministering in Macedonia and have...