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week of July 4, 2010
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will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I
will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that
your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is
as firm as the heavens.”
home can be a place for dying or living, for wilting or blooming,
for anxiety or peace, for discouragement or affirmation, for
criticism or approval, for profane disregard or reverence, for
suspicion or trust, for blame or forgiveness, for alienation or
closeness, for violation or respect, for carelessness or caring.
By your daily choices, you will make your home what you want it to
Carole Sanderson Streeter
appears to be the virtue du jour for many Christians. But Dietrich
Bonhoeffer wasn't just talking about authenticity; he was actually
living it. The Lutheran pastor-theologian was eventually hanged
for conspiring to kill Adolf Hitler. In Bonhoeffer: Pastor,
Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Thomas Nelson), author Eric Metaxas uncovers
the person behind such Christian classics as The Cost of
Discipleship and Life Together. Christianity Today editor at large
Collin Hansen spoke with Metaxas about Bonhoeffer's life and
What inspired you to begin studying Bonhoeffer?
My mother grew up in Nazi Germany, losing her father during the
war. He was one of many reluctant German soldiers forced to
participate in a war he was against. The history of this painful
period has always haunted me. When I first heard in 1988 about
Bonhoeffer and his death at the hands of the Nazis, I was
staggered. I couldn't believe I had never heard about it before.
The idea that a man, because of his Christian faith, would stand
up to Hitler and would give his life just astonished me.
Would you describe Bonhoeffer as an evangelical? What
distinguished his views from the prevailing liberal theology of
his professors, including Adolf von Harnack?
That is what's so amazing. Bonhoeffer is more like a theologically
conservative evangelical than anything else. He was as orthodox as
Saint Paul or Isaiah, from his teen years all the way to his last
day on earth. But it seems that theological liberals have somehow
made Bonhoeffer in their own image, mainly based on the fact that
he studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and that he
wanted to visit Mahatma Gandhi, and that he used the phrase
"religionless Christianity" in a letter.
if you look deeper, you'll see that this view is somewhat
misleading. For example, by the phrase "religionless
Christianity" Bonhoeffer meant only that the dead religion
that was passing for Lutheran Christianity in Germany before the
war had failed [his generation]. Bonhoeffer knew that for
Christianity to be more than religion—more than a fig
leaf—it had to declare Jesus as Lord over everything, not
just the religious sphere.... Read this in full at
IN BOOK PUBLISHING LEAD INDUSTRY EXECS TO LAUNCH 'SOMERSAULT'
ways people buy and read books have undergone revolutionary change
in the last half decade. Book publishing is the latest major media
to transition to the digital age. As a result of this shifting
landscape, five publishing executives with more than 125 years of
collective experience are teaming with international branding and
marketing firm Grey Matter Group(tm), Grand Rapids, MI, in
launching Somersault Group(tm), doing business as Somersault(tm).
Somersault, the unprecedented changes in the publishing world
aren't a crisis; they're a playground of possibilities," says
John Topliff, General Manager. "Somersault will help clients
embrace change and leverage it to fulfill their mission."
Topliff comes to Somersault from Zondervan, a HarperCollins
company (a division of News Corp.), where he was Vice President of
Strategic Product Integration.
research has compiled some statistics about the current state of
to rapidly churning communication technology and seismic shifts in
the book market distribution landscape -- from the Internet to
eReaders and the iPad to individual book print-on-demand
capability -- publishers expect authors to take more
responsibility for the development, promotion, and sales of their
books. Somersault will help publishers, agents, ministry partners,
and Christian authors adapt to these changes with dexterity. It
combines the experience and vision of Somersault publishing
executives with the integrated marketing and technology expertise
of Grey Matter Group digital natives. Somersault will provide
authors with brand counseling, editorial direction, research
capabilities, marketing strategy, Internet and social media
presence, and a comprehensive portfolio of publishing assistance.
mission statement is: To change lives by connecting inspirational
content creators with readers using exceptional creativity,
right-now technology, and old-fashioned personal care.... Read
this in full at
PROF SAYS GULF OIL SPILL COULD BE WAKEUP CALL FOR EVANGELICALS
head of a committee that drafted a recent Southern Baptist
Convention resolution on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said on
National Public Radio that the ecological disaster could be a
"defining moment" for evangelicals and the environment.
remember once an evangelical figure spoke of the Roe v. Wade
Supreme Court decision as the Pearl Harbor of the evangelical
pro-life movement," Russell Moore, dean of the School of
Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville,
Ky., said on NPR's Weekend Sunday Edition June 27.
he meant by that was that prior to Roe, most evangelicals really
thought of those issues of life and protecting the unborn as being
a Roman Catholic issue -- somebody else's issue," Moore said.
