My house shall be a house of prayer

I am sure I have posted about this before, but this insight from N.T. Wright on this passage well worth repeating!

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Matt. 21:12-13)

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The power of praise

18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:18-20)

Some thoughts on the need for praise in music from NT Wright:

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The power of the table of the Lord

The eucharist is the moment at which the past event comes forward to live again in the present, and the future moment of the Lord’s return comes backwards in time to challenge us in the present.

Wright, T. (2004). Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians (p. 150). London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.