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For week of June 10, 2012
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ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of
having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to
grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with
all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is
beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness
- Ephesians 3:17-19 (CEB)
is only one way to bring peace to the heart, joy to the mind, beauty to
the life, and that is to accept and to do the will of God.”
- William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of Matthew, v. 2, Edinburgh:
Saint Andrew, 1958, p. 97
LEADERS MORE INFLUENTIAL ON TWITTER THAN JUSTIN BIEBER, LADY GAGA
Christian leaders and their ministries are some of the most
popular Twitter users – not in terms of followers, but in how
many times their messages are forwarded to others. Tweets from
influential voices like Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes do
better even with less followers than celebrities like Justin Bieber.
The average number of reactions to ministers' often positive
messages is staggering, especially when compared to entertainers like
Lady Gaga. Joyce Meyer topped the list, with 170 reactions per every
50,000 followers. Joel Osteen came in a close second with 147 mentions,
followed by Max Lucado. On average, their tweets got 30 times as much
attention, according to The New York Times.
The discovery came about when Twitter sent a senior
executive, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, to investigate exactly why Christian
leaders' followers were so engaged with the microblogging site, and to
recruit more pastors and their ministries to join.
"Pastors tell me Twitter is just made for the Bible," Ms.
Diaz-Ortiz told The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/technology/christian-leaders-are-powerhouses-on-twitter.html)....
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by Clare De Graaf
A few weeks ago I was in Paris with four college seniors
finishing up ten days of travel, teaching them history and current
events in light of a biblical worldview. “My guys” were
some of the most gifted, leadership young men I’ve ever spent
time with and the products of fine Christian families.
One of our discussions was on what it meant to “be
filled with the Holy Spirit.” I told them that one of the reasons
that concept might feel foreign and theological to them, could be
because they’ve never been spiritually drunk.
First, allow me to go back a week to a conversation we had as
a group in Krakow, Poland, our first stop. We were talking about
worship, specifically about the dangers of having worship becoming so
familiar, so routine that we simply “go on automatic,”
doing what everyone else does simply because that’s the way
it’s done. Doing church! That kind of “worship” is
easy, mindless and quite probably a sin.... Read this in full at
I'LL HAVE JESUS, WITH A LITTLE SIDE OF IDOLATRY
was reading about a strange baptism practice that was allowed by the
church when the Knights of Templar would be baptized. When the church
would baptize one of the knights, they would be baptized with their
sword, but they wouldn't take their swords under water with them.
Instead they would hold their swords up out of the water while the rest
of them would be immersed. It was the knights' way of saying to Jesus,
‘You can have control of me but you can't have this. Jesus, I'm
all yours, but who I am and what I do on the battlefield, how I use
this sword, that's not part of the deal.’
that was still the practice today, we might not hold up a sword, but my
guess is that many would hold up a wallet. Some would hold up a remote
control. Others would hold up a laptop.
fans say to Jesus, ‘I will follow. Anything and everything I
have, I give to you.’ But Jesus points to what you're hiding
behind your back and says, ‘What about that?’ For Nicodemus
it was a religious reputation. For the Rich Young Ruler it was his
stuff. For this man it seems to be his family relationships that held
him back. They are willing to follow Jesus, but the relationship isn't
exclusive. They're holding on to some things from the past.
doesn't want followers who have a divided affection or a split
allegiance. And so Jesus points to what you most value and are most
concerned about, and says, ‘What about that?’
said, ‘I want to follow Jesus with everything.’ And Jesus
asked, ‘What about your entertainment choices?’ Steve
wanted to be a follower of Jesus, but for a long time he kept looking
back to television shows and internet sites that filled him with lust.
He wanted to follow Jesus, but not with both hands on the plow; he kept
Doug, Jesus asks, ‘What about your money?’ Over the years
Doug had found his identify and self-worth not in being a follower of
Jesus, but in money and the things money could buy. With a downturn in
the economy Doug has begun to realize that though he said he would
follow Jesus, he has spent most of his time and given most of his
attention to looking back.”
- Kyle Idleman in Not a Fan (Teen Edition): What Does it Really Mean to
WHEN GOD DOESN'T ANSWER
by Renee James
I was 18 the night I stopped praying for my brothers. Sean is
severely autistic. Niall has Down Syndrome.
