On this program, we're going to take you back in time to one of the most exciting events in the history of the Christian church. We'll meet some special people and hear more about what took place. The setting is Jerusalem, the time around 30 A.D.
What does Easter mean to you? Is it a time to get out the Easter baskets, shop for clothes, and have your kids’ picture taken with the Easter Bunny? Well, that may be what some people do, but the actual meaning of the ‘Easter’ is ‘a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ’.
On Good Friday we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it – ‘Celebrating’ a death? Why call it ‘GOOD’ Friday? It’s good, because . . .
Though we are assured of God’s provision through this promise, we must still ask for what we need. So, after considering the things of God's glory, kingdom, and will, we are to pray for the four areas of personal need; bread for our body and soul, forgiveness which should produce a forgiving spirit in us, not being led into temptation, and deliverance from evil. On our program today, we’ll concentrate on the first need defined in the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread’. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye, so stay tuned.
Jesus said we’re to pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth and then defined how it can be accomplished in the rest of the phrase – ‘as it is in heaven’. How IS His will carried out in heaven?’ One word sums it up – perfectly! It’s only natural, therefore, in the progression of the prayer, that we be concerned about what God is concerned about – His WILL being done on earth. This is the topic of our study today.
Jesus Christ displayed his amazing love for us when He gave up His life so we could become part of His family and His Kingdom. The next part of the Model prayer we’ll address is the phrase ‘Thy Kingdom come’. But first, let’s listen to a song about this amazing love
There are hundreds of Names for the Lord God in the Bible. Each one reflects a different aspect of His Nature and provision for us. God requires that we use His Name when we pray. On our program today we’ll look at the phrase, ‘Hallowed be Your Name’, in the model prayer Jesus gave us to follow, and see how we can best honor God through the use of His Name.
We believe in the NAME of the Lord because it represents all that He is - His character and nature - and the honor due Him for it. No one can come to God, the Father, except by believing that Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sin. We don’t even have faith enough to believe on our own. Jesus, the author of faith, gives it to us if we are but WILLING to believe and ask Him for it. As we continue our study of the model prayer, we’ll look into why Jesus said we should acknowledge where God resides when we speak with Him.
We’ve been studying the Model Prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray and focusing in on why we address God as Father. The word ‘Father’, is defined as nourisher, protector, and upholder. God, our Father, is all that, and more, to us - His children. But, are we ALL God’s children? Does everyone have the right to call Him, Father? This is the topic of this program. Be prepared to write down all the Scripture references as you listen. You’ll want to review them afterward.
In his book, Psalm 23: The Song of a Passionate Heart, David Roper writes… God knows our pace. He knows when grief, pain and loneliness overwhelm us. He knows when the full realization of our limitations come home to us. He knows when we’re shamed and broken and unable to go on. God does not drive His sheep. He gently leads them. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will describe how God leads us as we continue with our study of the 23rd Psalm.
On our previous program, Barbara Sandbek talked about the way God leads us. We learned that when we trust in the Lord and not in ourselves, our paths will be well lit by Jesus, the Light of the World. Today, she’ll continue with the same verse, Psalm 23:3b which reads… He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. But first, let’s listen as Barbara sings about traveling life’s road with the King…
King David was well aware of the gracious and lavish treatment he received from His Heavenly Father. In the first part of verse 5 of Psalm 23, he described how bountifully God set the table for him, and how comfortable and secure he felt, even with his enemies looking on. He continues the verse with “Thou anointest my head with oil – my cup runneth over”. This shows how the Lord honored him by anointing him with oil and continually filling his cup to overflowing. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will discuss the custom of anointing with oil and relate it to our anointing as Believers. So stay tuned, you’re sure to learn something new.
God gave mankind the finest gift that could EVER be given. He SAW our need before we knew it and before we even asked. We were living our lives apart from Him, but God’s heart LONGED for our fellowship, so He commended His love to us through the gift of His Son, Jesus. Jesus STRETCHED OUT His hands on the cross to give us God’s love. He died and rose from the grave, to pay the penalty for our sin against God and to provide reconciliation. When we accept this gift, we have fellowship with God. What greater gift could we possibly want? On this Grace Notes program, our host Barbara Sandbek will talk about how we should respond to this great gift.
The phrase “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” This is the first time David addresses God with, ‘Thou’ (or ‘You’ in our language). In the previous phrases He used the word ‘He’. Maybe it’s because God becomes more personal when we go through valleys. Are you going through a valley now? Keep listening – God has a message for you.