"But then after Roe v. Wade, suddenly evangelicals saw what
was at stake and became involved. I think that this catastrophe in
the Gulf could be that kind of defining moment." .... Read
this in full at
OF HAMAS’ CAN STAY
Hassan Yousef, author of the best-selling, “Son of Hamas”
has won the right to stay in the Unites States after a huge
campaign by both Christians and Jews had called for him to be
granted US asylum.
his friends in court to support him, Yousef got the news during a
15-minute deportation hearing June 30, 2010, in San Diego,
California, after a US Department of Homeland Security attorney
said the government was dropping its objections.
is the eldest son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, and
became a Christian some time back after being given a Gospel tract
in Jerusalem by a London taxi driver who was on vacation in the
his conversion, he later became a spy for Israel’s Shin Bet
agency and their leadership had praised his courage.
battle to keep Yousef in American began when the DHS denied his
asylum request in February 2009, claiming that he had been
involved in terrorism and was a threat to the United States. ....
Read this in full at
nation is facing uncertainty like many of us have never
experienced in our lifetimes, which makes the Bible the perfect
place to turn. The Bible is full of stories that took place in the
midst of uncertainty. If you have a favorite Bible story, verse,
psalm, or proverb, it probably unfolded during a time of
incredible uncertainty. The Bible is not a compilation of stories
about wrinkle-free lives. Not everyone lived happily ever after.
Each narrative, every passage, the things we draw hope and
security from -- all of those came from troubled times in the
lives of people who discovered that, in the midst of uncertainty,
God is still certain.
[many Bible] stories, it seems like things had spun out of
control, like all the momentum was backward, like all of God's
activity had ceased, like the bad guys -- the evil kings, the gods
of the pagans -- had won. But if you read them closely, you'll
discover that in the midst of that extraordinary uncertainty, God
was there. Every time. If ever there was a time for us to pick up
the Bible and read it, it's now.”
Craig Groeschel, from
the book What is God Really Like?
Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young
people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of
Evangelical Christianity, they’re patterning their lives in
response to the needs of the poor -- and the detachment they see
in our culture's vision of adulthood. With virtues like simplicity
and imagination, Shane Claiborne and his community, The Simple
Way, are taking on the gap between the churches they were raised
in and in what they perceive as the essence of Christianity.
Listen to an interview with Shane on Speaking of Faith at
AMERICANS SAY THEY ATTEND CHURCH, MOSQUE, SYNAGOGUE
attendance crept up slightly in the United States this year,
according to new Gallup research -- but not everyone is buying the
more than 43% of Americans told Gallup they attend church,
synagogue or mosque weekly or almost every week, up from just
under 43% in 2009, and about 42% in 2008. The results are within
the poll's margin of error, but still "statistically
significant," Gallup said in announcing the results June 28.
top expert on religion in America dismissed the numbers out of
hand, but said there may be something to the trend. "Those
numbers are just wrong," Trinity College Professor Mark Silk
said June29. He puts the percentage of Americans who actually
attend weekly services somewhere in the mid-20s, pointing out that
people tend to exaggerate when pollsters ask if they do something
regarded as "good."
problem with (the) Gallup (poll) is that self-reported behavior
that is good, you tend to overestimate your behavior. When people
are asked how often they vote, they tend to be, let's say,
optimistic," he said, pointing out that there are good
independent measures of both voting and religious attendance....
