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week of March 21, 2010
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was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our
iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and
by his wounds we are healed.”
are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual
beings having a human experience."
Teilhard de Chardin
AMERICANS CONSIDER EASTER A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY, BUT FEWER CORRECTLY
IDENTIFY ITS MEANING
American society becomes more religiously diverse, the nation’s
population has had to grapple with how to define its holidays and
celebrations. A recent study by the Barna Group explored
Americans’ definition of the Easter holiday, asking a
nationwide, representative sample of American adults how they
would describe what Easter means to them, personally.
results indicate that most Americans consider Easter to be a
religious holiday, but fewer identify the resurrection of Jesus as
the underlying meaning. The study also explored the degree to
which Americans are likely to invite an unchurched friend or
family member to attend worship service on Easter weekend.
response to a free-response query, most Americans described Easter
as a religious celebration. Two out of every three Americans (67%)
mention some type of theistic religious element. Common responses
included describing it as a Christian holiday, a celebration of
God or Jesus, a celebration of Passover, a holy day, or a special
time for church or worship attendance.
while a majority of Americans indicated some type of spiritual
connection with Easter, the research also showed that a minority
of adults directly linked Easter to the Christian faith’s
belief in the resurrection of Christ. In all, 42% of Americans
said that the meaning of Easter was the resurrection of Jesus or
that it signifies Christ death and return to life. One out of
every 50 adults (2%) said that they would describe Easter as the
most important holiday of their faith.
within the religious definitions offered by Americans there is a
certain degree of confusion: 2% of Americans said that Easter is
about the “birth of Christ;” another 2% indicated it
was about the “rebirth of Jesus;” and 1% said it is a
celebration of “the second coming of Jesus.” Not
included in the theistic category was another 3% who described
Easter as a celebration of spring or a pagan holiday.
included in the theistic category was another 3% who described
Easter as a celebration of spring or a pagan holiday.... Read this
in full at
word Easter goes back to Eastre, which was the Teutonic spring
goddess for whom sacrifices were offered in April. This provoked
the faithful to make sure the date of Easter Day could be moved.
They didn't want it to coincide with pagan holidays. So the dating
of Easter Day was fixed by the Council of Nicea in AD 325 to be
"on the first Sunday after the date of the first full moon
after the vernal equinox, March 21, except when the full moon
falls on Sunday, when Easter is one week later."
of the church's calendar is determined by the date of Easter. As
Frank Wilson wrote, "Easter is the axis on which the
Christian year revolves." Or as Paul wrote, "If Christ
has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith
is in vain" (1 Cor. 15).
short, without resurrection, there is no Christian calendar. There
is no Christianity without the resurrection!” Robert Kopp,
Bethany Presbyterian Church, Loves Park, IL
church's pastor slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit and
before he gave his sermon for the evening, briefly introduced a
guest minister who was in the congregation that evening.
the introduction, the pastor told the congregation that the guest
minister was one of his dearest childhood friends and that he
wanted him to have a few moments to greet the church and share
whatever he felt would be appropriate for the service.
that, an elderly man stepped up to the pulpit and began to speak
... "A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing
off the Pacific coast," he began, "when a fast
approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to the shore.
The waves were so high, that even though the father was an
experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright! The three
were swept into the ocean as the boat capsized."
old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two
teenagers, who were, for the first time since the service began,
looking somewhat interested in his story.
aged minister continued with his story. "Grabbing a rescue
line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his
life: To which boy would he throw the other end of the life line?
He only had seconds to make the decision. "
father knew that his son was a Christian, and he also knew that
his son's friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be
matched by the torrent of waves."
the father yelled out, 'I LOVE YOU, SON!' he threw out the
lifeline to his son's friend. By the time the father had pulled
the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared
beneath the raging swells into the black of the night. His body
was never recovered."
this time, the two teenagers were sitting up straight in the pew,
anxiously awaiting the next words to come out of the old man's
mouth. The old man continued "The father knew his son would
step into eternity with Jesus, and he could not bear the thought
of his son's friend stepping into an eternity without Jesus.
Therefore, he sacrificed his son to save the son's friend."
great is the love of God that he should do the same for us! Our
heavenly father sacrificed his only begotten son that we could be
saved. I urge you to accept his offer to rescue you and take a
hold of the life line he is throwing out to you in this service."
