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not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and
rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up
for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where
your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
is the rule of most perfect Christianity, it's the most exact
definition, its highest point, namely, the seeking of the common
good. For nothing can so make a person an imitator of Christ as
caring for [their] neighbors."
THE 'BEGINNER YEARS' HAVE PASSED, WHAT DOES SPIRITUAL MATURITY
Dave L. Goetz
does not necessarily correlate with heroism or stoicism at the
breaking news of the end of your story. I'd like to think that the
older I get, though, the deeper I am becoming spiritually -- i.e.,
that I am growing more like Christ. The middle-aged patient seemed
to possess a reality of faith beyond intellectual assent to its
truths and a couple decades of church and Bible study. I wonder
what my level of anxiety -- and faith in the goodness of God --
would be on the drive home after a visit with my oncologist. It's
sobering enough to remember that every year, as poet W. S. Merwin
once observed, I pass unaware the anniversary of my death.
I made any real spiritual progress over the past 30 years of
of the more arcane theological concepts -- the kenosis of Christ
-- has taken on new meaning for me as I walk through the valley of
the shadow of midlife. Kenosis ("emptying") is the
theological attempt to explain what happened at Christmas, when
God became a human in the person of Jesus. The word comes from the
Greek for self-emptying, which Paul uses in a crucial passage in
his letter to the Philippians: "Though [Christ] was God, he
did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble
position of a slave …." (2:6-7, NLT)....
The Interior Castle, Teresa of Avila, the 16th-century spiritual
writer, hitches the word self-knowledge with humility. She
describes self-knowledge as the first mansion (out of seven) in
the progression to knowing God fully: "However high a state
the soul may have attained, self-knowledge is incumbent upon it …
Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making its honey
in the hive: without humility all will be lost."
Self-knowledge and its visible corollary, humility, seem not to be
a one-time acquisition like conversion or an urgent sense of call
that often marks the beginner years of faith. It's a slow,
agonizing progression as the soul makes its way toward God....
Read this in full at
THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY DEATH
year without knowing it I have passed the day
the last fires will wave to me
the silence will set out
the beam of a lightless star
I will no longer
myself in life as in a strange garment
at the earth
the love of one woman
the shamelessness of men
today writing after three days of rain
the wren sing and the falling cease
bowing not knowing to what
'MEGATHEMES' EMERGE FROM BARNA RESEARCH IN 2010
Barna Group's research in 2010 pointed to several major trends in
American faith, none of them particularly encouraging. Overall,
the survey and research found that Christians in America are
increasingly looking like the culture at large. That doesn't mean,
however, that they are going into all the world and making
disciples. The six "megathemes" are as follows:
The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented.
Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual
principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for
Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is
The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the
The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is
largely invisible.... Read this in full at
YORK MOSQUE RNA NO. 1 RELIGION STORY OF THE YEAR
debate and controversy over a planned Islamic community center and
mosque to be built near New York's Ground Zero ignited a national
debate about religious freedom that kept the story in the news for
story was voted the No. 1 religion story of 2010 in the annual Top
10 Religion News Stories of the Year poll of Religion Newswriters
Association members. The center's leading proponent, Imam Feisal
Abdul Rauf, was voted the 2010 Religion Newsmaker of the Year.
opinion and outcry over the mosque reached a peak when a pastor of
a small Florida church threatened to burn a Qu'ran in protest, a
bravado that fueled fears of international backlash against the
United States until the pastor backed down.
newsmaker of the year, Rauf beat out Pope Benedict XVI, the many
faith-based workers helping victims of the Haitian government, and
Sarah Palin, who devoted significant portions of her second
bestselling book arguing that candidates for office take a public
complete Top 10 Religion Stories of 2010, in order from first to
tenth are: .... Read this in full at
LIBERTY TRENDS IN 2010
liberty is in decline globally. Consequently persecution of
Christians and repression of Christian humanitarianism and
proclamation are on the increase globally.
