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the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How
unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize,
is to feel ourselves to be at home here on earth.”
Muggeridge (1903-1990), Jesus Rediscovered, Garden City, N.Y.:
Doubleday, 1969, p. 31
WILLARD ON THE GOSPEL
Ortberg interviews Dallas Willard at Catalyst. They discuss the
gospel as being about getting into heaven *before* you die, not
after.... See this interview in full at
convinced that people today know a lot more about how to become a
Christian than about how to be one. Jesus says, ‘Behold, I
stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens
the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he
with Me.’ This verse isn’t just an invitation to
become a believer, but to live as one.
isn’t knocking to see what he can give or what he can get.
He is knocking because he wants to share a deep relationship. How
do we have depth? How do we anchor ourselves in the knowledge of
God so that no matter what happens - whether the winds of
prosperity or adversity blow - we remain faithful? By knowing God.
the Israelites in the desert, I have found God’s whispers to
be like manna - something I need every day. The Israelites didn’t
wake up in their tents with full stomachs every morning; they had
to go out and gather the precious, life-giving bread. In the same
way, I need to gather God’s Word and wisdom for my life
of us are hungry for God’s presence. We want to know and to
make God known. If we are going to be God’s people, part of
the kingdom, then we must have more than information about God to
offer; we must have God dwelling within us.”
Feinberg in Hungry for God: Hearing God's Voice in the Ordinary
and the Everyday
STAKE MY LIFE THAT STEPHEN HAWKING IS WRONG ABOUT HEAVEN
Stephen Hawking, I have been living with motor neurone disease
(MND). Like him, I'm one of the lucky few not to have died within
months of diagnosis. I'm nine years younger than him and have had
the symptoms of the disease for only 10 years, compared with his
49. However for those 10 years I've "lived with the prospect
of an early death" also. Unlike Professor Hawking I am not a
superstar scientist. I'm simply a small-time writer, who used to
be a teacher and a vicar.
says some admirable things, but the idea that I believe in life
after death because I'm afraid of the dark is insulting.... Read
this in full at
METAXAS, BONHOEFFER AND LIVING LIKE A TRUE CHRISTIAN
Metaxas has had a year now to grasp the success and incredible
impact that his biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet,
Spy, has had on millions.
even after a year, the bestselling author is still finding it hard
to soak it all in. One thing he's clear minded about, however, is
that the acclaims have little to do with him and everything to do
with God and the man who lived what he believed.
was an utterly brilliant theologian but he believed in the God
about whom he was talking and he believed it because he lived it.
And he was forced to live it because he was living at a time when
it was harder for somebody as brilliant and as intellectually
honest as Bonhoeffer ... to avoid the big questions," Metaxas
said May 12.... Read this in full at
YOU A FAN OR FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
you have a fish bumper sticker on the back of your car? A worship
song set as your cell phone’s ringtone? Perhaps posters of
Christian artists plastered on your room walls? Then maybe, just
maybe you are a fan and not a follower of Jesus Christ.
of the symptoms [of a fan] is that you think you are a follower,”
Pastor Kyle Idleman shared with The Christian Post.
new book, Not a Fan, explains the difference between being a fan
of Jesus and being a devoted follower to him and his gospel. The
book offers a diagnostic to see whether or not a person is a fan –
something most fans deny being, Idleman noticed.
have all kinds of funny ways to measure our relationship with God
and have things that we point to as evidence, like the fact that
there is a fish on our bumper or people will talk about the fact
that their grandparents went to church or that they have four
Bibles in their house.”
a preacher’s son himself, shared that when he was young he
fit the description of a fan. He wore the t-shirt saying “this
blood is for you,” and next to a poster of Michel Jordan he
had a picture of Jesus. “I wanted to be like Jesus but I
wanted to be like Mike,” he said in a video.
working on a message to preach to 30,000 attendees at Southern
Christian Church, he realized the celebrity-driven fan culture is
permeating Christianity. But “Jesus doesn’t want fans,
he wants completely committed followers.” Since then, what
began as a sermon evolved into a movement that got people
evaluating their relationship with Jesus.... Read this in full at
ON THE FAMILY CANADA UNVEILS NEW HEADQUARTERS
the first time since opening its first Canadian office more than
27 years ago, Focus on the Family Canada is no longer required to
ministry began in 1983 with a couple of people working out of a
small office in downtown Vancouver. Today, its 65 local employees
- five more are based in other parts of the country - work out of
a new, wholly-owned building in Langley. An official
ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for June 17.
