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struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of
evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you
have done everything, to stand.”
the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven
performers. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but
because we trust that God is sure of us.”
RODGERS, OTHER PACKERS, LOOKING TO ‘FOLLOW JESUS’
experts and newspaper headline writers have been quick to label
Green Bay starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers the “Leader of
about 4,712 yards passing and 34 touchdowns, and leading the
Packers to the verge of their first Super Bowl title in more than
a decade will do that for you.
Rodgers made it clear in Feb. 1’s jam-packed Super Bowl XLV
Media Day he only wants to be a leader of God’s pack when it
comes to influencing others to see his faith in Jesus Christ....
Read this in full at
FUN, BUT ISN'T ‘WHO WE ARE,’ STEELERS COACH TOMLIN
Christian conversion of Pittsburgh Steelers’ third-year
offensive lineman Tony Hills saw the team’s practice
facility used for something unusual this season -- a baptism. And
that on a team that needed new life to begin this storied season.
appreciated everybody who came in because it was a big moment for
me after I was saved,” Hills told Baptist Press during the
annual Super Bowl media day on Feb 1 at the Cowboys Stadium in
Arlington, Texas. “I had not been baptized before,
obviously, and it was something I needed to do. Baptism stands for
leaving the old ways behind and coming up anew. And I knew that’s
exactly what I was trying to do. That is what our season is about
life everybody is different, but to know that some people on this
team share the same values is a great blessing.” .... Read
this in full at
KINGDOM OF PARADOX
is not what we do that matters, but what a sovereign God chooses
to do through us. God doesn’t want our success; he wants us.
He doesn’t demand our achievements; he demands our
obedience. The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of paradox, where
through the ugly defeat of a cross a holy God is utterly
glorified. Victory comes through defeat; healing through
brokenness; finding self through losing self.”
ELABORATES ON HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH AT PRAYER BREAKFAST
Barack Obama gave a personal speech at the National Prayer
Breakfast Feb. 3 reflecting on his faith, Scripture readings, and
prayer life. The president used his appearance at the annual
prayer breakfast to explain exactly when he “came to know
Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my lord and savior”
(5 minutes into the video). He also reflected on how his faith has
sustained him over the last couple of years.
Obama has made public mention of his faith in the past, this
particular speech shared in detail how he approaches prayer and
studies Scripture. The tone of the address was a deeply personal
National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event that has been
attended by every US president since Eisenhower. Guests from over
130 nations attended. Watch the speech at
video clip is also at
coverage “Obama Shares Personal Faith Stories at Prayer
LAUSANNE DECLARATION CALLS WORLD'S EVANGELICALS TO ACTION
Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization released Jan. 28
Part 2 of its call to action to world evangelicals. More than
4,000 evangelicals from 198 countries met in Cape Town, South
Africa, in October for the Congress. Part 1 of the document
emphasized the call to love because God first loved us. Part 2
builds on discussions at Cape Town, naming the most important
priorities for evangelism worldwide. It makes a number of specific
calls, including the call to proclaim the truth through word and
deed, to be ethical in evangelism, and to return to "humility,
integrity and simplicity". Part of this return includes
renouncing false gods and idols, including the idolatry of
"disordered sexuality," power, success and greed. The
statement also calls for the worldwide church to unite. "A
divided church has no message for a divided world. Our failure to
live in reconciled unity is a major obstacle to authenticity and
effectiveness in mission," it states.... Read this in full at
YOUR THOUGHTS IN A GOOD SPOT
reality of my dad's abandonment created some unhealthy habits that
continued to linger in my life. Emptiness has a way of demanding
to be filled. And when I couldn’t figure out how to fill
what my heart was lacking, my stomach was more than willing to
offer a few suggestions.
needed] a healthy thought to dwell on where [my dad is] concerned
- one of those good thoughts the Bible tells us to think about:
‘Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if
anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things"
(Philippians 4:8). I like to call this "parking my mind in a
so easy to park our minds in bad spots. To dwell and rehash and
wish things were different. But to think on hard things keeps us
in hard spots and only serves to deepen our feelings of emotional
emptiness. This is where pity parties are held and we all know
pity parties demand an abundance of high-calorie delights, eaten
and eaten some more. But pity parties ... leave behind a deeper
emptiness than we started with in the first place.
about you? Do you have something from your past that causes
emotional emptiness? As a first step toward healing, can you think
of one thing good from this past situation? Or maybe something
good that has happened despite the pain from the event? If not,
ask God to give you some good place to park your mind with this
draining issue from your past.”
