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“My God will meet your
every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ
Philippians 4:19 (CEB)
“No storm is so
wave is so high, no sea is so deep, no wind is so strong, that Jesus
cannot either calm it or carry us through it.”
Anne Graham Lotz
FACING DEATH, A TOP PASTOR RETHINKS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE CHRISTIAN
Ed Dobson is not
afraid of dying. It’s the getting there that really scares him.
A former pastor,
Christian Right operative and an icon among religious leaders, Dobson
has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou
disease. When he was diagnosed, doctors gave him 3 to 5 years to live.
That was 11 years ago.
“I am a tad
happy to be
talking to you right now,” joked Dobson, whose voice has
since his preaching days, in a phone interview. Speaking with him feels
like being exposed to a brief moment of clarity. He speaks slowly, but
with an understated confidence and authority.
As pastor at Calvary
in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a position he held for 18 years, Dobson
would regularly preach to 5,000 people or more on Sundays. Back then,
Dobson said he looked at himself as a man filled with lessons, proverbs
and, most of all, answers.
After retirement six
ago, the massive crowds went away. “I went from 100 miles an hour
zero miles an hour overnight,” Dobson said. “That was a
shock to my
system.” Dobson says the answers vanished with the crowds....
and view the video in full at
"COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE CHANGE YOUR HEART AND LIFE" BLOG TOUR &
MARATHON IS STARTING
bloggers is now contributing to a 90-day blog tour for the new
bestselling Common English Bible (http://CommonEnglishBible.com)
translation. The “Common English Bible Change Your Heart and
extends from February through May, honoring the Christian observances
of Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,
Easter, the Ascension of Jesus, and Pentecost. Complete schedule and
joining information is available at
You can also sign up using
this form (https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=W8R37r%2AYUbcgX02O3qCg1Q).
In addition to the
(Twitter #CEBtour), the Common English Bible National Public Reading
Marathon is being synchronized for Holy Week (April 1-7) and Easter
Sunday (April 8), conducted by churches, seminaries and colleges, and
other organizations and streamed online. Readings will be scripture
verses for the season selected from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year
B). Information about groups hosting the reading marathon is available
at http://CommonEnglishBible.com/CEB/blogtour or by contacting
email@example.com.... Read this in full at
GIVING UP SELF-DISCIPLINE FOR LENT
by Mark Galli
As I begin to pen this
little essay, I grab another three Werther's Original Hard Candies,
when I've already consumed two over my daily allotment. Such is the
state of my personal discipline when it comes to food — I have no
So maybe this would be
perfect thing to focus on during Lent. I'm really sick and tired of
being a person who has no food discipline, and I'm sick and tired of
carrying around extra weight. And to be honest, when I think about this
part of my life, I'm sick and tired of me. Maybe a little abstinence
will do me some good. Maybe I should give up candy for Lent. Or maybe
fast one day a week. Or do something hard. Then I might learn a little
food discipline. I might even start losing weight. I might even start
feeling good about myself again.
This train of despair
doubt very common this time of year. By mid-February, our New Year's
resolutions are ancient history. Along comes Ash Wednesday and, well,
it's like a reprieve. We get a second chance to discipline some
weakness or form a new habit. Another opportunity to improve our
flagging self-respect! .... Read this in full at
LENT: MAYBE IT’S ABOUT ADDING, NOT SUBTRACTING
by Brian McLaren
I sometimes envy
follow tradition without asking questions. They gain benefits from
their tradition that the rest of us will never know. (There are costs,
of course, to their lack of questioning, as there are to everything,
but that's another story.)
We questioners can't
but smell some problems with Lent. We note how back in the Middle Ages,
for example, Thomas Aquinas recommended abstaining from meat because it
produced more semen (in 50% of the population), which (of course)
produces more lust. We recall how for many centuries of Christian
history, the popular assumption seemed to be if something made you
happy, God was against it, so the best way to make God happy was by
keeping yourself less so. A few people may still feel this way, but
thanks to modern marketing and the religious-industrial complex, most
of us have bowed to the orthodoxy that God is as obsessed with us and
our constant personal happiness as we are.... Read this in full at
ASH WEDNESDAY NOT JUST FOR CATHOLICS ANYMORE
Ash Wednesday, long
associated with Catholicism, is increasingly observed in Protestant
churches. The Rev. Joe DeRoulhac became senior minister of
First Baptist Church in 1989 but didn’t preside over Ash
services there until 2003. The idea came from an interfaith Ash
Wednesday event he participated in a year or two before.
increasing desire among Protestants to look anew at ancient Christian
practices that previously were identified with Catholics.
