Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 9 – Lead Us Not Into Temptation …

(Originally published Aug 16, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

One of the things I’ve noticed is different about having two children vs. having one is that now with two there is a much higher possibility of conflict in our home. Earlier this week, I was taking care of the kids when I heard Ali scream, “JOSIAH, NO! STOP THAT!” I looked over and Josiah was trying to eat Ali’s crayons … again. So I said to Ali, “If you don’t want Josiah to eat the crayons, you need to put them in a place where he can’t get them.” So she picks up the bucket of crayons, takes them into the kitchen, and sets them on the counter. They are now out of his reach. Problem solved. Lead us not into temptation.

So fast forward to Saturday morning. Ali and Josiah are sharing a bowl of pretzels when Josiah knocks the bowl out of Ali’s hand and sends pretzels spilling all over the floor. “DADDY, JOSIAH SPILLED THE PRETZELS!”
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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 8 – Forgive Us Our Trespasses …

(Originally published Aug 11, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

How do you forgive someone?

One of the parables Jesus tells his disciples is about a king who forgave a million dollar debt for one of his servants. Then the servant whose debt was forgiven goes out, finds someone who owed him about twenty bucks. The servant demands to be paid back, refuses this other guy’s pleas for mercy, and throws him in prison. When the king heard about this, he called in the servant and says, ‘32b You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And the king throws the wicked servant in jail until he can repay the debt. Jesus then adds on the warning (in v. 35), “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 7 – Our Daily Bread

(Originally published Aug 11, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

During the past couple months, we’ve been looking at how to pray, and especially what we’re praying for when we pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray: the Lord’s Prayer. Each week, we’ve been picking out a few important terms in our prayers, like Who is Our Father in heaven, How is His name hallowed, How does His kingdom come, and How is His will done. Today we’re looking at the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” The important words we’re going to look at today are “daily bread”: What is Jesus talking about when he says to pray for “daily bread”?
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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 6 – Thy Will Be Done

(Originally published Jul 26, 2009 by Rev. Jedediah Maschke)

This week we’re continuing our summer sermon series on prayer by focusing on the third petition of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray. Today we’re going to take a look at what we’re asking for in the words: “Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As It is In Heaven”

I think that the biggest question here, as we ponder this request, is …

What is God’s will?
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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 5 – Thy Kingdom Come

(Originally published Jul 23, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

Here’s my sermon from last Sunday, Jason Gullidge’s installation as DCE Intern at First Lutheran.

A few weeks ago my family and I went to Disneyland to celebrate Anna’s and my birthdays. It had been a few years since we had last been there, and as we walked through the gates I remembered why it was like stepping into a different dimension. Characters from TV and movies come to life. We went on rides that are unlike anything out of our ordinary everyday experiences. We saw ASIMO, a walking, talking, soccer playing humanoid robot. They call Disneyland the Magic Kingdom, because once you enter it, it’s like you’re in another universe.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at how Jesus prayed in the NT, and putting special emphasis on the prayer He taught us to pray, the Lord’s Prayer. Today we’re taking a closer look at the 2nd petition: “Thy Kingdom Come.”
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