Author Archives: Ann Spangler

Praying the Names of God: Father

Praying the Names of God: Father

Ab, Abba, Pater The Name Though the Old Testament provides many rich names and titles for God, the New Testament reveals Him most fully. Jesus, in fact, shocked and offended the religious leaders of His day by claiming that He had a Father/Son relationship with the God whose name they feared even to pronounce. Furthermore,

The Lord My Rock

Yahweh Tsuri What better word than “rock” to represent God’s permanence, protection, and enduring faithfulness? When you pray to the Lord your Rock, you are praying to the God who can always be counted on. His purposes and plans remain firm throughout history. The New Testament identifies Jesus as the spiritual rock that accompanied the

The Story of Judah and His Terrible Brothers

The Story of Judah and His Terrible Brothers

When God Surprises Everyone You are a lion’s cub, O Judah. — Genesis 49:9 Judah remembers the story as though it happened yesterday. He feels it in his gut, like a knife turning. The pain of his treachery is so strong that it overwhelms every other sensation. Indeed, he had turned against his father and

She will be called Woman

The Story of Eve

The Lie That Broke God’s Beautiful World The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? — Jeremiah 17:9 Bzzt, bzzt. She swats the flies away, but they keep on coming, too many to count. She has grown used to the constant annoyance, just one of many. Their favorite spot

I am the Lord who Heals you

The Lord Who Heals

The Lord Who Heals Yahweh Rophe The Hebrew word rophe means “heal, “cure,” “restore,” or “make whole.” Shortly after his people left Egypt for the Promised Land, God revealed himself as Yahweh Rophe, “the Lord who heals.” The Hebrew Scriptures indicate that God is the source of all healing. As you pray to Yahweh Rophe,

A Sense of Gods Presence | Ann Spangler, Sitting At The Feet Of Rabbi Jesus

A Sense of God’s Presence

To many people in the modern world, God seems remote and unconcerned, living light years away in another dimension called “Heaven.” Does God, the Creator of the entire universe, honestly care about our infinitesimally small problems? Most of us would say yes because we know that’s the way we should answer the question. But we

El Roi Is the God Who Sees Me

She [Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [the “well of the Living One who sees me”]. — Genesis 16:13–14 (NIV) In the ancient

Wicked Smart: The Story of Abigail

Though his head is large, it seems like wasted space for a man who thinks only of the smallest things — like whether the latest delicacy has been properly prepared or his new robe is quite to his liking. Easily displeased, Nabal soothes himself with wine and pleasant food. Year after year, as his head grows emptier, his waist