the non-West, persecution of Christians continued to escalate
through 2010. The draining wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, combined
with the 'global financial collapse' of August 2008, have left
America without the economic leverage to convince leaders of
non-free states to rein in persecution. This comes at a time when
intolerant, fundamentalist Islam is in revival and intolerant,
religious nationalism is emerging as a dominant political force in
the world. Meanwhile, Iran is ascendant in the Middle East and
exerting influence across the Muslim world. Likewise, China is
ascendant in Asia and exerting influence in Africa and other
places where it has established a presence. To counter domestic
tensions, both Iran and China are escalating persecution against
anything that could threaten 'harmony', i.e. the political status
quo. As persecution escalates, neither the US nor the EU (European
Union) nor the UN nor any NGO (non-government organisation) can do
anything about it.... Read this in full at
PIPER TO RETURN TO PULPIT IN JANUARY
an 8-month leave of absence, leading theologian and pastor John
Piper is returning to the pulpit of Bethlehem Baptist Church in
Minneapolis, according to The Christian Post. Piper, who has
written more than 30 books, temporarily stepped down in May in his
first-ever hiatus from ministry. At the time, he cited "several
species of pride" and other character flaws that needed
attention in private. "I'll say it now, and no doubt will say
it again, I'm sorry. Since I don't have just one deed to point to,
I simply ask for a spirit of forgiveness; and I give you as much
assurance as I can that I am not making peace, but war, with my
own sins," he said in a letter to the congregation in March.
As planned, Piper will return to the church and his ministry,
Desiring God, in January. He is scheduled to speak at Passion 2011
in Atlanta, which takes place Jan. 1-4, and to preach at Bethlehem
that weekend.... Read this in full at
1: PICK UP THE RIGHT TOOL
word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Psalm 119:105 NLT
husband is a tool man through and through. If something around the
house is broken and needs repairing, he feels giddy, rather than
inconvenienced. He immediately drops what he's doing, bolts to the
man cave, and digs through his arsenal of contraptions, gadgets,
and thingamajigs in search of just the right tool for the job.
relishes the process of restoration, making whatever has been
damaged whole again. Focused on the task at hand, he refuses to
give up if problems occur along the way. However, there are
moments when he emerges from the toolshed feeling frustrated and
incompetent because he can't find what he needs to finish the
work. Progress is halted until the proper tool is located.
do you respond when something in your life breaks and needs to be
repaired? Do problems prompt anger, or are you able to receive
them with a sense of anticipation? James 1:2 - 4 shows us how
trials can benefit us: ‘When troubles come your way,
consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when
your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let
it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be
perfect and complete, needing nothing’” (NLT).
struggles come our way, we don't ever lack the right tool for the
job ... the Word of God ... is capable of guiding us through every
repair job we encounter. The Bible is both a lamp and a light,
which means that it shines brightly into our circumstances as well
as illuminates the steps we should take. If we embrace this
powerful tool God has given us, we will experience peace and hope,
even during the most difficult challenges of life. Because, in the
words of my handyman husband, ‘Having the right tool makes
all the difference.’”
Kristen Feola in her book
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AND THE LIMITS OF CONSCIENCE
recent slew of football deaths have shaken many who follow the
game. Research is increasingly suggesting that there may well be
definable links between the blunt trauma of football and the early
deaths of players. This body of evidence raises weighty questions
on a seemingly quotidian matter. Should we support football?
Evidence increasingly suggests that the violence of the modern
game tests the limits of the biblically informed conscience.
like that of Nathan Stiles (reported by ESPN’s Outside the
Lines series) drive such discussion. An A student, beloved by his
church congregation, Nathan eluded tacklers like an avatar in a
video game. In his final football game in September 2010, he
covered the last thirty yards alone, leaving his would-be tacklers
behind, a hero to his team and Kansas town. That night, he lay in
a hospital bed, lost to the world. By the next morning, he had
passed away, the homecoming king dead from a bleeding brain.
