Why God Allows Satan’s Temptations (Watson)

Why does God allow Satan to tempt Christians?  If he is sovereign, why doesn't he just make some kind of force field around us, so to speak, so that Satan can't touch us?  Temptations are a hard part of the Christian life, so why does our heavenly Father allow us to be tempted?  Thomas Watson… Continue reading Why God Allows Satan’s Temptations (Watson)

He Will Not Send You To Purgatory (Ryken)

Philip Ryken's When You Pray is a very helpful resource for studying the Lord's Prayer and for learning more about prayer and praying.  When I recently studied the fifth petition of the Lord's Prayer ("forgive us our debts..."), I found the following paragraphs helpful: "As soon as we start trying to figure out how to… Continue reading He Will Not Send You To Purgatory (Ryken)

“Abba” Is Not “Daddy” (Part 2)

Last week I quoted Philip Ryken’s helpful explanation of why the NT term “abba” should not be translated “papa” or “daddy” (Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6).  We received many comments and questions about that post.  From a different angle, but with the same conclusion, listen to what Eugene Peterson has to say about this. … Continue reading “Abba” Is Not “Daddy” (Part 2)

“Abba” is not “Daddy”

It isn’t quite right to say that the Aramaic “abba” means “daddy.”  In other words, to call the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob “daddy” at the outset of our prayers is a bit too casual and irreverent.  Philip Ryken explains. “To call God ‘Abba, Father’ is to speak to him with reverence as well… Continue reading “Abba” is not “Daddy”

Short Prayers, Good Prayers

 Ever since I was a younger Christian I’ve heard many godly men exhort me to spend long periods in prayer.  Some recommended waking up early to pray (from 5-6 AM), others recommended taking a day off each month to pray.  I’ve also read many accounts of great Christians who have spent hours upon hours in… Continue reading Short Prayers, Good Prayers