I'd tired of hurling nightly prayers for divine healing, or
variations on that theme, at my bedroom ceiling: "God, the Bible says
you care about healing. Please heal Sean and Niall." "God, what about
our family made you think we could handle two handicapped sons?" "Is it
something we've done? Not fair!" "Lord, why am I normal and Sean and
Niall not? Is there something I'm supposed to do or be to make up for
them?" "God, why their handicaps? Why?"
My words always seemed to bounce off the ceiling and fall
flat—words that couldn't move an implacable God. God's non-answer
to my "Why?" pierced me deeper than the in-my-face physical nature of
my brothers' handicaps: Niall cannot feed, clean, or clothe himself. He
will never talk, read, or write. Sean fares little better.... Read this
in full at
Logos Bible Software is offering The Four Hundred Silent
Years by H. A. Ironside as its free book for the month of June.
provides an easy-to-understand account of the period between the end of
Malachi and the beginning of Matthew. In it, he provides not merely a
chronological outline or a series of biological sketches, but traces
the warnings of Ezra and Nehemiah, along with Josephus and other Jewish
historians. He covers the end of the priestly rule, the days of the
Maccabees, the end of the Asmonean Dynasty, and the Edomites. The final
chapter is devoted to a brief commentary on the major writings of
Jewish literature, including the Apocrypha.
intention to draw practical lessons from the intertestamental period
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A free side-by-side comparison chart showing differences
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OLYMPICS PROVIDE UNIQUE
At times, when Doug Shaw stands on the hill just outside
Olympic Park in London, he can barely hear himself think. Construction
buzzes and roars in preparation for the Summer Olympic Games, which
start July 27. The work's been going strong for years. Shaw can relate.
He hasn't stopped in ages either.
As Olympics volunteer coordinator for Southern Baptists, he's
been in motion for months preparing Baptists to meet the tens of
thousands of internationals coming to the United Kingdom this summer.
"We are praying that many people from all over the world who
may not have an opportunity to hear or respond to the gospel without
being persecuted by their neighbors might have that opportunity while
they're here in London," Shaw said.... Read this in full at
PLAN NOW FOR THE OLYMPICS
The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on
Friday, July 27, 2012.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM DUKE
by Joel Miller
What if instead of judging others, we saw their failings as
Some years back I read Duke Ellington’s autobiography,
Music is My Mistress. A statement he made about withholding judgement
of others really stuck with me.
should recognize that everybody is capable of making a mistake,”
he said, “and we should not raise any more hell about somebody
else’s mistakes than we expect to be raised when we make one. Who
does not make mistakes? Who is not limited? Everybody but God.”
.... Read this in full at
FAITH IN ACTION
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear;
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.
And the best of all preachers are the men who live their
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.
I can soon learn how to do it if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast
And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
Source: The Lookout
'THE AVENGERS' A
METAPHOR FOR THE CHURCH
by Amy Butler
As a loving parent interested in knowing what my children
like, my ongoing and increasingly unsuccessful attempts to understand
the teen-aged mind led me last week to go with them to see the new
movie The Avengers.
If it had been up to me, I probably would have chosen another
film. For one thing, watching the chaotic pace of the action was enough
to make me motion sick. For another, it seemed to take an interminably
long time for those superheroes to figure out that they could get a lot
more done by working together instead of wasting time by showing off
their own special superpowers.
The main plot of the movie is this group of superheroes ends
up saving the world from the forces of evil. I assume this is the plot
of most superhero movies, but I couldn’t say for sure.
