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hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may
learn your commandments."
"One must always be aware, to notice -- even though the
cost of noticing is to become responsible."
TO KEEP OURSELVES AND OUR TEAMS FOCUSED ON THE RIGHT THINGS
What kind of ambition does success require? By any measure,
Tony Dungy has known success. As a defensive back with the
Pittsburgh Steelers, he won his first Super Bowl in 1978. He went
on to coach in Tampa Bay, and later Indianapolis where in 2007 he
became the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl
Since retiring from football in 2009,
Dungy's ambitions continue. He has served as a sports commentator
with NBC and used his influence to mentor young adults. His
commitment to Christ is evident in his two books, Uncommon:
Finding Your Path to Significance and The Mentor Leader (Tyndale).
Leadership senior editor Skye Jethani spoke with Dungy
about how calling and ambition translate on and off the field.
Q: When coaching football, you obviously want players to
have ambition. But what does bad ambition look like?
You want guys who are motivated, who want to be the best. That's
the easy part. Translating that into teamwork is what takes
energy. They have to keep their personal ambitions secondary to
the team's goals. Bad ambition is when their goals are put ahead
of the team's.... Read this in full at
THE CHRISTIAN FAITH WILL BE A SUBVERSIVE — AND LIBERATING —
INFLUENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
by Philip Yancey
Early in 2009, Philip Yancey went on a
speaking tour of the Middle East, primarily in the United Arab
Emirates and other small countries along the Arabian (or Persian)
Gulf. In Bahrain he met in a backyard with 30 people from Saudi
Arabia, all expatriates. Most of them lived in compounds built by
the oil companies, and all had chilling stories about life in one
of the world's most conservative Muslim countries. The hosts asked
the caterers to step inside as Yancey talked, fearing they would
be reported to Saudi authorities. Yancey is the author of many
books, including What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That
Matters (Hachette/FaithWords), from which this article is
excerpted and condensed.
If someone had stood here in
Julius Caesar's day and predicted the decline of the mighty Roman
Empire and the triumph of an upstart religion founded by a
Galilean peasant, he would have been judged a lunatic. As would
anyone who stood in the Middle East five centuries later and
predicted the downfall of Christianity, by then dominant in places
like Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Yet here we are in the 21st century
meeting rather furtively in a backyard in an Islamic state, hoping
that none of the hired help are eavesdropping. As a visitor, I
cannot help wondering why this part of the world, the birthplace
and once the center of the Christian faith, became the region most
resistant to it.
I get one possible clue from the French
sociologist Jacques Ellul who, looking around him at the modern
world, noted a paradoxical trend: As the Christian faith permeates
society, it tends to produce values that contradict the gospel. I
sometimes test his theory while traveling by asking foreigners,
"When I say the words United States, what first comes to
mind?" Invariably, I get one of three responses.... Read this
in full at
by Søren Kierkegaard
‘Seek first his kingdom
and his righteousness.’ But what does this mean? What am I
to do? What kind of striving is it of which it can be said that it
seeks or desires the kingdom of God? Ought I to get a position
corresponding to my abilities and powers in order to bring this
about? No, you are first to seek the kingdom of God. Ought I,
then, to give all my fortune to the poor? No, you are first to
seek the kingdom of God. But does this, then, mean that, in a
sense, there is nothing for me to do? Quite right -- there is, in
a sense, nothing. In the very deepest sense, you are to make
yourself nothing, to become nothing before God, and learn to keep
silent -- and it is in this silence that you begin to seek what
must come first: the kingdom of God.... Read this in full at
“‘So walk in him.’ (Colossians 2:6 ESV) If
someone walks in Christ, he will act as Christ would act. If
Christ is in him, his hopes, love, and joy -- his complete life --
will reflect the image of Jesus, and others will say of him, ‘He
is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ.’
also signifies progress. ‘So walk in him’ -- grow from
grace to grace ... Walking implies continuance, for a true
believer must have a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many
Christians think they should spend time with Jesus in the morning
and evening but may then give their hearts to the world the rest
of the day? That, however, is a meager existence, for we should
always be with Him, walking in His steps and doing His will.
