Our God is a Consuming Fire

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.” from the letter to the Hebrews.

Last week we heard these words from the Gospel according to St. Luke;

Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Continue Reading

How is Your Prayer Life?

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” From the Gospel according to St. Luke.

Teach us to pray. That is at once a simple request, and profound statement. It seems odd to me that the disciples would ask such a question. Surely they would be familiar with prayer. The Old Testament is filled with references to prayer, which is really nothing more than conversing with God. The first reference I can find is in the 4th chapter of Genesis. “Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.”

Later in Genesis, in chapter 28, Jacob had an encounter with God at what we call Jacob’s Ladder. After the encounter, Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God. This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Continue Reading

Faith, Love & Be Ready

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.” From the letter to the Hebrews.

The letter to the Hebrews has been read in churches since the second century, and while many of the Fathers attribute it to St. Paul, there have been some doubt that, too. There is no address, or personal greetings like many of the well known Epistles, but the language used suggests the Continue Reading