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Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father loved us and through
grace gave us eternal comfort and a good hope. May he encourage
your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do or
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (CEB)
those who try to live near God and have formed the habit of
faithfulness to Him in the small things of our daily life, can
hope in times of need for that special light which shows us our
path. To do as well as we can the job immediately before us, is
the way to learn what we ought to do next.”
GOALKEEPER SHUTS DOWN CANUCKS IN GAME 7 OF STANLEY CUP FINALS
can't be easy being your team's last line of defense against an
onslaught of shots from the Vancouver Canucks' offense, especially
with the pressure of knowing the Stanley Cup trophy is on the
line. Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tim Thomas, though, has a little
extra motivation when he takes his place on the ice: his faith.
church family has really enjoyed Tim's success in hockey,”
wrote Tony Thompson as part of an interview for The Christian
Chronicle. Thompson is the preaching pastor for Thomas' church in
Massachusetts, Burlington Church of Christ.
played an integral role in helping his team win the Stanley Cup
this year, yet he was at the receiving end of some sharp criticism
by opposing goalie Roberto Luongo earlier in the series.... Read
this in full at
AND SPIRITUAL SCHIZOPHRENIA
is just another symptom of the belief that our personal behavior
can be held to a different standard than our public actions, but
as Rep. Anthony Weiner's scandal proves, private sin never stays
private.... Read this in full at
see “Rep. Weiner Needs Jesus? Albert Mohler Explains Why”
Therapy, Twitter, and the Scandal of the Gospel”
ENGLISH BIBLE RELEASED DIGITALLY BEFORE PRINT
a nod to the revolutionary changes occurring in publishing, the
new complete Common English Bible
is now debuting in 20 digital platforms, almost two months before
print editions will be available in stores. It's currently online
along with a search widget users can download to their blogs and
digital editions of the Common English Bible are Kindle, iPad,
iPhone, Nook, Sony, Olivetree, Logos, BibleWorks, Accordance
Software, ChristianBook, Kobo, OverDrive, Blio, Copia, Lightning
Source, and YouVersion. The introductory suggested retail price of
all electronic versions is $5.95 and will increase to the regular
suggested retail price of $9.95 September 1. The new translation
will also be searchable through Bible Gateway
and Bible Study Tools (http://BibleStudyTools.com).
is the first time the Common English Bible is available in its
complete form including the Old Testament, and available with the
Apocrypha. The New Testament was released August 2010.
Common English Bible is a brand-new, bold translation designed to
meet the needs of people in all stages of their spiritual journey
and study," says Paul Franklyn, associate publisher for the
Common English Bible. "We're excited to make this translation
available as soon as possible through the Internet and other
Common English Bible is unlike any other translation. It's
uncommon in that it's the newest translation by the largest number
of biblical scholars & church leaders in words 21st century
readers use every day, aligning academic rigor with modern
understandability, proven through extensive field-testing with,
and acting on feedback from, hundreds of readers. The new Common
English Bible is the only translation to combine and balance
highly respected ecumenical biblical scholarship necessary for
serious study with responsiveness to 21st century clear
communication requirements for comprehensive clarity. It was
approved in May by Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, for
official use in biblical studies courses.... Read this in full at
see “New Common English Bible in 21st Century Language
may come as a shock to some that "let go and let God" is
not biblical. The truth is that the Christian life is not
effortless.... Read this in full at
BREAKING THE MOLD
a Christian leader, I am grieved by statistics indicating that
believers and non-believers live almost identical lives: similar
sexual ethics, spending patterns, and lifestyle choices. Despite
spending millions of dollars on transformation campaigns,
conferences, books, curricula, worship music, small groups,
multimedia, Internet churches, and all forms of relevance and
engagement, Christians are remarkably like the world.
is compounded by real confusion about how to healthily engage the
culture around us. So we end up, sadly, "of the world but not
in it." Why do our best efforts seem to make so little
difference? And how can we help our people grow into actual
agree with James Wilhoit, author of Spiritual Formation as if the
Church Mattered: "Spiritual formation is the task of the
church. Period. Spiritual formation is at the heart of its whole
purpose for existence. The church was formed to form. Our charge,
given by Jesus himself, is to make disciples, baptize them, and
teach these new disciples to obey his commands." .... Read
this in full at
LOVING LIFE VS.