Walking also implies habit or routine. When we refer to a person's
walk and conversation, we mean his habits and the general tenor of
his life ... We must stay close to Him, cling to Him, never let go
of Him – ‘live and move and have our being’
(Acts 17:28) in Him.
“‘As you received Christ
Jesus the Lord, so walk in him’ (Col. 2:6 ESV). Persevere in
the same way in which you began your walk, when Christ Jesus was
... the source of your life, the motive behind your actions, and
the joy of your soul. May He be the same to you until your life
ends, when you ‘walk through the valley of the shadow of
death’ (Ps. 23:4) and ultimately ‘share your master’s
happiness’ (Matt. 25:23), entering into the ‘Sabbath-rest
for the people of God’ (Heb. 4:9).”
Spurgeon & Jim Reimann, in the book Morning by Morning: The
Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
IS ON THE MOVE... AND WE SHOULD BE TOO
by Luis Palau
This Christmas, 20th Century Fox and Walden
Media will release one of C.S. Lewis' most famous stories, The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It's a
powerful story that's not so different from our own
journey—discovering the risks, surprises, and revelations of
life with Jesus Christ.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is
the third of Lewis' seven-book Chronicles of Narnia series. His
books have sold over 100 million copies in over 50 different
I remember reading the Chronicles of Narnia
series to my boys when they were younger. They loved them. And so
did I. I particularly love the line when Mr. Beaver turns to the
kids and -- with a twinkle in his eye -- tells them, "Aslan
is on the move!" That's exactly right! Aslan -- Lewis'
depiction of Jesus Christ -- is indeed on the move! .... Read this
in full at
GRAHAM GLORIFIES GOD FOR 60 YEARS OF MINISTRY
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which officially
marked 60 years of ministry in September, celebrated Nov. 16 with
a special dinner featuring Billy Graham, music and program
director Cliff Barrows and soloist George Beverly Shea.
87, and Shea, 101, traveled the world with the evangelist for more
than 50 years, leading music in front of millions at Billy Graham
The invitation-only dinner provided an
opportunity for family and close personal friends to reminisce
about the past 60 years of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ
around the world, but also to look ahead to what God has in store
for the ministry in the coming years.... Read this in full at
TAKES A MOVEMENT: THE NEXT STEPS
by Jim Wallis
Neither the left nor the right has the
answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue
to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and
moral values that bring us together.
It is always
appropriate and necessary for the faith community to question and
challenge political leadership on the biggest moral issues --
indeed it is our prophetic vocation to do so. That means lifting
up the now growing rates of poverty in America and around the
world, even when both parties only want to talk about the middle
class. The plight of undocumented immigrants and their families
unites almost all sectors of the faith community. The younger
generation of the faithful is insisting on the urgency of
"creation care" of the environment and the threat of
climate change, especially to the poorest people around the globe.
People of faith across the political spectrum also want to make
serious progress on reducing the number of abortions in America --
not with symbolic amendments or criminalizing desperate and tragic
choices -- but by preventing unwanted pregnancies and supporting
low-income women. There is much work to be done in promoting
healthy families; not by scapegoating gays and lesbians or
bullying gay teens, but by creating policies that build a culture
of support for families. Increased numbers of religious leaders
are also ready to challenge the ethics of endless and failed wars
of occupation, which have yet to seriously reduce the real threats
of terrorism but have killed too many people.... Read this in full
CELEBRATES TEN MILLION DOWNLOADS
YouVersion, makers of a modern application that increases
engagement with the Bible across mobile devices, reports over 10
million unique mobile devices have installed the free Bible App.
The app has been growing rapidly since its launch in 2008,
currently at a rate of nearly one million new users per month. It
remains steadily in the top 5 downloaded apps in the reference
category on the Apple App Store, and is by wide margin the
number-one downloaded Bible app in the world.... Read this in full
Also see “Bible App Users Challenged to Spend 1 Billion
Minutes Reading the Bible in January”
RAISES $250M FOR LAST 2,000 BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
The world’s largest Bible translation organization has
already raised nearly $250 million, or one-fourth of its $1
billion goal, for the campaign to translate the Bible into every
language by 2025.... Read this in full at
TWITTER SERVICE SENDS OUT BIBLE VERSES HOURLY
The Bible Works (http://thebibleworks.oi.com/esv/mat/1.html)
has released an application on Twitter that allows people to
receive Bible passages via texts or tweets throughout the day....