Canada president Terence Rolston sees the 24,000 square-foot
facility as not just a testimony to God's faithfulness to the
ministry over those years, but more importantly as a new
foundation for future growth in order to better serve Canada's
families and the many challenges they face.... Read this in full
MOUW: OSAMA BIN LADEN IS IN HELL
Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, spoke for
the first time this week on the death of Osama bin Laden, saying
he believes bin Laden is in hell for being one of the "unrepentant
comments were delivered May 11 during a discussion on Christian
responses to bin Laden's death at the seminary's Pasadena campus.
Mouw called the event an "important time for communal
discernment and pastoral theological reflection."
about the issue of heaven and hell as it relates to the al-Qaida
leader’s death, Mouw said he couldn't avoid the "Rob
Bell discussion." In March, the Fuller president had written
a commentary defending Bell's view on hell, saying he didn't think
the Love Wins author to be a universalist.
bin Laden's death, someone called Mouw and asked, "So do you
think Osama bin Laden went to hell?"
want to say yes," said the evangelical leader during the
discussion. "Article 10 of the Fuller Statement of Faith
says, 'the wicked shall in the end be eternally separated from
God.' So far as Osama bin Laden is one of the wicked and one of
the unrepentant wicked, I believe he is condemned to an eternity
apart from God," he stated.... Read this in full at
WITH EUGENE PETERSON
& Ethics Newsweekly profiles writer and retired Presbyterian
minister Eugene Peterson. His latest book is “The Pastor,”
a memoir that includes Peterson’s concerns about how hard it
is for pastors and everyone else to live Christian lives in modern
America. Peterson is best known for one of his many earlier books,
“The Message,” his translation of the entire Bible
into everyday American English. “The Message” has sold
more than 15 million copies worldwide.
lives now in northwestern Montana near Glacier National Park. In
late winter it is both majestic and full of life. Peterson grew up
nearby, in Kalispell in the Flathead Valley. His father was a
butcher who built a summer place on Flathead Lake, which Peterson
and his wife, Jan, expanded and improved. Peterson was asked about
his theology, but he said he has little time for anything
abstract. He listens for the holy, he said, in people and in the
quiet of the place he loves.
PETERSON: How do you pay attention to the unheard, the unseen? In
a cluttered, noisy, distracted society it’s very hard to do
it. A lot of the language in the church — well, not just the
church, in religion itself — has to do with trying to figure
out the truth of things. What’s true? What’s true? And
I’m not really interested in what’s true. I want to
know if I can live it. I want to test it out.... See this
interview and read the transcript in full at
ARE WHAT YOU WORSHIP
this video clip from Catalyst Leadership, Louie Giglio points out
how our worship shapes the person we become....
Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact
representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful
word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at
the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."
Christian man must aim at that complete obedience to God in which
life finds its highest happiness, its greatest good, its perfect
consummation, its peace.”
YANCEY: GOD CAN REDEEM EVERY SEASON OF THE SOUL
bestselling author of What’s so Amazing about Grace? was
recently at the start of his nine-date tour around the UK, titled
Seasons of the Soul.
was at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Esher, Surrey to
deliver a reassuring message of God’s ability to redeem even
the most broken of lives and work through every season of the
spoke honestly about his own bad experiences in the church, even
describing the church he grew up in as “toxic.”
was an unhealthy church, he shared, a church that “represented
death in many ways, not life,” and he grew up expecting God
to “smash” his hard and cynical shell. That was not
the case, however.
was the image of God given to me in the church [but] God didn’t
do that,” he said. “God melted that shell through
life, through spring. Nature was a part of that, love was a part
of that.... Read this in full at
IS WITH US
is not enough to hold that God did great things for our fathers:
not enough to pride ourselves on the inheritance of victories of
faith: not enough to build the sepulchres of those who were
martyred by men unwilling as we may be to hear new voices of a
living God. Our duty is to see whether God is with us; whether we
expect great things from Him; whether we do not practically place
Him far off, forgetting that if He is, He is about us, speaking to
us words which have not been heard before, guiding us to paths on
which earlier generations have not been able to enter. There is,
most terrible thought, a practical atheism, orthodox in language
and reverent in bearing, which can enter a Christian Church and
charm the conscience to rest with shadowy traditions, an atheism
which grows insensibly within us if we separate what cannot be
separated with impunity, the secular from the divine, the past and
the future from the present, earth from heaven, the things of
Caesar from the things of God.”