“Part of this is
from the past rituals that might help us today to fully experience the
significance of our faith,” he said. “It’s our common
As in the Roman
Church, ashes are typically seen as signs of repentance and mortality,
and Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days —
Sundays — leading up to Easter.
Even a small number of
evangelical churches have begun holding Ash Wednesday services, said
the Rev. Kurt Fredrickson, an associate dean at Fuller Theological
Seminary, an evangelical institution in Pasadena.... Read this in full
DOES JESUS HATE RELIGION?
by Clare De Graaf
“Mr. De Graaf,
do you think Jesus hates religion?”
I’d just spoken
at a local
Christian high school chapel and was now meeting at Panera with 16 kids
who had questions about my talk, when this question was asked. In case
you’ve been in a coma for the last month or so, there’s a
by a young rapper Jefferson Bethke titled “Why I Hate Religion,
Love Jesus”, that has been viewed by over 19,000,000 people!
If you have kids or
grandchildren the chances are they’ve watched it too, and if not
suggest watching it with them and then discussing it. This is what is
called a “teachable moment” – an amazing opportunity
to help shape
their Christian worldview.
So, here’s what
I told them.... Read this in full at
SURVEY: HALF OF CHURCHGOERS SAY THEIR LIVES AREN'T AFFECTED BY TIME IN
A new survey shows
almost half of churchgoing Americans say their time spent at church has
not caused any changes in their lives.
Barna Group, an
company based in California, found that 46% reported no change from
attending church. About 25% said their lives were greatly affected by
church attendance and another 25% said it was somewhat influential.
Two-thirds of respondents said they had felt "a real and personal
connection" with God while at church.
Among weekly church
attendees, 44% said they felt God's presence every week and 18% said
they had that experience once a month. Additionally, three out of five
church attendees said they did not walk away from their last church
visit with any significant new understandings or insights.... Read this
in full at
'CRU' ALREADY YIELDING RESULTS, SAYS CAMPUS CRUSADE FOUNDER
Months after Campus
for Christ stirred controversy over its decision to formally change its
name to "Cru," the ministry's co-founder says the new name is actually
helping bring more people to Christ.
Vonette Bright told
The Christian Post that they have already tested and adopted the new
name and said so far, "it's working."
The name change began
this year and already, Bright said, "We're finding that our meetings
are larger on campus, we have found more decisions for Christ as a
result, and already it's proving itself to be a very good decision."
Bright started CCC in
with her late husband Bill. It was Bill's idea before he died in 2003
to change the ministry's name because the word "crusade" has a negative
ministry announced last July that it would be dropping its 60-year-old
name and adopting "Cru" instead, starting in early 2012. The name Cru
is a nickname that originated from the organization's younger members
in the mid-90s.... Read this in full at
humans freedom of
will, the Creator has chosen to limit His own power. He risked the
daring experiment of giving us the freedom to make good or bad
decisions, to live decent or evil lives, because God does not want the
forced obedience of slaves. Instead, He covets the voluntary love and
obedience of sons who love Him for Himself.” Catherine Marshall
(1914-1983), Beyond Our Selves, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961, p. 26
GIANTS DEFENSIVE TACKLE PUTS GOD FIRST
what success is if you’ve never seen it,” said New York
defensive tackle (No. 99) Chris Canty. “It’s hard to
accountability is if you’ve never seen it. It’s hard to
responsibility is if you’ve never seen it.”
His mom, the Rev.
Canty, a United Methodist pastor in North Carolina, has more reason to
be proud of her son than his big win.
Chris Canty grew up
Methodist. His mother remembers leaving for a clergy convocation when
her son was about 6. Chris was thrilled the bishop would be there.
“Could you ask the bishop if I could be your junior
pastor?” he asked.
That commitment to the church stuck.... Read this in full at
NBA'S JEREMY LIN 'CALLED TO BE A CHRISTIAN ... TO BE DIFFERENT'
A lifelong Los Angeles
Lakers fan, Daniel Chan faced a dilemma on Feb. 10 with his team
playing the hated New York Knicks and their sudden star Jeremy Lin.
