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I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that
I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."
is to be seen in the light of a cottage window as well as in the
sun or the stars.”
Arthur G. Clutton-Brock
JOHN MACARTHUR ON BEING A 'SLAVE' FOR CHRIST, MIDDLE EAST UNREST
preacher John MacArthur has been studying Scripture for more than
50 years. Yet in his new book, Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your
Identity in Christ, he reveals that only recently he discovered a
centuries-long “cover-up” by New Testament
is the word that almost every English translation of Scripture has
avoided using, in favor of the term “servant.” But
MacArthur insists that the image of a slave is absolutely critical
for understanding what it means to follow Jesus.
pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., and author
of more than 150 books, recently spoke to The Christian Post about
his new book, the anti-government protests in North Africa and the
Middle East, and his 50 years in ministry.... Read this in full at
see “John MacArthur: Mideast Uprisings Violate Biblical
“Dr. Ken Boa on the Uprising in Egypt, Biblical Prophecy”
“Mideast Revolutions Draw Mixed Reactions from U.S.
SITUATION 'WORSE' THAN TV BROADCASTS PORTRAY
Doors reports that violence between pro-government forces and
protesters in Libya is "much worse than what you see on the
news," according to one contact who remains anonymous for
security reasons. "There are no police in the streets and no
safety and protection anymore," he said. Autocratic President
Moammar Gaddafi has reportedly ordered military forces against his
own people and thousands have confirmed dead despite government
censors. Open Doors' source believes the situation could devolve
even further. “Libya is a tribal society and that is
affecting the situation for the worse. The tribe of Gaddafi will
eventually turn against the other tribes and that will create
civil war. The small indigenous church in Libya is very hard to
contact, but Christians are under major pressure. Anything that is
“different” is a cause for suspicion, and many
believers are scared of what could happen to them. Libya is ranked
No. 25 on the Open Doors 2011 World Watch List of the worst
persecutors of Christians.... Read this in full at
PIRATES KILL BIBLE DISTRIBUTORS
distributors who were taken hostage by Somali pirates were killed
while negotiations between the pirates and US military forces were
underway Feb. 22.
forces boarded the yacht in response to gunfire, and discovered
that four hostages had been shot. Two of the pirates were killed,
and 13 captured in a confrontation, according to a statement from
U.S. Central Command. Scott and Jean Adam's vessel Quest was taken
hostage last week; 19 pirates were believed to be involved in the
(US forces) responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the
Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by
their captors," the US Central Command statement said.
"Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all
four hostages ultimately died of their wounds."
Adam is a master of divinity graduate from Fuller Theological
Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He also received a master of theology
from the school in 2010, says Fred Messick, Fuller's associate
vice president of public affairs.
couple had expressed some unease in an e-mail sent several days
before the hijacking, says Craig Detweiler, a professor at
Pepperdine University, who attended Fuller with Adam.
acknowledged that they were navigating a global hot spot," he
said. "But it was also not like them to shy away. Things grew
strangely silent in the last week."
Adams were married later in life, Detweiler said, describing Scott
as having a "deeply liturgical" Anglican and Catholic
had a rooted confidence in the authoritative power of God's word,"
Detweiler said. "Their notion of traveling the world and
spreading the word of God connected to all that they understood
about our calling in life." .... Read this in full at
see “Slain yachters called ‘brave adventurers’”
“Slain Americans were delivering Bibles”
“Fuller Seminary Professor Stunned by Scott Adam's Death”
A TERRORIST FOR PRAYER,' SITE URGES
you pray for people who planned bombings, carried out shootings
and terrorized civilians? A movement in the US is asking
Christians to do just that.
atfp.org, Christians are asked to “adopt a terrorist for
prayer.” A quote from the Bible on the site urges visitors
to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
a Terrorist For Prayer (ATFP) spokesman Thomas Bruce tells CNN the
site's main goals are to teach people how to pray for their
enemies and to spiritually reform the terrorists. While the idea
of praying for your foes isn’t new, Bruce says his team
created the site in hopes of transforming the war against
terrorists.... Read this in full at
LIBERTY PRAYER BULLETIN
February we prayed for...
