Oct 272016

tshirt_design_our_fatherIntroducing the Lord’s Prayer:  Lead us not into temptation

“Lead us not into temptation”

In this sixth petition, we ask our Father to let nothing become a temptation to us.

“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!” (Matt 18:7)

Christians live in a world that is littered with “temptations to sin.” In the Parable of the Weeds (see Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43), Jesus portrays the kingdom of heaven as spreading throughout the world, but alongside and surrounded by evil. Temptations are depicted in the Scriptures by a variety of synonyms, such as:  stumbling blocks; snares; traps; pits; and darts. “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16) Our sinful nature, the world and the devil all oppose the will of God and afflict Christians with all kinds of temptations.

“For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’—yet for us there is one God….” (1 Cor 8:5-6)

Temptations are the calling cards of the many “so-called gods” and “lords” which reign in the world. They are dangerous because they are designed to mislead and deceive Christians into grave spiritual peril. These perils may include drifting away from Christ or falling into false belief, serious vice or despair. Therefore, temptations should never be toyed with. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Pet 5:8)

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.” (James 1:13)

God tempts no one, because temptations have evil designs. However, God does allow us to be tempted for our own good. God’s good purposes include drawing us closer to Him, strengthening our faith, and compelling us to pray. Because temptations are the “schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:11) and against those schemes we “do not wrestle against flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12), left to our own resources, we are defenseless against them. Therefore, temptations serve the salutary purpose of driving us to our Father for His protection and deliverance.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Cor 10:13)

Although God may sometimes allow Satan to test our faith (recall, for example, the story of Job), He always remains sovereign over Satan. Satan has no independent power to afflict God’s children. And God provides “the way of escape”.

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41)

Prayer is both a deterrent and a defensive weapon against temptations. Christians are like watchmen who stand at their posts, watching vigilantly for the schemes of the enemy. At the first sign of danger, our role is to sound the alarm in prayer and stand our ground. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul described the armor of God as enabling the Christian to “stand” (see Eph 6:11, 13, 14). “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” (Ps 68:19)

With the Word of God and by constant prayer, God enables us to stand our ground. “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Eph 6:16-18a) As long as a Christian continues to pray, faith is still active, because without faith no one can pray. As long as faith is present, the devil has not prevailed.

The way to resist and overcome any temptation is to be watchful and constant in prayer. The Lord does not remove all temptations from us, but promises to deliver us: “call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Ps 50:15) When, armed with faith and the Word, praying to our Father – lead us not into temptation – we ask our Father to fight for us against the schemes the devil, the world and the desires of our sinful nature. Even in the midst of conditions which are so oppressive that we do not know how to pray as we should, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Rom 8:26). We have His promise that nothing can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“Through [Christ] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rom 5:1-5)

We should never invite temptations; that would be putting God to the test. However, we should understand that we are surrounded by temptations, and we often fall into them before we realize it, because often times we are not watchful and we fail to pray. Then, when we are tempted, our first impulse is to try to fight against it with our own resources, leading to frustration and shame. However, in Christ we have the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore, when we fall into temptation, let us repent, stand again, and never despair.

Suffering from temptations is a sign that we are in the world, but not of the world. Our Father uses our sufferings and even our failures for our good, enabling us to rejoice in all circumstances. In ways we may not understand or experience, God fights and prevails for us. In Christ we are children of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;

    fight against those who fight against me!

Take hold of shield and buckler

    and rise for my help!

Draw the spear and javelin

    against my pursuers!

Say to my soul,

    ‘I am your salvation!’” (Ps 35:1-3) Amen.

Next week we will continue with the seventh petition:  “but deliver us from evil.”

Copyright © 2016 Jean Dragon – All rights reserved.

Oct 262016

wmns_gfaBefore I started writing regularly here, Michael posted an article of mine wherein I expressed my concerns about Gospel for Asia (GFA). 

At that point in time, it had only been a month or two since Warren Throckmorton had been posting about the organization and only a few days since the GFA Diaspora website had been made public.  I had not yet come to any definitive conclusions about GFA, but saw a lot of red flags and was also concerned with the feedback I had received in personal conversation from a GFA executive who is pretty high up in the organization.

