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  • Pope Francis Calls for Lord's Prayer to be Altered as Current Wording Suggests God....

    12/07/2017 5:16:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 124 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/8/17 | Reporters
    Pope Francis has called on the Roman Catholic Church to alter the Lord’s Prayer because he believes the current translation suggests God is capable of leading us “into temptation”. Instead, “Our father”, which is the best known prayer in Christianity, should be said using the phrasing adopted by French bishops, which reads as “do not let us enter into temptation”. The alternative wording used in France implies that it is through human fault that people are led to sin, rather than by God. The pontiff made the suggestion during a televised interview on Wednesday evening, in which he claimed that...
  • Crowd’s Reaction After Atheists Get Lord’s Prayer Recitation Banned From High School Football Game

    09/26/2017 9:45:46 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 27 replies
    Faithwire ^ | 09/26/2017 | Billy Hallowell
    An Alabama school district decided to halt its decades-old practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer over a loudspeaker before high school football games after atheists complained — but that did little to stop fans from still belting out the biblical invocation. The fascinating moment, which united players, fans and parents from both teams, came on Friday night when the announcer called for a moment of silence in place of previous student-led prayer at Smiths Station High School games, AL.com reported. The Lee County School System decided to halt the Lord’s Prayer tradition after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist...
  • To whom are we to pray, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?

    06/10/2017 8:12:43 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 193 replies
    gotquestions.org ^ | unknown | Got Questions Ministries
    Question: "To whom are we to pray, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?" Answer: All prayer should be directed to our triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that we can pray to one or all three, because all three are one. To the Father we pray with the psalmist, “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray” (Psalm 5:2). To the Lord Jesus, we pray as to the Father because they are equal. Prayer to one member of the Trinity is prayer to all. Stephen, as he...
  • "The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord's Prayer"(Sermon)

    03/23/2017 10:08:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 22, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” So far in our series on the Catechism we’ve had the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. The Commandments show us God’s good will for our lives, but the problem is, we don’t do it as we should, and so the Commandments show us our sin and our need for a righteousness we don’t have. Then the Creed comes along and shows us the answer to our problem, in the triune God who loves us and saves us and forgives our sins. Now that we are saved and are God’s children, the...
  • ‘Demonic activity was palpable’ at Trump’s rally, pastor says [Barf Alert]

    02/22/2017 6:11:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 2/22/17 | Lindsey Bever
    A Florida pastor who took his 11-year-old daughter to a campaign-style rally for President Trump said he hoped the event would serve as a civics lesson — but that it turned instead into a spectacle where “demonic activity was palpable.” Joel Tooley, lead pastor at Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene in eastern Florida, said that when he heard that the president and first lady would be passing through town, he decided to go see them in person. “I am enough of a sentimentalist that when I found out THEEEE President was coming to town, I got online quickly and...
  • A Pastor’s Encounter with the ‘Demonic’ at Trump’s Florida Rally

    02/22/2017 6:05:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 2/22/17 | Lauren Markoe
    RNS) The vitriol of the president’s supporters at a Trump rally has moved a Florida pastor to write a much-shared Facebook post about the mockery of religion he believed he witnessed. “I have been in places and experiences before where demonic activity was palpable,” wrote the Rev. Joel Tooley, lead pastor of Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene. The pastor said he felt the “power of the Holy Spirit of God” protecting him and his daughter as he sought to shield protesters from angry Trump fans. Tooley had brought his 11-year-old to the rally Saturday (Feb. 18) in Melbourne, he...
  • 'LET US PREY' … ON MELANIA TRUMP

    02/21/2017 7:23:10 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 20 replies
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 2/21/2017 | Ellen Makkai
    Melania Trump has too many negatives to win the affections of envy-prone Americans. She is rich, tall, intelligent, well traveled, elegant, professionally accomplished, slim, stylish and photogenic in—or out of-- designer togs. She is devoted to family, lives in spectacular homes and travels by private jet. Worst of all, she won the heart of the most powerful man on the planet. At a recent Trump rally in Florida, she had the gall to pray. She read the Lord’s Prayer, into a microphone, no less. Heaven help us. There is enough in that magnificent creature to make smaller minds in every...
  • Church, State, and Melania Trump

    02/22/2017 4:03:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2017 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Those who have made a career of trying to drive all vestiges of religion from the public square, from manger scenes at Christmas to mentioning God in the Pledge of Allegiance, were not happy when First Lady Melania Trump recited the Lord’s Prayer at her husband’s rally in Florida. The tolerant left mocked the accent of a woman and an immigrant who speaks five languages. They moaned that it was an affront to those who are not Christian. And they brought out that old canard about the separation of church and state. We have not seen such outrage since former...
  • Melania Trump Leads Melbourne Crowd in 'The Lord's Prayer' (Video)

    02/18/2017 8:02:49 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 71 replies
    NBC News ^ | 18 Feb 17 | Melania Trump
    Amazing. Can you imagine Michelle Obama doing this? http://www.nbcnews.com/video/melania-trump-leads-trump-crowd-in-lord-s-prayer-880348739815
  • Libs Flip At Melania For Opening Florida Rally With The Lord’s Prayer