Brooke Foss Westcott
(1825-1901), The Historic Faith, New York: The Macmillan Company,
1883, p. 40-41
FROM A DISCONNECTED PHONE CAN BE FRUSTRATING
the midst of the communication era, there are times when we cannot
communicate simply because we are not connected. If man invented
it, built it and operates it, there will be times when it will not
will often tell their patients, "You have a virus." That
means things are not going well. You do not feel good. All kinds
of prescriptions attempt to work together to help you recover.
Such things as antibiotics, over the counter medicines, certain
food, lots of rest are all combined as part of the prescription
are often warned about the possibility of our computer
mal-functioning or completely shutting down because it has a
virus. A computer virus can be crippling. It can stop everything
you are trying to do.... Read this in full at
HOLY GRAIL OF COMMUNITY
years of searching full-time for the holy grail of community, I
have found nothing as compelling as the neighborhood. Neighborhood
or place-based community allows us to draw the greatest number of
people into a circle-our spouse, children, other Christians, those
who don't believe in or follow Jesus, older people, younger
people. With a little intentionality it can also contain most of
the activities we currently commute to. Most important,
neighborhood community enables us to park our cars and to see
people between events as we engage in our everyday activities. It
is in these frequent and spontaneous encounters that so much of
the richness of life is experienced.
power of place-based community is that it creates the most
tangible circle of relationships-the place where everyone of
various ages and backgrounds knows you and can also know each
other. This is not a new idea but one that has stood the test of
time over the centuries.
about a game night? What if you formed a small group with people
in your neighborhood? What if your small group decided to reach
out to the poor and needy around you-or visited the local nursing
home once a month? ... What if you planned a Fourth of July block
party? What if you took walks through the neighborhood with those
who were interested? What if you concentrated on sharing your
faith with those neighbors you, your family, and other believers
in your neighborhood were already connected to? What if you just
enjoyed a simple conversation as you ran into each other as you
took out the trash or retrieved the mail? The possibilities are
Rozanne and Randy Frazee in Real Simplicity
(Expanded Edition of Making Room for Life)
HAPPENING TO CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
I went to church recently with a friend, we didn't attend her
church because she doesn't have a church anymore. She was once a
loyal member of a church but dropped her membership when she was
disappointed by a change in leadership. Since then, she's attended
various churches but never joined one. One might say she's church
shopping, but the shopping has gone on so long that it's clear she
has no intention of buying—of joining a church. She meets
regularly with a small group for Bible study, and her children
attend youth groups of various kinds, but she is not affiliated
with a particular church.
friend is not unusual. A set of 2010 Gallup polls revealed that
while religious participation (at least self-reported
participation) is on the rise, Americans are less likely to
identify with a particular religious group. People do not belong
to churches the way they once did, even when they show up for
religious services.... Read this in full at
YOUVERSION BIBLE APP SOARS PASS 20 MILLION DOWNLOADS
YouVersion Bible app celebrated another milestone in May as it
surpassed 20 million downloads and its developer's expectations.