WORLD, where minority Christians wait to see what will emerge out
of the chaos.
where the federal government, due to ethnic federalism, seems
unwilling or unable to intervene as Christians living in majority
Muslim autonomous regions suffer rising levels of Islamic
intolerance, violence and imposition of Sharia Law.
where the dangerous ideology of fascist Hindutva (radical,
militant Hindu nationalism) advances unchallenged..... Read this
in full at
you have survived a Marine Corps boot camp, read no further. If
not, this article is for you.
the years I've grown concerned about Christians — especially
younger ones — who express little interest in the basic
doctrines of the faith. They don't want to appear to be dogmatic
or judgmental. I can understand why; after all, as Gabe Lyons and
David Kinnaman pointed out in unChristian, we older evangelicals
have often come across that way. But our failures do not alter the
fact that understanding and living by these doctrines are
essential to, well, being Christians.
aversion to doctrine caused some thoroughly orthodox young
evangelicals to decline to sign the Manhattan Declaration (which
defends human life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty),
even though the document is rooted in Scripture. As one young
evangelical explained to me, “We don't like dogmatic
statements that a lot of people have to sign.” What about
the Nicene Creed or the Westminster Confession of Faith?
I was delighted recently to visit a 31-year-old evangelical who
understood my concern. Like me, this young man, Donovan Campbell,
was a former Marine Corps officer. He has written a gripping book,
Joker One, about his experiences in Iraq as a platoon commander. I
asked him about younger evangelicals who believe that we oldsters
aren’t being sensitive enough to their concerns. “Can
you imagine,” he asked, “what would happen if a
scruffy young recruit were to tell his Marine drill instructor at
Parris Island that he ought to be more sensitive to his needs?”
.... Read this in full at
TIMOTHY KELLER SPREADS THE GOSPEL IN NEW YORK CITY, AND BEYOND
1989, Timothy Keller moved from rural Virginia to New York City
with his wife and sons to start Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The
church started small but in the past two decades has grown to
5,000 weekly attenders, attracting attention from the New York
Times for its ministry to New Yorkers after the September 11th
attacks and New York magazine, which called Keller the "most
successful Christian Evangelist in the city" in 2006.
Keller's influence began to extend beyond New York in 2008 when he
published The Reason for God, a rational defense of belief in God
that became a New York Times bestseller. Keller spoke with The
Atlantic about how his success as a writer has affected his church
and the process he went through to write his latest book, The
King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.
What made you decide to write a book about the life of Jesus?
In a way, the reason why I wrote the book is I'm a Christian
minister. And a basic job, I think, is to get people to be
attracted to Jesus. That's the purpose of the book: to take the
continual, almost inexorable, interest that people have in
Jesus—it seems like no matter whether people have a positive
or negative view of the church, regardless of whether the culture
is secular or religious, there is an interest in Jesus. I'm trying
to connect with that because I find Jesus very attractive, and I
want people to be attracted to him.... Read this in full at
FROM THE AIR
call Colorado Springs “Little Jerusalem” for good
reason. Christian churches from mega to micro dot this city
nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and prayer
is an integral part of the lives of many of the worshipers who
fill those pews.
prayers start on the ground and are sent heavenward. But
helicopter pilot Will Sanders is taking prayer to the air by
flying pastors up to the skies to pray down on the people below.
“I believe prayer works, and I want to take prayer warriors
up to pray for their community. Inspire them to see it from a
different angle, from a different view,” he said.... Read
this in full at
ADJUSTMENT BUREAU: FATE VS. FREE WILL, MATT DAMON STYLE
much power exactly do the agents of fate hold over someone’s
life? Can free will ever win over fate? And is it free will or
fate that orchestrates action? Such are the questions that come to
mind throughout George Nolfi’s newest film, “The
Adjustment Bureau,” based on the short story by Phillip K.
intention of this film is to raise questions – that’s
what art should do,” commented Nolfi about his soon-to-be
released motion picture at an earlier Pasadena screening. And
that, Mr. Nolfi, it definitely did.