holds the power of great fear over us, so it is paradoxical that
Jesus used his own death to set men free from the one who had the
power of death. Having given his own life for our freedom, he
issues us a sacred invitation to die to all iniquity so we can
enjoy the gifts of life he has reserved for us in his name.
life and seizing life are two very different operations. When
Jesus asks a man to receive life God's way - that is, to embrace
the death of his own crud and to bear his own cross in order to
live - he is asking him to make a choice to live in relationship
with God while giving up and giving back what he has seized for
himself. This is the choice that marks the fork in the road for
all men, a choice that leads a man into meaningful relationships
with others or reinforces a forlorn determination to go it alone.
good news is [Jesus] cares supremely about relationships,
including those with scoundrels, prostitutes, addicts, hypocrites,
commoners, keepers of dark and hidden secrets, and cheats and
losers of every stripe - even traitors who betray him with a kiss
of friendship... What is extraordinary is that the death Jesus
invites us to embrace somehow makes it possible to receive, quite
literally, everything we need to actually be alive. Jesus
guarantees he will make our hearts live. In fact, King David's
prophetic description of the suffering liberator [see Psalm 22]
transitions from the mockery of onlookers, the dividing of his
garments, and the piercing of his hands and feet to a victorious
canticle of praise that contains one of the greatest celebratory
blessings ever written. That blessing, ‘May your hearts live
forever!’ has become the frequent and favorite toast around
our dinner table, and it is fitting around the table of the bread
and the wine, as we remember Jesus and speak his name to our
Wes Yoder in Bond of Brothers: Connecting
with Other Men Beyond Work, Weather, and Sports
K.J. CHOI IS A
GOLF GOD WHO GIVES BACK
is how K.J. Choi makes his money. Donations are how he likes to
spend a lot of it. "I believe in sharing," says Choi, a
pro golfer from South Korea who gave away over $300,000 that he
earned on this year's PGA Tour. "A lot of people make money
but we all live in a society where we need to share."
has pledged $200,000 of the $1.71 million that he won at last
month's Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to
victims of the deadly tornadoes that recently struck the American
has a reputation for being a devout Christian. He and his family
are members of the Dallas Korean United Methodist Church in
Texas.... Read this in full at
DISCOVER FOR FIRST TIME ANCIENT CHURCH IN ACRE, ISRAEL
unearthed a 1,500-year-old structure, believed to be a church, in
the northern city of Acre, Israel. It’s the first time the
Israel Antiquities Authority has found solid proof that the city
of Acre played a role in early Christianity.
is an important discovery for the study of Acre,” said Nurit
Page, head of the excavation, according to Israel’s Haaretz
Daily Newspaper. Page noted that this discovery is particularly
important because “no remnants from the Byzantine Period had
been found other than living quarters near the [Mediterranean]
Sea.” .... Read this in full at
magazine Christian History
formerly owned by Christianity Today International, ceased
publication in 2008 due to recessionary pressures. But Christian
History is now being published again thanks in part to Chris
Armstrong, Bethel Seminary St. Paul’s professor of church
arriving at Bethel in 2005, Armstrong served for several years as
managing editor for the magazine. So when invited last fall by
Christian History’s founding company, the Christian History
to take the role once again, he jumped at the chance. By winter he
had gathered a team of writers, editors, and designers, and in
March the “re-inaugural” issue, celebrating the 400th
anniversary of the King James Bible’s first printing, was
rolling off the presses.
is excited to be editing the magazine once again. “Writing
and editing for a popular audience meshes well with teaching,”
he explains. “Both involve scholarly research, and both
require taking complex information and presenting it in a clear,
compelling, exciting way.” .... Read this in full at
JOSH HAMILTON'S COMEBACK
bottom for baseball superstar Josh Hamilton came one night in the
fall of 2005, when he woke up in a trailer surrounded by
strangers. Confused, lost, and with nowhere to turn, he showed up
at his grandmother's door at 2 a.m.
didn't recognize him. Mary Holt's grandson had been a chiseled
athlete, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, who could hit the ball a mile and
run like a gazelle. That night he was down to 180, cheeks sunken,
eyes glazed over, his rail-thin body a complete mess.