I expressed my misgivings because it sure looked like a good possibility that the evangelical church was being taken for a ride, most especially Calvary Chapels, including the very large one I attend.  And this is why I had originally written a form of the article on Facebook to my friends.  Additionally, not only did it look like many Christians were being hoodwinked into who or what they were giving to, but it appeared as if the GFA staff potentially was being abused and who knows what was happening to the poor and destitute in Asia, primarily in India, to whom the donor funds were supposed to be going to help.

After several more months of dogged reporting, mainly by Throckmorton and also some here at this blog, the answers became painfully clear that GFA, along with its convoluted association with Believers Church in India, was a thoroughly corrupt organization that deceived its donors, abused its staff, and forsook much of what it could have been doing for those they were supposed to be serving.  Not that the corruption seeped throughout the whole organization, as many on staff were faithfully serving the Lord.  But the top of the organization, and primarily Grand Imperial Kiss My Ring Poobah His Majesty K.P. Yohannan, were exposed to be exceedingly crooked.

It is now about a year and a half later since these reports first started coming to our awareness.  GFA has undoubtedly lost a good amount of its support.  We know of churches and individuals, myself included, who have pulled their support and stopped giving.  GFA appears to have lost its favored status within Calvary Chapel as a whole, and seemingly the same has occurred in others churches, too.  How much support they still receive is anybody’s guess as that would require GFA to actually release their financials, and release them in a manner that could actually be vetted and trusted.  Good luck with that ever happening.

Things have been mostly quiet on the GFA front for a little while now.  We know of a lawsuit that has been brought forth against GFA on behalf of its donors.  As far as I know, the lawsuit is still proceeding.  We know these types of things do not move quickly, but maybe it will eventually bring some semblance of legal justice upon the organization.  Whether from the suit itself or from criminal investigations and indictments that possibly could be spurred by the findings in the suit.

It seems as if GFA has holed itself up in self-defense.  K.P. Yohannan ostensibly stays in India as much as possible, leaving the U.S. executives to fend for themselves.  There never have been any signs that K.P. and/or GFA are interested in real repentance, reform, or reconciliation.  Their strategic plan to ignore and deflect does not seem to have worked out real well for them.  Yet, the organization still survives.  K.P. still lives the good life in India.  GFA still must have a significant donor base to keep going.  Plus, they have all those millions and millions of dollars in supply that they fatted up on all those previous years. Who knows how much money they generate from all those for-profit businesses that they started in India from donor giving?

At this point, I don’t know much else to do but to wait.  With my limited abilities, resources, and circle of influence, I did what I could to bring awareness to the GFA ruse.  But now, I wait.  We wait.

The best case scenario is for K.P. Yohannan and the other top executives of GFA to repent and seek serious reform and reconciliation.  Get GFA back on track to what they should have been doing all this time, and maybe even were at some point in the distant past.  But all signs and behavior from GFA point to this as being a pipe dream at best.  It sure appears as if this is a very unlikely outcome.

So beyond the best case scenario, I yearn for justice.  Yes, there is a part of me that carnally and gleefully wants to see the weights of justice crush K.P. and GFA.  But I also pine for justice because I desire for things to be made right.  For donors to receive back the money they gave under deception.  For the GFA staff, former and even current, a confirmation that they did, indeed, work and live under abusive conditions and some form of restitution for the ills they suffered under denigrating leadership.  For the poor and destitute in India and other parts of Asia to somehow be compensated with the full help and support they should have received.

What or how or when this will all happen, I cannot venture a guess.  I pray that the Lord will see justice done.  I know He will in the next life.  But I pray He also has it to happen in this life.

Some measure of justice has already come as Gospel for Asia has been exposed and has taken some serious hits.  But I pray for justice to come more fully as GFA continues to carry on.  They should be held accountable for what they have already done and I do not want them to continue taking advantage of their donors and doing harm to their staff and potentially those that they are supposed to be serving.

