#DailyDevotion Wear This World Like Loose Clothing

#DailyDevotion Wear This World Like Loose Clothing

1 Corinthians 7:29–31 29I mean, my fellow Christians, the time has been shortened. While it lasts, if you have a wife, live as if you had none; 30if you weep, as if you weren’t weeping; if you’re happy, as if you weren’t happy; if you buy anything, act as if you didn’t have it. 31While you use the world, don’t try to get out of it all you can, since this world in its present form is passing away.

Paul is addressing worldly affairs that the Corinthians had written him about. In this chapter up to this point he was addressing relationships with husbands, wives, the married and the single. He had been telling us if possible, don’t change your status. This advise comes to this verse, “I mean, my fellow Christians, the time has been shortened.” He is certainly expecting the LORD Jesus Christ to return any minute. You may reply, “But it’s been 2,000 years!” True, but you should live with the same expectation. You just don’t know when the LORD is going to return.

In the last few decades, decades mind you, I’ve seen a lot of people prepping because they think civilization is falling apart. I’ve gotten caught up in that thinking myself at times. Fear of not having enough. They fear the government and they are afraid of their neighbors. Their lives become consumed by survival. It appears that fear and not faith in the LORD Jesus Christ is running their lives. The time of Paul was not much different than our own today. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with preparing for an emergency or even the fall of civilization as we know it. It’s just, are you doing it with faith in the LORD Jesus that you may take care of your family AND your neighbor? While we certainly must take care of our own, we need also, as Christians, to have the people we encounter on a daily basis or will have encounters with, with the mind of Christ.

Since the time is short, we need not worry too much about tomorrow. Jesus told us in Matthew, 634“So, don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” I do believe Paul is recalling these words as he writes, “if you have a wife, live as if you had none; 30if you weep, as if you weren’t weeping; if you’re happy, as if you weren’t happy; if you buy anything, act as if you didn’t have it.” What does that even mean? One could say, wear this world like loose clothing. Don’t be overly attached to people places and things even your loved ones, even your feelings. You belong to another kingdom, another age. Don’t live as if this world is all you got. It is a pittance in compared to the inheritance God your Father is going to give you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

So Paul writes, While you use the world, don’t try to get out of it all you can, since this world in its present form is passing away.” We certain use the world and the things in it. The second phrase can be translated a number of ways. It literally says, “Those who make use of the cosmos as those not abusing it for themselves.” Basically it means to not be consumed by it. Don’t let accumulation and use of the things of the world run your life. Why should we have this attitude? Because this cosmos and everything in it, in its present form, is passing away. Don’t live as if you are not going to live eternally in a New Heavens and New Earth with God who is going to give it to you. Wear the things of the world loosely, not having attachments to it but be attached to our LORD Jesus Christ and his promises.

Heavenly Father, while is world is currently falling apart and changing form, grant us faith to believe your promise of an eternal inheritance. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The LORD Relents His Wrath In Jesus

#DailyDevotion The LORD Relents His Wrath In Jesus

Jonah 3 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh and preach to it what I will tell you.” 3Jonah got up and went to Nineveh as the LORD told him. Nineveh was a great city before God, a three-days’ walk. 4Jonah started to go into the city a day’s walk, and preached and said: “Forty days yet, and Nineveh will be destroyed.” 5Then the men of Nineveh believed God and announced a fast and dressed in sackcloth from the greatest to the least. When the news came to the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes…10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their wicked ways, God relented from the disaster He threatened to bring on them, and He didn’t do it.

We’re all familiar with the story of Jonah, or at least we should. People often think Jonah was alive in the belly of the big fish. This causes a lot of angst for people who don’t believe in miracles. Well I personally believe in a bigger miracle. Jonah, like Jesus in the grave, wasn’t alive, but was resurrected when thrown up by the fish, just like Jesus was resurrected from the grave. But enough of that.