Read this in full at
TORN ON WHETHER TO ALLOW MOLESTERS IN PEWS
are welcome” is a common phrase on many a church sign and
website. But what happens when a convicted sex offender takes
those words literally?
officials and legal advocates are grappling with how -- and if --
people who’ve been convicted of sex crimes should be
included in US congregations, especially when children are
June 23, a lawyer argued in the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a
convicted sex offender who wants to attend a Jehovah’s
Witnesses congregation with a chaperone.
we argued is that the right to worship is a fundamental right, and
the state can only burden it if it has compelling interest to do
so, and then only in a way that is narrowly constructed,”
said Barbara Keshen, an attorney with the New Hampshire Civil
Liberties Union who represented Jonathan Perfetto, who pleaded
guilty in 2002 to 61 counts of possessing child pornography....
Read this in full at
Presbyterian Church (USA) lost nearly 3% of members in 2009 and
passed a grim milestone in the process -- becoming less than half
the church it once was at its peak membership in 1965
Louisville-based denomination lost 63,027 members and now has
2,077,138 on its rolls, according to statistics released June 29
by its Office of the General Assembly.
denomination has suffered especially large losses in recent years
– 3% in 2008, 2.5% in 2007, 2% the previous two years --
partly due to wholesale losses of congregations. It has lost
members every year since 1965, and this year's results put it
below 50% of that year's total of 4.25 million.... Read this in
FIND EVIDENCE OF ST PETER'S PRISON
Mamertine Prison, a dingy complex of cells which now lies beneath
a Renaissance church, has long been venerated as the place where
the apostle was shackled before he was killed on the spot on which
the Vatican now stands. It’s been a place of Christian
worship since medieval times, but after months of excavations,
Italian archaeologists have found frescoes and other evidence
which indicate that it was associated with St Peter as early as
the 7th century.
Patrizia Fortini, of Rome's department of archaeology for Rome,
said: "It was converted from being a prison into a focus of
cult-like worship of St Peter by the 7th century at the latest,
maybe earlier. It was a very rapid transformation. We think that
by the 8th century, it was being used as a church. It would have
been wonderful to find a document with his [St Peter's] name on
it, but of course that was always going to be extremely unlikely."
Peter and St. Paul are said to have been incarcerated in the jail
by the Emperor Nero. The two apostles are said to have caused an
underground spring to miraculously rise up from the ground so that
they could baptize their guards and their fellow prisoners. Peter
was then crucified, upside down, in AD64. He was buried on a low
hill on which, 250 years later, the Emperor Constantine built the
first Basilica of St Peter.... Read this in full at
WHY A .XXX
TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN WON'T WORK
June 25, ICANN, the nonprofit corporation that coordinates the
Internet naming system, voted to allow ICM Registry's application
for the .XXX top-level domain "to move forward." In
2007, ICANN had rejected the application.
Peters, President of Morality in Media had these comments: There
are many reasons why a new ".XXX top-level domain" will
not succeed in protecting children from online exposure to
hardcore adult pornography.
the proposed system is voluntary, which means commercial
pornographers will be able to maintain sites both within the .XXX
domain and without, which would be to their advantage.
many commercial pornographers are opposed to the voluntary.XXX
domain, fearing it will lead to government regulation.... Read
this in full at
WHY WE ARE
TEMPTED TO EMBELLISH CONVERSION STORIES
has a great story," Christian blogger Jason Smathers told The
Tennessean about Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary president
Ergun Caner. "I wished he'd tell that story and stop where
the facts end."
is one of several bloggers who raised doubts about Caner's
testimony about leaving Islam for Jesus.
June 25, an investigation by Liberty University trustees found “no
evidence to suggest that Dr. Caner was not a Muslim who converted
to Christianity as a teenager,” but said he “made
factual statements that are self-contradictory.” The school
announced that it would not renew Caner's contract as seminary
dean (which expired at the end of June), but would let him stay on
as a faculty member.
critics had doubted that Caner had some sort of Muslim faith or
background in his youth. But at issue were details, especially his
description of his faith as devout and militant.
I was 15 years old, I was in the Islamic youth jihad," Caner
told a Florida congregation in November 2001. "Until I came
to America, until I found Jesus Christ as Lord, I was trained to
do that which was done on 11 September." But divorce
documents say Caner was born in Sweden, moved to the United States
at age 4, and was raised by his non-Muslim mother.
isn't the only prominent convert from Islam under the microscope.