Downloads for the free Bible app has jumped by 5 million since
February, with 2 million download or roughly one new person every
1.1 seconds in April alone.
creators of YouVersion, the team at Lifechurch.tv in Edmond,
Okla., have been thrilled with the results. "People are
sharing it with each other on Facebook and Twitter. It's really
created a viral effect," said Bobby Gruenewald, innovation
leader at Lifechurch.tv, to The Christian Post. "The pace has
been increasing and picking up. We are really excited because we
see more people engaging in the Bible."
said he believes the YouVersion Bible app is sparking a
"Bible-engagement revolution," leading to the most
scripturally-engaged generation ever.... Read this in full at
APPS QUICKLY BECOMING TECHNOLOGY TOOL FOR GREAT COMMISSION WORK
Bible apps began to appear in the App Store and the Android
Market, very few would have predicted the rapid growth and quick
acceptance of the technology by millions within the faith
community and beyond.
to a news release from Audio Bible Ministry Faith Comes By Hearing
(FCBH), with the success of apps like YouVersion, Olive Tree and
FCBH's Bible.is, the way people access God's Word has been
of the portability of the devices the apps run on, people can
essentially carry their Bible with them wherever they go. FCBH
said in some cases, they have access to Scripture in multiple
versions and languages right in the palm of their hand.... Read
this in full at
TAKE: HOW TECHNOLOGY COULD BRING DOWN THE CHURCH
year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and
Bible publishers are ostentatiously commemorating the landmark by
producing an abundance of gorgeous doorstops. Leather bound
Bibles. Two-volume sets. Replicas of the 1611 version complete
with “original” illustrations.
hoopla is entirely justified, since the King James Bible
revolutionized Bible reading, bringing Scripture into a common
vernacular for the first time for the English-speaking world.
is not too much to say that the King James Bible - mass produced
as it was, thanks to a new technology called the printing press -
democratized religion by taking it out of the hands of the
clerical few and giving it to the many.
another revolution in Bible reading is underway – one that
has nothing to do with gilt-edged paper. If the King James Bible
brought the Bible to the English-speaking masses, today’s
technology goes a giant step further, making Scripture - in any
language and any translation - accessible to anyone on earth with
a smartphone.... Read this in full at
OF THE NOOK
Leslie Leyland Fields
couple of Sundays ago, my husband, son, and I enacted a mini-drama
from a script that has likely played out in every churchgoing
family in America. Never mind that we live in Kodiak, Alaska,
thousands of miles from the rest of the country. Electronics, we
know, are borderless.
the sermon, with our heads intently bent over our study Bibles, my
husband and I glanced down the pew to see our teenage son leaning
over his cell phone. Texting during the sermon? My husband, later
claiming self-defense, drew his own cell from his holster and
began furiously sending texts to the other end of the pew. Teenage
son didn't respond, which drew more urgent messages. No response
again. By now we were steaming toward a march around the center
pews to snatch the offensive item from the perpetrator's hands.
Thankfully, "we'll get him later" prevailed.
now you've already guessed the ending of this vignette. The
response to our accusations: wide eyes and sly protestations of
innocence before whipping out the cell phone — with the
Bible fully downloaded on it. Ah, the snarky pleasure on his
face.... Read this in full at
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Tim Challies understands both technology's potential and its
potential seduction. He uses emerging tools to keep his 15,000
visitors updated daily at Challies.com. His new book, The Next
Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion (Zondervan),
considers our reliance on technology and how it impacts our faith.
Matthew Lee Anderson spoke with Challies about how Christians
might think theologically about technology.
You write that we are "molded and formed into the image of
what shapes us." What risks do technologies like Facebook and
YouTube pose to the Christian life?
When technologies give us an ability, they also give us a desire.
Before Twitter or Facebook, none of us cared about
moment-by-moment updates from friends. But with the new tools,
we've grown to desire—and sometimes even demand—that
sort of information. YouTube heightens and preys upon our desire
to see and be seen. It makes us exhibitionists, telling us that
any part of the human experience can be someone's
entertainment.... Read this in full at
ROBOTS BRING BIBLE HISTORY TO LIFE
words "high-tech" and "ancient artifacts"
don't usually go together but at the new "Passages"
Bible exhibit, which debuted May 16 at the Oklahoma City Museum of
Art, high-tech robots are combined with ancient Bible manuscripts
to help bring the story of translation and preservation of the
Bible to life.
room features first edition-works of 16th century Protestant
reformer William Tyndale, best known for translating large parts
of the Bible into English. An animatronic likeness of Tyndale, who
was sentenced to death for heresy, delivers his final words as he
is being choked to death.