Jonah is finally getting around to the task to which he had been called, preaching to Ninevah. He was to go to Ninevah, the capital city of they Assyrians, Israel’s enemy, and preach what the LORD gives him to preach. So Jonah relents and does what the LORD commands him to do. And what is that message from the LORD? “Forty days yet, and Nineveh will be destroyed.” Shortest sermon in the bible. No real gospel for these people. They have forty days to prepare to be destroyed. I guess they could have gotten out of town if they believed Jonah. It’s a pretty severe message. It wouldn’t be the first time the LORD does this. There was Sodom and Gomorrah and they didn’t get any warning.

Well what happened? The men of Ninevah believed, announced a fast, and dressed in sackcloth and ashes. Even the king believed and he proclaimed, “This is a decree of the king and his noblemen: Men and animals, cattle and sheep should eat nothing, get no food and drink no water. But every man and animal should put on sackcloth and cry mightily to God; people should turn from their wicked ways and the crimes they’re doing. Who knows, God may relent and be sorry and turn from His fury so that we’ll not perish.” I don’t know why they would have done this. They did not believe in the LORD (at least not before this). Yet we can note this, the people and the king believed Jonah’s message. Unlike Eli last week who just accepts his punishment from the LORD, the Ninevites repent. They acknowledge their sins, they turn from them and they cry out to the LORD for mercy. They have a hope the LORD won’t do this.

What does the LORD do? He relents from the disaster. You see, the LORD’s primary will towards mankind is love, mercy and kindness. If that is rejected then his secondary will kicks in and your get his wrath and punishment. Jesus is the image of God’s primary will towards you today. He was sent to die for your sins so you could repent, believe in Jesus and be saved.

Heavenly Father, grant us true repentance and faith so that we can escape your righteous wrath because of our sins and receive instead you grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and kindness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is God’s Son and Israel’s King

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is God’s Son and Israel’s King

John 147Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him. “Here’s a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit,” He said of him. 48“Where did You get to know me?” Nathanael asked Him. “Before Philip called you,” Jesus answered him, “when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49“Master,” Nathanael answered Him, “You are God’s Son! You are Israel’s King!” 50“You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree,” Jesus answered him. 51“You will see greater things than that.” And He said to him, “I tell you people the truth, You will see heaven opened and God’s angels going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”

We are in the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is to make manifest. In this season, Jesus is being made manifest to be the LORD, God and King of Israel in the flesh.

In this early account of Jesus’ ministry he reveals himself to Nathaniel, whom he will call to be one of his apostles. Nathaniel didn’t think anything good could come from Nazareth where Jesus grew up. Jesus was about to show him otherwise. When Jesus sees Nathaniel he says, “Here’s a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” What does this mean? It means he has no filter. Nathaniel is one of those people who says what is on his heart and mind. Which is why he told Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” He sees Jesus clearly knows him and his personality. He asked Jesus, “Where did You get to know me?”

Jesus lets him know that he saw him under the fig tree before Philip called him. Jesus has made himself manifest to Nathaniel. Who can do this? Nathaniel replies, 49“MasterYou are God’s Son! You are Israel’s King!” He perceives Jesus is indeed supernatural. He is the Prophet whom Moses foretold. By the Holy Spirit, Nathaniel makes this proclamation. Jesus is God’s Son. He is the begotten of the Father from all creation. As John writes in his Gospel, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In the Old Testament, God told David that his seed, a descendent, would rule forever and the LORD would be his Father. This told us that the LORD himself, i.e. the LORD who is the Word of the LORD, would take on human flesh and be a descendent of David. Jesus is that descendent.

Now also, Nathaniel calls Jesus “Israel’s King.” Now before Saul, the LORD, Yahweh, was Israel’s king. Indeed, throughout the Old Testament, the LORD makes it clear that He is Israel’s true king. The sons of David are merely king in the LORD’s place. But the LORD intends to be Israel’s King and be King through David’s seed. Jesus is indeed Israel’s King from the beginning. Jesus is Israel’s LORD and King now in the flesh.

