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as children of light -- for the fruit of the light is found in all
that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing
to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but
instead expose them.”
has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not
promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”
DOUBTFUL ABOUT METAL PLATE DOCUMENTS' AUTHENTICITY
Middle East in turmoil, newly discovered ancient texts carried
across borders and offered for sale to the highest bidder: It
reads like the Dead Sea Scrolls story. Only this is now and some
people say these texts could be a Christian type of Dead Sea
Scrolls if they are authentic. That's a big if.
media first reported on the discovery of 70 lead codices, metal
plates barely bigger than a credit card, bound together with lead
straps. Their text is in ancient Hebrew and Greek. They also
contain Christian and Jewish symbols.
codices are currently in the possession of an Israeli Bedouin who
says they've been in his family for 100 years. However the reports
also say that they were discovered a few years ago in a cave in a
remote area of northwest Jordan. This is near the area where first
century Christians fled when Jerusalem was attacked by the Romans.
Jordanian government is trying to get them back. "They will
really match, and perhaps be more significant than, the Dead Sea
Scrolls," the director of Jordan's Department of Antiquities,
Ziad al-Saad, told the BBC.
which Larry Hurtado says, "Chill, take a breath."
Hurtado is Professor of New Testament Language, Literature &
Theology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian
Origins at the University of Edinburgh.
says dangling such discoveries in front of the media, before
making them available to scholars, is becoming a tired game. "I'm
impatient with people who go to the press and claim that they have
something of enormous scholarly value and do not provide the
materials for independent scholarly analysis. Controlling access
to information is not how we do business in scholarship."
.... Read this in full at
OUT OF SPIRITUAL SLUMP WITH LENT
I was a seminary student, my wife and I went to downtown Chicago
for a taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” When the
producer came out to prep us for the show, I was embarrassed for
him because he had dirt on his forehead. Didn’t he look in
the mirror that morning? Why didn’t someone tell him? My
embarrassment for him turned into embarrassment for myself when I
discovered it was Ash Wednesday and the dirt on his forehead was
actually ashes that symbolized the day of repentance that begins
grew up going to a wide variety of Protestant churches, but none
of them practiced or even mentioned Lent. It wasn’t until a
few years ago, well into my tenure as lead pastor of National
Community Church, that I discovered the value of Lent. It has
since become a meaningful season in the cycle of my spiritual
life. During the last few Lenten seasons, I’ve incorporated
a fast into my routine. One year I gave up television. Another
year I gave up soda. I’ve also done a variety of food fasts
my experience, giving something up for Lent has made the Easter
celebration far more meaningful and even helped me develop the
spiritual discipline of fasting. Fasting during Lent has helped me
identify with the sacrifices Christ has made for me, and it’s
also helped me focus on the reason for the season. The celebration
of the resurrection of Christ has become far more meaningful since
I started observing Lent.... Read this in full at
OURPRAYER MINISTRY PRESENTS ANNUAL GOOD FRIDAY DAY OF PRAYER EVENT
Guideposts OurPrayer Ministry, part of the Ruth Stafford Peale
Prayer Power Network, announces its 41st annual Good Friday Day of
Prayer event scheduled for April 22nd at the Peale Center in
Pawling, NY. As in years past, OurPrayer invites the public to
submit prayer requests online at
or volunteer to pray for others.
more than 40 years, OurPrayer has set aside Good Friday as a
special day of prayer. Last year, the Great Recession weighed
heavily on the minds of many, with prayer requests centering on
finances, unemployment, relationships, and health & healing.
To address these concerns, OurPrayer volunteers, friends and staff
prayed by name and need for more than 23,000 requests at the Peale
Center, and were also joined at OurPrayer's website by thousands
around the world.... Read this in full at
INCREASINGLY POPULAR VIEW OF THE ATONEMENT FORCES THE QUESTION:
WHAT ARE WE SAVED FROM?
is not the only topic in Rob Bell's Love Wins that deserves
comment, though given the buzz, you'd think that's all he
discusses. Among other things, the book also attacks "toxic"
forms of substitutionary atonement, and advocates the use of a
plurality of atonement theories. In this, Mr. Bell is repeating
decades-old arguments in our movement, arguments that seem to be
winning the day. One atonement theory in particular has exploded
in popularity, in fact. Hardly an atonement discussion goes by
that I don't hear an evangelical say they doubt the usefulness of
substitutionary atonement and now favor Christus Victor.... Read
this in full at
STONES: A WOMAN'S LAVISH LOVE
Stephen W. Rankin
is so easy to lock in on Jesus' words, "The poor you will
always have with you," and miss the impact of this scene. A
woman barges into a meal and does what, by all practical intents
and purposes, looks like a completely wasteful and useless act.