Jerome also resurrects from the grave as an animatron in a cave
setting, where he is transcribing the pages of the Bible into
Latin by candlelight.
the time visitors are done with exploring "Passages,"
they will have experienced over 14,000 square feet of interactive
Bible history spanning over 2,000 years. The non-sectarian,
worldwide traveling exhibition is based on The Green Collection,
one of the world's largest private collections of rare biblical
texts and artifacts. The Green Collection is owned by the Green
family, the founders and owners of arts and crafts retailer Hobby
Lobby.... Read this in full at
FIGHT OVER BILLY GRAHAM’S LEGACY
Graham was upstairs, napping. In the kitchen of the mountaintop
home where he and his wife, Ruth, raised their five children, the
table was set for lunch. Except for a flickering candle on that
table and the exuberant pacing of two large dogs named China and
Lars, the house was still, as empty as a museum after hours. The
walls—witness to so many squabbles and pranks, prayers and
hymns, private conversations with would-be presidents, rock stars,
and prizefighters—did not speak.
floorboard creaked above me. May I see him? I asked. May I say
hello? No, said his son Franklin. In early May I made a pilgrimage
to Montreat, N.C., where Billy Graham’s pugnacious fourth
child was giving me a tour of the family home. Franklin had just
made headlines for aligning himself with the “birthers”
and questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s
Christian beliefs—statements he clarified after emphatic
pushback from the White House. Now Franklin, who took charge of
the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in 2000,
explained the importance of protecting his father from the press.
Daddy, as all the children call him, no longer hears very well.
Were he to misunderstand a question, or were a casual remark to be
taken out of context ... well, that was a risk Franklin didn’t
want to take.... Read this in full at
TIRE IRON AND THE TAMALE
this past year I’ve had three instances of car trouble: a
blowout on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out-of-gas
situation. They all happened while I was driving other people’s
cars, which for some reason makes it worse on an emotional level.
And on a practical level as well, what with the fact that I carry
things like a jack and extra fuses in my own car, and know enough
not to park on a steep incline with less than a gallon of fuel.
time, when these things happened, I was disgusted with the way
people didn’t bother to help. I was stuck on the side of the
freeway hoping my friend’s roadside service would show, just
watching tow trucks cruise past me. The people at the gas stations
where I asked for a gas can told me that they couldn’t lend
them out “for safety reasons,” but that I could buy a
really crappy one-gallon can, with no cap, for $15. It was enough
to make me say stuff like “this country is going to hell in
a handbasket,” which I actually said.
you know who came to my rescue all three times? Immigrants.
Mexican immigrants. None of them spoke any English.... Read this
in full at
US CENSUS BUREAU SAYS AMERICANS ARE STAYING MARRIED LONGER.
may be postponing marriage, and fewer are wedding at all. But what
about the people who do get married? They’re staying
together longer than they have in years. Three in four couples who
married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to
census statistics reported May 18. That was a rise of 3 percentage
points compared with couples who married in the early 1980s, when
the nation’s divorce rate was at its highest.... Read this
in full at
FRANCISCO TO VOTE ON MALE CIRCUMCISION
Francisco voters will decide whether to ban male circumcision in
the November 8 municipal election. Activists gathered enough
signatures to put a proposal on the ballot, the city's election
board confirmed May 18.
measure aims to prohibit all male circumcisions in San Francisco.
Led by Lloyd Schofield who is part of a Bay Area “inactivist”
group, the advocates want to eliminate the surgery and liken it to
"male genital mutilation."
and the "inactivists" seek to make it "unlawful to
circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the
foreskin, testicles, or penis" of anyone 17 or younger in San
Francisco. Under the proposal, a person who violates the proposed
ban could be jailed (not more than one year) or fined (not more
than $1,000). Exemptions for religious reasons would not be
allowed.... Read this in full at
SUPREME COURT WON'T HEAR CHALLENGE TO 'SO HELP ME GOD'
Supreme Court is brushing aside an atheist's challenge to religion
in government, refusing to hear a complaint about President Barack
Obama adding "so help me God" to his inaugural oath of
high court May 16 refused to hear an appeal from Michael Newdow,
who argued that government references to God are unconstitutional
and infringe on his religious beliefs. Many presidents have added
"so help me God" to the oath.... Read this in full at
NEWS SERVICE ENTERS NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIP WITH RELIGION
News Service (RNS), which for 77 years has been the nation's
leading syndicated wire service devoted to unbiased coverage of
religion, ethics and spirituality, will become a nonprofit on June
1, 2011, in an innovative new relationship with the Religion
Newswriters Association (RNA) and its affiliated institution,
Religion Newswriters Foundation (RNF). The collaboration also
forges ties between RNS and the University of Missouri School of
Journalism and its Reynolds Journalism Institute.