Anyway, I noticed that most of the story focused on the
superheroes’ inability to get along with each other. It takes
until the very end of the movie until the group finally begins to get
their act together instead of using their powers in competitive and
nonproductive ways.... Read this in full at
ENJOYING PLEASURE TO THE
is sex fun? Why is eating fun? Why are there colors?
did pleasure come from? That seems to me a huge question - the
philosophical equivalent, for atheists, to the problem of pain for
Christians. Don't atheists and secular humanists have an equal
obligation to explain the origin of pleasure in a world of randomness
is at once a great good and a grave danger. If we start chasing
pleasure as an end in itself, along the way we may lose sight of the
One who gave us such good gifts as sexual drive, taste buds, and the
capacity to appreciate beauty. As Ecclesiastes tells it, a wholesale
devotion to pleasure will, paradoxically, lead to a state of utter
Christians have gotten a reputation as anti-pleasure, and this despite
the fact that they believe pleasure was an invention of the Creator
himself. We Christians have a choice. We can present ourselves as
uptight bores who sacrificially forfeit half the fun of life by
limiting our indulgence in sex, food, and other sensual pleasures. Or
we can set about enjoying pleasure to the fullest, which means enjoying
it in the way the Creator intended.
everyone will accept the Christian philosophy of pleasure as a gift
best enjoyed within the bounds of the Creator's intent. Some skeptics
will scoff at any insistence on moderation. For these skeptics, I have
a few simple questions. Why is eating fun? Why are there colors? I'm
still waiting for a good explanation that does not include the word
- Grace Notes: Daily Readings with Philip Yancey
THE LEGACY OF PRISONER
by Wendy Murray Zoba
On a crisp winter evening in early February, just outside
Washington, D.C., Prison Fellowship celebrated its 25th year of
ministry. The Gala Celebration felt like an Academy Awards ceremony for
evangelicals. A Who's Who of Christian celebrities lent their
enthusiastic support to Charles Colson, PF's founder and driving force,
as well as to the ministry itself. Senate Chaplain Lloyd Oglivie opened
with prayer. Kay Cole James, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation,
gave the introductions. Apologist Ravi Zacharias and Republican
activists as diverse as Gary Bauer and Jack Kemp stood from their
tables and offered praise for the good work of their host. President
George W. Bush sent a letter. Pastor and radio speaker Alistair Begg
captivated the audience with an exposition of Joshua 4, made more
transporting by his Scottish lilt.
The celebration, in fact, had been going on all week in
Washington. Men in pinstriped suits and women in blazers thronged the
Washington Hilton for a three-day retreat replete with speakers,
devotionals, and lots of caffeine. The evening before the Gala
Celebration, at the Founder's Dinner, a more intimate PF gathering,
another contingent of Who's Who personalities gathered to celebrate PF.
Among many others, Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson stood and
hailed the ministry of Charles Colson: "This is an exciting time in
Washington. We're leaving tomorrow, going to a retreat with the
President to plan the agenda for serving people through faith-based
institutions." Prison Fellowship, said Hutchinson, is an excellent
model of how biblical principles can be applied to "the world of
injustice." .... Read this in full at
CHURCHES AND THE DISABLED
The disabled, says religion writer Mark Pinsky, “are
not just people who need help, but they are people who can help." ....
Read & see this video report in full at
1617 KING JAMES BIBLE
ACQUIRED BY NEW ORLEANS SEMINARY
In 2011, English speakers -- and Christians in particular --
celebrated the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King
James "Authorized Version" of the Bible.
The KJV, heralded both for its longstanding value as a
translation of Scripture and for its impact on the English language,
was commissioned in 1604. Seven years later, in 1611, royal printer
Robert Barker produced the first copies of the new English version of
A second printing took place in 1613, with a third in 1617.
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary acquired a copy of
the King James Bible from that 1617 printing from a former Primitive
Baptist minister and his family in Atwood, Tenn., in August 2011....
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BIBLE.IS - TECHNOLOGY
USED TO COVER THE WORLD WITH THE GOSPEL
Bible.is - the free Bible app created by the Audio Bible
ministry Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) - continues to grow in
influence. The app is capable of providing access to God's Word to over
two-thirds of the world's population.
FCBH says the ministry is continuing its mission of using
Audio Bibles to reach the half of the world's population who cannot
read. The Scripture-only app offers Audio New Testaments in more than
600 languages, with written text also included in many versions....
Read this in full at
A HAND UP, NOT A HANDOUT
by Peter Greer
Marcel, a 30-year-old friend from Rwanda, wrote an email
stating: “I am not good because there has been a long time
without a job. I am still looking for a job. My life is not going well
for me.” Marcel was not making a veiled plea for a handout; he
truly wanted an opportunity to use his skills and abilities to provide
for his needs.