Christians and others have been uncovering problems in the
testimonies of prominent "former terrorist" speakers
Kamal Saleem, Walid Shoebat, and Zachariah Anani.
blamed a few misplaced words. In late February, Caner said, "I
would be surprised if no discrepancies were discovered, given the
hundreds of messages I have given. Every minister has made pulpit
mistakes …. I am sure I will make some in the future. For
those times where I misspoke, said it wrong, scrambled words, or
was just outright confusing, I apologize and will strive to do
is right that every minister makes pulpit mistakes. But
embellishing or exaggerating one's testimony is very different
from misattributing a quote or other frequent preaching blunders.
As Bruce Hindmarsh detailed in his landmark 2005 book, The
Evangelical Conversion Narrative, our testimonies and spiritual
autobiographies both describe and shape our core identity: they
tell how Jesus rescued us as individuals and brought us into his
communion of saints. They form us, and they form the communities
we belong to. Since the 18th century, most evangelical churches
have required some kind of testimony for membership. (As Hindmarsh
puts it, "No narrative, no admittance.") We are a
conversion-focused people who love stories.... Read this in full
4 IN 10
AMERICANS EXPECT JESUS TO RETURN BY 2050
four in ten Americans say they expect Jesus Christ to return
within the next 40 years, according to a recent national survey by
the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Although
many Americans (41%) believe the Second Coming will happen soon,
slightly more people (46%) say Jesus will definitely or probably
prediction is divided along religious lines with 58% of white
evangelical Protestants saying it will definitely or probably
happen in the next 40 years. By contrast, only 27% of white
mainline Protestants, about a third (32%) of Catholics and a fifth
(20%) of religiously unaffiliated say Jesus Christ will return to
Earth in this period.
notes the figure for those who believe Jesus is returning is not
surprising. Forty-four percent expressed the same belief in
1999.... Read this in full at
ACTIVE IN “GROUP” EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH?
the increase in megachurches, the prominence of “parachurch”
leaders and organizations, and the presence of hundreds of
thousands of Americans who serve as clergy and church staff, one
often overlooked group is the laity -- or the unpaid, unheralded
people who comprise the Christian community in America.
new study from the Barna Group explores the profile of Americans
who actively participate in faith. The study examined various
expressions of “group” faith, such as: church
attendance, small groups, adult Sunday school programs, church
volunteering, and house churches.
Barna study uncovered 9 insights:
Women drive most faith participation, with the exception of home
churches or house churches. A majority of weekly churchgoers are
women (53%). Small groups that meet for prayer or Bible study
(60%) and Sunday school programs for adults (59%) are also more
likely to be attended by women. Similarly, a majority of church
volunteers (57%) are females. Home churches are the only type of
participatory religious involvement in which most attenders are
men (56%).... Read this in full at
DEVOUT ARE LESS STRESSED THAN NON-BELIEVERS
may provide a "buffer" allowing the devout to feel less
anxiety when they make mistakes, compared with non-believers,
according to new scientific research. Religion News Service
reports that researchers at the University of Toronto measured
"error-related negativity" -- people's defensive
response to errors -- and compared it to religious belief. In the
experiments, participants had electrodes measuring their brain
activity as they performed cognitive tests. They were then asked
to quantify their belief in God on a scale of zero to seven. The
study found that those who were religious or claimed belief in God
"showed low levels of distress-related neural activity"
when they learned of their test errors, compared with
nonbelievers. By contrast, atheists demonstrated a
"heightened neural response" and reacted more
defensively when they learned of their errors, wrote the study's
lead author, Michael Inzlicht, an associate professor of
psychology at the University of Toronto.... Read this in full at
PLAYERS FIND A DEEPER MOTIVATION
key question often was posed to South African players during an
Athletes in Action training camp in Pretoria held in conjunction
with the World Cup competition. "What motivates you?"
Simphiwe Dludlu, a Christian South African athlete who is vice
captain of her squad, "I couldn't answer that" at the
beginning of the training sessions provided by the AIA team from
North America. Although she is a Christian, she explained that she
had never played for Christ before.
AIA trainers often halted the scrimmages to ask the question to
the players, causing many of them to stop and consider what, and
more importantly, who they were playing for.
searched for an answer, explaining that in South African soccer,
"It is just you and the ball." But she noticed that with
the AIA players, "It is God first, then you and the ball."