Hamilton was a junkie. He was bingeing on crack, downing a bottle
of whisky every day, and burning through a $4 million signing
bonus. Add a few recent suicide attempts, and there really was no
tomorrow. Holt began nursing her strung-out grandson back to
health, but with an ultimatum: Quit the drugs or move out.
now an All-Star outfielder for the Texas Rangers, has been clean
ever since (he must submit to urine tests three times a week), and
is arguably the best player in professional baseball.
amazing I'm still alive after all I've done to my body,"
Hamilton told Christianity Today. "My granny told me during
those days that God had something special planned for me,
otherwise I would have died." .... Read this in full at
UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST”
the late 1920s, generations of Christians have been spiritually
nourished by a collection of daily devotional readings by Oswald
Chambers, a Scottish Bible teacher who died while serving as a
chaplain to British Commonwealth troops in Egypt during World War
Utmost for His Highest is the best known and loved of nearly 30
titles that bear the name of a man who died in 1917 at the age of
43. Today literally millions of people around the world read his
work each day. And a decade ago, My Utmost placed in the top 10 on
Christianity Today’s list of the best religious books of the
is a treasury of daily devotional readings that has fed the souls
of millions of Christians in the twentieth century,” wrote
Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw at the time. “Future
generations of Christians must continue to draw from this
treasury.” .... Read this in full at
AMID INFORMATION OVERLOAD
flow of information never stops for the Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, the
associate general minister and vice president in the General
Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He fields
up to 150 emails a day. He spends afternoons trading text messages
about the church’s strategic plans. And he once tuned in to
a conference call via cellphone while cutting the grass.
a recent night, he and his wife had climbed into bed to watch TV
when he heard the telltale ping of his cellphone from across the
room. He hopped out of bed, retrieved an email, fired up his
laptop, and went to work responding. It was past 9:30 p.m. “It’s
like an addiction,” Adams said. “I’m so driven
by the customer service component of what our office is supposed
to provide that I want them to have an immediate response. “I
am a digital media boundary failure,” he added, with a
experience isn’t unique, and it raises questions for leaders
of Christian institutions: Is it possible to serve the church’s
mission and still give your mind, body and soul a much-needed
break from the seemingly unending flow of information? .... Read
this in full at
radio program On Being takes a look back at the closest thing the
early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant
Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia
sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most
of Christianity considered such a thing. She also fed a million
people in Depression-era Los Angeles. The contradictions and
passions of her life are a window into the world of global
Pentecostalism that touches as many as half a billion lives
today.... Listen to this program in full at
selection’ is creating a new endangered species: women. A
journalist investigates the countries with too many men.... Read
this in full at
AMERICANS NO LONGER WANT GOVERNMENT PROMOTING 'TRADITIONAL VALUES'
new CNN-Opinion Research poll finds that a majority of Americans
think government should not promote "traditional values,"
the first time in the past two decades that support for promotion
of traditional values has been below 50%. The June poll finds that
more Americans now believe that the government should stay out of
the values business.
1993, Gallup, CNN, and USA Today have occasionally asked whether
people think "the government should promote traditional
values in our society" or "the government should not
favor any particular set of values." Just three years ago,
only four-in-ten polled said government should not support any one
set of values. In this month's poll, 50% said this. For the first
time, a minority (46%) wanted government to push traditional
values.... Read this in full at
VERSE TO PONDER
said to everyone, ‘All who want to come after me must say no
to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me. All who
want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their
lives because of me will save them.’”
possess money is very well; it may be a most valuable servant. To
be possessed by it is to be possessed by a devil, and one of the
meanest and worst kinds of devils.”