And so I write about GFA once again.  Maybe it will catch the attention of another soul or two who are still donating to GFA because they were unaware of their problems.  Maybe it will cause a soul or two who are still donating to GFA despite knowing of their problems, to reconsider their giving.  Perhaps maybe my writing is just simply my empty lament.

But above all I pray that God makes things right.  That hearts would be healed, both the abused and the abusers.  That the poor and disadvantaged would receive the help due to them and would see Christ.  And that the name of Jesus Christ would not continued to be sullied by a corrupt ministry.

Lord, please hear our prayer.


Oct 252016

Calvin's Corner headerThis week, Phil and I discuss the deaths of Jack Chick and C.Peter Wagner and the reaction to them…and answer a listener question on why some Protestants think Catholics aren’t Christians…

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Oct 252016

timthumb.phpVery encouraging site from someone who was well raised by one of the pillars of this community…

Praying doesn’t have to be hard…

Jack Chick has died…

Can the religious right be saved?

Ed Stetzer on the death of C.Peter Wagner…

How social media is making us all dumber…

What to do about angry white men…

10 things you should know about interpreting the Bible…

Debating With Grace from Hospital Church on Vimeo.

Christian distinctiveness in the ancient world…

Is your church ready for the future?

Modern atonement theories vs. the Gospels…

Six myths about advocating for women in ministry…

Small churches ideal for millennials…

10 books that made Peter Enns rethink the Bible…

24 tough Bible passages and how to understand them…

Preparing for Reformation Day with song…

Three Rahabs in the Bible?

The politics of Jen Hatmaker…

A day in the life of a female pastors husband…

Evangelicals won’t cave…

Seeing God in science…

How to regain cultural capital…

When the mirror speaks the reflection lies…

Luther and the lightning bolt…

Another pastoral abuse cover up…

What a revival doesn’t look like…

Mormon and gay?

Jealousy is wrecking your spiritual life…

Huge thanks to EricL as always…support him at top right…

Oct 242016

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251.“And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.

And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.

Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”

(Revelation 13:5–10 ESV)

Christians conquer the powers of this world by being conquered by the powers of this world.

“Victory” is won only through death and is proven by resurrection.

The “Jesus Party” is having a hard time finding campaign volunteers…

2. My job as a pastor is not to inform people who to vote for, but to make sure they understand that our kingdom isn’t established through a vote…

3. I saw a young pastor endorsed by another pastor as an “up and comer”…and prayed that the young man didn’t read his own press clippings…

4. The evangelical response to their candidates mistreatment of women has been exactly the same as we’ve seen when one of their own mistreats women…which is very little response at all…

5. Elections provide the best opportunity to show the world the difference between kingdom ethics and those of the world…maybe next time…

6. My cats have finally decided they have to share the same space with a modicum of peace…go and do likewise…

7. The enemy never changes tools because the old ones work so well…

8. Whoever a person can dehumanize, he can kill, believing God is on his side…

9. Fall brings the dread of winter without even whispering a word about spring…

10. I woke up this morning with many problems…but I did wake up. Thus, God is still at work in my life…make your own application.

Oct 232016

May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire,

so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.

And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,

like a candle set in the window of a house,

bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.

And may the blessing of the rain be on you,

may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean,

and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,

and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the earth be on you,

soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,

soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;

and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.

May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God.

And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen.

Scottish Blessing

Oct 222016

Word of GodMatthew 11:4-15

(Last week we left off with John sending his disciples to Jesus to ask the now famous question “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”)

And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:

  • Jesus, now in response will now be preaching to John / them.
  • Preaching back to John what John was already been preaching himself.
  • OR… was Jesus really playing the ying to John’s yang?
  • And now John’s disciples now understand.
  • Jesus also understood that Jesus is the Lamb unto God who is off to slaughter and John understands that he faces the same fate.

the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.

  • Come on John / them – pull out your scrolls / iPads and look up the Isaiah passages (29 & 35)
  • Messianic passages and now we have seen all the activities come to life
  • The poor = not the economically poor – but the Beatitudes type – the poor in spirit.

