Casual Commentary

| Jim Cantelon |

March 31, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 The Quid pro Quo of Forgiveness vv. 14 & 15 I’ve already referenced these verses commenting on v. 12. But to emphasize the point, take a look at Jesus’ hyperbolic parable of the unmerciful servant in ch. 18:23-35. Here’s a guy who owes the king ten thousand (!!) bags of […]
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March 24, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Temptation and The Evil One v. 13 Let’s be clear right off the top. God never entices us to do evil. Biblically and historically (until about the 17th century) “tempt” meant “test”. In the Old Testament scriptures we see God testing men and (a non-starter) men testing God. A test […]
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March 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Forgiveness v. 12 (see also vv. 14 & 15) – Part 2 “As we forgive” is more accurately translated “as we have forgiven”. The assumption is that in invoking the forgiveness of God we’ve already swept our house clean in terms of any dustup we may have had our injustice […]
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March 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Forgiveness v. 12 (see also vv. 14 & 15) – Part 1 Our sinfulness is assumed in scripture, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Ro. 3:23). And as the apostle John put it, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the […]

March 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our daily bread v.11 We’ve briefly looked at the first three of six petitions referencing God’s name, kingdom, and will. Now we’re going to look at our need for bread, forgiveness, and victory over evil. Daily bread comes first. If there is no bread there is no life. I’m no […]

February 24, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 2) The Kingdom is where God’s “will” is done — “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. The omniscient Father who sees all, factors what he sees into his sovereign rule. This is why “God willing” […]

February 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 1) Jesus couldn’t have been clearer in expressing there purpose of his ministry: “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God…because that is why I was sent.” (Lk. 4:43). The “Kingdom” was everything. In one sense this […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 3) “Your name” is a subject all of itself. I’m tempted to write an essay here, but space won’t permit. Rather I’ll make a few summary observations. In the biblical view there is nothing more holy on this space/time spaceship we call earth […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 2) Jesus’ reference to God as Father would not have surprised his audience. In the Jewish scriptures God had claimed “Israel as his son…” (Ex. 4:22) and had blessed and chastened him time and again through out a tumultuous history. The use of […]
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January 27, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v.9 Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity. “Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God […]
| Jim Cantelon |

March 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Forgiveness v. 12 (see also vv. 14 & 15) – Part 2 “As we forgive” is more accurately translated “as we have forgiven”. The assumption is that in invoking the forgiveness of God we’ve already swept our house clean in terms of any dustup we may have had our injustice […]
| Jim Cantelon |

March 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Forgiveness v. 12 (see also vv. 14 & 15) – Part 1 Our sinfulness is assumed in scripture, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Ro. 3:23). And as the apostle John put it, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the […]

March 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our daily bread v.11 We’ve briefly looked at the first three of six petitions referencing God’s name, kingdom, and will. Now we’re going to look at our need for bread, forgiveness, and victory over evil. Daily bread comes first. If there is no bread there is no life. I’m no […]

February 24, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 2) The Kingdom is where God’s “will” is done — “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. The omniscient Father who sees all, factors what he sees into his sovereign rule. This is why “God willing” […]

February 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 1) Jesus couldn’t have been clearer in expressing there purpose of his ministry: “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God…because that is why I was sent.” (Lk. 4:43). The “Kingdom” was everything. In one sense this […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 3) “Your name” is a subject all of itself. I’m tempted to write an essay here, but space won’t permit. Rather I’ll make a few summary observations. In the biblical view there is nothing more holy on this space/time spaceship we call earth […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 2) Jesus’ reference to God as Father would not have surprised his audience. In the Jewish scriptures God had claimed “Israel as his son…” (Ex. 4:22) and had blessed and chastened him time and again through out a tumultuous history. The use of […]
| Jim Cantelon |

January 27, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v.9 Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity. “Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God […]
| Jim Cantelon |

March 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Forgiveness v. 12 (see also vv. 14 & 15) – Part 1 Our sinfulness is assumed in scripture, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Ro. 3:23). And as the apostle John put it, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the […]

March 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our daily bread v.11 We’ve briefly looked at the first three of six petitions referencing God’s name, kingdom, and will. Now we’re going to look at our need for bread, forgiveness, and victory over evil. Daily bread comes first. If there is no bread there is no life. I’m no […]

