What did Jesus impress upon his followers to encourage them to pray?

Our Father, who is in heaven . . .

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

 Matthew 7:9-11 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

 Luke 11:2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name.”

Luke 12:32  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

“He (Jesus) would have us see that the secret of . . . prayer is to have the heart filled with the father love of God.  It is not enough for us to know that God is a father; he would have us come under the full impression of what the name implies.  We must take the best earthly father we know; we must think of the tenderness and love with which he regards the request of his child, the love an joy with thich he grants every reasonable desire.  We must then . . . consider how . . . he sees us come to him an gives us what we ask aright.”

(Andrew Murray quoted in Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, written by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson)


What do Newlyweds discover about each other?

“First, you begin to find out how selfish this wonderful person is. Second, you discover that the wonderful person has been going through a similar experience and he or she begins to tell you how selfish you are. And third, though you acknowledge it in part, you conclude that your spouse’s selfishness is more problematic than your own.”
What Christian truth needs to be at work in marriage?

“The Christian principle that needs to be at work is Spirit generated selflessness–not thinking less of yourself or more of yourself but thinking of yourself less. It means taking your mind off yourself and realizing that in Christ your needs are going to be met, and are, in fact, being met so that you don’t look to your spouse as your savior.”

(Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage, pp. 55,58)

Why is marriage so hard? What does Jesus’ life and death teach us about marriage?

“So the Biblical doctrine of sin explains why marriage–more than anything else that is good and important in this fallen world–is so painful and hard.”

“Jesus gave himself up for us.  Jesus, the Son, though equal with the Father, gave up his glory and took on our human nature (Philippians 2:5ff).  But further, he willingly went to the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, removing our guilt and condemnation, so that we could live united with him (Romans 6:5) . . . .  He gave up his glory . . . and became a servant.  He died to his own interests and looked to our needs and interests instead (Romans 15:3).  Jesus sacrificial service to us has brought us into a deep union with him and he with us.  And that . . . is the key not only to understanding marriage but to living it.

(Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage, pp.33, 37)

What is the ever-present enemy of any marriage?

“Self-centeredness is a havoc-wreaking problem in many marriages, and it is the ever-present enemy of every marriage.  It is the cancer in the center of a marriage when it begins, and it has to be dealt with.”

“Therefore, when facing any problem in marriage, the first thing you look for at the base of it is , in some measure, self-centeredness and an unwillingness to serve or minister to the other.”

(Tim Keller in The Meaning of Marriage, pp. 48, 51)

What is one Biblical truth that Jesus considered of great importance the night before he died?

“The first place in the New Testament that discusses the work of the Spirit at length is in the gospel of John.  Jesus considered the teaching so important that he devoted much time to it on the night before he died.”

(The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller pp. 43)

The Shepherdless Path

The Shepherdless Path

Homeschooling resource

For all my homeschooling mom friends– I am new to all of this (just three weeks in), but already I have found this website (see blurb below) really useful for materials to supplement some of what I am teaching A.J.  They have all kinds of worksheets and activity sheets that reinforce basic skills.  Thought I would pass on to those of you who may not be aware of them yet!  Do you have any websites you can recommend?

Education.com has 1000s of free printables and worksheets that can help parents reinforce at home what you are working on in the classroom. All of these resources are free and designed with an eye on keeping learning fun!