She breaks a beautiful alabaster bottle and dumps rare and
expensive perfumed ointment on Jesus' head. Those present for the
meal complain, but Jesus praises her and tells us why: "She
has done a beautiful thing . . . she has anointed my body
beforehand for burying."
from Jesus' passion, death, and resurrection, very few scenes
appear in all four Gospels, but this one does. Maybe it is because
Jesus said that wherever the Gospel is preached, this woman's act
of loving service would be told the world over. Whatever the
reason, it stands for us as a challenge, with two questions for
faith: Are we paying attention? What is the quality of our love?
.... Read this in full at
OUR WORDS SAY ABOUT US
tell us that it is a noble and brave thing to speak out whatever
words are on our minds at the moment. Outspokenness is considered
a virtue, a sign of honesty and authenticity. Yet the Bible gives
us a different word, a word of caution, telling us that our
communication must be brought under control and kept under
first chapter of James tells us that we should be slow to speak.
We learn that a person with an unbridled tongue - a person who
does not control their communication or think about what they say
- is a person whose religion is worthless. The third chapter of
James’s letter is entirely dedicated to the taming of the
tongue, to putting boundaries on our communication so that it can
be used for good and not for evil. [Also,] Paul in Colossians
exhorts the Christian to make sure that his speech is ‘gracious,
seasoned with salt’ (4:6), while in Ephesians, he warns of
‘corrupting talk,’ filthy talk that pollutes and
destroys instead of blessing and strengthening others (4:29).
Word teaches us the tongue is connected to the heart. The words
that come out of a person’s mouth or are typed on his keypad
and texted to a friend are an expression of what is in his heart.
As Jesus said, ‘What comes out of the mouth proceeds from
the heart, and this defiles a person’ (Matthew 15:18).
is a good] prayer about the tongue and the heart ... ‘Oh, my
God, take them both into your own keeping, under your own
discipline, as instruments for your service and glory’ [from
Proverbs by Charles Bridges].”
Tim Challies in The Next
Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion
UCONN, CHURCH MEETS NEXT TO HUSKY SPORTS MUSEUM
The Bridge church meets for Sunday worship at the University of
Connecticut, the gathering takes place in a room adjacent to the
Husky Heritage Sports Museum.
during our church service, somebody will come to the sports museum
and have to walk right through where we're worshipping," said
Russell Atherton, church planter of The Bridge.
museum now will boast a new attraction -- another NCAA national
championship trophy the UConn men's basketball team won by
defeating Butler 53-41 in Houston April 4.... Read this in full at
ON NBA’S FIRST ALL-BLACK STARTING TEAM STANDS TALL FOR JESUS
was an All-American at UCLA and later won three NBA world
championships with the Boston Celtics. After his illustrious
sports career, he came to understand his mother’s teachings
about faith in a whole new way through a fresh encounter with God.
mother was an ambassador for Jesus Christ,” says Willie
Naulls, the founder of Willie Naulls Ministries, a Christ-centered
mission promoting a balanced awareness of academic, physical, and
spiritual achievement. Naulls spent the early part of his
childhood on the wrong side of the tracks in Dallas, Texas at a
time when segregation still held its grip on the city. “It
was very oppressive,” he recalls.
the harsh racial atmosphere, his mother’s strong faith
encouraged him to see his uniqueness as a child of God. “I
was taught not to hate the people who hated me because of the
color of my skin, but to pray for them and God would work it out.”