With that, the old man turned and sat back down in his chair as
silence filled the room.
pastor again walked slowly to the pulpit and delivered a brief
sermon with the an invitation at the end. However, no one
responded to the appeal. Within minutes after the service had
ended, the two teenagers were at the old man's side. "That
was a nice story," politely stated one of the boys, "but
I don't think it was very realistic for a father to give up his
only son's life in hopes that the other boy would become a
you've got a point there," the old man replied, glancing down
at his worn bible. A big smile then broadened his narrow face as
he once again looked up at the boys and said, "It sure isn't
very realistic, is it? But I'm standing here today to tell you
that story gives me a glimpse
what it must have been like for God to give up his son for me. You
see, I was that father and your pastor was my son's friend."
SWINDOLL: NOT SHALLOW
many attributes of God can you describe? Watch this video of Chuck
Swindoll encouraging us to deepen our understanding of God.
BELIEVE GOD GETS INVOLVED
research shows that most Americans believe God is directly
involved in their personal affairs, and that the good or bad
things that happen are “part of God’s plan,”
according to a report in the March issue of the journal Sociology
people describe their relationship with God not in abstract terms
but in the way they would describe a real personal friend, but a
friend who would never betray you,” said Scott Schieman,
professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. “The
interesting thing is that when you press people to start talking
about things like speeding tickets or losing weight, a lot of
people will weave a divine narrative in, describing God as somehow
setting up situations or setting up scenarios for success or
study found that 82% of respondents said they “depend on God
for help and guidance in making decisions.” And 71% believe
that good or bad events are “part of God’s plan for
them.” One in three respondents agreed with the statement:
“There is no sense in planning a lot because ultimately my
fate is in God’s hands.”.... Read this in full at
ONLINE MISSIONARIES RISES AS WEB OUTREACH BOOMS
off of the momentum from 2009, the media arm of Campus Crusade for
Christ says it’s poised to touch even more lives throughout
2010. “We believe that God has given us the technology and
the strategy,” says Allan Beeber, the Orlando director of
Global Media Outreach, and “as more and more believers get
involved, we think it’s possible to see the Great Commission
fulfilled, five to ten times over in ten years.”
Global Media Outreach really needs now, however, are workers who
will reap the harvest. Last year, 66 million people reportedly
visited one or more of GMO’s 100-plus websites to search for
information online about Jesus and the hope he brings. Of that,
more than ten million indicated a decision to follow Christ and
nearly two million initiated discipleship and requested more
information about Jesus and Christianity through GMO’s 4,000
online missionaries.... Read this in full at
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT.
Smith recognizes he has an unusual title -- pastor for college and
online community ministry. But he suspects he may be one of the
first of a new breed of ministers.
was serving on staff at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio as
college minister when Pastor Les Hollon realized his background
and abilities could enable the church to move into an area where
it saw a definite need.
who has been pastor at Trinity for only about a year, thought it
might take up to three years for the church to develop a greater
online presence. But he was glad Trinity could hit the
fast-forward button on that timetable.
has a giftedness, an aptitude and a passion for online ministry.
We were needing to expand on that as a regional congregation with
some global responsibilities. And, therefore, it was a gift of
God’s calling in his time and the church’s time for it
to be able to come together,” Hollon explained.... Read this
in full at
CHURCH WEBSITES INEFFECTIVE, TECHNOLOGY FIRM'S STUDY FINDS
study by a firm that helps churches in the United States and the
United Kingdom build websites finds that most church websites are
ineffective at outreach and communication -- because they are not
designed with outsiders in mind, are not user-friendly enough, and
are not updated frequently enough.
the survey's key findings were that most churches’ websites
were not created with the unchurched in mind. Only half offer an
outline of the gospel, and only a quarter provide testimonies of
people who have come to faith in Christ.... Read this in full at
THYSELF: CHRISTIAN ETHICS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
Internet, like other tools and resources, can be used for both
great good and great evil. But the increasing prevalence of
social-networking sites and the ease with which users can share
content available to thousands or even millions presents special
challenges for people whose lives are supposed to reflect the
gospel of Christ.
media offer “the illusion of intimacy in a context in which
receivers and users of our instantaneous, often hasty,
communications may be friend, foe or stranger,” said David
Gushee, professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University....