Read this in full at
THE BIBLE STILL SHAPES THE LANGUAGE
In the past week or so, anyone following the news might have
read that Jon Stewart is “a thorn in the side of
politicians”; that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada won
reelection “by the skin of his teeth”; and that people
in the newspaper industry “see the writing on the wall.”
That well-informed reader wouldn’t have been
especially surprised to hear that these phrases all come from the
same source, the Bible. It has long been an article of faith among
speakers of English that biblical language -- especially that of
the Authorized, or King James, version, published in 1611 -- has
been immensely influential. The KJV, wrote linguist David Crystal
in 2004, “has contributed far more to English in the way of
idiomatic or quasi-proverbial expressions than any other literary
But just how much was that “far
more”? Not even Crystal knew, and with the KJV about to
celebrate its 400th year, he set out to explore and tabulate its
contributions to everyday language. Now, in “Begat: The King
James Bible and the English Language,” he has some answers.
The short one is “257” -- that’s the number of
familiar idioms, from “be fruitful and multiply”
(Genesis) to the whore of Babylon (Revelation), that he credits to
the stature and popularity of the King James Bible.... Read this
in full at
FINALIST WINS FIRST PLACE IN NATIONAL BIBLE BEE CONTEST
Liesl Lawrence of Georgetown, Texas, was named the 2010
National Bible Bee champion after she was allowed to join the
senior division finals as the sixth contestant.
before this year's senior finals at the Marriott Renaissance
Convention Center Hotel near Chicago, judges announced that
Lawrence was supposed to be the fifth finalist but she had been
disqualified due to an error in judges' scoring materials. She was
added back in after organizers of the event discovered that some
of the judges' scoring materials did not reflect different
variances of the Kings James Version that were circulated by the
National Bible Bee. Despite the last-minute announcement, Lawrence
gave the top performance, receiving the first place crystal trophy
and a cash prize of $100,000.
The national competition
tests contestants on their written and oral Bible knowledge and
ability to memorize scripture based on their favorite translation.
Winners at the local level go on to complete in the nationals,
which consist of the Preliminary Oral Round and Written Test Round
and the Semi-Finals Challenge Round that eventually lead up to the
Final Challenge Round.... Read this in full at
“Christian churches love to preach about the need for
boldness -- and they are not wrong for doing so -- but boldness is
not listed as evidence of God’s presence. Jesus does not
tell his disciples to go out and be bold for him ... Having
delivered them from earn-your-way performance religion, he does
not then require them to live by such rules. He advises them,
instead, to join him in the celebration of the bread and the wine,
to wait for power from his Father, and to live as wise as serpents
and as innocent as doves. Jesus wants men strong, wise, and
“In the peaceable kingdom,
performance is set aside for a willingness to receive, and because
receiving goes against our native philosophy of life, many men
miss the benefits God has reserved for them. ‘I’m not
going to take nuthin’ from nobody’ isn't going to work
at the point of your need, and it certainly isn't something you
hear coming from Jesus to describe life in his kingdom. That
little illusive door through which one must pass, which requires
receiving a gift instead of giving or earning one, is a stumbling
block of enormous proportion to a self-made man or a self-centered
“[In] our life together, we must exchange
performance words such as win, earn, success, and loss for
life-giving words such as receive, accept, love, and celebrate.
The words by which our spiritual fathers invite us to participate
in the life of Jesus at the table of his presence describe the
prevailing way of life in his kingdom: ‘I also give to you
that which I have received from the Lord.’ A man is set free
to live when he realizes he cannot, and is not required to, give
something he has not received, that the source from which he can
receive is unlimited. Jesus embeds in his teaching this concept of
a continual flow of life from God to man when he taught his
disciples to pray, ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’
We celebrate the kingdom as the gift of his daily presence.”
Wes Yoder in his book Bond of Brothers: Connecting with Other
Men Beyond Work, Weather & Sports
THERE A "REFORMED" MOVEMENT IN AMERICAN CHURCHES?