And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

  • Blessed = not offended
  • Many, if not outright offended are still either ashamed or timid to proclaim Christ as their Lord.
  • We all need to have the gospel message repeatedly preached back to us because we tend to forget and wander away
  • Just believe and do what Jesus says.

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

  • After this Jesus goes off and praises John to others.
  • Note that Jesus did not go off and rescue John – break him out of jail. He didn’t even go visit and answer John face to face.
  • This is the thing with the promises to the church, Christians like soldiers may fall and die, but the church will be forever.
  • Note here that Jesus is using a technique to draw the surrounding crowd in.
  • He comes up with 3 engaging questions that he answers himself.
  • “A reed shaken by the wind?” fickled – accommodating or weak in his ministry – does this sound like John?

What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

  • Sarcasm or irony used by Jesus
  • Was John dress as the wealthy in soft clothing? No!
  • Such people live in a king’s palace – where does John live? I a king’s prison.

9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

  • Was John a prophet? Yes in a way.
  • But even to compare him to Yahweh’s prophet is to miss the importance of John.
  • His ministry – and the times that have come upon Israel – and the world.
  • For John is even greater than a prophet.

10 This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

  • What were you looking for – A vending machine God? A Santa Claus God?
  • Do we look for the God of the Bible or the God of our wants?
  • John the Baptist was not a man to bend before Herod.
  • It doesn’t matter who you were looking for – THIS is he of whom it is written in the Bible.

11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

  • Jesus knows how to keep us on our toes with these strange sayings
  • How do we become greater? Even the lowest of us?
  • John is surpassed because he never got to see the resurrection, never got to be baptized in the triune name – never got to taste the body and the blood of his savior
  • He never got to experience the full joy of the spirit as did Christians after Pentecost.
  • He was the greatest of the OT, but never got to share the life in Christ like we do today.

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.

  • When is NOW? The time between John the Baptist and when Jesus is speaking?
  • How about something that Matthew is interjecting in Jesus’ voice up to the time Matthew is writing?
  • This whole verse – it does not get any tougher than this.

13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,

  • The days of the prophet are coming to an end – or have already ended.
  • John stands at a time of transition

14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

  • Malachi passage – Mal 4: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
  • And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
  • This was and is something very important to the Jews then and today
  • Passover event – saving a seat for Elijah.

15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

  • Proverbs 20:12 – The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.
  • Ears that don’t hear – eyes that don’t see?


Oct 212016

IMG_1079As I write this, both of my cats are purring loud enough to approximate some sort of feline harmony.

They are quite happy…content even.

This, despite it being a difficult morning for both of them.



I woke up and threw off my covers, burying Miss Kitty under a pile of blankets and a couple of pillows.

I stepped out of bed and directly on to Chester’s head.

Didn’t know he was there…

Chester doesn’t like to wait while I fill his dish with food…he sticks his head in the bowl and starts eating as soon as the first morsel drops.

This resulted in him wearing a soft hat of Friskies pate this morning…again.

Miss Kitty likes to eat on the bed so I picked her up to put here there…and forgot about her bad leg.

I remembered it after she screamed.

I love my cats, but there are days when they have to wonder about me…but they don’t.

We had a rough morning, but the purring continues.

They choose to believe the best about me.

They can seemingly forget about the mishaps of life and look forward to times of full dishes and extended pettings.

They are dependent on me and they trust me, even when things happen that they don’t understand…and that hurt.

This, I believe, is the secret of feline contentment.

Believe the best about others and have a positive outlook about the future, no matter what just happened to your head or your tail.

It also explains the basis of human discontent.

It is in vogue now to believe the worst about everyone, only taking into account the negative.

Despite our mostly comfortable circumstances, we believe the end is near and it’s all because of those we choose to think the worst of.

Everyone and everything is bad and getting worse…except of course, ourselves and those who agree with us about how bad all things are.

It says volumes about the One who feeds and cares for us.

Actually it says nothing about Him (but lies) and says everything about how we think of Him.

The One we are totally dependent on, who has given us all we need, is daily slandered by our words and actions.