Read this in full at
AFTER GOOGLE' CONFERENCE TAKES LOOK AT RELIGION IN WEB ERA
many Americans, Doug Pagitt grew up outside the world of organized
religion. Neither his parents nor his grandparents were
churchgoers, and there was no expectation that he would be any
different. Today, with his goatee, ear stud, and funky clothes, he
could easily pass for the sort of Gen-X hipster who lives an
entirely secular life.
at 17, Pagitt saw a Passion play that hit him like a thunderbolt,
and he wound up becoming a Christian pastor. His church in
Minneapolis, Solomon’s Porch, is blazing a trail in a new
movement that could be called Church 2.0.
was, in fact, one of the terms used during a three-day conference
about the future of American Christianity at the Claremont School
of Theology. Pagitt was among about 150 ministers, laypeople, and
academics who gathered to discuss "Theology After Google."
The consensus: It's a whole new world out there. Churches will
ignore it at their peril.... Read this in full at
is what I have been learning over the last few years: My
confidence in the swerved-to-miss-the-dog theory might be wrong.
It sure looked that way to me, but when the news circulated that
one of the drivers had a stroke, I had to revise the very certain
and complete interview I gave the policeman. My theory in this
particular case, I came to find out, was incomplete. I wasn't
wrong per se; it was simply that I had an incomplete vantage point
without all the facts.
all live on our little corners of the interpretive world. We are
often unaware that others have equally valid, though different,
viewpoints (think gospel writers here) -- sometimes with a more
accurate and faithful-to-the-text viewpoint. The lenses I have
worn for so long have been fine for a leg of the journey. But like
all prescription lenses, they need an update from time to time.
The text isn't in need of updating; but the lenses I am using are,
and the corner I was standing on doesn't need to be a place of
Ron Martoia, The Bible as Improv
COSTS OF P*RNOGRAPHY
growing body of research suggests that the habitual use of
p*rnography -- especially Internet p*rnography -- can damage
people of all ages and both sexes, negatively impacting their
relationships, productivity, happiness and their ability to
function in society. These are among the social costs of
p*rnography, according to The Witherspoon Institute at Princeton,
Witherspoon Institute released "The Social Costs of
P*rnography: A Statement of Findings and Recommendations."
The consultation was the first multifaceted, multidisciplinary,
scholarly exploration of p*rnography since the advent of the
Internet. The proceedings, research, and recommendations are
available in booklet form and as a two-DVD set of the actual
two-day meeting that assembled leading experts in several fields,
including economics, psychology, sociology, and law to present a
rigorously argued overview of pornography in today's society. The
overall body of research indicates that the realistic and
accessible nature of Internet p*rnography can lead to addiction
that is so severe that users lose their marriages, families, and
jobs.... Read this in full at
NOT THE PROBLEM -- OVERCONSUMPTION IS
of today’s most-respected thinkers, from Stephen Hawking to
David Attenborough, argue that our efforts to fight climate change
and other environmental perils will all fail unless we “do
something” about population growth. In the Universe in a
Nutshell, Hawking declares that, “in the last 200 years,
population growth has become exponential… The world
population doubles every forty years.”
this is nonsense. For a start, there is no exponential growth. In
fact, population growth is slowing. For more than three decades
now, the average number of babies being born to women in most of
the world has been in decline. Globally, women today have half as
many babies as their mothers did, mostly out of choice. They are
doing it for their own good, the good of their families, and, if
it helps the planet too, then so much the better.
are the numbers. Forty years ago, the average woman had between
five and six kids. Now she has 2.6. This is getting close to the
replacement level which, allowing for girls who don’t make
it to adulthood, is around 2.3. As I show in my new book,
Peoplequake, half the world already has a fertility rate below the
long-term replacement level. That includes all of Europe, much of
the Caribbean and the far east from Japan to Vietnam and Thailand,
Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Algeria, Kazakhstan, and
consumption today far outstrips the rising headcount as a threat
to the planet. And most of the extra consumption has been in rich
countries that have long since given up adding substantial numbers
to their population, while most of the remaining population growth
is in countries with a very small impact on the planet. By almost
any measure you choose, a small proportion of the world’s
people take the majority of the world’s resources and
produce the majority of its pollution.... Read this in full at
who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and
that lives to live forever, never fears dying.”