Some observers and journalists have described a movement among
Reformed churches, pointing to prominent Reformed pastors and new
Reformed church associations as a significant trend. A new study
from Barna Group explores whether the so-called “New
Calvinism” has, as yet, affected the allegiances of pastors
and whether Reformed churches are growing.
For the past
decade the Barna Group has been tracking the percentage of
Protestant pastors who identify their church as "Calvinist or
Reformed." Currently, about three out of every 10 Protestant
leaders say this phrase accurately describes their church (31%).
This proportion is statistically unchanged from a decade ago
(32%). In fact, an examination of a series of studies among active
clergy during the past decade indicates that the proportion that
embraces the Reformed label has remained flat over the last 10
Pastors who embrace the term "Wesleyan or
Arminian" currently account for 32% of the Protestant church
landscape -- the same as those who claim to be Reformed. The
proportion of Wesleyan/Arminian pastors is down slightly from 37%
in 2000. There has been less consistency related to this label
during the past decade, with the tracking figures ranging from a
low of 26% to a high of 37%.... Read this in full at
THE SABBATH STILL REQUIRED FOR CHRISTIANS?
by Thomas R. Schreiner
Believers today continue to dispute
whether the Sabbath is required. The Sabbath was given to Israel
as a covenant sign, and Israel was commanded to rest on the
seventh day. We see elsewhere in the Old Testament that covenants
have signs, so that the sign of the Noahic covenant is the rainbow
(Gen. 9:8-17) and the sign of the Abrahamic covenant is
circumcision (Gen. 17). The paradigm for the Sabbath was God's
rest on the seventh day of creation (Gen. 2:1-3). So, too, Israel
was called upon to rest from work on the seventh day (Exod.
20:8-11; 31:12-17). What did it mean for Israel not to work on the
The Sabbath was certainly a day for social
concern, for rest was mandated for all Israelites, including their
children, slaves, and even animals (Deut. 5:14). It was also a day
to honor and worship the Lord. Special burnt offerings were
offered to the Lord on the Sabbath (Num. 28:9-10). Psalm 92 is a
Sabbath song that voices praise to God for his steadfast love and
faithfulness. Israel was called upon to observe the Sabbath in
remembrance of the Lord's work in delivering them as slaves from
Egyptian bondage (Deut. 5:15). Thus, the Sabbath is tied to
Israel's covenant with the Lord, for it celebrates her liberation
from slavery. The Sabbath, then, is the sign of the covenant
between the Lord and Israel (Exod. 31:12-17; Ezek. 20:12-17). The
Lord promised great blessing to those who observed the Sabbath
(Isa. 56:2, 6; 58:13-14). Breaking the Sabbath command was no
trivial matter, for the death penalty was inflicted upon those who
intentionally violated it (Exod. 31:14-15; 35:2; Num. 15:32-36),
though collecting manna on the Sabbath before the Mosaic law was
codified did not warrant such a punishment (Exod. 16:22-30).
Israel regularly violated the Sabbath -- the sign of the covenant
-- and this is one of the reasons the people were sent into exile
(Jer. 17:21-27; Ezek. 20:12-24).... Read this in full at
THE RELATIVELY NEW "EVANGELISTIC MODEL" PRACTICED AT THE
GLOBAL FAITH FORUM CATCH ON?
by Mark Galli in Keller, Texas
One session of the Global
Faith Forum -- a conference for Muslims, Jews, and Christians --
began with everyone singing, "Father Abraham had many sons,
many sons had father Abraham … ," that old children's
chorus with body motions. There's nothing uniquely Christian,
Muslim, or Jewish about it (though it's uniquely evangelical in
its silliness!). But the prominent evangelical standing next to me
did not join in, and later told me, "I just couldn't decide
if singing that song with Muslims and Jews constituted joint
worship, and I'm not convinced we can worship together."
Such was the tension that many evangelicals experienced at
the forum, held at NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas, November
Bob Roberts, pastor of NorthWood Church and
catalyst of the forum, opened the event by emphasizing his own
"I am an evangelical Christian. I believe in
the Bible," he said to a group of about 500 who had gathered
the first night (eventually over 600 attended the event held Nov.