.... Read this in full at
see: World Soccer Journeys
be poor and honest than rich and dishonest.”
19:1 ( The Living Bible)
be always relevant, you have to say things which are eternal.”
Simone Weil (1909-1943), Simone Weil: Utopian Pessimist, David
McLellan, Macmillan, 1989, p. 2
SOLD TO VIRGINIA MEDIA COMPANY
small Virginia-based media company that specializes in channeling
a small portion of consumer spending to charity has acquired
Beliefnet, a leading online website devoted to multi-faith news,
commentary and content.
Media LLC focuses on the “vast online market for
spirituality and inspiration” by “bringing
audio-visual and written content to the masses while helping
people make a difference for their favorite nonprofit
organization,” according to a news release.
the past seven weeks, BN Media participated in what CEO Steve
Halliday called a “whirlwind romance” of purchasing
Beliefnet from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
the acquisition of Beliefnet, BN Media builds on its existing
relationship between Beliefnet and its subsidiaries, Affinity4 and
Cross Bridge, which provides spirituality-based video and
media.... Read this in full at
FOR WATER -- CROSS-COUNTRY WATER ADVOCATE FINISHES IN ATLANTIC
Clark completed an unsupported coast-to-coast run ending in
Atlantic City at 5:45 PM on June 30. Abe's motivation? He was
concerned about the world water crisis. He wanted to take action,
but at twenty-four he didn't have a lot of experience with world
crises. He was a gifted runner, though, so one February day in
Oceanside, California Abe Clark decided to grab Ruby and run. One
foot in the Pacific Ocean, the two set out on a 2,860-mile run
across America to help some of the world's 883 million people who
lack access to safe drinking water.
effort is mostly Abe's. Ruby is the name he has given to his red
jogging stroller. Clark is only the 15th person ever to accomplish
the coast-to-coast run unsupported (with no support vehicle and no
crew, just Ruby, loaded with 80 pounds of supplies).... Read this
in full at
OF NEW GLOBAL REFORMED ORGANIZATION ELECTED
Rev. Jerry Pillay of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern
Africa, was elected the first president of the fledgling World
Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) June 24.
to the WCRC's Uniting General Council also elected four regional
vice-presidents, a general treasurer and 16 members to its
Executive Committee. Included among them was the Rev. Gradye
Parsons, General Assembly stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church
than 300 delegates from 108 countries met here June 18-26 for the
founding meeting of the new organization, which represents 80
million Christians from Presbyterian, Uniting and United, Reformed
and Waldensian churches worldwide.... Read this in full at
BELIEVE IN GOD,' SAYS AUSTRALIA'S FIRST FEMALE PM
new Prime Minister has revealed she does not believe in God. Julia
Gillard told ABC radio in Melbourne that she was not prepared to
go through religious rituals for the sake of appearances.
Gillard added: “I am, of course, a great respecter of
religious beliefs, but they are not my beliefs. For people of
faith, I think the greatest compliment I could pay them is to
respect their genuinely-held beliefs and not to engage in some
pretence about mine.”
Gillard’s views are in contrast with those of former prime
minister Kevin Rudd, who was a regular at Canberra church services
and opposition leader Tony Abbot, who is a devout Catholic.
Gillard, who was born in the Welsh town of Barry, revealed she had
been raised as a Baptist, before converting to Atheism.... Read
this in full at
CAMP CATERS TO KIDS OF ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS
Quest in Clarksville, Ohio is a sleep-away camp for the children
of atheists, agnostics, humanists and other nonbelievers, though
kids from religious families are welcome, too. Most of the time,
the kids do normal camp stuff such as hike, compete in relay
races, sit around campfires. But the overarching philosophy is
that life without religion is a perfectly healthy, viable option.
in 1996, Camp Quest emphasizes critical thinking and the
scientific method. Counselors lead philosophical discussions about
topics such as the nature of happiness. Consideration for others
is a key component of the "Rational Rules for Living,"
posted on the wall of the dining hall at the 4-H camp where Camp
Quest Ohio rented space. Rule No. 1: "Remember that everybody
is here to have a good time. Respect all people, whatever their
beliefs, which you encounter while you are here." .... Read
this in full at
TROUBLE WITH TWILIGHT AND ECLIPSE
new movie Eclipse based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels will
suck millions of dollars at box offices worldwide from the pockets
of young and old alike -- especially teenage girls. When the evil
vampiress Victoria seeks revenge for the death of her lover James,
romantic rivals Edward Cullen and Jacob Black unite the forces of
vampire and werewolf to defeat her, and to protect Bella.