When Pilate presents Jesus and puts the charges of his execution on the cross, he calls Jesus the King of the Jews. It is somewhat ironic because that is exactly who he is. When the Jewish leadership rejects Jesus and says, “We have no king but Caesar” they are rejecting the LORD as their King even as they did when they pined for Saul and rejected the LORD as their King. But their rejection is our salvation. Because they rejected Jesus, Jesus was crucified. His crucifixion obtained forgiveness of sins and salvation for the world. He now is ruling at the right hand of the Father as King of the Universe, of all Creation.

Heavenly Father, you sent your Son Jesus Christ into the flesh to be our King and our Salvation. Grant us faith to believe Jesus is your Son and our King so we may live in his kingdom for all eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Just Bring People To Jesus. Let Them Hear Him.

#DailyDevotion Just Bring People To Jesus. Let Them Hear Him.

John 1:43–46 43The next day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee. He found Philip. “Follow Me!” Jesus told him. 44Philip was from Bethsaida, the home town of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “The One Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets, too — we’ve found Him, Jesus, Joseph’s son from Nazareth.” 46“Nazareth – can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see!” Philip told him.

Jesus has just begun his ministry. The Baptists had pointed Jesus out to Andrew, Peter’s brother, and Andrew started following Jesus. Andrew went and got his brother Peter and brought him to Jesus. Now this must have been down the Jordan river, where John was baptizing. This brings us to our text now. Jesus started heading back to Galilee which upstream of the Jordan river. Jesus is going to the land of darkness, the land of the northern tribes of Israel who are no more. It is a land where many of the Gentiles, non-Jewish people, settled after Babylon, Greece and Rome had taken control over that land. He is to bring his Light to this area to fulfill the Scriptures.

Now he must have gotten close to Galilee because Jesus finds Philip and tells him to follow him. Philip is from Bethsaida, the same town of Andrew and Peter, who were fisherman on the sea of Galilee.

Now people don’t just generally find Jesus all on their own. John has to point out Jesus to his disciples who start following Jesus. People like Andrew who start following Jesus and believe his teaching bring others to Jesus, like Andrew brought his brother Simon, who Jesus calls Peter.  And now, Philip whom Jesus calls goes and gets Nathaniel.

Now who does Philip believe Jesus is? Philip believes Jesus is the Prophet Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets too. What is Philip referring to? Moses told the Israelites in Deut. 18, 15“The LORD your God will raise a Prophet for you, one of you, an Israelite, like me; listen to Him.” Now certainly the LORD had sent many prophets to the Israelites over the centuries. Some proclaimed the word of the LORD. A few of them did miracles. But none were like Moses. A prophet like Moses would deliver the Israelites from their oppressors. He would speak God’s Word directly to the people. He would do great signs and wonders. We can see from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount that Jesus certainly spoke like Moses, with great authority. We won’t see any signs and wonders from Jesus until a few more verses pass by when he changes water into wine. Now Nathaniel is skeptical of Philip’s report. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth,” he asked. Nazareth no doubt is a small Podunk town in Galilee, full of Gentiles, we believe. That gives it a couple of strikes. The Messiah was to come from Bethlehem (which is well a small town too, but David the king was born there.)

Philip tells Nathaniel to come and see. This is really all we can really do in evangelism. We’d all love to be apologetical giants convincing people Jesus is their Savior. Pastors too, would love to preach and teach to swoon their crowd of listeners. But all we can ever do is bring people to Jesus and have them hear his teaching and see what he has done for them. It is the Holy Spirit through that which will convert them to believe in Jesus. So just try bringing people to Jesus.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have called us to believe in Jesus or had someone bring us to Jesus to believe in him. Use us as your instruments to bring people to Jesus so they may hear his word and believe in him also. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Contrary To Culture, Your Body Is Not Your Own

#DailyDevotion Contrary To Culture, Your Body Is Not Your Own

1 Cor. 615Don’t you know your bodies are members of Christ? Now, should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 160r don’t you know he who gives himself to a prostitute is one body with her? The Bible says: “The two will be one flesh.” 17But if you give yourself to the Lord, you are one spirit with Him. 18Flee from sexual sin. Every other sin a man may do is outside his body. But if he sins sexually, he sins against his own body. 190r don’t you know your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Whom God gives you and Who is in you? You don’t belong to yourselves, 20because you were bought for a price. Then glorify God with your bodies.