The more time we spend listening to the people we are trying
to serve, the more we will hear Marcel’s refrain repeated in
various contexts and within various cultures—people living in
poverty know a handout is inferior to an opportunity to work and
provide for one’s own long-term needs. Nearly every human prefers
the dignity that comes from employment to the demeaning dependence of
handouts.... Read this in full at
PROGRAM PAIRS MENTOR
FATHERS WITH FATHERLESS BOYS
As 37% of children in the US are growing up in fatherless
homes, an organization called Fathers in the Field aims to help
fatherless boys ages 7 to 17 by pairing them with mentor fathers from
Mentor fathers first need a pastor's reference, community
reference, and background check to participate in the 3-year Fathers in
the Field program, during which the pairs meet at least four times a
month: twice to attend church, once for community service to widows,
and once for outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, camping,
and fixing car motors. At the end of the year, mentor fathers bring
their boys, called field buddies, on a 3-day trip.
John Smithbaker, founder of Fathers in the Field, says the
major benefit is the relationship that develops through the activities.
By gaining a boy's trust, he says, mentor fathers can tell them about
the love of their heavenly Father and the need to forgive their earthly
abandoner. Smithbaker mentors 7-year-old Brayden, who lives with his
grandmother without a father figure in his life. Brayden's grandma says
Brayden now helps around the house, reminds her to pray before meals,
and has "learned that it's OK if his earthly dad left," because, in
Brayden's own words, his Heavenly father "stays by my side all the time
and never leaves me."
VERSE TO PONDER
continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like
you are doing already.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (CEB)
remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.”
- Will Rogers
GETTING TO THE CRUX OF
by Richard Mouw
During a coffee break at a conference, I passed by some young
pastors who were discussing the Atonement, a topic covered by the
speaker at the session we had just attended. One of them said rather
forcefully that he seldom mentions the substitutionary work of Christ
anymore in his sermons. Instead, he said, he talks about how Christ
encountered "the powers" of consumerism, militarism, racism,
super-patriotism, and the like.
I fought the temptation to join their chat. But I was
troubled by what I had heard. A few hours later, searching for
something to listen to on my rental car's radio, I came upon a
Christian station airing a recording of a man who was telling the story
of his spiritual journey to a group of fellow business folks.
The man recounted a time when he was increasingly successful
in his business dealings, while increasingly dissolute in his personal
lifestyle: drinking heavily, unfaithful to his wife, distant from his
children, his marriage headed toward divorce. His wife and daughters
were active in church life, but he never attended.... Read this in full
THE TENDER TOUCH OF A
by Kevin Turner
It seems like only yesterday when our then-eleven-year-old
daughter, Emily, lay on the ground desperately crying, "Daddy, Daddy,
are you there? I can't see you Daddy!" The broken bone in her neck was
causing blindness and in desperation, I called to her, "Emily, Emily I
am here -- I am right in front of you!"
"Jesus, hold me in your arms, Jesus!" were the next words
from her mouth.
When my daughter lost sight of her earthly father, by faith,
she was able to reach out and see her heavenly Father. Brief moments of
time were suddenly dragged into eternity as minutes seemed like hours
waiting for the emergency crew to arrive. During that time, my mind
raced to numbness to action, back to numbness again while calamity was
doing her perfect work and teaching the most important things in
life.... Read this in full at
IN AGE OF CHURCH
SUPPERS, GLUTTONY IS THE FORGOTTEN SIN
Jesus ate locally. He walked everywhere. He loved grilled
fish dinners with friends. And even if drive-thrus existed in the first
century, he wouldn’t have gulped down a value meal on his way to
That’s the message obesity fighters want pastors to
convey to their flocks, captive audiences with a built-in support
system — one another. And while the deadly sin of gluttony
slipped out of church lingo decades ago, a gentler approach that
emphasizes eating as a spiritual issue can work, they say.
