The Spirit’s Role in Prayer (Part 3)

The Sword of the Spirit and Praying in/by the Spirit In Ephesians 6:17-20, Paul writes a lengthy run-on sentence (which he often did). Gordon Fee translated 17-18 this way: “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, through every prayer...

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The Spirit’s Role in Prayer (Part 2)

How the Spirit Intercedes for Us I concluded the previous post emphasizing that “we never pray alone! The Spirit himself intercedes for us as we pray and he always prays rightly, in keeping with God’s will. This is our peace, our hope, and our confidence with the outcomes of our...

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Prayer

Prayer. What immediately comes to your mind when you read that word? Perhaps some of Paul’s words like “petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 2:1; also Philippians 4:6) came to mind. Clearly, that is part of prayer. But over the years, prayer has also come to mean personal interaction...

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Cheering Me Forward!

Many of you probably know by now that I (Mark) completed my doctoral degree – a six-year journey – where I am now Dr. Mark Gordon Fee. So crazy! Excited, grateful, and relieved. The first three years were schooling – reading, classes, and many papers. The second three years have...

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Disadvantaging Ourselves for Others

In 2 Corinthians 8:9, Jesus says the following through Paul: “Remember my grace, the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ, that though I was rich, for your sake I became poor so that you, through my poverty, might become rich.” In essence, Jesus disadvantaged himself for our sake. An expanded...

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What is Doing Good?

We can do good in many ways. But God seems to also define “doing good” in particular ways through the prophet Isaiah: “Learn to do good; [in other words] Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless [“defend the oppressed” (NIV)], Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17, NASB; see also...

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Tips for Memorizing Bible Verses

One of the most common frustrations we hear from participants on our weekend seminars and retreats is the trouble they have memorizing scripture verses. We know! It’s not easy. However, in order to internalize God’s love for us from his Word and then turn around to speak love to others...

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What is Christian Meditation?

“Reading and reflection is at the very heart of biblical meditation. We graze and ruminate on the text in a very leisurely and contemplative manner, having no real agenda other than to be in Christ’s presence and to enjoy being in Christ’s presence. . . .The wonderful thing about meditating...

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What is Lectio Divina?

The “Love Verses” practice is similar to the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. “Lectio Divina”, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. It...

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