For the Christian this ought to be straightforward. However, our culture, politics, schools and even some Churches these sayings of Paul here don’t make any sense. They say it’s your body.  They say sexual sins aren’t hurting anyone as long as it’s consensual. Well apparently they are wrong. You need to change your mind about it as well.

First, your body is not your own. You are a member of Christ Jesus, like his arm or his leg. You wouldn’t join Christ body with a prostitute’s body now would you? When you have sex with someone it’s not just about you. You become one body with that person. Here I must clear up some thinking. It is not the mere act of having sex with someone that makes you married. Sex though does consummate the vows taken in marriage. If there are no vows to be married, you are just having sex. But it is still never just sex. You do become one body with that person. You become one body with that person and every person you have sex with. Having sex with multiple people messes you up. And even if it is just the one, you have become one body with someone you are not married to, and, you don’t know at that point if you ever will be married to that person. This has physical, spiritual, mental and emotional effects upon you that you aren’t supposed to be having and would be having if you were married. St. Paul rightly says, “Every other sin a man may do is outside his body. But if he sins sexually, he sins against his own body.”

When you were baptized you became one spirit with the LORD. Just as when you give yourself to another you become one flesh with them, when you give yourself to the LORD you become one spirit with him. You see, at baptism, Jesus gives you his Holy Spirit. You, your body becomes a temple of the LORD. You don’t belong to yourself anymore. You belong to Jesus. Lest Satan tempt you to saying, “Then I will leave the LORD and have my own body back,” know that if you leave the LORD your body belongs to the devil then. You are not your own. But your true free is in belonging to the LORD Jesus Christ. Now listen, St. Paul says, “you were bought for a price. Then glorify God with your bodies.” Jesus Christ poured out his blood to redeem your body from sin, death and the power of the devil. Earlier Paul said, “The body is not made for sexual sin but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body. 14And God, who raised the Lord, will also raise us by His power.” The body that is joined to Christ, God is raising to eternal life on the Last Day. Glorify God then with your body. Do in your body which causes men to praise and thank God for you for that is God’s will for you.

Heavenly Father, give us your Holy Spirit that we may flee sexual immorality and instead glorify you with the body Christ Jesus redeemed with his blood. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Everything Is Permissible. What Does This Mean?

#DailyDevotion Everything Is Permissible. What Does This Mean?

1 Cor. 6:12-14 12It is permissible for me to do anything, but not everything is beneficial. It is permissible for me to do anything, but I will not allow anything to gain control over my life. 13Food is for the stomach, and the stomach for food, but God will put an end to both of them. The body is not made for sexual sin but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body. 14 And God, who raised the Lord, will also raise us by His power.

Paul says here that “It is permissible for me to do anything.” What does Paul mean by this? Is everything really permissible for me to do? The verses immediately preceding these say, “9Or don’t you know wicked people will have no share in God’s kingdom? Don’t be mistaken about this: No one who lives in sexual sin or worships idols, no adulterers or men who sin sexually with other men, 10who steal, are greedy, get drunk, slander, or rob will have a share in God’s kingdom.” If those who do such things will not enter the kingdom of God how can they be permissible? What does he mean? Is this just rhetorical device?

He follows this by, “but not everything is beneficial.” What does this mean? He says, “It is permissible for me to do anything, but I will not allow anything to gain control over my life.” He then gives the example of food. It’s for the stomach and the stomach for food but God will put an end to both of them. So what is Paul talking about? Then he talks about the body not being for sexual sin. Sexual sin is obviously not permissible.

One could take it to mean that since all sin is forgiven in Christ it doesn’t matter what you do. I’m sure that has something to do with this. Mentioning food makes me think of the food regulations of the Torah. Indeed we are free from the entire Torah with all its rules, commandments, and regulations for Jesus Christ has fulfilled the whole Law.

