“The psalmists don’t give us any formula for effective praying. They don’t offer a set of rules. But if we read their prayers carefully, we will learn something of their secret, the secret of the Ultimate Friendship.” — J. Ellsworth Kalas
“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” — Blaise Pascal
“Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.” Ephesians 6:23-24
As we talked about during this morning’s class, the Greeks had four primary words for love: agape, eros, storge, and philia. The one Paul chooses to use in his letters is agape – a self-sacrificing, unconditional love like the one God has for his children. This is the type of love shared by Christians who form the body of Christ. It is a love that calls for action.
The New York Life Insurance Company released a commercial this past Super Bowl Sunday that talks about the ancient Greek words for love. In the end, it’s still a commercial; but, they do a really good job of reminding us of the truly important things in life. Click to view: Agape Commercial
Our next study will be Longing to Pray: How the Psalms Teach Us to Talk With God, by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Books will be provided, and we’ll start our discussion of Chapter 1 on Sunday, March 1. The entire series will last approximately 12-14 weeks… or longer, depending on our digressions!
Dr. Kalas (1923-2015) was part of the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary since 1993, formerly serving as president and then as senior professor of homiletics. He was a United Methodist pastor for 38 years and also served five years in evangelism with the World Methodist Council. He wrote over 35 books.
If you know someone interested in a Sunday School class on prayer, be sure to invite them to join us! Longing to Pray is challenging my prayer life (which, honestly, might be in need of intensive care!)
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