TURN TO CHURCH NETWORKING GROUPS
people turn to their churches when they go through a difficult
time such as a divorce or a death in the family.
job loss should be no different, say organizers and participants
in networking or job search groups being offered by churches and
local churches have started programs during the recession, while
others have seen participation in existing programs grow as more
people struggle with job loss.... Read this in full at
CALIFORNIA CITY SAYS HOME BIBLE GROUP MUST GET PERMIT
the second time in six months, the city has ordered a group of
Christian worshippers who meet inside homes to get a permit or
shut down. It's the latest incident in which religious groups in
Southern California have been targeted by cities for home
gatherings, though many of those groups were eventually allowed to
meet without obtaining permits.
Cucamonga is trying to halt Friday night meetings at a home after
receiving a complaint in February from a neighbor that 40 to 60
people were gathering weekly in the San Bernardino County
location. Officials said the homeowner needs a conditional use
permit by Good Friday, April 2, to operate a church in a
Justice Institute, a nonprofit legal defense group that
specializes in conservative Christian issues, said the meetings
were actually a Bible study group that usually draws about 15
permit requires public hearings, traffic studies and other costly
procedures. Requiring one would be "manifestly absurd and
unjust," according to a statement Tuesday from Brad Dacus,
president of the Sacramento-based institute.... Read this in full
IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF CONGRESS’ CLAIMS NRB PRESIDENT FRANK
Gospel of Christ itself is actually “in the crosshairs”
of current congressional attacks on Christian broadcasters claimed
National Religious Broadcasters President/CEO Dr. Frank Wright
during a press briefing at their national convention which
recently ended in Nashville, Tennessee. However, some overseas
broadcasters feel their American colleagues have a ‘persecution
complex’ without knowing what real persecution is.
the “current crisis” that he claimed is being faced by
Christian broadcasters in the USA as “extraordinary times”
Wright said that “our mission to preach the gospel has not
changed, but technology and government regulations are changing
said that while the actual debate on limiting first amendment
freedoms for Christians in the USA is being framed by opponents of
faith in terms of diversity, employment discrimination, hate
speech and hate crimes, localism, media ownership and the public
interest – the actual controversy is really about the Gospel
need to know that it is the gospel that is in the crosshairs on
Capitol Hill today,” he insisted. This debate is not about
freedom of speech, but rather about finding ways to limit freedom
of speech for the community of faith and broadcasters.
debate is no longer about issues such as abortion, homosexual
marriage, or culture” he said, but about limiting the
airwaves and media channels to Christian broadcasters who have the
constitutional right to proclaim the gospel.... Read this in full
IMPEDES USA FOREIGN POLICY, TASK FORCE SAYS
foreign policy is handicapped by a narrow, ill-informed and
"uncompromising Western secularism" that feeds religious
extremism, threatens traditional cultures and fails to encourage
religious groups that promote peace and human rights, according to
a two-year study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
council's 32-member task force, which included former government
officials and scholars representing all major faiths, delivered
its report to the White House. The report warns of a serious
"capabilities gap" and recommends that President Obama
make religion "an integral part of our foreign policy."
Wright, the council's executive director of studies, said task
force members met Tuesday with Joshua DuBois, head of the White
House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and
State Department officials. "They were very receptive, and
they said that there is a lot of overlap between the task force's
report and the work they have been doing on this same issue,"
Wright said.... Read this in full at
OF HUMAN RIGHTS ON RISE, STATE DEPT. SAYS
annual human rights report by the US State Department has cited
increased repression in countries around the world, including
China and North Korea.
are several trends that we identify in the report. One is that
increasingly, governments are becoming more restrictive in their
tolerance of nongovernmental human rights organizations, in
particular," said Michael Posner, assistant secretary from
the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and
Labor, at a news conference for the 2009 report's release.
report, which is a requirement by Congress, is an annual
evaluation of human rights in 194 countries. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, who also spoke at the news conference, described
the report as an "essential tool" for activists who work
to protect human rights.
to the report, there were alarming accounts of imprisonment,
attacks and killings in "countries of conflict," such as
China and North Korea, as well as Iran and Russia.... Read this in
ARMY REPORTS RECORD DONATIONS DESPITE SOUR ECONOMY
dimes, and quarters added up quickly last Christmas despite the
economic slump as Americans donated a record $139 million to the
Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.