12-14). "I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he died
for my sins, that he will come again."
Then he added
that he was not interested in a lowest-common denominator faith,
or "inter-religious" dialogue. For him "inter-religious"
means dumbing down everybody's beliefs to some bland, sentimental,
global civic religion. Instead he organized this conference to be
"multi-faith," so that people could discuss openly and
frankly the differences of the three Abrahamic faiths.... Read
this in full at
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for
“Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush
afire with God; but only he who sees, takes off his shoes –-
the rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.”
by Seth Perry
The Colorado Springs Gazette reported last
July that a local woman had placed ads on ten bus-stop benches
alerting passersby that Jesus Christ will return to earth on May
21, 2011. The woman is a believer in the eschatological
calculations of one Harold Camping, the 89-year-old preacher
behind “worldwide Christian ministry” Family Radio,
whose analysis of the Bible further proposes that the end of the
world will follow five months after Christ’s return, on
October 21, 2011.
Camping is hardly the first Christian to
fixate on predicting the end of time, but his designation of
precise dates in the near future does put him in a special class.
Countless Christian figures -- beginning with Jesus -- have said
that the world as we know it would end “soon.” Some
have given vague predictions in the more or less distant future,
such as Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, recorded in
his thirties that a seemingly annoyed God had told him that the
end would not come before his 85th year and so to quit asking. But
only a brave few have called out specific dates in the near term.
In the American context, the most well-known of these is William
Miller, who in the spring of 1832 began spreading the word that
Christ would return around 1843. Intrigued audiences pushed Miller
to be more specific, and he eventually pinpointed the year between
March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844. When March of 1844 passed
without incident, a follower of Miller’s went back to the
drawing board and came up with October 22, 1844, the date that
became famous as the “Day of Disappointment.” ....
Read this in full at
HELPS HAITIAN AMPUTEE SOCCER TEAM
Helping a team of amputee soccer players get to their World
Cup venue might not seem like disaster relief, but Dick Talley
with Texas Baptist Men said that is exactly what it is. “We
see this as an extension of our disaster-relief ministry,”
Talley said. “In Haiti, if you have [a choice between
feeding] a dog and a handicapped person, you feed the dog because
it has value. How do we change the way the people of Haiti look at
an amputee or handicapped person? We’re trying to do that
through sport. In the eyes of the people of Haiti, we are
elevating the value of these people.” ....Read this in full
DECRIES U.S. 'POLYAMORY' CULTURE
deteriorating moral state of America can be blamed on a rising
culture of polyamory, a culture that endorses serial relationships
rather than lifelong, monogamous relationships, said Patrick Fagan
in a lecture at the Family Research Council.
culture of the traditional family -- it is now in intense
competition, even at war," said Fagan, senior fellow and
director of FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute.
the lecture, Fagan presented examples of how the culture of
polyamory has manifested itself in American society. Polyamory
been able to "survive and thrive" by overtaking four
principal areas of American life: welfare programs, childhood
education, sex education and health programs. Once the polyamorous
culture penetrated these areas, it gained the advantage over a
monogamous culture, Fagan said....Read this in full at
Was the Kingdom of David and Solomon a glorious empire -- or
just a little cow town? It depends on which archaeologist you
ask....Read this in full at
IN THE HOLY LAND
Using the Bible as its guide, Texas-based energy company Zion
Oil and Gas has searched for oil in the Holy Land for a decade.
The company uses a map of the 12 ancient tribes of Israel and the
biblical assertion -- "the foot of Asher to be dipped in oil
on the head of Joseph" -- as an unlikely guide to help it
decide where to drill.
Sitting beneath an 18-storey rig in
northern Israel, Zion's CEO Richard Rinberg translates that
reference by pointing to an area on the map where the territory of
Asher -- long and thin and shaped like a leg -- once pushed into
the land that belonged to Joseph's sons.
exactly where we are," said Rinberg, a good-humoured Orthodox
Jew with a background in accounting and a belief that this
biblical prophecy is backed by concrete scientific data. Founded
by John Brown, a Christian Zionist who believes the Bible
prophesied the discovery of oil in Israel, Zion is just one of a
pack of energy companies that has spent years, even decades,
surveying and drilling around Israel and its territorial waters.