screening on Feb. 15 was followed by a discussion led by Craig
Detweiler, associate professor of communication at Pepperdine
University. “I don’t think you can create an
equivalency of this film to Christian theology or Scripture,”
Detweiler told The Christian Post. But “this is a film that
deals with all kinds of forms of thinking about these issues. Is
there one plan? Are there many plans? How do I find the plan? What
if I get off the plan?” .... Read this in full at
SEASON OF LENT
Wednesday is March 9, 2011. The season of Lent has not been well
observed in much of evangelical Christianity, largely because it
was associated with "high church" liturgical worship
that some churches were eager to reject. However, much of the
background of evangelical Christianity, for example the heritage
of John Wesley, was very "high church." Many of the
churches that had originally rejected more formal and deliberate
liturgy are now recovering aspects of a larger Christian tradition
as a means to refocus on spirituality in a culture that is
increasingly secular.... Read this in full at
ROMANS 8:28 STILL IN THE BIBLE?”
is not problem-free. As one of my friends says, “You’re
either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or about to go into a
crisis.” The key to maintaining your balance is perspective.
Sometimes all it takes is for someone to ask the right question.
ago, I went to Sam Moore’s office for my weekly one-on-one
meeting. He was the CEO of Thomas Nelson at the time and my boss.
As I entered the executive suite, I felt my stomach tighten. I had
bad news to report, and I was concerned how he might react.
I entered his office, he greeted me in his usual, upbeat manner.
“Michael Hyatt, good to see you, my man. Have a seat.”
I tried to smile, hoping his mood would rub off on me. It didn’t.
didn’t beat around the bush. “Sam, I’m afraid I
have some bad news to report.” I then reported how my
division had missed its budget for the previous month. This had
not happened in well over a year. I was disappointed and, frankly,
was also fearful. I was afraid how he might respond. Though I knew
intellectually, I wouldn’t get fired over one bad month,
emotionally I felt that I was in danger. (Funny how the brain
works this way.) .... Read this in full at
you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache
for the rest of your life.
it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be
the last time you see them.
you can keep going long after you can't.
we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
either you control your attitude or it controls you.
heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to
be done, regardless of the consequences.
money is a lousy way of keeping score.
sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that
doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to
doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every
once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you
have to learn to forgive yourself.
just because two people argue doesn't mean they don't love each
other. And just because they don't argue doesn't mean they do.
two people can look at the exact same thing and see something
totally different. Same goes for hearing.
I can be bitter or better.
WINNER OUTSPOKEN CHRISTIAN
Trevor Bayne -- an outspoken Christian who often uses social media
like Twitter to talk about his faith -- became the youngest driver
ever to win the Daytona 500 Feb. 20 at the Daytona International
testified about the Lord in his post-race interviews. "We
said a prayer before," Bayne said in one interview. "We
pray a lot, and we expect a lot of things, but this just shows how
powerful God is."
another interview with ESPN, Bayne talked about using his winnings
to help support friends working on the mission field, and
specifically mentioned his desire to donate to an organization
called Back2Back Ministries that does mission work in Mexico. "I
can't even describe it," Bayne said about his victory. "This
is our first time ever coming here, so to win in our first time, I
feel a little undeserving."
native Tennessean, Bayne attends Fairview Baptist Church in
Corryton, Tenn., outside Knoxville when he's home visiting his
family.... Read this in full at
see “Daytona 500 winner's race for faith”
CHRISTIAN ATHLETES STRIKE OUT ON BIG-DOLLAR CONTRACTS?
contract talks broke down between Albert Pujols and the Cardinals,
St. Louis baseball fans began nervously asking themselves a host
of questions. He's a Cardinal for life, right? He wouldn't go to
Wrigley Field because he likes winning too much, right?
a particular group of Cardinals fans—those who share his
evangelical faith—was asking a different kind of question.