is an incredibly generous nation and philanthropy is alive and
well, despite the current economic conditions impacting so many,”
said Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, national commander of the
Salvation Army. “We are grateful for every donor, volunteer
and corporate partner for supporting the Salvation Army’s
mission by giving more than ever during a time when some have so
little to give.”
ringers set up the signature red kettles in front of an estimated
25,000 locations across America on Thanksgiving Day. The Salvation
Army reported a 7 percent increase in giving over the $130 million
record of 2008.... Read this in full at
FAIR VISITS THE CREATION MUSEUM
not in the nature of stoic Cincinnatians to boast, which is
fortunate, really, for they have meager pickings to boast about.
They could, though, if they were the bragging sort, brag about a
quaint old optician’s shop that will make you a new pair of
spectacles in an hour—by chance I am both shortsighted and
had an hour to spare. As the nice lady gave my new lenses a
polish, I asked her if she thought the eye was such a complicated
and mysterious structure that it could have been created only in
one inspired, farsighted moment by God and not by the blind trial
and error of natural selection. “That kind of makes sense,”
she smiled. But then, Galileo invented a refracting telescope and
the church locked him up for pointing out that, as he learned by
observing the rest of the solar system, the earth isn’t the
center of the universe. Do you think that glasses might be the
work of the Devil? She smiled again. “Would you like a hard
or a soft case with that, sir?”
the biggest thing the citizens of the “Queen of the West”
have to tell a tall tale about is the Creation Museum. Twenty
minutes outside of town, just over the Kentucky border, it was
placed here with prayerful care to be accessible and available to
the greatest number of American pilgrims coming by road,
presumably in surreys with fringes on top. Build it and they will
come. November was the 150th anniversary of the publication of
Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species—last
February the 200th anniversary of the birth of its author—so
now seems like a good time to see what the world looks like
without the benefit of science. Or spectacles. Although both these
anniversaries seemed to pass without ever troubling most Americans
-- there were precious few commemorations, TV specials, or pop-up
books -- it’s not that you don’t care about where you
came from; it’s that our collective origin is a trip-wire
issue, a knuckle-dragging skeleton in the closet. If you want to
get through a class, a dinner, a long-haul flight in peace, it’s
best not to go there. This is one argument that refuses to
evolve.... Read this in full at
CHURCH, AND RELIGION IN GENERAL, LOSING LATINOS IN USA
population growth over the past two decades has boosted numbers in
the Catholic Church, but a new, in-depth analysis shows Latinos'
allegiance to Catholicism is waning as some move toward other
Christian denominations or claim no religion at all. A report by
researchers at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., finds Latino
religious identification increasingly diverse and more
you see is growing diversity -- away from Catholicism and
splitting between those who join evangelical or Protestant groups
or no religion," says Barry Kosmin, a sociologist and
director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society
and Culture at Trinity College.... Read this in full at
only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited
island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day
he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to
protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find
his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The
worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief
and anger. "God, how could you do this to me?!" he
the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that
was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How
did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his
rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
SHROUD EXPECTED TO ATTRACT TWO MILLION VISITORS
face of Christ or a brilliant hoax? More than two million of the
faithful, undecided or merely curious who are expected to converge
on Turin Cathedral this spring will be able to decide for
themselves when the most famous religious relic in the world goes
on display for only the sixth time in 100 years.
public viewing of the Turin Shroud, the cloth that some say bears
the imprint of Jesus’s face after his crucifixion, will be
the first since a painstaking restoration was completed in 2002.
Alfieri, Turin's councillor for culture, says that around one
million people have already ordered tickets to see the relic,
which will be on display in its bulletproof, climate-controlled
case from 10 April to 23 May. Mr. Alfieri expects more than two
million visitors from around the globe.
the public is allowed to see the shroud every 25 years, but church
officials have said they understand its "importance to the
economy and employment" of the northern Italian city -- hence
their decision to allow the latest public display just 10 years
after the last one.... Read this in full at
DOCTORS' GROUP WANTS BLOOD DONATION RULES TO STAY
CEO of the Christian Medical Association says the national ban on
gay men making blood donations should be kept in place, despite
calls from at least 18 senators for the Food and Drug
Administration to drop the ban.
