What’s in a Name

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe night last night! As a friend and fan, I wanted to let you know you are one of my resolutions. I’m going to blog more, post more videos, and hopefully do more shows this year! But more on that as it comes up. Today I want to talk about:
Names.

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” may be true of roses and star-crossed lovers, but it’s not a universal law! I realized this while doing my Bible reading yesterday. I’m studying through the book of Acts currently, and using my Warren Wiersbe commentary. That is one smart man! I was reading the third chapter which is where two major things happened. First, Peter and John heal a lame beggar outside the temple. Then…the believers pray. Now Wiersbe points out the significance of names in these two stories. Peter and John are asked at the beginning of chapter 4, whose authority they are working in. Peter said “in the name of Jesus the Nazarene” and he tells the council that it is in the name of Jesus. In Jesus’ name.

But this phrase is used in the next story as well. The Apostles prayed. They prayed for boldness and strength and words. In Jesus’ name. That’s something we say, you know? “In Jesus’ name, amen.” It’s a worn out phrase. Wiersbe insists that we must sit up and take note of what we’re invoking when we say that. In Jesus’ name. The name that healed the blind, lame, deaf, mute, and dead. That encourages me to pray boldly and discourages me from praying stupid. What would you ask in the name of the King of Kings. What would be worth asking for when asking in the name of the Savior of the world?

I pray for a blessed year.
In the name of the God who created all, destroyed all, built it up again, raised kings, defeated kingdoms, was born of a virgin, performed miracles for 33 years, was crucified, was buried, was raised. In the name of the God who is alive.