What does holding out for the largest contract in the history of
baseball say about Albert's Christian testimony?
and his wife, Deidre, are evangelical Christians. They describe
their charity, the Pujols Family Foundation, as "a
faith-based nonprofit organization," and participate in
Christian events around the city. So as Pujols began looking to
many like a typical mega-wealthy superstar athlete angling for a
record payday, some have asked how Pujols' public, God-fearing
image squares with a private quest for wealth. Team officials have
declined to describe the details of their offer to Pujols, but
it's widely believed to have been worth about $200 million....
Read this in full at
CHICK-FIL-A, BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES SHAPE BUSINESS
the woods surrounding Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters,
patriotic songs mix with hymns — “Amazing Grace,”
“How Great Thou Art,” “The Battle Hymn of the
Republic” — chiming from a bell tower. Near the front
door, a bronze plaque proclaims the company’s purpose: “To
glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted
to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact
is never far from the front lines at Chick-fil-A, which has become
the country’s highest-profile business that touts the Bible
as an operating manual. Chick-fil-A’s creed of “second-mile
service” is a reference to Matthew 5:41, in which Jesus
tells his followers that if someone forces them to go one mile,
they should go two instead.
as Chick-fil-A grows, it is trying to pull off a balancing act:
selling chicken and milkshakes while not exactly selling
Christianity.... Read this in full at
TRANSLATORS LOOK FOR AIRPLANE TO AID EFFORTS
Wycliffe Associates, an international Bible translation group,
airplanes are just as important as alphabets. The organization is
seeking to raise $1.5 million toward the purchase of a Pilatus
PC-6 aircraft for operation in Indonesia. A former missionary
pilot, Wycliffe Associates President and CEO Bruce Smith calls
Indonesia "one of the most challenging mission fields on
earth." This chain of islands in the south Pacific is among
the least explored places on earth, and among the hardest to
travel. Its people speak more than 700 separate languages. "It
takes specialized airplanes to keep Bible translators at work,
planes designed specifically to get in and out of the incredibly
complicated terrain: steep cliffs, narrow gorges, short runways
carved out of thick jungles," says Smith. "I've been in
some pretty difficult situations as a missionary pilot, and I can
tell you that a dependable airplane is not optional. An airplane
is a lifeline."
YEARS OF OM’S SHIP MINISTRY
Ship Ministry is celebrating 40 years of global impact that began
on Friday, February 18, 1971, when OM’s first ship Logos set
sail for London from Rotterdam, Netherlands, where the ship had
spent four months being made ready for ministry.
launch of the first Logos represented years of dreaming, praying
and working to do something that had not been done before,”
said OM Founder George Verwer who first shared the vision for
ship-based ministry to early OM co-workers in 1964. “We have
much to be thankful for and celebrate at this special time.”
these 40 years of ministry more than 42 million people in 164
countries and territories have visited Logos (1970-1988), Doulos
(1977-2010) Logos II (1989-2008) or the current vessel Logos Hope
(since 2009). Most have come for the quality educational and
Christian literature available on board. Many have left with new
hope through the testimony and compassion of the international
volunteer crew and staff.... Read this in full at
TO REMOVE ‘CROSSES’ FROM TOLEDO PUBLIC ELEMENTARY
architect is removing a design element from a new elementary
school that looked liked the Christian cross. "I actually
have not noticed a cross," said Mona-Mae Mitchell. "Is
that a light pole?"
have never noticed the design at the Toledo Public Schools' new
Beverly Elementary School construction site at the corner of
Glanzman Road and Detroit Avenue, the former location of old
Bowsher High School. Others say the designs look like Christian
crosses.... Read this in full at
SACRIFICE TO RECONCILIATION, A YOUNG MAN DISCOVERS HIS HERITAGE IN
Grandfathers, a motion-graphics film about a young man's struggle
with his complicated heritage, completes a trilogy produced by
EthnoGraphic Media (EGM) that includes End of the Spear and Beyond
the Gates of Splendor. These first two films, also from
award-winning director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green, tell the
unforgettable and inspiring story of the killing of five
missionaries by a stone-age tribe deep in the Amazon jungle. The
impact of this tragic event lives on today in families of these
slain men as well as among those responsible for their deaths.