February 24, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 2) The Kingdom is where God’s “will” is done — “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. The omniscient Father who sees all, factors what he sees into his sovereign rule. This is why “God willing” […]

February 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 1) Jesus couldn’t have been clearer in expressing there purpose of his ministry: “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God…because that is why I was sent.” (Lk. 4:43). The “Kingdom” was everything. In one sense this […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 3) “Your name” is a subject all of itself. I’m tempted to write an essay here, but space won’t permit. Rather I’ll make a few summary observations. In the biblical view there is nothing more holy on this space/time spaceship we call earth […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 2) Jesus’ reference to God as Father would not have surprised his audience. In the Jewish scriptures God had claimed “Israel as his son…” (Ex. 4:22) and had blessed and chastened him time and again through out a tumultuous history. The use of […]
| Jim Cantelon |

January 27, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v.9 Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity. “Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God […]

March 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our daily bread v.11 We’ve briefly looked at the first three of six petitions referencing God’s name, kingdom, and will. Now we’re going to look at our need for bread, forgiveness, and victory over evil. Daily bread comes first. If there is no bread there is no life. I’m no […]

February 24, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 2) The Kingdom is where God’s “will” is done — “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. The omniscient Father who sees all, factors what he sees into his sovereign rule. This is why “God willing” […]

February 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 1) Jesus couldn’t have been clearer in expressing there purpose of his ministry: “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God…because that is why I was sent.” (Lk. 4:43). The “Kingdom” was everything. In one sense this […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 3) “Your name” is a subject all of itself. I’m tempted to write an essay here, but space won’t permit. Rather I’ll make a few summary observations. In the biblical view there is nothing more holy on this space/time spaceship we call earth […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 2) Jesus’ reference to God as Father would not have surprised his audience. In the Jewish scriptures God had claimed “Israel as his son…” (Ex. 4:22) and had blessed and chastened him time and again through out a tumultuous history. The use of […]
| Jim Cantelon |

January 27, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v.9 Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity. “Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God […]

February 24, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 2) The Kingdom is where God’s “will” is done — “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. The omniscient Father who sees all, factors what he sees into his sovereign rule. This is why “God willing” […]

February 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 1) Jesus couldn’t have been clearer in expressing there purpose of his ministry: “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God…because that is why I was sent.” (Lk. 4:43). The “Kingdom” was everything. In one sense this […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 3) “Your name” is a subject all of itself. I’m tempted to write an essay here, but space won’t permit. Rather I’ll make a few summary observations. In the biblical view there is nothing more holy on this space/time spaceship we call earth […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 2) Jesus’ reference to God as Father would not have surprised his audience. In the Jewish scriptures God had claimed “Israel as his son…” (Ex. 4:22) and had blessed and chastened him time and again through out a tumultuous history. The use of […]
| Jim Cantelon |

January 27, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v.9 Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity. “Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God […]

February 17, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” v. 10 (Part 1) Jesus couldn’t have been clearer in expressing there purpose of his ministry: “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God…because that is why I was sent.” (Lk. 4:43). The “Kingdom” was everything. In one sense this […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 3) “Your name” is a subject all of itself. I’m tempted to write an essay here, but space won’t permit. Rather I’ll make a few summary observations. In the biblical view there is nothing more holy on this space/time spaceship we call earth […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 2) Jesus’ reference to God as Father would not have surprised his audience. In the Jewish scriptures God had claimed “Israel as his son…” (Ex. 4:22) and had blessed and chastened him time and again through out a tumultuous history. The use of […]
| Jim Cantelon |

January 27, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v.9 Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity. “Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 10, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 3) “Your name” is a subject all of itself. I’m tempted to write an essay here, but space won’t permit. Rather I’ll make a few summary observations. In the biblical view there is nothing more holy on this space/time spaceship we call earth […]
| Jim Cantelon |

February 3, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v. 9 (Part 2) Jesus’ reference to God as Father would not have surprised his audience. In the Jewish scriptures God had claimed “Israel as his son…” (Ex. 4:22) and had blessed and chastened him time and again through out a tumultuous history. The use of […]
| Jim Cantelon |

January 27, 2021

Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18 Our Father in Heaven v.9 Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity. “Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God […]

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