Lysa TerKeurst in the
book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not
EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS, CONDITIONS COULD WORSEN -- OR EVEN
turmoil in Egypt threatens to unleash chaos in a country long
ruled by a dictator where militant Islam has been growing for
years -- and the outcome is difficult to predict, two Southern
Baptist observers said Jan. 31.
protests, at times violent, have rocked Egypt's major cities for
nearly a week, partly inspired by successful democracy protests in
neighboring Tunisia that drove that country's strongman from
power. Over the weekend, police vanished from the cities and
allowed mobs to pillage and loot at will, according to media
reports. Gangs of armed men attacked at least four jails Jan. 30,
freeing hundreds of Muslim radicals and criminals.
some demonstrators in Egypt have called for democracy, most are
venting their anger over poverty, joblessness, food prices,
corruption and police brutality. The Muslim Brotherhood, a
hard-line Islamist organization of 600,000 members, also has
factions of various stripes are interacting with secular and
democratic groups with common immediate goals in mind -- overthrow
the tyrant," said Mike Edens, professor of Islamic studies at
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. "The common energy
of youthful idealism, awareness of the injustice of the status
quo, and impatience with structure has caused these and other
factions to cooperate for immediate outcomes with disregard for
who will lead after the dust settles." .... Read this in full
INTEGRAL TO CHRISTIANITY'S RISE
for a change in leadership swelled into demonstrations and violent
clashes in Egypt, two weeks after Tunisia's government toppled
amid revolution. Followers of Christ in Egypt are waiting
prayerfully to see what implications these events will have on the
spread of the gospel in the region.
is the Arab world's most populous nation, with nearly 80 million
people. The Arab Republic of Egypt is transcontinental, with a
land bridge between Africa and Asia. Egypt long has been a pivotal
place. It was from Egypt that God delivered the Israelites out of
exodus and on Egypt's Mount Sinai that He gave the Ten
Commandments to Moses.
history of Christianity in Egypt has been one of both tribulation
and blessing. Since its beginning, Christianity in Egypt has been
influential in shaping doctrine and the way believers follow
2-3 AD Shortly after Jesus' birth, Joseph and Mary took Him to
Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod.
43 AD Mark, the Gospel writer, took Christ's message to the
Egyptians and saw many converts. While in the city of Alexandria,
Mark meets Ananias, a shoemaker, who became the first convert of
that great Christian city. Mark later made Ananias the bishop of
Alexandria. Ananias is said to be the first bishop of the Coptic
Church, which today is one of the oldest churches in Christianity.
64 AD Nero persecutes Christians throughout the Roman Empire after
the fire of Rome. The largest numbers of converts during Nero's
persecution were not the Jews or the Greeks but Egyptians.
Egyptian believers were bold in their faith and worshipped Christ
in the open -- even building churches in full view of the
empire.... Read this in full at
CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN CONVERT FEAR INTO SAFETY
and tattered, the blue book is an inch thick and sits on a dented
metal table in the corner office of Jamia Naeemia, an Islamic
school tucked in a scattering of cement-walled homes and roadside
believe the book offers the promise of safety and perhaps even a
better chance at prosperity. The book is a registry used to
document religious converts to Islam and officials at Jamia
Naeemia say business is brisk nowadays.
least 20 to 25 former Christians adopt Islam each week by pledging
an oath and signing a green and white document in which they
accept Islam as “the most beautiful religion” and
promise to “remain in the religion of Islam for the rest of
my life, acknowledging that blessings are only from God.”
rights advocates say it’s no surprise some of Pakistan’s
3 million Christians are adopting Islam. These are vexing and
dangerous days for the country’s religious minorities....