WHEN JOURNALISTS COVER RELIGION
the first day of Ari Goldman's "Covering Religion" class
at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he likes
to begin with a question. "How many of you have ever been to
a mosque?" About two of the 16 students typically raise their
hands. "How many of you have been to a synagogue?" About
half raise their hands. "To a church?" Almost all hands
go up. "In the last 10 years?" Hands go down again.
first goal is to bring his students up to a level of religious
literacy. "Before I can teach (students) how to write about
religion, I have to teach (them) some religion," Goldman
said. "I'm not just training religion writers, I'm training
reporters who can see a religion angle in a bigger story and not
just dismiss it as superstition or fear." .... Read this in
HEIRS TO THE KING
devil will use intimidation, weariness, discouragement, and
disappointment to stop our confession of what God has said. You
can readily understand why the enemy tries to keep our focus on
ourselves. As long as we are coming to God based on who we are in
ourselves and what we have done, we will slink out of his
presence, crawling out in shame and unworthiness. But when we
grasp that our rights and privileges are in the name of the one
who made covenant with God the Father on our behalf, we will come
boldly and expectantly, speaking the name: ‘Jesus!’
Galatians 4:7, Paul said: ‘Therefore you are no longer a
slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through
Christ.’ Reading the New Testament is like reading the last
will and testament of a wealthy benefactor, where the riches of
his estate are enumerated. Here is what is bequeathed us. We are:
heirs of eternal
life (Matt. 19:29)
heirs of salvation
heirs of the promise
heirs of the kingdom
heirs of the grace
of life (1 Peter 3:7)
heirs of the
blessing (1 Peter 3:9)
heirs of all things
that is the short list. Here is the full accounting of the assets:
The estate of a king
has been willed to us.
We are heirs of all
that belongs to the Father.
By right of birth,
every spiritual blessing is ours.
that for a moment. Imagine having resources like that to draw
upon. Now imagine how secure you would feel if you believed that.
I mean, really believed that.”
Excerpt from The
Birthright: Out of the Servants' Quarters, Into the Father's
House, by John Sheasby with Ken Gire
KING JAMES GOES
TO THE MOVIES
you like swashbucklers, Norman Stone's 90-minute KJB: The Book
that Changed the World, new on DVD, may be the best way for you to
observe the 400th anniversary of the publication of the 1611
Authorized Version of the Bible. There are plenty of men in
tights, not to mention clerical robes. They whisper political
intrigues, plans to (literally) undermine the government, ride
horseback through muddy fields, clang swords, and meet in solemn
assemblies. Veteran actor John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost
Ark, Lord of the Rings) "presents" (in the British
sense) the story with theatrical flair that teeters on the brink
of self-parody.... Read this in full at
CONTROVERSY, BAPTISTS AFFIRM BELIEF IN `ETERNAL, CONSCIOUS’
Baptists on June 14 called hell an "eternal, conscious
punishment" for those who do not accept Jesus, rebutting a
controversial book from Michigan pastor Rob Bell that questions
traditional views of hell.
Bell's book "Love Wins," the resolution urges Southern
Baptists "to proclaim faithfully the depth and gravity of sin
against a holy God, the reality of hell, and the salvation of
sinners by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ
alone, to the glory of God alone."
leaders during the Baptists' 2-day meeting in Phoenix coupled
warnings about hell with pleas for evangelism -- especially in
areas where there are no churches or missionaries.... Read this in
A FRIEND OF THE
Lucy Bryan Green
last September’s issue of Harper’s landed on my coffee
table, I hardly expected to find my past within its glossy pages
-- least of all in an article about Uganda’s persecution of
homosexuals. But right there, in Jeff Sharlet’s “Straight
Man’s Burden,” was an indictment of the organization
that had shaped my college years.
article transported me to the beginning of my involvement with the
Family, also called the Fellowship and sometimes the Christian
Mafia (pejoratively by outsiders, playfully by insiders). This
loose global network, based out of Washington, D.C., has no
organizational structure, no formal leadership, and no mission
statement. Its collective purpose is to “live by the
principles of Jesus”: servant leadership, reconciliation,
commitment to a small group of brothers (or sisters), and
obedience to God and authority.
came to the Family the way everyone else does. I was chosen.