Paul draws a parallel between what is beneficial and not letting anything gain control over his life. There is nothing in all of God’s creation that is not created good, that includes sex, possessions, alcohol and speech. But they also have a proper and good use that our LORD and God have established. When they are used in such manner that we use them apart from the appointed means, they become idols and we are telling God he doesn’t know what he is talking about. When we look to created things to provide us every good instead of God who gives us such good things we have left the faith and turned created things into idols. These things enslave us to the improper use of them. Where we were once free in Christ which is being a slave of God, we become enslaved by these things and a slave to sin. This is not beneficial to us.

Not every use of an item or good is also helpful to those around us. Paul is often concerned with the weak Christian. He will not do something if he think a weak Christian will misunderstand our freedom we have in Christ. It may be just fine and good if we do something for ourselves but it would lead a fellow Christian into great sin and vice, enslaving them because it once was a trap for them. So God calls us to love in Christ Jesus, love of God and love of our fellow Christians. If something will put a barrier between us and God or God and our fellow Christian we should not partake of it for it is not beneficial. How can we decide this? Well for one we have God’s revealed word which tells us what things are not beneficial for us. We need only get to know our fellows to find out what is a trap for them. Love is the order of the day.

Heavenly Father, while everything may be permissible, help us by your Holy Spirit to discern what is beneficial and how to use your creation in a manner that is pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The LORD Won’t Let His Name Be Blasphemed.

#DailyDevotion The LORD Won’t Let His Name Be Blasphemed.

1 Samuel 3 11“I am going to do something in Israel,” the LORD said, “that will make both ears of everyone who hears it tingle. 12On that day I will do to Eli everything I said about his family, from the first to the last. 13And you shall tell him I will condemn his family forever for his guilt: He knew his sons were bringing a curse on themselves, but he didn’t restrain them. 14This is why I swear to Eli’s family that no sacrifice or offering will ever wipe out the guilt of Eli’s family.” 15Samuel lay there until the morning. Then he opened the doors of the LORD’s house. But Samuel was afraid to tell Eli about the vision. 6 Then Eli called Samuel. “Samuel, my son!” he said. “Here I am,” he answered. 17 “What did He tell you?” he asked. “Please don’t hide it from me. May God punish you if you hide from me anything He told you.” 18So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. He answered, “He is the LORD. May He do what He thinks is right.” 19Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and didn’t let any of his words go unfulfilled. 20All Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew Samuel was the LORD’s appointed prophet.

We often see evil around us. What is worse we see what is evil around being done by those who shouldn’t be committing such evil acts by religious leaders. Now Eli’s evil was not restraining the evil of his sons. As blind as Eli was physically, he had become blind, by his own choice spiritually not correcting the sins of his sons and not disciplining them. Because of this, the LORD was going to bring down a curse upon Eli and his sons. It was pretty bad as Eli’s sons were not offering the sacrifices to the  LORD as prescribed and were abusing the people of Israel, including the women, who came to the LORD for strength and comfort.

Now hear what the LORD God was going to do them. He would never forgive them. He would not accept the sacrifices they made for themselves and their family. They would die and without atonement for their sins. They would experience the full brunt of God’s Wrath at the Judgment. What is most strange to me is the Eli resigns himself to this and doesn’t repent. Neither does he call his sons at that point to repent. “Well what good would that do? God has made us his mind,” you may say. The LORD our God’s default is always grace, mercy, love, faithfulness and forgiveness. What does David prophecy? “A broken and contrite heart you will not despise.” Remember how the LORD had pronounced judgment upon Ninevah, a pagan town of Assyria. Jonah prophesied to them, 40 days and Ninevah is no more. What did Ninevah do? They repented in sack cloth and ashes and the LORD relented. Eli does not remember the name of the LORD his God and does not repent but accepts his fate.