"Some people had asked
before the game who I'd be cheering for -- Jeremy or the Lakers," said
Chan, pastor of student ministries at Redeemer Bible Fellowship in
Mountain View, Calif. "I've never cheered against the Lakers. But
Jeremy is a member of our church and a friend, part of our flock
had to root for him. It was hard, but...."
Lin has gone from
NBA wannabe to household name and worldwide superstar in only a matter
of days. His unexpected emergence as the starting point guard for the
Knicks has sparked the struggling team and launched the "Linsanity"
that has gripped both the city of New York and the broader sports
world.... Read this in full at
JEREMY LIN IS ROOTED IN HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH WHICH HELPS KEEP NY KNICKS
POINT GUARD CENTERED
By Ebenezer Samuel
The conversation was
simple and innocent - and somehow dangerous - all at once.
Just moments after his
Knicks had beaten the Nets at the Garden on Feb. 4, Jeremy Lin
excitedly called Stephen Chen, his pastor of 10 years. The
point guard had just seen his first extended playing time in New York,
pouring in 25 points in a win, and he could barely contain himself.
He didn’t care
his performance, Chen says, but he desperately wanted to talk to his
pastor about being “truly blessed.”
recalls. “He just said, ‘I’m just . . . so
thankful.’ To even have a
shot in the NBA, that’s a blessing from God. To even be sitting
bench to play garbage minutes, that’s a blessing. To be playing
much? That’s truly a blessing.”
It is a sentiment that
has echoed many times ? both to himself and in front of television
cameras ? in the whirlwind that has followed. Over the past two weeks,
Lin’s legend has grown exponentially, begetting Linsanity and
Lin-Tendo and rumors of New York being renamed Lin City. And as the
23-year-old floor general has experienced all of this, he has
increasingly (or is that Lin-creasingly?) clung to the same devout
Christian faith that helped him climb from D-League fodder to NBA
starter.... Read this in full at
“How much we
ought to hate
sin! Instead of loving it, cleaving to it, dallying with it, excusing
it, playing with it, we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred. Sin is
the great murderer, and thief, and pestilence, and nuisance of this
world. Let us make no peace with it. Let us wage a ceaseless warfare
against it. It is ‘the abominable thing which God hateth.’
Happy is he
who is of one mind with God, and can say, I ‘abhor that which is
J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), Expository thoughts on the Gospels,
with the text complete, St. Luke, v. I, Ipswitch: William Hunt, 1858,
OPINION: HOW TO INTERPRET THE SCRIPTURES
by Mike Smith
A church member will
sometimes ask how I go about interpreting the scriptures. I am tempted
to answer, “On the run,” since I preach and teach several
week. Thinking more about the question, here are some guidelines.
First, read the
Take your time. Expect to become confused along the way. Listen for the
larger story in which all the particular tales find their place: God at
work to rescue all creation by all the means at God’s disposal.
Second, be aware of
interpretive grid you bring to the task. We all bring presuppositions
to the work of interpreting the scriptures, assumptions drawn both from
secular and religious culture. History is filled with discarded
presuppositions: slavery as normative and acceptable in God’s
sickness and poverty as signs of God’s disfavor and women as the
property of men. As a rule, it’s best to assume the scriptures
rather than reinforce our presuppositions.... Read this in full at
IN THE WILL OF GOD
“To be chosen by
often means at one and the same time a crown of joy and a cross of
sorrow. The piercing truth is that God does not choose a person for
ease and comfort and selfish joy but for a task that will take all that
head and heart and hand can bring to it. God chooses us in order to use
William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of Luke, Philadelphia:
Westminster Press, 1956, p. 8
AN ENTIRE CHRISTIAN LIBRARY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
and the Digital Bible Society are partnering to create thumbnail-sized
chips containing an entire seminary library and distribute them to
Christians in countries where possessing unapproved religious materials
can result in punishment or death, such as Saudi Arabia and China.