Like many, Zion has yet to find commercial amounts of oil or
gas.... Read this in full at
IRAQI CHRISTIANS ARE RUNNING SCARED — IN SWEDEN
With numerous attacks against Iraq's Christians in recent
weeks — including a Halloween day massacre in a Baghdad
church, which left 52 dead — the country's religious
minority fears for its survival within the boundaries of the
Middle Eastern nation. Yet, a long way from their native land,
many Iraqi Christians are also living in terror in a far more
serene place: Stockholm.
Swedish immigration officials
have been deporting Iraqi refugees to Baghdad on flights about
every three weeks, declaring that some of them have no legitimate
claim to political asylum in Sweden. That includes Iraqi
Christians — a category that does not automatically imply a
risk of persecution, according to Swedish guidelines.... Read this
in full at
URGES GERMANS: STAND UP FOR CHRISTIAN VALUES
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans debating Muslim
integration to stand up more for Christian values, saying 11/15
the country suffered not from "too much Islam" but "too
Addressing her Christian
Democratic Union (CDU) party, she said she took the current public
debate in Germany on Islam and immigration very seriously. As part
of this debate, she said last month that multiculturalism there
had utterly failed.
Some of her conservative allies have
gone further, calling for an end to immigration from "foreign
cultures" -- a reference to Muslim countries like Turkey --
and more pressure on immigrants to integrate into German society.
Merkel told the CDU annual conference in Karlsruhe that
the debate about immigration "especially by those of the
Muslim faith" was an opportunity for the ruling party to
stand up confidently for its convictions.... Read this in full at
OF ANTIQUITY CAN’T DECIDE ON NEW PATH
This small town, shaded by date palms on a bend of the
Euphrates River, has been revered as a holy place for centuries --
by Jews, by Muslims and, for periods of peace, at least, by both.
“The old democracy,” as the local police chief put it.
Kifl, in what was once Babylonia, has survived millenniums
of war and natural disasters, exile and expulsion, the fall of
empires, and the ravages of a troubled modernity. It embodies
Iraq’s rich, layered past and might yet represent its future
-- if the country’s leaders could stop quarreling over it
and its religious provenance.
In the center of town -- and
in the middle of a dispute -- is the tomb of Ezekiel, the biblical
prophet who preached to the Jews in captivity under Nebuchadnezzar
in the sixth century BC. Somewhere near here is where, according
to tradition and faith, he saw his visions of God.
of the town and the province now have a more earthly vision, too:
tourism.... Read this in full at
HAVEL DENOUNCES 'ATHEIST CIVILISATION'
Václav Havel, the Czech playwright and politician, has
attacked the emptiness and 'atheism' of consumer society. He made
his comments in a speech condemning "the first atheist
civilisation," which "has lost its connection with the
infinite and with eternity." Havel is not often thought of as
a defender of religion, and the Czech republic is by some measures
the most completely dechristianized part of Europe. But he means
by atheism the kind of insatiable proud greed which mashes both
interior and exterior landscapes into something as homogenous as
mechanically recovered chicken. It is a vision of the consumer
society as hell.... Read this in full at
“What other people think of me is becoming less and less
important; what they think of Jesus because of me is critical.”
"The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his
covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he
will release my feet from the snare."
WEEK'S HYMN: COME, YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME
Words: Henry Alford, 1844
Music: George J. Elvey, 1858
Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto His
praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown unto joy or
First the blade and then the ear, then the full
corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome
grain and pure may be.
For the Lord our God shall come,
and shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that
day all offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last in
the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store in
His garner evermore.
Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring
Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, free from
sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in Thy garner
Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious
>from NetHymnal at
"[Praying] demands that you take to the road again and
again, leaving your house and looking forward to a new land for
yourself and your [fellow human]. This is why praying demands
poverty, that is, the readiness to live a life in which you have
nothing to lose so that you always begin afresh."
J.M. Nouwen, With Open Hands
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Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
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shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
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charity event where men grow moustaches to change the face of
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All I want is a warm bed, a
kind word, and unlimited power.
Min. Frank Coleman,
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