Someone on the inside -- a former neighbor -- recommended me, and
I was offered a summer internship on Capitol Hill.... Read this in
LEADING FROM THE
LIONS' DEN: LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM EVERY BOOK OF THE BIBLE
most new leadership books proudly promote themselves as the
antidote to previous thinking, Leading from the Lions' Den takes
pride in drawing its wisdom from ideas that have been available
for a very long time in the unchanging Word of God. Here, author
Tom R. Harper expounds upon one surprising principle from each of
the Bible's sixty-six books. Each concept goes toward explaining
human nature, which, when understood, is the foundation of
the lessons that will work for leaders regardless of culture,
time, or place are: "Lead, Inspire and Motivate with Plain
Facts" (Deuteronomy), "Defrag Your Organization by
Discovering its Weak Forces" (1 Chronicles), "Fight
Superior Force with Superior Character" (Nahum), "Purify
Your PR by Avoiding the Spotlight" (Mark), "Help the
Competition" (Romans), "Soak Your Shield Before Battle"
(Ephesians), and "Obliterate Fear with a Single Weapon"
CHRISTIANS TAKE FLIGHT
to the angel, the birth of Jesus -- 'a Saviour who is Christ the
Lord' -- was an event of 'good news of great joy that will be for
all the people' (Luke 2:8-14). Despite this, it would not be long
before 'an angel of the Lord' would appear to Joseph to warn him
of the threat to the child's life, and instruct him to gather up
his family and flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13,14). And so Jesus
became a refugee.
Jesus, however, has become our great high priest, and '[not] a
high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but
one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without
sin'. And so the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews exhorts us,
'Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.'
(Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV excerpts)
number of Christians fleeing for their lives is skyrocketing.
Those with financial means may emigrate or fly out and apply for
refugee status in the West, an arduous enough process. However,
poorer Christians must risk death traversing deserts, oceans and
dangerous cities, while dodging bandits and people-traffickers
just to seek refuge in a neighbouring state. Lately, finding
refuge is becoming increasingly difficult.... Read this in full at
ROOM TO DISAGREE BUT REMAIN FAITHFUL TO RELIGION
majorities of Americans say it’s possible to disagree with
their religion’s teachings on abortion and homosexuality and
still remain in good standing with their faith.
findings, released June 9 in a detailed survey by Public Religion
Research Institute, held true for major religious groups,
including Catholics and white evangelical Protestants.
findings reflect the complicated tasks faced by Catholic bishops
to discipline politicians who stray from church teaching, or
evangelical groups that try to toe a traditional line as cultural
values shift around them.
fact, the survey found that six in 10 Americans chafe at the idea
of religious leaders publicly pressuring politicians on the issue
of abortion, as has happened to several high-profile Catholic
Democrats in recent years.
72% of Americans say it’s permissible to disagree with
church teaching on abortion, and 63% say the same for
homosexuality.... Read this in full at
HELP PEOPLE STAY IN THE CLOSET
people who are openly gay or straight and secular can’t
grasp how desperately evangelicals do not want to be gay or the
lengths to which they will go to try to change.... Read this in
MYSTERY OF WASHINGTON’S FAMOUS LETTER
started as a mystery. During a lecture in England last December,
Jonathan Sarna, America’s foremost scholar of American
Jewish history, said he did not know the whereabouts of one of
American Jewry’s most important documents: George
Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation, in Newport,
this yellowed piece of 18th-century rag paper is a short but
powerful statement from the first president of the United States
reassuring one of the original colonial congregations that his
nascent government guaranteed religious liberty for all.... Read
this in full at
USING COMPUTER AND INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPACT LIVES FOR
packing 500 hours of Bible college training on a $13 chip that
plays from a cell phone. Add speakers to the cell phone for only
$20 and a group of pastors can be trained in places far-removed or
unreachable by conventional means.
don’t need a visa to get into these countries,” says
John Edmiston, founder of Cybermissions. (www.cybermissions.org)
“We tunnel in and then we blast away.”
started Cybermissions in 2001 to serve the church in Southeast
Asia, especially pastors who had no training. Now their reach is
global, with more than a million people each year making use of
training materials they provide.... Read this in full at
ENVOY CONDEMNS RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE
Obama administration’s new envoy for international religious
freedom told a UN commission on June 14 that government,
political, religious and business leaders must stand ready to
condemn hateful ideology.