Saint consulted with Hanon and Green to help bring the story of
his father, Nate, to screen through the feature film End of the
Spear and the companion documentary film Beyond the Gates of
Splendor. These films trace events leading up to and including the
deaths of these men. More than that, they show the impact these
events played on the lives of both their survivors and their
killers. When the widows and their children went to live among the
Waodani--a tribe regarded as the most violent on earth--they
became an integral part of an incredible redemptive journey....
Read this in full at
said,] "So in everything, do to others what you would have
them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
realize God's presence is the one sovereign remedy against
2.0: TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE
majoring in philosophy and religious studies at Stanford, earning
an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in
religion at Harvard, and studying at Oxford as well as two
universities in China, Timothy Dalrymple had had enough of
academia. So he plunged into the online world at Patheos.com, a
growing multireligious website, as manager of its evangelical
2010, the multifaith site grew from 15,000 monthly visitors to
about half a million with just 11 full-time employees. Most
notably, Dalrymple lured North Park University professor Scot
McKnight's Jesus Creed blog away from Beliefnet. (McKnight said he
thought Patheos "was a better fit—more exclusively
directed toward an educated audience.") Patheos is based in
Denver, but Dalrymple, 34, works from his laptop in Atlanta.
kind of come out of nowhere," said Michael Cromartie, vice
president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington,
D.C. Patheos covers a wide range of topics, but Cromartie
particularly notices Dalrymple's political commentary: "Many
young evangelicals spend a lot of time saying, 'I'm not Dobson,
I'm not one of them.' But [Dalrymple] is a very thoughtful,
theologically orthodox, culturally and politically conservative
guy. He writes with confidence and boldness that I find bracing
and refreshing." .... Read this interview in full at
A LIFE WORTHY OF YOUR CALLING: THE NEW HAS COME
there is a choice between something old and something new, I would
guess many of us would choose new. I love and appreciate historic
and classic things, but there's just something about driving a new
car, using new technology, wearing new clothes or moving into a
new home. What may be one of the most "under-appreciated"
new things in life is the new life in Christ.
I'm just speaking for myself, having received Jesus over 20 years
ago, and maybe I am the only one who has from time to time missed
that "new life in Christ smell" (or excitement).
order to live a life worthy of the calling God has called us
(Ephesians 4:1), we must rid ourselves of and forget about those
things which have been an obstruction in our lives.
anyone is in Christ, the old has gone, the new has come!(2
a new creation, our purpose changes, our perspective of life
changes and our desires change, or at least they should.... Read
this interview in full at
PHYSICIANS, FORMER HHS ASST. SECRETARY DECRY OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION'S REGULATORY ACTION ON CONSCIENCE AND
16,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA) is protesting
the Feb. 18 decision of the Obama administration to weaken the
only federal regulation protecting the exercise of conscience in
J. Scott Ries, a board-certified family physician and CMA's vice
president for Campus & Community Ministries, said, "The
administration has made changes in a vital civil rights regulation
without evidence or justification. The administration presented no
evidence of any problems in healthcare access, prescriptions or
procedures that have occurred in the two years since the original
regulation's enactment that would justify any change in this
administration, for example, contends that a rule change is
necessary to protect access to contraception, but absolutely no
evidence is presented to justify any such concern. In the process,
the administration blatantly ignores the scientific evidence that
certain controversial prescriptions that abortion advocates
promote as contraception are actually potential abortifacients,
ending the life of a living, developing human embryo. This is a
critical concern for pro-life patients, healthcare professionals
and institutions." .... Read this in full at
PORN DOES TO RELATIONSHIPS
blog begins with a startling confession: “Hi, my name is
John, and I was a sex addict. I’m also a believer in the
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and am married to an
amazing and beautiful woman of God.”
leaders have long struggled talking about sex, much less
pornography. But Relevant magazine made a daring move this month
when it printed a blogger’s confession about how his
addiction to pornography affected his marriage.
blogger is John Buckingham, and he is an English teacher, Relevant
says. Buckingham said in the story that his addiction to
pornography started when he was 12. He thought it would end after
his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal in early 2010.
four months after getting married, Buckingham says he succumbed.