Read this in full at
TO RUIN A FALSE WORLDVIEW
while back on BreakPoint, I talked about a teenager who attended a
worldview training camp run by Summit Ministries. The young man
complained, tongue in cheek, that worldview training had “ruined”
movie watching for him. He could no longer watch films without
automatically searching for the worldview messages.
great news: The whole point of worldview training is to “ruin”
attempts to convince teenagers that any worldview conforms to
reality better than Christianity does. But we can’t wait
until the teen years to start talking to kids about worldview —
and parents know it. Many times I've had moms and dads come up to
me and say, “What do you have for younger kids?” ....
Read this in full at
ROLE MODELS: WHO THEY ARE, WHY THEY MATTER
preferences and tastes greatly influence America’s cultural
identity. The people teenagers look up to as their role models
matter a great deal in determining the shape and substance of the
next generation of churchgoers, consumers and citizens. A study
conducted by Barna Group among a national sample of teenagers
gives new insight into whom teens select as their role models and
why those individuals captured their attention.
nationwide sample of teenagers asked 13- to 17-year-olds to
identify the person whom they admire most today as a role model,
other than their parents. A follow-up question probed the reasons
they define that person as a role model. (David Kinnaman, who
directed the study, explained that parents were left out of the
assessment because so many teenagers — particularly younger
ones — have high regard for their parents or feel compelled
to list their parents as role models. Previous research shows that
mentioning parents is almost an automatic response for many.)
who do teenagers name as their role models? Even while limiting
the answers to non-parents, family members still comes out on top.
The most commonly mentioned role model is a relative — 37%
of teens named a relation other than their parent as the person
they admire most. This is typically a grandparent, but also
includes sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, and uncles. After
“family,” teens mention teachers and coaches (11%),
friends (9%), and pastors or other religious leaders they know
personally (6%).... Read this in full at
members’ giving is decreasing in the recession, especially
as a percentage of income. See the chart at
see “Are American Evangelicals Stingy?”
loves matter. In his original creative acts God affirmed matter
again and again, declaring it good at every point along the way.
We, therefore, should take the material world quite seriously; it
is the "icon" of God, the epiphany of his glory. We must
not dismiss material things as inconsequential--or worse yet, as
genuinely evil. The stuff of the material world--what Pierre
Teilhard de Chardin called "holy matter"--has been
created by God and again he declared it good, very good (Gen.
1:25,31). The material world is intended to enhance human life.”
Richard J. Foster, Streams of Living Water, Harper San
Francisco, 1998, p. 260
alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest
heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on
it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything,
and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”
‘BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS’
of going through the motions, four college students left their
routine Christian lives in the USA in a quest to find what it
really means to be a follower of Jesus outside the Christian
setting. "Sometimes you just get churched out. You go to
Bible studies, you go to Bible camp, and you just kind of keep
doing the same things, hearing the same sermons, doing the same
stuff,” Alex Carroll, one of the students, admits.
the question sums up to: “How do we get away from that and
really examine ourselves and try and figure out what does Jesus
want from us?” "Beware of Christians” is a brave
and fun new documentary that follows Carroll, Michael Allen, Will
Bakke and Matt Owen who travel across Europe for six weeks. During
their 10-city trip, they ask people on the streets for their views
on Christians and tackle issues such as identity, materialism, sex
and relationships, church, wealth, entertainment and alcohol.
you be able to say ‘they are Christian’ by the way
that they act?” they ask passers-by on the street. The
students often get back the answer “not really.” ....
Read this in full at
CONSCIENCE: THE MARTYRDOM OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
Freeman reviews the book Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric
end is what most people recall of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: the
creeping light of first dawn in a barren yard of Flossenbürg
concentration camp where he — theologian and spy, pastor and
conspirator — was hanged until dead by a thin wire. Mere
days before, Bonhoeffer and his fellow captives heard the great
booming march of American guns across the German landscape, and
dared to hope for freedom. But he met a different freedom on that
chill morning, one for which he was well prepared.
such a story, it is tempting to view Bonhoeffer’s life
exclusively through the lens of his death, and more than one
chronicler of his story has done so. It is as if, peering through
history with a 20/20 hindsight machine, we see him from boyhood
ordained to die, a born martyr if there ever was one. Yet this
discerning biography tells the story of a life lived, not in fear
of death, but in defiance of it. Bonhoeffer, the author of
Christology, plainly saw his life this way, and it is tempting to
think that he would have agreed with Winston Churchill: “Although
prepared for martyrdom, I prefer that it be postponed.”