.... Read this in full at
MUSEUM TO USE SCIENCE TO TELL BIBLE'S HISTORY
new multimillion-dollar, high-tech, interactive museum of the
Bible was announced Mar. 31 amid 130 artifacts of the Good Book in
a private exhibition at the Vatican Embassy. The exhibit was a
sampler of Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant treasures from
the future museum's 10,000 manuscripts and texts, one of the
world's largest biblical collections.
were as old as pages of the Gospel in the Aramaic of Jesus' time,
as political as the only Bible edition ever authorized by the U.S.
Congress, as treasured as first editions of the majestic King
James Version (KJV), displayed near the king's own seal.
will form the basis for "a public museum designed to engage
people in the history and the impact of the Bible," said
museum sponsor Steve Green, an evangelical businessman and owner
of Oklahoma City-based nationwide craft chain Hobby Lobby.... Read
this in full at
see “Eyeing a national museum, a collector’s Bibles
hits the road”
AND SOCIAL MEDIA
any given weekend, some 15,000 people worship with the evangelical
Northland Church, but about a third of them never set foot in the
building in Longwood, Florida. They’re worshiping online via
the Web and Facebook and Smartphones.
the explosion of online technologies and social media, religious
institutions across the spectrum are finding more and more
creative ways to connect with their members and reach out to new
audiences. The Vatican, for example, has its own channel on
YouTube, while the Dalai Lama tweets updates through Twitter. The
innovations are providing new ministry opportunities, but some
wonder if they are also changing fundamental beliefs and
Church and its prominent senior pastor, Joel Hunter, have been on
the cutting edge of using new technologies, and they are helping
others follow suit, especially churches in other parts of the
world. Their online worshipers, they say, are demographically much
like those who attend the main service. But the online ministry
allows Northland to connect with people who wouldn’t have
been comfortable attending a church. At the same time, Clark says
Northland has created a worldwide church community.... Read this
in full at
tax filing deadline in the USA this year is April 18, not April
NEW TESTAMENT MODEL FOR FORGIVENESS
do I forgive those who have wronged me? Can I restore a
relationship with someone who has deeply hurt me? Can ethnic
groups set aside centuries of grievances and warring ways? Can the
proverbial lion lay down with the lamb?
friend Marty composed the music for the most successful game
franchise in history, Halo. He wrote the music before the game's
story was fully developed. To guide Marty, co-creator Jason Jones
suggested three words: ancient, mysterious, and epic. Those three
words also describe the essence of forgiveness.... Read this in
THOSE MOMENTS THAT MATTER
constant busyness is causing us to miss more than just rest and
refreshment. I'm convinced normal people miss the majority of
God’s blessings because they’re too busy to notice
is this more apparent than in a scene of two women at odds over
how they're each spending their time. One is convinced she doesn't
have enough time; her sister, however, accepts an opportunity for
a unique encounter and, as a result, receives a gift with
literally eternal payoff: ‘As Jesus and his disciples were
on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha
opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at
the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was
distracted by all the preparations that had to be made’
what’s interesting: Mary and Martha are both presented with
the same opportunity. Jesus, the very Son of God, has come to
Martha's home. What would you do if you knew Jesus was coming
over? Now, Mary probably had other things she needed to do, just
like the rest of us. Certainly she could have swept, cleaned, and
tidied up. But she chose to create a moment instead. She said,
‘Right now, while we have this time, I’m not going to
do any of that other stuff. I’m going to seize this moment
and simply enjoy being with Jesus while I can.’
the last time you stopped long enough to embrace a
matters-the-most moment? Too many good (or acceptable) things
quickly overwhelm the most important things in life. Too often our
desire to fit in, to belong, to conform and be considered normal
eclipses our desire to follow God and do what’s best ... In
his letter to the Romans, Paul tells us exactly how we can counter
this: ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind’
Craig Groeschel in Weird: Because Normal
SURFER WITH SOUL
Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a shark attack at the age of
13, but through courage, perseverance, and a strong faith has
nonetheless still become one of the world's greatest professional
surfers. She’s written about her experience in books and now
Soul Surfer (http://www.soulsurferthemovie.com/),
a movie about her life, is in theaters. She was interviewed by
What did you think of the movie?
I thought it turned out really good. The story is true to my
family and me. My family and I all took part in making the film
from the very beginning till the very end. We had a lot of say in
the script and day to day on the set. We're all very proud of it
and excited to share it.