"It's like a miniature
Christian bookstore," said Robert Frank, global CEO of Bible League
International. Each chip includes a library's worth of multiple
versions of the Bible, Bible commentaries, Bible studies, Christian
books, movies and worship music, and leaves no traces on the computer
of its use, unlike the trails left by accessing websites. They are
available in Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin and other languages in areas where
Christians are persecuted. "Pastors in these countries want to be
trained, but they have no seminaries,"
said Melany Ethridge of the
Bible League.... Read this in full at
WANT TO FOLLOW GOD? GO TO SLEEP
by Karen Swallow Prior
Why rest is paramount
to a "successful" spiritual life.... Read this in full at
INSIGHT FOR LIVING
No family is perfect,
including the family of God. But when God’s family is functioning
way Chuck Swindoll describes in this video, others will want to join
it. See this brief video at
SOUTHERN BAPTIST PANEL RECOMMENDS ADD-ON NAME, NOT FULL CHANGE:
‘GREAT COMMISSION BAPTISTS’
A panel for the
Baptist Convention recommended Feb. 20 that its leadership endorse a
new, add-on description for the denomination — “Great
Baptists” — stopping short of a complete name change.
term as a way to give an official, sanctioned identity to affiliated
churches and believers who don’t want to use the term
Wright and other church leaders are concerned that the Southern Baptist
name is too regional and impedes the evangelistic faith’s efforts
spread the Gospel worldwide.
refers to Matthew 28:16-20, in which Jesus instructs his disciples at
Galilee to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
.... Read this in full at
AFTER PLANS FOR C.S. LEWIS COLLEGE DON’T MATERIALIZE, A FREE
CAMPUS FOR THE TAKING
phone won't stop ringing as he leads a secretive group of four
wide-eyed college administrators around a majestic campus built in 1879
by legendary evangelist D.L. Moody.
Calls and visitors are
pouring in for one reason: the billionaire Oklahoma family that owns
the 217-acre site and its 43 buildings aims to give it away to a
Christian institution. Free. No charge. Just take it.
"That was a national
organization in Colorado that just called," said Pattengale, a college
administrator who's been hired to help find a new owner for the
property. "They want to come and see."
out to 15 hand-picked institutions in January after plans fell apart to
locate a new C.S. Lewis College on the site that once housed the
Northfield campus of Northfield Mount Hermon School. Moody founded a
predecessor school, the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies, here in
Now the Green family,
of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, is soliciting new proposals. The
winner will need to demonstrate both an orthodox Christian vision and
the financial wherewithal to pull it off.... Read this in full at
VERSE TO PONDER
“Love should be
shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is
Romans 12:9 (CEB)
“Set me free
passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections; that being
inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed, I may be made fit to love,
courageous to suffer, steady to persevere.”
WHY DOES THE BIBLE TELL US TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING? HOW IS THAT EVEN
"When we're living
God, then this kind of prayer life is spontaneous." In this brief
video, Dr. Joel Beeke discusses the habit of praying through each day.
DEATH IS NO LIMIT
Christianity has to proclaim is that the love that suffered agonies on
that hill outside the city walls was the love of God himself, the love
of God for his creation, which is a love that has no limit, not even
the limit of death.”
Frederick Buechner (b. 1926), The Magnificent
Defeat, Seabury Press, 1966, p. 89
BIBLICAL LITERACY, SAME SEX 'MARRIAGE,' AND A VIRUS IN OUR NATIONAL
by Dr. Michael A.
Milton, chancellor/CEO elect, Reformed Theological Seminary
legislature approves same-sex "marriage."
The trials that we
this nation, and in the West, are not about healthcare or even a
constitutional crisis, but a crisis of ethics and morality.
to allow for violations of the Law of God because they either do not
know the Law of God or they oppose it or they are simply apathetic
toward it. Governors sign these laws for the same reason. And the yoke
of moral bondage is then placed back on the children and grandchildren
of our citizens. But the process of passing bills into law, in this
case codifying what the Bible and thousands of years of human
civilization clearly abhors, reveals the fatal flaw that our founders
saw could happen: to uninformed or unconcerned citizens placing people
into office who do not meet necessary conditions to serve. The first
condition being moral.... Read this in full at
by Mark Moring
Johnnie Moore was only
when he first stayed in the dorms at Liberty University, and since
then, he's pretty much remained at the school that Jerry Falwell
founded 41 years ago in Lynchburg, Virginia. Moore and his single-mom
family briefly lived in the dorms after his parents' divorce and a
temporary stretch of homelessness; now 28, the Liberty grad spends much
of his time at the school as a campus pastor, shepherding students in
the faith and in missions.