in 1934, RNS has been owned since 1994 by Advance Publications,
Inc. On June 1, 2011, the company will transfer RNS assets to
Religion News LLC, a new 501(c)(3) entity affiliated with RNF,
according to an agreement finalized May 19.... Read this in full
YOUR RELIGION YOUR FINANCIAL DESTINY?
economic differences among the country’s various religions
are strikingly large, much larger than the differences among
states and even larger than those among racial groups.
most affluent of the major religions — including secularism
— is Reform Judaism. Sixty-seven percent of Reform Jewish
households made more than $75,000 a year at the time the Pew Forum
on Religion and Public Life collected the data, compared with only
31% of the population as a whole. Hindus were second, at 65%, and
Conservative Jews were third, at 57%.... Read this in full at
REMOVES LAND MINES FROM SITE OF JESUS’ BAPTISM
are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism
on the Jordan River as Israel removes 40-year-old land mines and
makes improvements to the area.
is a very sensitive place politically and religiously and is of
importance to both Christians and Jews,” said Lt. Col. Ofer
Mey-tal, of the department of Civil Administration, who oversees
in a closed military area on the West Bank near Jericho, the site
— has been revered since the fourth or fifth century as the
place where John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the Messiah.
Jewish tradition holds this also is where the ancient Israelites
crossed into the Promised Land following their flight from
Egypt.... Read this in full at
WINS WORLD BEST BEARD TITLE AT NORWAY CONTEST
German hairdresser has won the title of world's best beard at the
World Beard and Moustache Championship in Trondheim, Norway. Elmar
Weisser, 47, beat 160 contestants to the prize with his elaborate
facial hair sculpture of a moose.
is the third time Mr Weisser has emerged as champion. In 2005 he
won with with a beard styled into the shape of Berlin's
Brandenberg Gate, and in 2007 with a representation of London's
Tower Bridge.... Read this in full at
photos at “Tickle your fancy at the World Beard and
the profoundest depths in life men talk not about God, but with
no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one
another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law."
WEEK'S HYMN: THE LORD OF LIFE IS RISEN
Johann P. Lange, 1832; translated from German to English by Henry
Alice Nevin, 1879
Lord of life is risen;
Easter heralds, sing!
bursts His rocky prison;
let the triumph ring!
death no longer lying,
rose, the Prince, today;
of the dead and dying,
triumphed o’er decay.
Lord of life is risen,
love no longer grieves;
ruin lies death’s prison,
heralds, Jesus lives!
hear the blessèd greeting;
work is done!
worship Thee, repeating,
for the dead is won!”
Thy tomb, O Jesus,
sweet the Easter breath;
we not in the breezes,
is thy sting, O death?”
hell flies in commotion,
heavens their anthems sing;
far o’er earth and ocean
publish this salvation,
heralds, through the earth,
every buried nation
the day of birth!
rising from their slumbers,
long and ancient night
countless heathen numbers
hail the Easter light.
hail, our Jesus risen!
ransomed brethren, sing!
death’s dark, gloomy prison
Easter chorals ring!
haste, ye captive legions,
your glad reprieve;
forth from sin’s dark regions;
Jesus’ kingdom live!
pray? Evidently, God likes to be asked. God certainly does not
need our wisdom or our knowledge, nor even the information
contained in our prayers ("your Father knows what you need
before you ask him"). But by inviting us into the partnership
of creation, God also invites us into relationship. God is love,
said the apostle John. God does not merely have love or feel love.
God is love and cannot not love. As such, God yearns for
relationship with the creatures made in his image.”
Yancey, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
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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the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass
is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it
needs to be.
Frank Coleman, Editor
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