Praying for the people who persecute us. Is it really possible?

This post has been really difficult to publish.  Terrible things have happened and I don’t want to jump on some media bandwagon and take advantage of someone’s grief, but I would like to highlight some profound things which have taken place.


At about 9pm on June 17th 2015, Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45 and Myra Thompson, 59 were killed after Dylann Roof opened fire during a bible study at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C..  Roof was taken into custody following an eighteen hour manhunt.

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My feeble, whispered, faithless prayer …

It’s hard to figure out sometimes what is going on when we enter spiritually dry seasons in our lives.  Calling this arid, dusty spiritual time a “Desert Experience” makes it seem somehow noble and worthwhile, almost heroic.  For those going through the desert, it can be an intensely lonely time and desperate time. Continue reading

The Lord’s Prayer 5/5 – Protect us from evil

Part 5.

Protect us from evil.

This line is translated a few ways

NIV: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

GNT: Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One

CEV: Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil

I’ve put several translations here so you get a feel of what Jesus was saying in his mother-tongue. Continue reading