When Moore's parents
split—and when the pastor who urged them to stay together was
found guilty of adultery with another pastor's wife—Moore's faith
rocked. But today he says his doubts helped him work through some hard
questions and ultimately claim his parents' beliefs as his own. He
chronicles that story in Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe
(Harvest House), which National Association of Evangelicals president
Leith Anderson calls "first-century Christianity in 21st-century
In the book, Moore
issues of pharisaism — in the church, in politics, in everyday
He's acutely aware of the irony of a hypocrite opining on the topic:
"One reason I wrote it is because I was disappointed with my own
hypocrisy. I'm the first to admit it. I'll probably be a hypocrite five
times again before next week, or by the end of the day." .... Read this
in full at
FINDING CHRIST IN POPULAR CULTURE
by Robert Dilday
The movie Tree of Life
itself to a variety of interpretations, but its Christian themes of
grace and redemption appear explicitly from the first frame - a quote
from the Book of Job asking, "Where were you when I (God) laid the
foundations of the earth?"
It's not the first
directors have discovered powerful religious themes make good films -
think Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments and The King of Kings -
and it won't be the last. Director Steven Spielberg announced last
month he will direct a biopic about the life of Moses in a style
Britain's Guardian newspaper described as a mix of Braveheart and
Saving Private Ryan.
But observers note an
increase in independent and Hollywood-produced films inspired by clear
religious - even Christian - worldviews. The Book of Eli, The Blind
Side, and film versions of C.S. Lewis' beloved Chronicles of Narnia
books are only a few.... Read this in full at
IN 200-YEAR TRADITION, MOST CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES ARE AMERICAN
At a church on the New
England coast 200 years ago, five young men became ordained as
Congregational missionaries and set off on cargo ships to India as the
first organized group of American missionaries to travel overseas.
start of the US missionary movement, and today the United States sends
more Christian missionaries abroad than any other country, experts say.
The United State sent
127,000 of the world's estimated 400,000 missionaries abroad in 2010,
according to Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of
Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in
Massachusetts.... Read this in full at
THE END OF CHURCH
by Diana Butler Bass
Something startling is
happening in American religion: We are witnessing the end of church or,
at the very least, the end of conventional church. The United States is
fast-becoming a society where Christianity is being reorganized after
In recent decades,
numbers of people have left the Roman Catholic Church. In a 2008
survey, Pew research found that one in 10 Americans now considers
themselves an ex-Catholic. The situation is so dire that the church
launched a PR campaign inviting Catholics to "come home," to woo back
disgruntled members. There was a slight uptick in Catholic membership
last year, mostly due to immigrant Catholics. There is no data
indicating that Catholics are returning en masse and much anecdotal
evidence suggesting that leaving-taking continues. Catholic leaders
worry that once the new immigrants become fully part of American
society they might leave, too.... Read this in full at
DIVORCE 'SIGNIFICANTLY' RAISES RISK OF EARLY DEATH
A new review by the
University of Arizona of more than 30 studies found divorced adults are
23% more likely to die early than married couples. Researchers found
the risks associated with divorce were similar to other public health
risks such as smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day, getting limited
exercise, being overweight and drinking heavily, said the study's lead
author, UA psychology professor David Sbarra. He said he was surprised
by the results: "We thought there was some risk. But we didn't think
the risk elevation would be as substantial as some other very serious
public-health risks." .... Read this in full at
CHURCHES FORCED TO STOP FARSI WORSHIP IN TEHRAN, IRAN
Iran's Ministry of
Intelligence has ordered the last two officially registered churches
holding Friday Farsi-language services in Tehran to discontinue them.
Friday services in
attracted the city's converts to Christianity as well as Muslims
interested in Christianity, because Friday is most Iranians' day off
during the week. Officials told Emmanuel Protestant Church and St.
Peter's Evangelical Church Feb. 10 that they could no longer hold
Friday services, but could hold services on Sunday - a working day when
most Iranians are not able to attend.
"This decision means
are now no Farsi-language services on Fridays in any officially
registered church in Tehran," a report from Middle East Concern said.
