Archive for December, 2014

Prophecy: The Promised Seed(Line of Mary)

December 30, 2014
The Line of David through his son Nathan to Joseph(Mary) in Luke 3 from my post The House of David is the fulfillment of prophecy. Notice this line goes all the way back to Adam and Eve.

The Promised Seed
Genesis 3:15 NASB
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.

  • This promise is addressed to the serpent as judgement: v14
  • This promise has hope for mankind(the seed)
  • This is also a prophecy of hostility and struggle between the serpent’s seed and the woman’s seed
  • The woman’s seed anticipates the virgin birth

 

Genealogy Jesus
The son of God
The son of Adam
Lk 3

Adam
Seth
Enosh
Cainan
Mahalaleel
Jared
Enoch
Methuselah
Lamech
Noah
Shem
Arphaxad
Cainan
Shelah
Heber
Peleg
Reu
Serug
Nahor
Terah
Abraham
Isaac
Jacob
Judah
Perez
Hezron
Ram
Admin
Amminadab
Nahshon
Salmon
Boaz
Obed
Jesse

David
Nathan
Mattathah
Menan
Melea
Eliakim
Jonan
Joseph
Judah
Simeon
Levi
Matthat
Jorim
Eliezer
Jose
Er
Elmodam
Cosam
Addi
Melchi
Neri
Shealtiel

Zerubbabel
Rhesa
Joannas
Judah
Joseph
Semei
Mattathiah
Maath
Naggai
Esli
Nahum
Amos
Mattathiah
Joseph
Janna
Melchi
Levi
Matthat
Heli

Joseph(Mary)
Jesus

Prophecy: Royal Line Through David’s Son Solomon

December 27, 2014
The Line of David through the kings to Joseph in Matthew 1 from my last post The House of David is the fulfillment of prophecy. As previously noted this is the Legal bloodline of Jesus. Jesus is not of the seed of Joseph; yet legally He is of the Royal Bloodline.  This is how God got around the curse on the seed of Jechoniah (also known as Coniah or Jehoiachin) as recorded in Jeremiah 22:30. This line was royal line of David, so if the Messiah was to qualify for the throne of David (Lk 1:31-33), he had to be of the legal line of David, yet not of his seed..Only the Lord could do this!

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This line also connects Jesus with both the Jews and Gentiles; As it mentions the gentile mothers.

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This line also connects Jesus to the seed of Abraham.

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Genesis 22:18-19 NASB
18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba.

Galatians 3:16 NASB
16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

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Genesis 49:10 NASB
10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

2 Samuel 7:12-17 NASB
12 When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, 15 but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”’” 17 In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

1 Chronicles 28:4-5 NASB
4 Yet, the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. 5 Of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons), He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.

Psalm 132:11 NASB
11 The Lord has sworn to David
A truth from which He will not turn back: “Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.

Luke 1:26-33 NASB
Jesus’ Birth Foretold
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

Isaiah 9:6-7 NASB
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

Genealogy Jesus
The Messiah
Son of David
Son of Abraham
Mt 1

Abraham
Isaac
Jacob
Judah
Perez(Tamar)
Hezron
Ram
Amminadab
Nahshon
Salmon
Boaz(Rahab)
Obed(Ruth)
Jesse

David
Solomon(Bathsheba)
Rehoboam
Abijah
Asa
Jehoshaphat
Joram
Huzzah
Jotham
Ahaz
Hezekiah
Manasseh
Amon
Josiah
Jeconiah
Shealtiel

Zerubbabel
Abiud
Eliakim
Azar
Zadok
Achim
Eliud
Eleazar
Matthan
Jacob

Joseph
Jesus

The House of David

December 24, 2014
Were both Joseph and Mary in the House{line} of David?

Matthew 1 traces the legal line of Jesus through the kings to Joseph

Matthew 1:6, 16 NASB
6 Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah. …
… 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

From NetBible Mt 1:16

  • The word “of whom” Jesus was born is feminine in Greek, indicating (naturally enough) that Jesus was born of Mary, not Joseph. The Greek also says “Jacob begat Joseph” – making it 100% clear that Joseph’s father’s name was Jacob.

Luke 3 traces the physical bloodline of Jesus to Mary

Luke 3:23 NASB
23 When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,

Joseph could not have 2 fathers that’s why this says “supposed” making it clear he was not “begat” from Heli. Legally Joseph here is representing Mary – whose father then must be Heli …

Another clue that Luke 3 is the bloodline through Mary is Zerubbabel – the last person who stands in both bloodlines.

*** God used these two lines of ancestry for Jesus because He placed a curse on the seed of Jechoniah (also known as Coniah or Jehoiachin) as recorded in Jeremiah 22:30. That line was royal line of David, so if the Messiah was to qualify for the throne of David (Lk 1:31-33), he had to be of the legal line of David, yet not of his seed.