a wholesome love story, right? Wrong! warns occult researcher and
bestselling author of 24 books Steve Wohlberg in The Trouble with
Twilight: Why Today's Vampire Craze is Hazardous to Your Health
(Destiny Image, July 2010). "Twilight has positive features,"
notes Wohlberg, "but it is laced with occultism, contains
mixed moral messages, and is now fueling the dangerous practice of
sipping real blood among teens and adults." .... Read this in
ABOUT SEX, VIOLENCE COME TO CHRISTIAN MOVIES
get to the movie section at Lifeway Christian Store in Bridgeton,
MO, customers pass by shelves of books, CDs, and greeting cards.
The rack of Christian DVDs isn't huge, but it's twice as big as it
was a year ago and "growing all the time," said manager
of the Christian titles these days, she said, tackle "touchy
subjects" such as drugs or domestic violence. Two on the
shelf at Lifeway, "Sarah's Choice" and "Bella,"
are about abortion.
are movies that deal with issues that real people deal with,"
Evans said. "Sometimes that's what's necessary to reach
people for God. But the seals are needed. They're a good idea."
seals Evans anticipates are part of a new system to gauge the
Christian values in films that contain sex, violence, and drugs --
a system developed by the Dove Foundation, a nonprofit based in
Grand Rapids, Mich.
organization is introducing a purple "Faith-Based" seal
that warns of raw images or language in otherwise Christian-themed
movies and a gold "Faith-Friendly" seal, indicating a
Christian-themed movie that's safe for a family audience.... Read
this in full at
EVERYONE IN THE WORLD RELATES MONEY TO HAPPINESS
may think the deep psychological link between money and the
pursuit of happiness is strictly the burden of a free-market
society, but it turns out it isn’t just a capitalist’s
conundrum. An extensive Gallup study of over 136,000 people in 132
different countries, meant to represent about 96 percent of the
world’s population, found that when asked, “Are you
happy?”, the first measuring stick people use is income. The
poll is considered pivotal in happiness research for its in-depth
look into how positive and negative emotions play into the
definition. .... Read this in full at
FUNNIES <prepare rim shot>
is a computer's first sign of old age?
does a baby computer call his father?
is an astronaut's favorite key on a computer keyboard?
happened when the computer fell on the floor?
slipped a disk
was there a bug in the computer?
was looking for a byte to eat
is a computer virus?
proof of who we are in Christ isn't how many folks have come to
the Lord through us. It isn't how much we've contributed to the
Lord's work. It isn't how sweetly we've sung his praises. It is,
pure and simple, how we have loved each other.”
new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so
you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are
my disciples, if you love one another.”
WEEK'S HYMN: HEAVENLY SUNLIGHT
Henry J. Zelley, in Gospel Praise, by William Kirkpatrick and
Henry Gilmour (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack Co., 1899).
George H. Cook (MIDI, score).
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in sunlight all of my journey;
the mountains, through the deep vale;
has said, “I’ll never forsake thee,”
divine that never can fail.
sunlight, heavenly sunlight,
my soul with glory divine:
I am rejoicing,
His praises, Jesus is mine.
around me, shadows above me,
conceal my Savior and Guide;
is the Light, in Him is no darkness;
I’m walking close to His side.
the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing,
my way to mansions above;
His praises gladly I’m walking,
in sunlight, sunlight of love.
are times when we cannot pray in words, or pray as we ought; but
our inarticulate longings for a better life are the Spirit's
intercessions on our behalf, audible to God who searches all
hearts, and intelligible and acceptable to Him since they are the
voice of His Spirit, and it is according to His will that the
Spirit should intercede for the members of His Son.”
Barclay Swete (1835-1917), The Holy Spirit in the New Testament,
London: Macmillan, 1909, p. 221
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
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s
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.
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