We should not lose heart when we see the religious leaders of our day doing foul and disgusting things, blaspheming the name of our LORD Jesus Christ. The LORD Jesus is not turning a blind eye to them. Unless they repent, which I doubt they will do, they will suffer the same fate as Eli and his sons. No one is getting away with anything. We should still call them on their sin, in hopes they will repent. They should be removed from their offices though. Those who cover them up will share in their fate as Eli did. Finally, we must also examine ourselves daily who bear the name of Jesus, confess our sins, repent of them, repair the damage we have caused if possible and trust in our LORD Jesus Christ for forgiveness.

Heavenly Father, correct all those who bring shame to the name of Jesus, have them turn from their ways and reprove us when we sin so we may repent of our sins, trust in Jesus for forgiveness and live for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The LORD Will Not Keep Silent

#DailyDevotion The LORD Will Not Keep Silent

1 Samuel 3:1–10 The boy Samuel was serving the LORD under Eli. The LORD rarely spoke in those days; a vision didn’t happen often… 3God’s lamp hadn’t gone out yet, and Samuel was asleep in the house of the LORD where God’s ark was kept. 4Then the LORD called Samuel. “Here I am,” he answered. 5He ran to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “You called me.” “I didn’t call you,” he answered. “Lie down again.” So he went and lay down… 7Samuel didn’t know the LORD in this way yet, because God hadn’t spoken to him yet. 8The LORD called Samuel a third time. He got up and went to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “You did call me.” Then Eli realized the LORD was calling the boy. 9“Go, lie down,” Eli told Samuel. “And now when you’re called, say, ‘Speak, LORD, Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down at his place. 10The LORD came and stood there and called as He did before: “Samuel! Samuel!” So Samuel answered, “Speak, Your servant is listening.”

We often want to see miracles. We want to hear the voice of the Almighty. It seems sometimes miracles were happening all the time in the Bible. Yet, if you ever charted the times miracles happened in the Bible you would see there were few and far apart. Even the prophetic voice was often quiet. The LORD had given his people his Word through the Prophet Moses. They were to listen to him and talk about the word he had given.Well the Word of God had not been involved in the prophetic means for a while in Samuel’s day. But truly, that was par for the course. They had God’s Word. Yet, it seems, God’s priest was up to doing his duty. The boy Samuel helped him out with his duties in the tabernacle. In this reading we see the fascinating call of the prophet Samuel. I wonder if this is something the prophet John the Baptist experienced himself.

Samuel was born to a barren mother. His mother was one of two wives. The other wife had given their husband a number of children but Hannah was barren and was teased a lot by the other wife. You see, it was seen as a curse not being able to have children then. Children were seen as a blessing from God. Well Hannah prayed to the LORD and the LORD remembered her and gave her Samuel. Samuel’s mother, once Samuel was weaned, dedicated Samuel to the LORD’s house. John the Baptist’s mother was also barren. The LORD appeared to his father who told him they would have a child who would be a prophet. Much like Jesus, we don’t know a whole lot about John’s early childhood. I wonder if Elizabeth dedicated John to the LORD. Well that’s speculation. We don’t know when John got his calling or how it happened but at some point John received a call from the LORD as Samuel received a call from the LORD.

As John was the forerunner of Jesus, so Samuel was the forerunner of Jesus’ ancestor David. They both prepared the way for the LORD’s anointed. Some may think God’s Word has been silent the last 2,000 years but it has not been. The LORD continues to call men into the ministry to proclaim Jesus as the Christ. Their calls are not like Samuel’s. They have some inkling the LORD wants them to be a pastor. But they never know for sure until the Church calls them to be a pastor. But when the voice of the Bride calls them, they can be certain it is the LORD’s calling. They become heralds of the LORD Jesus Christ just like Samuel and John. Thanks be to God our LORD doesn’t keep silent but speaks through them.

Heavenly Father, you sent heralds to prepare the way for David and for Jesus. Continually send us your heralds so the way for your Son Jesus Christ may be prepared in our hearts to receive him as LORD and Savior. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.