 

David’s Line
Mt 1

David
Solomon
Rehoboam
Abijah
Asa
Jehoshaphat
Joram
Huzzah
Jotham
Ahaz
Hezekiah
Manasseh
Amon
Josiah
Jeconiah
Shealtiel

Zerubbabel
Abiud
Eliakim
Azar
Zadok
Achim
Eliud
Eleazar
Matthan
Jacob

Joseph
Jesus

Lk 3

David
Nathan
Mattathah
Menan
Melea
Eliakim
Jonan
Joseph
Judah
Simeon
Levi
Matthat
Jorim
Eliezer
Jose
Er
Elmodam
Cosam
Addi
Melchi
Neri
Shealtiel

Zerubbabel
Rhesa
Joannas
Judah
Joseph
Semei
Mattathiah
Maath
Naggai
Esli
Nahum
Amos
Mattathiah
Joseph
Janna
Melchi
Levi
Matthat
Heli

Mary
Jesus

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Related:
Prophecy: Royal Line Through David’s Son Solomon{blog}
Prophecy: The Promised Seed(Line of Mary){blog}
Zerubbabels Line{archive}

In Awe of Christ’s Power

December 24, 2014

Jesus Walks on the Water

Focus: Courageous worship gets us out of the boat!

Matthew 14:22-27 NASB
22 Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. 23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. 24 But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

  • When have you “stepped out of the boat” or taken “a leap of faith”?
  • What was the “risk”?
  • Where did this “risk” lead?
  • What’s the difference between a courageous step and a blind leap?
  • Why did Jesus place such a high priority on time alone with the Father?{right before this Jesus fed the 5000 Mt 14:13-21}
  • How did Jesus help ease the disciples fear at seeing Him walk on water?

Eyes On Jesus

Matthew 14:28-31 NASB
28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

  • Why was Peter willing to step out of the boat?{He recognized Jesus and wanted to participate in what he was seeing}
  • Why did Jesus challenge Peter about his faith?{Peter had enough faith in Jesus to step out of the boat – but focused on the storm and fear took over …}

A Fertile Place

Matthew 14:32-36 NASB
32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”

34 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; 36 and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.

  • What was significant about Jesus as the Son of God?{this title and worship from Jewish men was bold/courageous}
  • How did the crowd see Jesus?
  • How can we see Jesus in these incidents?
  • What keeps us from stepping out of the boat and going where Jesus calls?
  • Is your heart towards Jesus giving you courage for obedience?
  • True worship starts on the inside, but always finds a way outward displaying faith in actions. Where is Jesus leading you to trust Him and step out?

From:
http://largocc.org/images/File/D15-L04-A_Student_CBS.pdf

Worship So Sweet

December 22, 2014

Psalm 95:6-7 AMP
6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and supplication].
7 For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. {enter His rest} …

Come and behold Him
Jesus the King
Bow down before Him
At the feet of Jesus
Worship so sweet

At the center of the throne
The slain Lamb stands
Encircled, Enthroned, Exalted, Lifted up
Living water flows
The train of the King’s robe falls
Where glory touches the ground
Reach out and touch the hem
Healing found
Worship Jesus the King
In the beauties of holiness
At His feet

What the panting deer seeks
At His feet
Living water
Worship so sweet
At the feet of Jesus
The panting deer seeks
And is forever found.

Isaiah 60:13 NASB
13 “The glory of Lebanon will come to you,
The juniper, the box tree and the cypress together,
To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
And I shall make the place of My feet glorious.

Joyful in Hope

December 21, 2014

Romans 12:12 NIV
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

From NetBible Ro 12:12

  • joyful[5463] in hope = rejoice exceedingly, be glad, “cheer”ful
    ==>rejoicing in hope, being glad in hope, cheerfully expectant
  • patient[5278] in affliction = persevere, bear trials & hold fast to faith in Christ
    ==>persevere in tribulation, endure in suffering, don’t quit in hard times
  • faithful[4342] in prayer = devoted, constant, steadfast, constantly diligent
    ==>devoted to prayer, persist in prayer, always be prayerful,  steadfast in prayer, continuing instant in prayer

How are we to be joyful in hope?
==>Only by keeping the sacrifice of Jesus and God’s mercy in view.

Romans 12:1 NIV
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

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Worship at the feet of Jesus with His sacrifice in view — so sweet …
There is healing in this place of His feet
It’s also where the train of His robe
The hem of His garment is …This place of at His feet is glorious!

Isaiah 60:13 NASB
13 “The glory of Lebanon will come to you,
The juniper, the box tree and the cypress together,
To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
And I shall make the place of My feet glorious.

