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.
Though there are requirements for proper prayer, keep in mind, that as a Believer in Christ, we are free to come to God and bear our soul because though He is our Maker and King, He is also our FATHER. Prayer is a conversation between two people who love one another – between two hearts united in one through Christ. Before we begin our study, let’s listen to a song about how awesome it is to be a child of the King of Kings.
In Hebrews 1 verse 2 says 'In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by HIS SON, whom He appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe.' It’s clear through this verse that if we really desire to know God NOWADAYS, we need to learn how to communicate with Him through studying the words of Jesus, His Son. Jesus’ instruction to His disciples, commonly referred to as ‘The Lord’s prayer’, is a simplistic model, which contains all the essential elements for an effective prayer. Over the next several programs, we’ll delve into each phrase, explore its meaning and see how it relates to us today.
When I was a little girl I played ‘follow the leader’. In this game you have to do exactly what the leader does or you’re out of the game. While this was just a childish game, Jesus’ command to follow ‘Him’ is no game – it’s serious business - so serious, it has eternal ramifications. Listen to this edition of "Grace Notes" to find out what they are.
"My husband Dale & I have met some seniors who are busy serving the Lord – collecting & distributing food, stuffing evangelistic mailers and even ministering in nursing homes. But . . ."
Who is this Jesus, who said, “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests – but the Son of man has no where to lay His head. In a world made by Him – He had no place to call His home.
"Our hands are an ever present agent of skill. They aid us in our work and play. They protect us. They reflect our emotions. We speak mounds of words through our gestures. Yes, hands are an important part of what we do and who we are. No wonder the word “HAND’ is . . ."
Today, on Grace Notes we will cover several other gifts under the tree. This is the last program in our Christmas tree series. Have you started making your ornaments? Time’s awastin’.
JOY is the next gift our host, Barbara Sandbek, will describe for us. Enjoy all the gifts and don’t forget to make that Christmas ornament marked ‘JOY’ for your tree.
Are you looking for HOPE? Our host Barbara Sandbek will explain where hope can be found as she continues with our Christmas series on the Christmas tree gifts.
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.
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.
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.
The psalmist David spent most of his days in the middle of danger. Perhaps he was thinking about the attempts made on his life by King Saul and others when he wrote, ”Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Before he became king, he was constantly dodging Saul’s murderous pursuits. As king, he warred with the surrounding nations, and toward the end of his reign, his own family members tried to overthrow him. But because he had been a good shepherd himself, he understood and counted on the protection from God, the greatest Shepherd of all. Today, on Grace Notes, Barbara Sandbek will talk about how the shepherd protects his sheep.