“This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ‘
Verse 11: Give us today our daily bread – God knows how important FOOD is! In the global issues of trafficking food plays a key role in vulnerability and compliance.* Desperation for lack of food is one issue that entices people to make decisions they would no t normally make. Their stomach often growl louder than their thoughts of good sense. Physically they are weakened and it affects their decision making abilities.
Some examples of this from Genesis:
Consider Eve and Adam (they both ate) in […]
Matthew 6:13, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
The movies today are obsessed with the personification of evil in our world. What is this fascination with being able to be present with evil, see evil overtake the world, to cause chaos, nightmares, and that ghoulish macabre-aura?
People pay millions of dollars to see these demonic representations and some attempt to emulate them. Personally, I’d rather read a good book where good triumphs over evil. I am a real Frank Peretti fan – while he writes with a Stephen King flavor he keeps his evil characters in balance with the ultimate good.
But horrors like these are not limited to the movies or books. Actual victims of trafficking and others are experiencing this presence of evil in real life. Consider the evil greedy traffickers and their wicked means of controlling individuals. Cruelty that is unimaginable and that de -values the human being, created in the
image of God. Consider the […]
Did you get to hear the interview I did with Gospel Neighboring podcast?
Here is the link http://gospelneighboring.com/tomigrover/
Hope you enjoy it!
Headlines of economic turmoil splash across our news. The global economic crisis seems like a tsunami of Biblical proportions across many countries. We don’t see Debtors prisons much in the Western world. If you are in debt they might garnish your wages, foreclose on your house, take your vehicle, sell your stuff, or ruin your credit score.
But you’d be hard pressed to find people in prison here for debts they owe, unless of course it is their taxes!
It seems very counterproductive to demand payment from someone who isn’t working because they’re in prison. (Ah, but I editorialize!)
Let’s consider this text about debts. Jesus was telling this parable when he was asked a question. This is The Message version.
Matthew 18: 23 ‘The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. 24 As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. […]