What parts did you feel like they got just perfect?
I thought the shark attack was really well done. It's exactly how
it really was. It started off a very happy, fun day, perfect
weather. And then it happened real quick.... Read this in full at
I FOUND GOD IN HOLLYWOOD
not impossible to be a Christian in Hollywood, Lee Stanley will
tell you. What it does take is guts - the same guts it takes to be
a Christian anywhere, he says.
wasn’t a believer when he moved from New England to
California in the 1960s. He was in love with a fantasy – not
the idea of making it big on the big screen, but being around the
water all the time.
aspiring baseball player had realized he wasn’t going to
make it to the major leagues, so he turned to another passion -
diving. He had no idea the trek West would lead him on the road to
becoming a filmmaker who tells stories of redemption and faith.
details his life in “Faith in the Land of Make-Believe,”
just published by Zondervan. In a phone interview from his boat,
he said he wrote the book to “to encourage people that have
wandered away or lost the confidence in the things that have been
on their heart for years.” .... Read this in full at
MIDST OF CHAOS, OPEN DOORS STRENGTHENS CHRISTIANS LIVING IN MIDDLE
EAST, NORTH AFRICA
Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Oman, Yemen, and Iran. These are some of
the countries where the wind of revolution blows. The civilians
are fed up with their leaders. They demonstrate and fight for
freedom. Some pay with their lives.
living in these predominately Muslim countries are holding on
tight. Will there be more freedom or more persecution? Nobody
knows. What is certain is doors have opened for Open Doors, a
nonprofit Christian organization which has been supporting and
strengthening persecuted Christians in 45 of the most dangerous
countries in the world for 56 years.
don’t know when the borders will close,” said Stephan,
an Open Doors worker for the Middle East and North Africa. “That’s
why we have increased the number of Bibles, books, DVDs and other
Christian materials to persecuted Christians. Our couriers and
contacts are working very hard to achieve this. Now is the time to
bring God’s Word in unprecedented amounts to Christians in
these countries. Our warehouses will empty soon. We want to print
though the chaos offers opportunities, there are also serious
threats to Open Doors’ work.... Read this in full at
IT SEEMS LIKE THE FOG WON'T LIFT
exactly two years after the shooting at New Life Church that took
the lives of two of our congregation's young women, I was spending
some private time with God on [my] deck, when he whispered a
prompting to me. It wasn't an audible whisper, but the message was
unquestionably clear. I want you to write, he said. There is
something I want you to say.
divine input caught me off guard. ‘Seriously?’ I said
out loud. I wasn’t sure what I could offer readers going
through the darker days of life, when I was still numb from my own
pain. But then God began to work on my heart, and on the hearts of
the rest of our congregation. He bandaged our wounds, he
shouldered our concerns, he shone a bright beam of light on what
was at the time a very shadowy path. It took two long years for
him to accomplish his work, but at last the broken places in our
body were being made whole once again.
of the interesting things about living at 7500 feet above sea
level is that dense pockets of heavy fog can sock you in, even
when everything is clear down below. On many foggy mornings as I
make my way to work, I’ll head down the hill toward the city
of Colorado Springs and find a completely different world down
there. Six minutes into my journey, the road is suddenly visible,
the sky is bright, and the fog has disappeared. That’s how
life feels at New Life Church these days. The fog has finally
lifted. Our viewpoint has changed. Our perspective has shifted.
Our outlook - at last - is bright. If there is one message I hope
to convey, it’s that the bleak and devastating aftereffects
of evil don’t have to cloud your vision forever. Our great
God is committed to seeing you through.”
Brady Boyd in
Fear No Evil: A Test of Faith, a Courageous Church, and an
THE HISTORY OF EVANGELICALISM
Mark Noll and Bruce Hindmarsh
historian William Reginald (Reg) Ward decisively changed the way
historians understand the origins of evangelicalism. No longer can
the history of modern evangelicalism be told as an Anglo-American
story, beginning with, say, John Wesley's strangely warmed heart
in London in 1738, or the phenomenon of revival in Northampton,
Massachusetts, under Jonathan Edwards, a few years earlier. There
is an Anglo-German axis that is every bit as important as the
Anglo-American; once those Central European roots of evangelical
religion are understood, the entire tradition takes on a fresh
appearance.... Read this in full at
Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in
whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.”
