David Hall
Colonial thinkers Samuel Adams and Rev. Jonathan Mayhew argued against the innate goodness of man with implicit reference to King George III: “Ambition and lust for power,” they claimed, “are predominant passions in the breasts of most men. . . . power is of a grasping, encroaching nature . . . [it...Continue reading.
Jonathan Master
How should Christians act and speak in the midst of this loud and divisive political season? While the websites devoted to politics and news will give you the latest buzz and the minute-by-minute analysis, our approach at Place for Truth will be slightly different. What we’d like to provide is...Continue reading.
David Hall
The heart is undeniably the controlling faculty in our life. In biblical theology the heart-not the mind, nor the body-is depicted as control central of the human being. Study the Psalms sometime to see how the heart stands for the sum of the whole person.Continue reading.
David Hall
These verses from Jesus' Sermon are about a subject that haunts us all with its relevancy: The subject of Ambition. From the oldest to the youngest, we all have some ambition. Having addressed our private life in the first half of this chapter, in verses 19-34, he abruptly changes subjects and...Continue reading.
David Hall
This great model prayer concludes by linking divine forgiveness and human forgiveness under the rubric of prayer. Even a first-time reader can observe Jesus teaching that those who are mighty in prayer necessarily know that God's mercy is mighty...Continue reading.
David Hall
Thoughtful commentators and pastors realize that the Lord invites us to ask for concrete needs in the physical realm. As we do so, we humbly confess that we cannot provide for ourselves entirely (maybe not nearly as much as we think), and that all good gifts are from our heavenly Father. On the...Continue reading.
David Hall
There is no more vital subject for Jesus followers than prayer. Jesus provides instruction on giving and fasting (cf. Mt. 6: 2-4, 16-18), but he elaborates more fully on prayer. Keeping with his theme of avoiding showiness, Christ next tutors his disciples on what not to do (Mt. 6:7-8), followed by...Continue reading.
David Hall
Classically and I think helpfully, this prayer is divided into two main parts. First comes the address and then six main petitions. Initially, there are God-ward petitions, followed by petitions for human need.Continue reading.
David Hall
So having first told his disciples how NOT to pray, Jesus also told them what to do; and now he moves on to give them a model or perfect example for prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. The parallel in Luke 11 reports that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:2). His primer is found in...Continue reading.
David Hall
Think you can live without doctrine? Try that with prayer. Far from being an obstacle to godly living, doctrine helps. Specifically, when we pray we should be clear to WHOM we're praying. For example, if you think of God as a syrupy and sentimental you might pray that your feelings be changed...Continue reading.

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