we play football? This question should not be as weighty as it may
sound. Football is a game. Yet the sport, as sports will do, has
cast a spell on many. Over 1 million secondary students and 3
million youth play football. At the university level, schools pour
money into football programs, with some coaches earning salaries
topping four million dollars. The 2010 Super Bowl was watched by
106 million people, the highest viewing audience recorded in this
country.... Read this in full at
BOWL XLV (45)
game, to be played on Feb. 6, 2011, will pit the champions of the
AFC and the NFC and will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,
BILLIONAIRE PLEDGES TO GIVE AWAY WEALTH
Lobby CEO David Green and his wife are among the latest
billionaires to pledge to give a majority of their wealth to
philanthropic causes. The Christian couple joins Warren Buffet,
Bill and Melinda Gates, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and at least 50 others in making
the bold pledge.
has blessed me with a wonderful family, a successful business and
outstanding employees. I do not take these blessings lightly,"
Green says in his pledge letter. "I am honored to join this
remarkable idea called The Giving Pledge."
Giving Pledge is the brainchild of Buffet and the Gates. The idea
of the pledge came out of discussions among philanthropists, all
of whom shared how giving made their lives richer.
project was launched in June and invites the wealthiest American
families and individuals to help address society's most pressing
problems by giving away at least half of their wealth.... Read
this in full at
shepherd had one hundred sheep but saw that one was lost;
search for it, all night perhaps, no matter what the cost.
left his other sheep secure and called his faithful hound;
struggle through those rocky hills until the sheep was found.
paths were long, the climbs were steep, the wind was cool and
in that cold, the shepherd knew, a little lamb was missing;
therefore he would battle on, whatever he’d be meeting,
he’d lift the shaking lamb and snuggle to its bleating.
miss the fire his friends would share, the stories they’d be
wind to howl the wilder he would miss their rough stone dwelling.
miss the warmth of friendship, he would miss the nightly chatter;
when a lamb is lost, he thought, do these things really matter?
fact his love for that one lamb would mean he was not able
join his friends, that Advent day, within the Holy stable.
Gordon Bailey December 2010, email@example.com
$27.4 billion: Retail sales by the nation's department stores in
14%: The percentage of total 2009 sales for department stores in
21%: The growth in inventories by our nation's department stores
from Aug. 31 to Nov. 30, 2009.
$30 billion: Value of retail sales by electronic shopping and
mail-order houses in December 2009 — the highest total for
any month last year.
21,895: The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in
business in 2008.
$488.5 million: The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree
ornaments from China between January and August 2010.... Read this
in full at
SPLIT ON `HAPPY HOLIDAYS’ VS. `MERRY CHRISTMAS’
more than nine out of 10 Americans say they plan to celebrate
Christmas this year, they are divided on whether businesses should
use messages like “Season’s Greetings” rather
than “Merry Christmas,” according to a new poll.
latest PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll, released Dec. 16, found
Americans are split, 44% in favor and 49% opposed, on whether
retailers should use generic holiday greetings out of respect for
people of different faiths.
so-called “War on Christmas” has been a rallying cry
for conservatives in recent years as they resist attempts to
remove nativity scenes from town squares, Christmas carols from
public schools and the words “Merry Christmas” from
sales flyers.... Read this in full at
AND ATHEISTS SQUARE OFF IN ONLINE BATTLE TO RAISE MONEY FOR
and atheists are fighting again -- this time over who can raise
more money for charity. The Christian and atheist communities on
the online forum Reddit are in a battle to raise the most money
for their causes. In the spirit of Christmas (or in atheists'
case, human generosity), community members are even donating money
to each other's groups.
Reddit.com social networking site allows users to rate the
popularity of various websites, as well as join like-minded
communities, including groups like reddit.com/r/christianity and
reddit.com/r/Atheism.... Read this in full at
DEPICTS STRUGGLE FOR PEACE IN MODERN BETHLEHEM
University professor Robert Wallace says the documentary "Little
Town of Bethlehem" -- about Jesus' birthplace and how peace
on Earth seems very far away from it today -- should be seen by
all Christians.... Read this in full at
YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
You Hear What I Hear?’ was born because of a nightmare. Noel
had believed that the horrors and destruction [he had seen] during
the Second World War would wake folks up to the futility of war.
