He was considering dropping out of our small group because he felt overwhelmed by the prayer requests.
It seemed to him as though everyone's problems were insurmountable, and although we'd been praying for the same things for months, it didn't seem as though anyone's life was getting any better.
Paul clearly sets forth this underlying assumption and then develops an inspired hermeneutic for dealing with troubled marriages and the questions surrounding divorce for Christians. The basic parameters of life, set forth in the creation in Genesis, chapters 1 and 2, have been damaged by the human fall into sin.
Man’s dominion over creation; gender identity and roles; love, marriage, and child-rearing; domestic life in the home; community solidarity and safety; and the value and sanctity of human life have all been damaged by sin (as is evidenced in Genesis 3 ff., and the evening news on ABC, FOX, or CNN).
Nowhere in Scripture did we find prayers for Sally's arthritis, Mark's unruly children, or Bonnie's rotten work conditions.
The prayers in the Bible were powerful and life-changing, full of God's power and glory. In fact, read it aloud with feeling: I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Ive found that Ive always had to begin with the character of God and then the Creation story from eternity past, surveying the original creation of the angelic realm and the fall of Lucifer etc.Question #1: Dear sir, I just discovered your site. I don't give lectures (I have a full time job and this ministry is a labor of love done on the side), but the materials posted to Ichthys on this topic are voluminous.I am glad to note that you don't accept pretribulation rapture, while most churches don't want to hear it any other way. Allow me to give you some links, and do please feel free to write back any time: When is the Rapture?I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.