Bonhoeffer is a rich, colorful portrait textured with the small
brushstrokes of daily living — a humane portrait of a humane
man.... Read this in full at
CHRISTIANITY TODAY BOOK AWARDS
began with 427 titles submitted by 62 publishers. Christianity
Today's editors selected finalists in each category, and judges
determined the books that best offer insights into the people,
events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and
mission. The categories are: Apologetics/Evangelism; Spirituality;
Theology/Ethics; Biblical Studies; Christian Living; Christianity
and Culture; Missions/Global Affairs; The Church/Pastoral
Leadership; Fiction; History/Biography.... Read this in full at
GRAHAM AND THE TEMPTATIONS OF POLITICS
those of us who claim the title Christian, faith should always be
more important than politics.... Read this in full at
GRAHAM IN 'GOOD' HEALTH, WRITING BOOK
Billy Graham is in "good overall health," enjoys keeping
up with current events and is working on a book on aging,
according to a statement from Graham's spokesman. Graham also
enjoys weekly visits from his pastor, Don Wilton of First Baptist
Church of Spartanburg, S.C.
spokesman A. Larry Ross provided the statement after Baptist Press
asked about the evangelist's health. “At age 92, Mr. Graham
spends most of his time at his home in the mountains of western
North Carolina, where he periodically receives family and
long-time friends,” the statement read. “He remains in
good overall health with a strong heart and clear mind, while
dealing with various age-related conditions -- such as macular
degeneration and hearing loss. He continues regular exercise as
strength allows, including short walks at his mountain home,
relying on a walker for balance”.... Read this in full at
see “Did Billy Graham say people ‘born Christian’?”
essence of lying is in deception, not in words. A lie may be told
by silence, by equivocation, by the accent on a syllable, by a
glance of the eye attaching a peculiar significance to a sentence.
All these kinds of lies are worse and baser by many degrees than a
lie plainly worded. No form of blinded conscience is so far sunk
as that which comforts itself for having deceived because the
deception was by gesture or silence instead of utterance.”
IN SIN’ STIGMA FADES
vows have become optional for some families as the stigma of
“living in sin” fades in mainstream America. For
others, it’s a financial necessity to hold off on the
wedding. And in some cases, parents aren’t given the choice
to marry a partner who flees.
the cause, unmarried families are booming. The number of children
born to unmarried parents in the US grew tenfold in 70 years, from
about 4% in 1940 to almost 40% in 2007, according to a study by
The Future of Children.
Americans have become more accepting of alternative families.
Nearly 40% of people surveyed said marriage was obsolete,
according to a poll by the Pew Research Center in 2008.... Read
this in full at
OUR SOUL CAPACITY
... that every single day we could have our fill of the finest
food imaginable, overload on dessert, and wash it all down with
plenty of wine/beer/cola (delete as applicable). Would that make
every day a feast?
I imagine that most of us would enjoy Day One to Day Seven.
Anytime between Week Two and Week Four, each meal would start to
fade into all the others. After a while, we'd barely be able to
appreciate any of the luxuries we had. By Month Six, we'd probably
be bored, sick or deceased!
the principle: For any day to really be a feast, some days can’t
be a feast. There’s a rhythm of life here ... Waiting and
enjoying belong together as part of the same picture. If we never
experience any delay or lack, our lives are poorer for it ... If
we want for nothing, we end up missing what we need most.
builds our soul capacity. It enables us to carry tension. The
problems of life and the ups and downs of human relationships will
demand this of us.
why the God of the Bible is a waiting God. He knows the pain of
patience. He carries the tension of hope for a broken world. He's
a spurned lover, a tireless dreamer and a lovelorn parent. It’s
a costly path, but this is the price of relationship. History
shows that he chose this rather than overwhelm us with his purity
and justice. One of Peter's New Testament letters reads: ‘He’s
restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End
because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving
everyone the time and space to change.’ [see 2 Peter 3:9]
Because he loves, he waits.”