    02/18/2017 5:12:09 PM PST · by blueyon · 144 replies
    MILO ^ | 2/18/17
    Moments ago, Melania Trump appeared before a crowd of rally-goers to introduce her husband, President Donald Trump. The First Lady began her speech by leading the audience in The Lord’s Prayer. This didn’t sit well with many Twitter users, who quickly began blasting Melania’s use of the prayer. @CNNPolitics separation of church and state. God should stay in the church not in government! — Manon Pilon Fry (@ManonPilonFry) February 18, 2017
  • Ohio Valedictorian Defies Controversy: Leads Class in Lord's Prayer [VIDEO]

    05/25/2016 6:48:47 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 66 replies
    CBN News ^ | 5-24-2016
    The 70-year tradition of singing the Lord's Prayer during a high school graduation was nearly eliminated by the nation's largest atheist group. The valedictorian chose to deliver it anyway. Traditionally, the Lord's Prayer was sung by East Liverpool's choir and was considered a significant part of their graduation ceremony. When the Freedom Foundation for Separation of Church and State claimed East Liverpool school's tradition was a violation, school administrators chose to oblige their wishes, cancelling the song, avoiding a legal battle. Larry Walton, school board president said the decision not to fight against the atheist group was a basic matter...
  • The Lord's Prayer advert banned before 'Star Wars' in the UK

    11/27/2015 7:01:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/27/2015 | By Will Heilpern
    The new "Star Wars" film opens next month -- but the Force won't be with the Lord. In a snub to the Church of England, an advert that was planned to coincide with the new film "The Force Awakens," has been rejected by most UK cinemas due to fears it could be offensive. Digital Cinema Media (DCM), the company that supplies advertising to Britain's main movie houses, Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, made the decision after reviewing its policy on political and religious adverts. The minute-long video features the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and other Christians reciting the Lord's Prayer....
  • Why atheist Richard Dawkins says the Lord’s Prayer deserves to be on UK cinema screens

    11/23/2015 1:25:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | SCMP
    The Church of England has received unlikely backing from the biologist and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins after the UK’s three leading cinema chains refused to screen its advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The 60-second advert was due to be shown before Star Wars: the Force Awakens, released on December 18, which would have guaranteed it a huge cinema audience in the run-up to Christmas. But the Odeon Cineworld and Vue chains, which control 80 per cent of screens around the country, have refused to allow it because of a policy not to allow political or religious advertising...The decision prompted an...
  • Prayer advert ban 'disappointing', says Church of England

    11/22/2015 3:35:28 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 22 20145
    Many of the country's cinemas are refusing to show an advert made by the Church of England. The film shows different people saying a line each from the Lord's Prayer.
  • Why Does the Lord’s Prayer Ask God not to Lead us into Temptation – Why Would God do Such a Thing?

    10/16/2014 2:41:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 15, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Most of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor. And every now and then it is good to bring these works of mine together. An interesting question came in today (actually it is asked quite frequently) and I’d like to give my answer and add just a few things more that wouldn’t fit into the column. First the question, then the answer and a brief elaboration.Q: Why does the Lord’s Prayer ask God not to lead us in temptation? Why would God do that? I have also read texts in the Bible about...
  • The Dispensational and Kingdom Implications of the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    05/27/2014 8:39:36 AM PDT · by dartuser · 6 replies
    Spirit and Truth ^ | N/A | Andy Woods
    The contemporary evangelical world is engulfed in the idea that the church is presently experiencing the messianic kingdom. The idea of the "kingdom" can be bewildering, especially considering how this term is loosely bandied about by today's evangelicals. Many ministries convey the notion that the kingdom is strictly a spiritual and present reality by indicating that they are "expanding the kingdom" through their evangelistic and missionary endeavors. Even Christian political activists sometimes argue that they are "bringing in the kingdom." ... when rightly understood, the "Disciples' Prayer" consists of three requests for the kingdom to come and three additional requests...
  • "Amen" (Sermon for Easter Day, on the Lord's Prayer and 2 Corinthians 1:18-22)

    04/19/2014 11:17:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 20, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Amen” (The Lord’s Prayer; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22)Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, “Alleluia” of course is the word of the day for Easter Day. We’ve been saving it up all Lent, and now today we finally get to let it loose. And what a day to do so! Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on this day, winning the victory for us over death and the grave. If that doesn’t elicit an “Alleluia,” I don’t know what will. “Alleluia” is a Hebrew word originally, and it means “Praise ye the Lord.” And praise is...
  • "But Deliver Us from Evil” (Sermon for Good Friday on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 23:32-49)

    04/18/2014 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “But Deliver Us from Evil” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 23:32-49)“But Deliver Us from Evil”: The seventh and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. For the greatest evil that has ever been perpetrated on this earth is the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. I mean, really, Good Friday could just as well be called “Evil Friday,” that is the magnitude of the evil committed against this wholly innocent man, the most innocent man who has ever lived--indeed, the only truly innocent man to have ever...
  • "Lead Us Not into Temptation" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 22:1-46)

    04/17/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. That’s what he instructs us to do, that’s what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation,” Jesus tells them...
  • "And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . ." (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    04/09/2014 10:54:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (The Lord’s Prayer) Today we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with the Fifth Petition, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” By the way, since this is the last of our Wednesday midweek services, and we’re only up to the Fifth Petition, you may be wondering how we’re going to finish out the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t worry. We’ll do the Sixth Petition, “And lead us not into temptation,” next week on Holy Thursday; the Seventh Petition, “But deliver us from evil,” on Good Friday;...