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Shortly afterwards, Jesus went on a journey through the towns and villages, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God. With him went the twelve, 2 As well as some women who had been cured of wicked spirits and of infirmities. They were Mary, known as Mary Magdalene (from whom seven demons had been expelled), 3 And Joanna (the wife of Herod’s steward,...

Meanwhile the people had gathered in thousands, so that they trod upon one another, when Jesus, addressing himself to his disciples, began by saying to them: “Be on your guard against the leaven—that is, the hypocrisy—of the Pharisees. 2 There is nothing, however covered up, which will not be uncovered, nor anything kept secret which will not become known. 3 Hence all that...

The tax-gatherers and the outcasts were all drawing near to Jesus to listen to him; 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law found fault. “This man always welcomes sinners, and takes meals with them!” they complained. 3 So Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Who among you who has a hundred sheep, and has lost one of them, does not leave...

The Lord's Prayer for Daily Life is a modern meditation on the Lord's Prayer. It is written for progressive Christians, Unitarians, the SBNR (Spiritual But Not Religious), and people of all faiths. In exploring the Lord's Prayer, the book takes you below the surface meaning of Jesus's words and his larger teachings to discover fresh interpretations of the metaphors and parables contained in...

Henry David Thoreau, tucked away in his Walden cabin, famously said that most of us lead lives of quiet desperation. That was in 1845. Today, things are not so quiet in the United States. Anxiety and depression are regular rites of passage from which millions never graduate. Civility meanwhile has long been dropped from our national discourse. It's a sad indictment of a...

Jesus establishes God as a heavenly father figure, but that's not enough for most of us. Without a name, he seems lost in abstraction. Try as we might, we simply can't bring him into view. There is only the vague presence of someone hovering around us—like the adult of a Charlie Brown Peanuts Special, always outside the frame, speaking in a strange indecipherable...

In the Book of Luke, there is a curious statement about God. Luke quotes the prophet Isaiah as saying that through Christ (the Lord) all mankind shall see the “salvation of God”. ((Every chasm shall be filled, every mountain and hill shall be leveled; the winding ways shall be straightened; the rough roads made smooth, 6 And all mankind shall see the salvation...

In the last two chapters on the Lord's Prayer, we've established that our entrance into the kingdom of heaven depends on our sense of wonder; our ability to think and love; our patience; and our acceptance of will as a matter of choice—a choice shared equally with God, the Father. We've also learned that the kingdom is filled with potential, and with treasures...

We've just described our journey toward a life in Christ as a rising. But the act of “rising” (such as rising above petty arguments and concerns) can sometimes get us into trouble, especially we Christians. The reason is that when we rise toward our divinity, we often look down on others with a misguided sense of superiority. ((Speaking to people who were satisfied...

Removing the hindrances that block the coming of Christ involves more than just seeking forgiveness. It means giving forgiveness, too. And that can be pretty tough sometimes. As Christians we often think that unless punishments are meted out swiftly and severely our communities will turn into modern day Sodoms & Gomorrahs. In America this fear fuels our continuation of the death penalty, world record...

Having led us through forgiveness, the Lord's Prayer turns to temptation. Jesus approaches the subject from a curious angle. He asks us to pray that the Father will not lead us into temptation. "This inevitably causes us to ask: Why would an all–good God lead us to the devil's doorstep? If we believe in the Lord, does he not reward that faith by...

The Lord's Prayer began by grounding us in our relationship with the Father, and it ends now by solidifying our faith in that kinship. ((While the final line of the Lord's Prayer is not included in the earliest manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew or the Gospel of Luke's version, we have little doubt that Jesus would approve of this addition.)) We have...

Throughout history, the Lord's Prayer has inspired statesmen, philosophers, writers, and even scientists (as can be seen by the famous quote by biologist Rupert Sheldrake). In this post, we have compiled a collection of some of the most well-known quotations on the Lord's Prayer. If you have a favorite quote on the Lord's Prayer that we haven't included in this list, please feel free...

In this article, we will briefly review line by line (verse by verse) various interpretations of the Lord's Prayer, as explained by different authors throughout history. Currently, we are only including the interpretations of John Wesley, Richard Kingsley, Andrew Murray, Helmut Thielicke, and The Living Hour. However, we may add interpretations from other Christian thinkers as time goes by. Please note that this is...