Revd. Mark Powley in the
book Consumer Detox: Less Stuff, More Life
EVANGELISM MINISTRY REACHES 687,000 IN ONE DAY
outreach ministry that specializes in sharing the gospel through
online media announced Feb. 2 that it reached a record-breaking
687,000 people in just one day last year. Global Media Outreach,
founded in 2004 by Campus Crusade for Christ, said that in just
one day in December 2010 it reached that ministry-high figure. The
687,488 people that GMO said it presented the gospel to were from
all 191 countries, and out of the total number, 56,854 people
indicated a decision for Jesus Christ.
Internet ministry’s media representative, Monica Sales,
explained that GMO counts presenting the Gospel to one person when
someone submits a request to one of GMO websites to speak to an
online missionary.... Read this in full at
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever
is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy —
think about such things.”
are a Christian today because somebody cared. Now it’s your
Warren W. Wiersbe
WE RISE TO BIBLICAL LITERACY?
his work entitled "Eat this Book," Eugene Peterson
rightly notes concerning the Bible, "We open this Book and
find that page after page it takes us off guard, surprises us, and
draws us into its reality, pulls us into participation with God on
am confident that you agree -- the Bible is both foundation and
fuel of spiritual vitality for the church as we seek to live out
God's agenda in the world. As the great minister and
philanthropist George Müller put it, "The vigor of our
spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by
the Bible in our life and thoughts." It is not surprising,
therefore, that in a recent survey by LifeWay Research, the No. 1
predictor of spiritual maturity among church goers was whether or
not they read the Bible on a daily basis.
only 16 out of 100 of those who regularly attend our churches read
the Bible every day; another 32% read the Bible at least once per
week. This means that more than 50% of people who come through our
doors on a regular basis only read their Bibles occasionally,
perhaps one or two times per month, if at all. Even more sobering,
only 37% of those who attend church regularly say that reading and
studying the Bible has made a significant difference in the way
they live their lives. Only 37%.... Read this in full at
INTRODUCED TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS MINORITIES
the wake of increasing violence, targeted attacks and heightened
discrimination against Christians in Iraq and Egypt, and
persistent concerns in Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other
nations, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has introduced bipartisan
legislation calling for the creation of a special envoy at the US
State Department for religious minorities in the Near East and
South Central Asia.
co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, said threats
against religious minorities have been increasing in recent months
and that the United States has an obligation to speak out for the
voiceless, to develop policies to protect and preserve these
communities, and to prioritize these issues in our broader foreign
policy.... Read this in full at
THE GOOD NEWS
it did not occur to the earliest Christians that instructions in
techniques of evangelism were necessary. They had all received the
good news of salvation in Christ…and they went about the
business of telling non-Christians about God’s mighty act.”
TRY A NEW PATH TO DEAL WITH PTSD
Colorado theology school is teaching Air Force chaplains to
consider the religious beliefs of servicemen and women to better
help them cope with post-traumatic stress.
goal is to build trust so a chaplain can encourage service members
to draw on their individual concepts of God and spirituality, said
Carrie Doehring, an associate professor of pastoral care at the
Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
helped develop the one-year program for the Air Force, which
wanted another way for its chaplains to respond to the stress of
deployments amid two protracted wars.
said she believes it's the only program of its kind in the
country. One student graduated last year and four are enrolled
this year.... Read this in full at
INSTITUTE SHOWS CHURCHES HOW TO PREPARE HEALTHIER MEALS
years, many church cooks and culinary committees have served up
heaping plates of Southern cuisine loaded with salt, sugar and
fat. But some churches are turning over a new leaf, with help from
a Kentucky program.