The restrictions have cut the two churches' memberships by half,
sources said.... Read this in full at
BURMA: CONTINUING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST CHRISTIAN CIVILIANS
Worldwide reports ongoing and continuous grave human rights violations
being committed by the Burma Army against Christian civilians in Kachin
State and other ethnic states.
The Burma Army has
waging an offensive against ethnic civilians since breaking a 17-year
ceasefire with the Kachin Independent Organization/Army in June. In a
recent 3-week fact-finding visit to the area, CSW heard first-hand
testimonies from internally displaced people from Kachin and Shan
states of killings, torture, rape, and the destruction of churches,
homes, and villages by the Burma Army.
"These were unarmed
civilians, in their paddy fields or homes, who were not engaged in
armed combat in any form," said Benedict Rogers, CSW's East Asia team
leader. "The accounts of torture and other abuses are a cause for very
grave concern and ... require an urgent and sustained response from the
international community." .... Read this in full at
GAMBLING AND THE COMMON GOOD
by Russell Moore
“values” issue. Neither is it primarily a
“moral” issue, at least not
in terms of what we typically classify as “moral values”
Gambling isn’t primarily a question of personal vice. If it were,
could simply ask our people to avoid the lottery tickets and
horse-tracks, but leave it legal. Gambling is a social justice issue
that defines how it is that we love our neighbors and uphold the common
Gambling is a form of
economic predation. Gambling grinds the faces of the poor into the
ground. It benefits multinational corporations while oppressing the
lower classes with illusory promises of wealth, and with (typically)
low-wage, transitory jobs that simultaneously destroy every other
economic engine of a local community.... Read this in full at
FASTING CAN HELP PROTECT AGAINST BRAIN DISEASES, SCIENTISTS SAY
Fasting for regular
periods could help protect the brain against degenerative illnesses,
according to US scientists.
Researchers at the
Institute on Ageing in Baltimore said they had found evidence which
shows that periods of stopping virtually all food intake for one or two
days a week could protect the brain against some of the worst effects
of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other ailments.... Read this in full at
“We are apt to
vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and
rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly
in the road before us.”
VERSE TO PONDER
commit adultery, don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t
desire what others
have, and any other commandments, are all summed up in one word: You
must love your neighbor as yourself. Love doesn’t do anything
a neighbor; therefore love is what fulfills the Law.”
THIS WEEK'S HYMN: BENEATH THE CROSS OF JESUS
Words: Elizabeth C.
Music: Frederick C.
Beneath the cross of
Jesus I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty
rock within a weary land;
A home within the
wilderness, a rest upon the way,
From the burning of
the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.
O safe and happy
shelter, O refuge tried and sweet,
O trysting place where
Heaven’s love and Heaven’s justice meet!
As to the holy
patriarch that wondrous dream was given,
So seems my
Savior’s cross to me, a ladder up to heaven.
There lies beneath its
shadow but on the further side
The darkness of an
awful grave that gapes both deep and wide
And there between us
stands the cross two arms outstretched to save
A watchman set to
guard the way from that eternal grave.
Upon that cross of
Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of
One Who suffered there for me;
And from my stricken
heart with tears two wonders I confess;
The wonders of
redeeming love and my unworthiness.
I take, O cross, thy
shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other
sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the
world go by to know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only
shame, my glory all the cross.
>from NetHymnal at
“If you make a
sincere prayer, your life will be very noticeably and profoundly
altered. Prayer stamps with its indelible mark our actions and
demeanor. A tranquility of bearing, a facial and bodily repose, are
observed in those whose inner lives are thus enriched. Within the
depths of consciousness a flame kindles. And man sees himself. He
discovers his selfishness, his silly pride, his fears, his greeds, his
blunders. He develops a sense of moral obligation, intellectual
humility. Thus begins a journey of the soul toward the realm of
Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), "Prayer is Power", from
The Reader's Digest, March, 1941, included in The Questing Spirit,
Halford E. Luccock & Frances Brentano, New York: Coward-McCann,
1947, p. 645
FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
DAILY BLESSING PACT
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 you!
with God and man
in the mail
to be found
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. 28:2).
travel on business or vacation, let me know if you'd like us to add you
to our prayer
chain to pray for your safety and spiritual effectiveness.
I'll add your name to the list for the time you'll be away.]
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