Psalm 18:2 (NLT)
means primarily the free, forgiving love of God in Christ to
sinners and the operation of that love in the lives of
A. M. Hunter
ZERO CROSS ON THE MOVE AGAIN
Cross at Ground Zero was one of thousands of I-beams used to
construct the iron skeletons of the World Trade Center towers.
This one fell from the fiery, apocalyptic heavens during the 9/11
terror attacks and stuck upright in the ground, in a field of
similar but smaller crosses.
iconic cross rose higher than the others above the twisted steel,
concrete slabs and human remains. When the smoke subsided and the
dust and ashes settled, it emerged as a beacon — a sacred
symbol of, at once, survival and remembrance.
immediately, rescue workers and firefighters scratched out
memorial messages on the 20-foot cross. A shrine was created,
services were held.
was later blessed and draped with a sheet-metal shroud from the
wreckage, then hoisted atop a concrete stanchion from the
destroyed plaza at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets.
symbolism was obvious. Church, liberty, religious freedom —
concepts that separate America from its attackers. The cross
stayed there until October 2006, when it was moved for preliminary
construction work at the site.... Read this in full at
YOU ARE SALT AND LIGHT
said that we are "the salt of the earth" and "the
light of the world". Being salt and light is not optional.
Jesus did not say you can be...or you have the potential to
be...He said you are. Everyone who has trusted Christ for
salvation and is born again is the salt of the earth and the light
of the world.... Read this in full at
TURN TO ELECTRONIC GIVING, SURVEY FINDS
consumers in the United States shift increasingly to online
banking and bill payment, their electronic financial habits are
spilling over into the church. A recent study by LifeWay Research
finds that 14% of all American Protestant churches offer online
survey of 1,003 Protestant congregations was conducted in
September 2010 and sponsored by LifeWay's Digital Church partner
ServiceU. It finds that large churches are most likely to offer
online giving and that for the most part, electronic tithes and
offerings are a recent development.
majority (55%) of churches with average worship attendance of 500
or more offer online giving, along with 26% of congregations with
attendance of 200 to 499. In contrast, just 9% of churches with
100 to 199 attendees offer online giving, as do 7% of churches
with 50 to 99 attendees and 4% with less than 50 attendees.
(66%) of churches with online giving have offered it for two years
or less. That includes 26% who have offered it for about two
years, 24% who have offered it for less than one year, and 16% who
have offered it for about one year.... Read this in full at
says] ‘To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory,
honor and immortality, he will give eternal life’ [Romans
- true holiness - is seen over time in our persistence. It is
relatively easy to "flirt" with righteousness - being
occasionally courteous to other drivers (if you happen to be in a
good mood), helping someone in need by opening the door for them
(if you have time), throwing a few extra bucks into the offering
plate (as long as you won't miss them). But this behavior is in
reality superficial righteousness. The righteousness God seeks is
a persistent righteousness, a commitment to continue making the
right decision even when, perhaps hourly, you feel pulled in the
opposite direction. Holiness is far more than an inclination
toward occasional acts of kindness and charity. It is a commitment
to persistent surrender before God.
gives us the power to persist in doing good? Paul hints at the
answer in the Romans 2 passage mentioned above. He notes that in
our persistence we seek ‘glory, honor and immortality’
(Romans 2:7). These are words that point to an alternate history,
to an afterlife. Persistence doesn't make sense unless we live
with a keen sense of eternity.
the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's
perseverance" [2 Thessalonians 3:5].”
in Sacred Marriage Gift Edition
ETERNAL IMPACT OF EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONS
it possible to make an eternal difference in the lives of those we
meet every day? Can an ordinary conversation over a cup of coffee
with a friend, or a random encounter with a stranger in the
supermarket, have an impact on their lives that will last forever?
