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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…

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11.  There is a new topic in the news perpetually—the coronavirus. This virus, or merely the thought of the virus, is shaping the lives of North American’s and the world. Last week I went to Costco to buy garbage bags for my church. Upon arrival, the man at the front door who checks-in customers with a membership card said, “we are out of water, paper towel, toilet paper, etc. He said this to everyone walking in the door. Without saying it, this man…