David Stevens, CEO of the Tennessee-based doctors' group, says
"the risk is not worth the benefit," noting that gay men
have a much higher HIV infection rate than heterosexual males.
"It's not a matter of trying to discriminate against
people.....The bottom line is medically we've got to make sure we
keep the blood supply safe," he said.... Read this in full at
'SURPRISED' BY PRAYERS OF AMERICANS
thing that most surprised former President George W. Bush was not
international crises like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, nor the
resilience of the Iraqi insurgency, but rather the impact of
prayers from the American people, he said.
biggest surprise of the presidency was the calming effect of
prayer by total strangers," Bush told about 700 college
students and business leaders during a private appearance March 12
at Southeastern University, an Assemblies of God-affiliated school
in central Florida.
said he was shocked and humbled by how many people prayed for him.
"Imagine being a president of the United States and
innumerable people would come up to you on a rope line and they're
not going to say `I want a bridge' or `I want something special.'
They come up to you and say, `I'm here to tell you, Mr. President,
that I pray for you.' You gain strength as a leader by recognizing
you need help." .... Read this in full at
BLAIR'S RELIGIOUS CHARITY TO LAUNCH 'FAITH OFFENSIVE' ACROSS
Blair is to use his extensive network of religious leaders to
launch a 'faith offensive' across America within the next 12
months. The former Prime Minister, who launched the Tony Blair
Faith Foundation in May 2008, is poised to develop a US-based arm
for the charity, which will pursue a variety of faith-based
foundation, which was set up to promote cohesion between the major
faiths, is sitting on £4.5 million of donations, according
to The Observer. Now Blair, who converted to Catholicism in 2007,
is to use that money to spread his message across the Atlantic,
where he is more warmly received than in the UK. But the overtly
religious dimension of the charity has drawn criticism.... Read
this in full at
may think passion and handcraft are absent in today's cars and you
may yearn for more Shelbys and Scaglietti Ferraris; cars akin to
those on display at Atlanta's High Museum of Art this month.
"Allure of the Automobile" features 18 cars manufactured
between 1933 and 1959. Pierce-Arrow, Porsche, Bugatti and Aston
Martin are among the honorees, and the exhibit includes two of
Clark Gable's cars and a Jaguar XKSS Roadster once owned by Steve
McQueen. See the video at
live well is nothing other than to love God with all one's heart,
with all one's soul and with all one's efforts; from this it comes
about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted. No misfortune can
disturb it. It obeys only [God] and is careful in discerning
things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery.”
Augustine of Hippo
word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his
WEEK'S HYMN: LORD, WHO THROUGHOUT THESE FORTY DAYS
Claudia F. Hernaman, 1873
St. Flavian, 1563
who throughout these forty days
us didst fast and pray,
us with Thee to mourn our sins
close by Thee to stay.
Thou with Satan didst contend,
didst the victory win,
give us strength in Thee to fight,
Thee to conquer sin.
Thou didst hunger bear, and thirst,
teach us, gracious Lord,
die to self, and chiefly live
Thy most holy Word.
through these days of penitence,
through Thy passiontide,
evermore in life and death,
with us abide.
with us, that so, this life
suffering over past,
Easter of unending joy
may attain at last.
was never meant to be just a recitation of our laundry list of
needs and desires. For too many of us, prayer has become a
monologue rather than a dialogue. When we run out of things to ask
for, we stop praying. If we would stay in God's presence a little
longer and listen, he would pour out his heart and mind to us. He
would tell us invaluable insights into our circumstances. He would
counsel us on some family problem or testy relationship at work.
He would reveal whether we should say yes or no to a present
opportunity. We need his guidance, and the good news is that he is
more than willing to give it if we ask in faith.”
Cymbala in You Were Made for More: The Life You Have, the Life God
Wants You to Have
PRAY FOR PERSECUTED
the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother
or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.
agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake
God and man
Be in God’s will
Raises or bonuses
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
[As you travel on business or vacation, let me know
if you'd like the church guys to pray for your safety and
spiritual effectiveness. I'll add your name to the list for the
time you'll be away.]
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information helpful to men in our spiritual growth. Thanks for
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