Then the Korean War began. When the peace accords dividing North
and South Korea were signed, the Frenchman hoped that humankind
had finally wised up and that peace would reign on earth. By 1962,
Vietnam was in the headlines, and men were dying in a war again.
scenes depicted on the nightly news caused Noel to spiral into
periods of depression. Since the end of World War II, he had been
haunted by flashbacks of his time on the battlefield ... Again and
again he saw battles, heard bombs explode, and watched friends
to sleep, Noel got up one night and tried to focus on something
other than the awfulness of war. Picking up a pen, he tried to
write a poem about love. Thoughts of lovers being divided by
battles brought the nightmares back to life. He found he couldn't
pen anything humorous either. He turned his thoughts to the first
Christmas. An idyllic peace flooded his heart as he considered the
nativity. Through a story of a child's birth, he was able to
escape the nightmares that had been ruling his life for more than
twenty years ... He focused on the birth of Christ as a moment in
time when humans experienced a night filled with hope and
the Cold War, the constant threat of nuclear attack, and the
escalating violence in Vietnam, ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’
struck a chord. The message was so powerful that newspaper stories
told of drivers hearing the song on the radio for the first time
and pulling their cars off the road to listen.”
Collins in his book Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas
WONDER OF CHRISTMAS
we poor people, to be so cold and sluggish in the face of the
great joy that has clearly been prepared for us! This great
benefaction exceeds by far all the other works of creation; and
yet our faith in it is found to be so weak, although it is
preached and sung to us by angels, who are heavenly theologians
and who were so glad for our sake! Their song is very, very
beautiful and describes the entire Christian religion. For giving
glory to God in the highest heaven is the supreme worship. This
they wish and bring to us in the Christ.”
DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
the day after Christmas, and all through the house,
creature was hurting -- even the mouse.
toys were all broken, their batteries dead;
passed out, with some ice on his head.
and ribbons just covered the floor,
upstairs the family continued to snore.
I in my T-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans,
into the kitchen and started to clean.
out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.
to the window I flew like a flash,
open the curtains, and threw up the sash.
what to my wondering eyes should appear,
a little white truck, with an oversized mirror.
driver was smiling, so lively and grand;
patch on his jacket said "U.S. POSTMAN."
a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox.
quickly he stuffed them into our mailbox.
after bill, after bill, they still came.
and shouting he called them by name:
Dillard's, now Broadway's, now Penney's and Sears,
Levitz's and Target's and Mervyn's--all here!!
the tip of your limit, every store, every mall,
chargeaway, chargeaway, chargeaway all!"
whooped and he whistled as he finished his work.
filled up the box, and then turned with a jerk.
sprang to his truck and he drove down the road,
much faster with just half a load.
I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,
what you got; you'll be paying all year!"
THEATRE TO STAGE HOLY WEEK READING OF ENTIRE BIBLE
Globe Theatre has announced plans to read the Bible on stage in
its entirety for the first time. Up to 20 actors will take turns
to recite the Old and New Testaments from start to finish next
year. With a total of 788,280 spoken words, the reading will take
an estimated 69 hours.
far as we can tell, we are the first theatre ever to have
presented a full reading of the Bible,” said a spokesman for
starting on Palm Sunday and finishing on Easter Monday... simple,
unstaged, and a rare opportunity to experience one of the most
significant pieces of world literature in its entirety.”
performance will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James
Bible, the English translation published in 1611. Some 50 scholars
chosen by the king created a unified Bible for England and a
masterpiece of English literature.
it was “appointed to be read in churches”, religious
services include only passages, the Globe spokesman said, adding
that the marathon reading is an attempt to focus the ear on the
words of one of the great achievements of English in a different
setting.... Read this in full at
MOST EVANGELICALS BELIEVE GOOD PEOPLE ARE HEAVEN-BOUND
majority of Protestants and evangelicals believe that good people
and people of other religions can go to heaven, according to
author David Campbell. Campbell, who co-wrote American Grace, How
Religion Divides and Unites Us, contends that surveys of 3,000
Americans, used to write the book, show that American people of
faith, though devout, are very tolerant. So much so that most
believers also believe that good people, despite their religious
affiliation, can go to heaven.