Harriett B. Porter Culinary Institute is reaching out to
Louisville-area churches to show them how to make healthier meals
for their congregations and their families to reduce obesity and
can learn through the church that eating is there to uplift the
soul and not to drag the body down,” said Cynthia Chandler,
a registered dietitian at Sullivan University, where part of the
program takes place.... Read this in full at
TRANSLATION TO BE LAUNCHED IN TWO UNREACHED REGIONS
Associates is launching Bible translation efforts in two new
areas, one of which has a Christian minority constituting 0.02% of
the population. President and CEO of the Bruce Smith, labeled the
expansion “one of the most difficult efforts in Wycliffe
Associates history.” “The gospel cannot be openly
preached in these countries. The Scriptures can’t be read in
public. Borders are closed, but hearts are open,” he said.
both regions could not be named for security reasons, one was
revealed as a predominately Muslim country with a strongly Islamic
government, where Christianity is heavily restricted and believers
are severely persecuted and ostracized by family members and
neighbors.... Read this in full at
CHURCH FOUND IN ISRAEL
archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church
in the Judean hills on Feb. 2, including an unusually
well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and
Byzantine church located southwest of Jerusalem, excavated over
the last two months, will be visible only for another week before
archaeologists cover it again with soil for its own protection.
small basilica with an exquisitely decorated floor was active
between the fifth and seventh centuries AD, said the dig’s
leader, Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He said
the floor was “one of the most beautiful mosaics to be
uncovered in Israel in recent years.” .... Read this in full
MARKS FIRST ANNUAL 'INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK'
United Nations kicked off the first "World Interfaith Harmony
Week" on Feb. 1 to promote dialogue and civility among the
world's religions. The observances are meant to reaffirm that
"mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute
important dimensions of a culture of peace," according to a
resolution passed by the U.N. General Assembly. The resolution
establishes the annual events during the first week of February
each year.... Read this in full at
SETS RECORD FOR ASSISTED SUICIDES
established a record in 2010 for the number of physician-assisted
suicides in a year with 65. The total, which surpassed the
previous high of 60 in 2008, means Oregon has recorded 525 deaths
by assisted suicide since its Death With Dignity Act took effect
in late 1997. That law permits terminally ill citizens of Oregon
to take their own lives by using lethal doses of drugs prescribed
report comes amid some setbacks in Europe for what proponents call
the "death with dignity" movement:
The French Senate defeated a bill Jan. 25 to legalize euthanasia
in a 170-142 vote.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously Jan. 20 there
is not a right to government-sanctioned assisted suicide.
assisted suicide, doctors are permitted to prescribe drugs to aid
in suicides but not to administer them to the people taking their
own lives. In euthanasia, physicians administer lethal drugs to
people to cause their deaths.... Read this in full at
I be a Christian without joining other Christians in the church?
Yes, it is something like: being a soldier without an army, a
seaman without a ship, a business man without a business, a tuba
player without an orchestra, a football player without a team or a
bee without a hive.”
Mrs. William P. Jazen
any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously
to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
WEEK'S HYMN: LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING
Charles Wesley, 1747
John Zundel, 1870
divine, all loves excelling,
of heaven to earth come down;
in us thy humble dwelling;
thy faithful mercies crown!
Thou art all compassion,
unbounded love Thou art;
us with Thy salvation;
every trembling heart.
O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
every troubled breast!
us all in Thee inherit;
us find that second rest.
away our bent to sinning;
and Omega be;
of faith, as its Beginning,
our hearts at liberty.
Almighty to deliver,
us all Thy life receive;
return and never,
more Thy temples leave.
we would be always blessing,
Thee as Thy hosts above,
and praise Thee without ceasing,
in Thy perfect love.
then, Thy new creation;
and spotless let us be.
us see Thy great salvation
restored in Thee;
from glory into glory,
in heaven we take our place,
we cast our crowns before Thee,
in wonder, love, and praise.
childish idea that prayer is a handle by which we can take hold of
God and obtain whatever we desire, leads to easy disillusionment
with both what we had thought to be God and what we had thought to
Robert L. Short (1932-2009), The Parables of
Peanuts , New York: HarperCollins, 2002, p. 305
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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