He started watching pornography again. Burdened by guilt,
Buckingham said he told his wife what he had done.... Read this in
STORES TO DROP WARNING LABELS
Christian Stores, the Southern Baptist-owned US retailer, plans to
drop its controversial "Read with Discernment" program.
program, which began in 2007, listed popular authors such as Rob
Bell, Donald Miller, Brian McLaren, and William Young, who the
chain said "may have espoused thoughts, ideas, or concepts
that could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical
theology." Such books, LifeWay said, are relevant "strictly
for critical study or research to … understand and develop
responses to the diversity of religious thought in today's
postmodern world." .... Read this in full at
OUT WITH THE ROMEOs
Earl Stinson started receiving radiation treatments for prostate
cancer, he knew where to go for advice. He turned to Lindy Atkins,
a cancer survivor and fellow "ROMEO."
(retired old men eating out) groups spring up all over the United
States," Stinson tells CNN. "They have no organization,
no members, no requirements, no dues and no officers, and if you
try to organize it, you have a riot on your hands."
the country, men like Stinson and Atkins are joining the
commitment-free club. These ROMEOS vacation in Florida, play golf
during the week, and when they come together, they're just looking
for fun. What it takes to become a real ROMEO is all in the name.
requirements," says Stinson. "Nothing required of us
other than coming in and eating breakfast and talking about
whatever you want to talk about." .... Read this in full at
THINGS TO DO AFTER LOSING YOUR WALLET
your wallet or purse is stressful. Your money, credit cards,
driver's license--all gone. Don't fret too much about tracking
down contact information to close accounts and get things
replaced. This to-do list from the Federal Citizen Information
Center puts the answers you need all in one place:
Make a list of what you had in your wallet and tackle the
important things first.
Immediately cancel all your credit and debit cards, letting your
bank know that your wallet was lost or stolen. Request new copies
of the card with a new account number.
If you were the victim of theft, file a police report so there is
an official record.
Report a missing driver's license to your state's department of
motor vehicles and request a new copy.
Alert the fraud departments of the three major credit reporting
companies. They will place a fraud alert on your name and Social
Security number, and you can request that they alert you before
opening a line of credit in your name. (Equifax: 1-800-525-6285;
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742; Trans Union:
Request a replacement Social Security card and consider not
carrying it in your wallet in the future.
Contact either your company's HR department or your health
insurance provider directly to get a replacement insurance card.
If you've lost a Medicare card, contact the Social Security
Administration to get a replacement.
For other club membership, video rental and bonus club cards,
you'll have to contact the each company individually. Use the
directory on consumeraction.gov to get a direct line to consumer
affairs or member relations departments.
is not a spare-time occupation or a once-a-week activity. It must
be a quality of life. You don't go witnessing, you are a witness.”
it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of
many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith
WEEK'S HYMN: O LOVE THAT WILT NOT LET ME GO
George Matheson, 1882
Albert L. Peace, 1884
Love that wilt not let me go,
rest my weary soul in thee;
give thee back the life I owe,
in thine ocean depths its flow
richer, fuller be.
light that followest all my way,
yield my flickering torch to thee;
heart restores its borrowed ray,
in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
brighter, fairer be.
Joy that seekest me through pain,
cannot close my heart to thee;
trace the rainbow through the rain,
feel the promise is not vain,
morn shall tearless be.
Cross that liftest up my head,
dare not ask to fly from thee;
lay in dust life’s glory dead,
from the ground there blossoms red
that shall endless be.
are, no doubt, passages in the New Testament which may seem at
first sight to promise an invariable granting of our prayers. But
that cannot be what they really mean. For in the very heart of the
story we meet a glaring instance to the contrary. In Gethsemane
the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain
cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that
prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), "The Efficacy
of Prayer" in The World's Last Night , Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2002, p. 5
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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you call sweat "workman's condensation"?
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