the faiths, 83% of evangelical Protestants agreed that good people
of other religions can go to heaven. Ninety percent of black
Protestants also believe good people can go to heaven. When
prodded further, more than half – 54% – of evangelical
Protestants said yes, people of religions other than Christianity
can go to heaven. Sixty-two percent of black Protestants agreed
with the statement.... Read this in full at
OPENS UP ON BILLY GRAHAM, PRAYER
President George W. Bush has given plenty of interviews around the
release of his new book "Decision Points," but the one
aired on the radio show Focus on the Family
is different. In it, Bush -- one of the most openly religious
presidents in recent history -- speaks freely about such
faith-related issues as how his mother’s miscarriage shaped
his opposition to abortion and how the Rev. Billy Graham helped
him to quit drinking and led him to Jesus.
Graham story was a mainstay of Bush’s 2000 presidential
campaign, when Bush strenuously courted evangelical leaders and
voters. These days, Bush is dishing out details of his experience
with Graham, like how the future president was actually drunk when
the two met at George H.W. Bush’s compound in Kennebunkport,
Maine. The story is also in the book and in an interview with
Focus on the Family he provides further details.... Read this in
EMBRACES 'CHRISTIAN' LABEL
President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree behind the White
House last year, he spoke of a "child born far from home"
and said "while this story may be a Christian one, its lesson
year, Obama referenced that same "child born far from home,"
but added a more personal twist: "It's a story that's dear to
Michelle and me as Christians."
days later, at a Christmas benefit concert, the president again
talked about how the story of Christmas "guides my Christian
changed? For one, three separate polls in the past year have found
that one in four Americans think the president is a Muslim, 43%
don't know what faith he follows, and four in 10 Protestant
pastors don't consider Obama a Christian.... Read this in full at
is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of
the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but
his hands also heal.”
best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or
touched but are felt with the heart.”
DEFENSE OF DISGUST
an incident that occurred on an expedition to South America,
Charles Darwin wrote: “In Tierra del Fuego a native touched
with his fingers some cold preserved meat which I was eating at
our bivouac, and plainly showed utter disgust at its softness;
whilst I felt utter disgust at my food being touched by a naked
savage, though his hands did not appear dirty.”
Darwin discovered, while we may differ about what evokes the
response, disgust is one of the few universally shared human
emotions. The native was expressing what psychologists call "core
disgust." Unlike animals, which instinctively seek out
certain foods, humans have to learn what to eat and are
justifiably cautious about sampling new foods. Since Darwin’s
cold, soft piece of preserved meat had a tactile resemblance to
animal feces, the native was understandably disgusted by the
thought of eating it. The revulsion was triggered by the idea that
"like produces like"; since the preserved meat had many
similarities to feces, the native assumed it might be similarly
core-disgusts guard against contamination of the body, socio-moral
disgusts guard against contamination of the soul. Where one
protects the health of the human body, the other protects human
dignity. Prior to the germ theory of disease, scientific knowledge
was inadequate to explain why certain forms of "contamination"
should disgust us. This pre-rational wisdom, though, allowed us to
survive as a species until our knowledge caught up with our
socio-moral disgust is an offshoot of core disgust, then shouldn't
we be careful before we dismiss it as a relic of an outmoded
cultural bias? What if the wisdom of repugnance protects us from
harm in the same way core disgust do? Should this form of
cognition be dismissed simply because it may hinder progressivism?
wisdom of core-disgust preceded the knowledge of science by
thousands of years and served to protect our bodies from harm.