Pulley, author and senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge,
believes that it can. In his latest book, Everyday Conversations,
Eternal Impact: Lessons Drawn From Jesus And The Woman At The Well
he outlines some practical guidelines that will help believers
share their faith more effectively. Personal testimonies of how
Christians impacted others in their decision for Christ, together
with revised concepts from his book, patient evangelism, make this
a vital message for anyone who longs to win souls.... Read this in
FOR PRISONERS PROGRAM EXPANDED INTO THIRD WORLD
Bible Institute is responding to the lack of Bibles available to
prisoners in developing countries by launching its Bibles for
Prisoners program worldwide, beginning in Africa and Latin
students in developed countries like the U.S. or Australia may
struggle to acquire Bibles, but the challenge is not
insurmountable. In prisons in the developing world, however, where
even food, soap and other basic necessities are scarce, the
situation is drastically different.
visiting CBI Zambia, CBI's Cynthia Williams discovered firsthand
that the 50 initial CBI students at Lusaka Central Prison had to
share two Bibles, which were stored in the facility's "library,"
a small, dirty, minimally-furnished room. Many students struggled
to finish their work in a timely manner.... Read this in full at
NELSON LAUNCHES BUY A BIBLE, HELP A CHILD PROMOTION WITH WORLD
who buys a Thomas Nelson-published Bible in a Christian retail
store will be doing more than bringing home God's Word —
they'll be putting it into action and helping children. Through
the God's Word in Action "Buy a Bible, Help a Child"
promotion, sales of Thomas Nelson Bibles — including
children's and Spanish-language Bibles — will help World
Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization, end poverty and
preventable deaths among children in the USA and worldwide
(applies to sales at US Christian retail stores only from April 1,
2011 – March 31, 2012. Thomas Nelson will donate 10% of its
year-over-year net revenue growth achieved during that period to
World Vision, with a minimum donation of $75,000).
World Vision combines Thomas Nelson's donation with matching grant
funds and corporate donations, the donation multiplies four times
to be used to improve the health of children around the world....
Read this in full at
HOW YOU DO IT
former Marine sergeant took a new job as a school teacher; but
just before the school year started he injured his back. He was
required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body.
Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn't noticeable.
the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest
students in the school. The smart-alecky punks, having already
heard the new teacher was a former Marine, were leery of him. They
decided to see how tough he really was, before trying any pranks.
confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the
window wide and sat down at his desk. When a strong breeze made
the teacher's tie flap, he picked up a stapler and promptly
stapled the tie to his chest.
had no trouble with discipline that year.
doesn't automatically happen as a result of linking up with the
‘right’ person, job, or even ministry. Fulfillment
happens as a result of being in God's will.”
the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my
love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as
I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have
told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may
be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved
John 15:9-12 (NIV)
WEEK'S HYMN: CROSS OF JESUS
William J. Sparrow-Simpson, 1887
John Stainer, 1887
of Jesus, cross of sorrow,
the blood of Christ was shed,
Man on thee did suffer,
God on thee has bled!
the King of all the ages,
in light ere worlds could be,
in mortal flesh is dying,
by sin for me.
God Himself is bearing
the sufferings of time!
for human failure
His passion we can plead;
has born all mortal anguish,
He will know our need.
— all human thought surpassing —
is earth’s most awful hour,
has taken mortal weakness!
has laid aside His Power!
the Lord of brilliant seraphs,
with love to do His will,
the scorn of all His creatures,
the aim of every ill.
in Heaven, sublimest glory
round Him from the first;
the earth finds none to serve Him,
to quench His raging thirst.
shall fathom that descending,
the rainbow circled throne,
to earth’s most base profaning,
the “Holy, Holy, Holy,
adore Thee, O most High,”
to earth’s blaspheming voices
the shout of “Crucify.”
of Jesus, cross of sorrow,
the blood of Christ was shed,
Man on thee did suffer,
God on thee has bled!
frees us to be controlled by God. To pray is to change. There is
no greater liberating force in the Christian life than prayer. To
enter the gaze of the Holy is never to be the same. To bathe in
the Light in quiet wonder and glad surrender is to be slowly,
permanently transformed. There is a richer inward orientation, a
deep hunger for communion. We feel as if we are being taken over
by a new control Center, and so we are.”
Foster, Freedom of Simplicity, HarperCollins, 1989, p. 58
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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