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Perspective on Mary

Mary the mother of Jesus was a blessed woman. When the angel Gabriel spoke to her of her motherhood of the Messiah she was at first bewildered but quickly accepting. She glorified God, praised Him for all His works and treasured the son she delivered. (Luke 1:26-55) So how did Jesus feel about his mother? As his ministry grew he was often in the midst of crowds. One day as he taught among the people "a woman in the crowd called out, 'Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.' He replied, 'Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'" (Luke 11:27-28) Jesus did not denigrate Mary but he did give perspective to the central thought of obedience. Mary was obedient but not one to be worshipped. Mary was only special because of the role she played in birthing the Son of God. Jesus loved her as he loved many others and was obedient to her and Joseph, his step-father while he was still a child. He never revered her as a part of the G…

Praying

It seems that praying is out of season. You hardly see it anymore and doing it seems to be "too hard" for some people. The disciples watched Jesus go off and pray and when he returned they asked him to help them be better prayers. Jesus suggested the following for them: "Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation." (Luke 11:2-4) This is the shorter of the two prayers suggested by Jesus. The other is in Matthew 6:9-13. Here there are five important phrases: One, the word "Father" is the way you start a prayer. It is a recognition that God is your heavenly father. You are His child and you can go to Him with requests. Two, we are to reverence His name and kingdom. The third of the Ten Commandments specifically called us to not misuse the name of God. Often today God and Jesus Christ are only used as curse words. If…