This is His world and we are His kids…and He loves us far more than I love my cats.

He should be hearing more purring and less growling…

Some gratitude would perhaps be appropriate…even if you’ve had a hard morning or two.

Make your own application…

Oct 202016

tshirt_design_our_fatherIntroducing the Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”

In this fifth petition, we ask our Father for what we need in the life to come: the forgiveness of our sins. When we receive by faith His forgiveness, our Father’s name is hallowed among us, His kingdom has come to us and His will is accomplished in us.


“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Protestants in traditions which have eliminated daily or weekly corporate and individual confession and absolution may find this particular petition a little puzzling at first. I have heard questions similar to these: Did our Father not forgive all my sins (past, present and future) when I first believed in Christ? Why should I ask for the same forgiveness over again?

Actually, our Father forgave all our sins when Jesus died for them on the cross. “For If while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Rom 5:10) Jesus satisfied God’s wrath against all sin on the cross. “It is finished.” (John 19:30).

But, if God’s wrath against sin was satisfied on the cross, a problem still remains on our side (pre-conversion): How do we know we are forgiven? How do we know that for the sake of Christ we have a gracious God? We still do not know God as Father. We are by nature enemies of God (Rom 5:10). We are like the prodigal son who is away in the far country. We need our minds changed towards God. But how?

The answer is that God must take the initiative. He must find us through the proclamation of the Gospel for us. “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” (Luke 15:6) The miracle that repents us, reconciles us to God, converts our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh, is receiving by faith the Gospel that Christ died for our sins, and, for His sake, God has forgiven us all our sins. Then, we have peace with God and a Father to whom we can pray.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:3)

Because our sinful nature still clings to us, even after initial conversion, the Christian life is one of daily repentance, of turning back to our Father with contrition and receiving His free grace. Even Jesus’ disciples, when beset with the sin of pride, were admonished by our Lord to “turn and become like children….”

“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor 2:14)

The sinful nature in the Christian is like a “natural person [who] does not accept the things of the Spirit”. It desires to turn us away from our Father to go back to the far country, to existence without a Father. When Christians sin, it is our sinful nature at work turning and moving us away from our Father. Sin is a sign of unbelief. “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” (Rom 14:23) Sin separates us from God. The longer our sins go unaddressed, the more difficult it becomes for us to pray to our Father. Unaddressed sin hardens the heart against God.

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (Prov 28:13)

Therefore, we have a daily need to turn with a contrite heart from our sins to the free grace of our Father for the forgiveness of our sins and the renewal of our lives. Jesus has given us this petition – forgive us our trespasses… – so that we may daily examine our lives, confess our sins to our Father and receive forgiveness. The forgiveness of sins turns us back to our Father with a clear conscience and gives us the confidence to pray to Him as Father for all our needs.

We should never be ashamed of our weaknesses or of our need for daily forgiveness. Remember, “your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matt 6:8) Therefore, let us trust God’s holy Word: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matt 6:14-15)

Following the end of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus appended this short commentary on the fifth petition. He teaches repeatedly throughout the Gospels the importance of forgiveness between people. Earlier I described how sin separates us from God; but sin also separates us from each other. If forgiveness is the one thing which heals the rift between God and people, it follows that forgiveness is the essential element which heals the rift between people.

This petition teaches us to see our fellow human beings the way Jesus sees them – as people for whose sins He also died and to whom our Father’s arms also extend with grace and forgiveness. As Jesus illustrated in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, our debt to God, which He forgives, is infinitely greater than any debt owed to us by our neighbor.

Therefore, the second half of this petition – as we forgive those who trespass against us – is our pledge to God that we have forgiven our neighbors’ trespasses against us. Further, we ask our Father to hold us accountable for making good on our pledge. Our forgiveness of our neighbors’ trespasses against us signifies that we truly believe that our Father has forgiven us our trespasses against Him.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” (Ps 51:10-12) Amen.

Next week we will continue with the sixth petition: “Lead us not into temptation.”


Copyright © 2016 Jean Dragon – All rights reserved.

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