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Jesus would have been a great Bible quizzer. He often repeated the words of Scripture. In fact, three of the gospel writers recorded Jesus referencing the same Old Testament passage, “Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” In the past, I’ve read and even spoken these words of Isaiah without realizing the significance of their original context. Prior to their declaration, the Lord disclosed His intention to do something that had previously been forbidden. He would allow eunuchs (“blemished” people) and strangers (non-Jews) the opportunity to worship among His people. With beautiful language the prophet…

“Jesus, please help praying to be easier for me because I really want to teach my kids to like praying when I grow up. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen!” My ten-year-old daughter and I had just finished our evening prayer time and she had closed with such a heartfelt honesty while talking to Jesus. As I left her room and began to lock the house up for the night, the words of Jesus resonated in my mind when He said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Mark 11:17, NKJV). Later, Paul explained God “does not dwell…

While travelling on a flight last year, I casually took the shortbread biscuits [cookies] offered to me by the stewardess. The shortbread was especially good, and I turned over the package and began reading about the ingredients. Here’s what it said: “The Isle of Mull is renowned for wild and unspoilt landscapes and its welcoming islanders. It’s our home and where we make these particularly characterful biscuits. We mix only the best organic ingredients and bake them using unique ovens that are heated by Mull’s plentiful renewable timber. Like our organic ingredients this is not only environmentally sustainable, but…