from recent headlines, Ambassador-at-Large Suzan Johnson Cook
cited a Florida pastor who had been so “publicly reviled and
rebuked” for threatening to burn a Quran that he has
virtually no followers left.
appearance before the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was
the first for Cook, a New York pastor who was recently sworn in
after a long nomination battle during which critics questioned her
who remain silent are contributing to the problem and should be
held politically accountable,” Cook said at a forum on
“Combating Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion
or Belief.” .... Read this in full at
RESTRICTIONS ON RELIGION
more than half a century, the United Nations and numerous
international organizations have affirmed the principle of
religious freedom.1 For just as many decades, journalists and
human rights groups have reported on persecution of minority
faiths, outbreaks of sectarian violence and other pressures on
religious individuals and communities in many countries. But until
now, there has been no quantitative study that reviews an
extensive number of sources to measure how governments and private
actors infringe on religious beliefs and practices around the
Restrictions on Religion, a new study by the Pew Research Center's
Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that 64 nations - about
one-third of the countries in the world - have high or very high
restrictions on religion. But because some of the most restrictive
countries are very populous, nearly 70% of the world's 6.8 billion
people live in countries with high restrictions on religion, the
brunt of which often falls on religious minorities.... Read this
in full at
ONLY ONE IN 20
SWISS ATTENDS CHURCH BECAUSE OF FAITH
people go to church in Switzerland simply because it's something
they have always done – only a few do so because they
believe in God, a survey has found.
poll, carried out by the research institute gfs-zürich for
the Reformed Press weekly Protestant church newspaper, also
reveals that around 1 in 5 younger members, aged 18 to 39, of
Catholic and Protestant churches is considering leaving.
all, 62% of those asked said they belonged to their church out of
habit and had no special reason. The older the person, the higher
28% enjoy church services, but only 5% said that was because they
believed in God. Seven percent said they were concerned about what
would happen when they die.
COMMUNITIES RALLY TOGETHER FOR NATIONAL BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY,
whole communities into church -- that is the goal of many church
leaders for National Back To Church Sunday, Sept. 18. In
preparation, citywide coordinators will be working to get churches
across denominational lines to join together to invite family,
friends, neighbors and co-workers to the special Sunday.
year, National Back To Church Sunday, the single largest community
outreach in the nation, is expected to draw the participation of
more than 10,000 churches. There are approximately 340,000
churches and about 155 million regular churchgoers across the
desired goal of National Back To Church citywide initiatives is
that a citywide coordinator leads the movement in every community
in America," said Eric Abel, vice president of marketing for
Outreach, Inc., a Southern California-based marketing company
supporting the event. More than 120 church leaders already have
expressed interest in becoming citywide coordinators.
year, National Back To Church Sunday citywide initiatives are
multiplying the event's effectiveness," said Philip Nation,
ministry development director of LifeWay Research and spokesperson
of the nationwide initiative. "Local churches are encouraged
to partner with one another to increase the scope of their reach.
We support these grassroots movements and anticipate the number of
personal invitations will skyrocket." .... Read this in full
a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry?
a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?
a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand?
you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?”
VERSE TO PONDER
we were still weak, at the right moment, Christ died for ungodly
people. It isn’t often that someone will die for a righteous
person, though maybe someone might dare to die for a good person.
But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners
Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:6-8 (CEB)
THIS WEEK'S HYMN:
& Music: Charles H. Gabriel, 1912
as of old, at Pentecost,
didst Thy power display,
cleansing, purifying flame,
on us today.
send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power!
floodgates of blessing, on us throw open wide!
send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power!
sinners be converted and Thy Name glorified!
mighty works for Thee, prepare
strengthen every heart;
take possession of Thine own,
never more depart.
self consume, all sin destroy!
earnest zeal endue
waiting heart to work for Thee;
Lord, our faith renew!
Lord! before Thy throne we wait,
promise we believe,
will not let Thee go until
blessing we receive.
we pray for economic stability, health care for all, equal
opportunities, and decent living wages. May you protect the
workers amongst us and ensure they receive what they have earned.
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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