What if a similar wisdom is protecting human dignity? On what
grounds do we have for rejecting thousands of years of socio-moral
wisdom? .... Read this in full at
PROTESTANT CHURCHES FEEL ECONOMIC PAIN
recession is dipping into church collection plates. A growing
number of Protestant congregations have seen their Sunday
collections drop this year, according to a survey by LifeWay
Research on the economic health of churches. Pastors blame high
unemployment and a drop-off in giving by members.
make ends meet, churches have laid off staff and frozen salaries,
put off major capital projects and cut back on programs. At the
same time, more of their congregation members and neighbors are
asking for help with basic needs like paying the rent and buying
groceries, the study found.
half of Americans identify themselves as Protestant, according to
the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
than a third of churches surveyed said donations dropped in 2010,
and overall donations were down 3%, according to LifeWay Research,
a Nashville-based religion research organization.... Read this in
FAMILIES IN TROUBLE, INDEX SHOWS
family index just released shows that more than half of American
youth are growing up in families torn apart by divorce,
separation, and single parenthood. The study by the Marriage and
Religion Research Institute reveals that 55% of America teenagers
are living in non-traditional family structures marred by divorce,
separation, or unmarried parents. By comparison, 45% of young
adults live in intact families where the biological parents are
married to one another since before or around the time of their
child's birth. The "Index of Belonging and Rejection"
also reports that African-American and Native American teens are
more likely than teens of other races and ethnicities to come up
in a broken family.... Read this in full at
W. SMITH RECALLS DRUG ADDICTION, BOASTS OF IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Michael W. Smith hasn't been the same since God came to him more
than 30 years ago during his darkest days. Though he has become
one of the most recognized and respected Christian music artists –
with 44 Dove Awards, three Grammys and more than 15 million in
sales – it wasn't always smooth sailing for Smith.
a personal testimony shared on the website IAmSecond.com, the West
Virginia native recalled three years of his life when he was
"sucked into" the drug scene.
began to be enticed that you can play with the fire [and] you
won't get burned," he said in a raw video testimony. "Little
did I know that I would be in the biggest pit of my life and
feeling like there was no way of escape."
that first joint and feeling so guilty about it ...," he
said, recalling his use of cocaine and LSD. "I got sucked
into this thing [and] for some reason I justified it."
had just moved out to Nashville after dropping out of college to
pursue a career in music. He had a passion for worshipping God
through music and had felt God's calling on his life at age 15....
Read this in full at
IS AFOOT FOR 800-YEAR-OLD WHIRLING DANCE
dance of the Whirling Dervishes is not only a sight to behold for
spectators, it is a sacred ritual for followers of this mystical
and philosophical strand of Islam. The Order of Mevlevi, as the
Whirling Dervishes are officially known, is a Sufi movement
founded in the 13th century after the death of poet and
philosopher Mevlana Rumi. Their spiritual home is Konya, in the
central Anatolian region of Turkey, where the Mevlana Museum
contains the tomb of Rumi and his son.... Watch this video report
in full at
smallest things become great when God requires them of us; they
are small only in themselves; they are always great when they are
done for God, and when they serve to unite us with Him eternally.”
the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will
disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and
the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since
everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people
ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”
WEEK'S HYMN: HILLS OF THE NORTH, REJOICE
Charles E. Oakley (1832-1865); first published in 1870
John Darwall, 1770
of the North, rejoice;
and mountain spring,
to the advent voice;
and lowland, sing;
absent long, your Lord is nigh;
judgment brings and victory.
of the southern seas,
in your coral caves
be each warring breeze,
be your restless waves:
comes to reign with boundless sway,
makes your wastes His great highway.
of the East, awake,
shall your sons be free;
sleep of ages break,
rise to liberty.
your far hills, long cold and gray,
dawned the everlasting day.
of the utmost West,
that have waited long,
forth to swelling song;
raise the note, that Jesus died,
lives and reigns, the Crucified.
while ye journey home;
be in every mouth;
from the North we come,
East, and West, and South.
of God, the bond are free,
come to live and reign in thee!
if it is real is an acknowledgment of our finitude, our need, our
openness to be changed, our readiness to be surprised, yes
astonished by the ‘beams of love.’”
FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
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.
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middle of it and copy it again. Then paste it into your web
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