From NetBible Isa 60:13

  • beautify[06286] = glorify, adorn
  • sanctuary[04720] = temple, tabernacle, sacred holy place
    Ezek 43:7, where the Lord’s throne is called the “place of the soles of my feet.”
    Isa 66:1, the Lord’s throne is where He rests His feet – He rests/abides
    “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?”
  • glorious[03513] = to bestow honorIsaiah 11:10 AMP
    10 And it shall be in that day that the Root of Jesse shall stand as a signal[banner, rally point] for the peoples; of Him shall the nations inquire and seek knowledge, and His dwelling shall be glory [His rest glorious]!

Related:
Joyful in Hope{prayer}
The Train of His Robe{blog}
Draw Me Away!{blog}

Glory in the Highest

December 17, 2014

GloryHighest

Luke 2:7-14 NASB
And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

 

The first place Jesus lays His head = the manger
A baby lying in the manger = a sign to the shepherds

Look what accompanies the telling of the sign!

  • The Lord’s glory shining
  • A great company of heavenly hosts praising God = glory in the highest
  • The promise of God’s peace among men with whom He is pleased

Ephesians 5:8-10 NASB
8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

 The Lord’s peace and glory rest upon those He is pleased with.

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Related:
A Place to Lay My Head{article}

Persistent Prayer

December 12, 2014

Luke 11:5-8 persistent prayer – why did Jesus emphasize this?

Like Luke 11:5-8, Jesus also taught in Luke 18:1-8 that as we cry out to God for help and are persistent in looking to Him, He will answer.

  • We do not need to be persistent because God cannot hear
  • We do not need to be persistent because God is toying with us
  • We do not need to be persistent because God needs the attention
  • We do not need to be persistent to twist God’s arm

=> The purpose of persistent prayer is for us to get our minds in accord with His.

That’s why in Matthew’s account following the Lord’s Prayer, we find Jesus teaching to take no thought for our lives but to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Mt 6:25-33)

Persistence may require more than one knock. Knocking once does not indicate perseverance, but “continued” knocking does. This requires faith that God will answer in His time – maybe that’s why it’s emphasized here!

Hebrews 11:6 AMP
6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

If we persistently seek after God, His way of doing and being, we will find Him. Searching for Him is intentional and requires focus. Seeking as if  seeking for something precious and valuable.

Matthew 13:44-46 AMP
44 The kingdom of heaven is like something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field.
45 Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls,
46 Who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.

Seeking knowing that God is a good Father who gives good gifts to His children who ask(v13).

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Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
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‘Give us each day our daily bread.
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‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

A Structure for Prayer

December 11, 2014

The following prayer is traditionally taught as a passage to be recited, rather than a model for prayer, hence the words “when you pray say”. However, “The Lord’s Prayer” is actually “the disciple’s prayer”. Many of Jesus’ followers were men who first followed John the Baptist, so they were familiar with the forerunner’s practice of spiritual retreats in the wilderness (fasting, prayer, repentance). After being with Jesus, the followers sensed something different about His posture of prayer. Just as John the Baptist taught his disciples, Jesus teaches about prayer from the passage below. Jesus outlines the structure or pattern of prayer for His followers by placing emphasis on 5 key points:

  1. Adoration => honoring the Father, coming in humble reverence(v2)
  2. Submission => His will/kingdom first, His way of doing and being(v2)
  3. Supplication => Asking for His daily provision(v3)
  4. Repentance => forgiveness of sins, ours and others(v4)
  5. Protection => from the evil one and awareness of our own selfishness(v4)

Questions to ponder:

  1. What was Jesus doing before His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray?
  2. According to this passage, what is the kingdom to come?
  3. Consider the placement of this passage in relation to Luke 10
    =>Jesus sends out the 70(Lk 10:1-12)
    =>Jesus rejoices upon the return of the 70(Lk 10:21-22)
    =>Jesus visits Martha and Mary(Lk 10:38-42)
    Is this significant?

Tomorrow consider Lk 11:5-8 persistent prayer – why did Jesus emphasize this? Plus answers to the above questions in the comments. 🙂

Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

A Model for Prayer

December 10, 2014

Praise the Lord! My husband is involved with a ministry in camden and told the leaders they should do a teaching on prayer. Guess what?! This morning he tells me he looked at my sunday school book — in it there is a teaching on prayer! It’s like the Lord answered him 🙂

Not only that but it’s also an answer to some of the deceptive teaching on prayer that is in the church today ==> The Circle Maker and the New Age practice of “Entering God’s presence through silence(emptying you mind) – Contemplative Prayer – Be Still” promoted by Dallas Willard, among others.

 
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So here is the passage – a good passage to base a model of prayer on! So next time you hear of a “new” way to pray or “our prayer ministry is based on this book” why not ask – “why not base prayer on the model Jesus Himself gave us?” I’ll post some more about this tomorrow …

Do you see a structure for prayer in this passage?

Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Related:
The Legend of Honi the Circle Maker
Contemplative Prayer from Lighthouse Trails
The Be Still DVD & Contemplative Prayer