Confession and Repentance in Prayer

Thinking through prayer, last time we considered how we begin prayer with an invocation and with adoration. This month I want us to consider “confession”. When we look at the Scriptures depiction of confession it understandably contains and admission of humility and  sense of our creaturely state before God. Consider the words of the psalmist … Continue reading Confession and Repentance in Prayer

Pray Better

Calvin’s 1542 Genevan Catechism included a series of prayers. Prayers were meant to serve as models of prayers to be said. They were for training our minds and encouraging our souls to pray daily. Some prayers could be memorized others were longer and were inspirational because of the language taken from Scripture (mostly the Psalter). … Continue reading Pray Better

Westminster Shorter Catechism 99

Q. 99. What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer? A. The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called the Lord's prayer. The Christian is more than a sinner who … Continue reading Westminster Shorter Catechism 99

A Homily Given at the Memorial of Jim Ross

The Blessed Estate of Those Saints Who Die in the Lord Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” The apostle John in … Continue reading A Homily Given at the Memorial of Jim Ross

Invocation and Benediction for 79th BSTB

Below is the Invocation and Benediction I delivered to the 79th BSTB on December 4, 2010 for the Army Ball. INVOCATION Father in heaven. We call on You, invoking the triune God where One is called all are called (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). We call on you great Creator of heaven and earth. Sovereign … Continue reading Invocation and Benediction for 79th BSTB