It’s vital that obesity be addressed from the pulpit,
said Scott Morris, a medical doctor and minister who founded Church
Health Center in Memphis. But church practices have to change, too, and
it works better to demonstrate what Jesus would do than to pound people
for being overweight.
least healthy meal you can eat every week is at your church,”
Morris said. “The church has blessed the sin of gluttony. They
have the hope of being able to draw people into the church in a way
that is not necessarily great for the community. We have to change
that.“ .... Read this in full at
‘LEAST OF THESE’
INITIATIVE TO TRANSLATE BIBLE FOR FORGOTTEN PEOPLE
The Seed Company (http://www.theseedcompany.org/),
the world's fastest-growing Bible translation organization, today
announced the Least of These initiative, designed to translate the Word
of God for the world's most marginalized people. Of the more than 2,000
languages still without any Scripture, 1,240 have 10,000 or fewer
speakers. Most live in remote or inhospitable regions; all are without
God's Word in their language.
The Seed Company, along with its global partnership base, is
making an all-out effort to enlist the support of Christians across
America. Many Least of These projects are already underway and others
are ready to begin or expand, but they need support to do so. To
maximize this support, The Bolthouse Foundation will match every Least
of These donation from any church-related group.... Read this in full at
JACKSON, MS AREA
CHURCHES CHOOSE TO DROP DENOMINATION ID FROM THEIR NAMES
Out of a dozen or more congregations planted on the Northside
(of Jackson, MS – including south Madison county) in the past 10
or 15 years, only a few of them specify a denomination in their names.
That’s not necessarily because they’re all
nondenominational. And apparently it’s not because these young
churches are ashamed of where they come from, what they believe, or
their denomination of choice.
Instead, a desire to reach as many people as possible is
changing the way new churches brand themselves.... Read this in full at
TECHNOLOGY SHIFTS THE
MEANING OF ‘DEATH US DO PART’ IN FUNERAL RITUALS
When her 91-year-old aunt passed away in 2010, Diane DiResta
videotaped the eulogies to create a record of the moving words spoken.
She wasn't ready to talk about her aunt at the service, so she used an
online tool for publishing audio to record her thoughts, then e-mailed
the audio file to close family.
And when a cherished 89-year-old uncle died in Las Vegas in
February — and there was no funeral service to follow — the
New York City resident again turned to technology.
"Since there was no way for the family to share his life and
express their grief together, I created a blog," she said. "I added
pictures, and family members were able to post their memories of him."
This is Mourning 2.0. Technological advances have
dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.
In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via
Facebook comments. They light virtual candles on memorial websites,
upload video tributes to YouTube and express sadness through online
funeral home guest books. Mourners affix adhesive-backed barcodes or
"QR code" chips to tombstones so visitors can pull up photos and videos
with a scan of a smartphone.... Read this in full at
TECHNOLOGY IS GOOD FOR
by Lisa Miller
Information technology means the end of organized religion
— or, at least, that’s what the opinion-makers say. The
existence of Google, argued the atheist Hemant Mehta, “is a death
knell for religion as we know it,” because it enables people to
instantly discover verifiable truths about the universe (evolution, the
sex lives of clergy). In a pre-Internet world, they could have been
kept in the dark. Last month, 40,000 Orthodox Jews met in a New York
baseball stadium to bemoan the erosion of values in their communities
thanks to the Internet. “It brings out the worst in us!” a
spokesman for the event told reporters.
I would argue that the opposite is true. Technology can
greatly enhance religious practice. Groups that restrict and fear it
participate in their own demise.... Read this in full at
46% AMERICANS BELIEVE IN
A new Gallup poll measures Americans' belief in the origin of
human beings, and how this belief correlates with church attendance,
political party affiliation, and education level. The poll was
conducted by interviewing a random sample of 1,012 adults, aged 18 and
older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.... Read
this in full at
FELLOWSHIP EXPANDS ITS GLOBAL MINISTRY
Child Evangelism Fellowship (http://www.cefonline.com/), the
largest Christian ministry to children in the world, has expanded its
global ministry for the fifth consecutive year. CEF announced the
establishment of its international ministry in four more countries at
its 75th anniversary celebration in May. This brings the total number
of countries and territories where CEF is present to 180. According to
Mr. Tom Levanos, CEF executive director for operations, the ministry is
now present in the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean, the
Republic of Guinea in West Africa (Guinea-Conakry), another country in
Africa and one in the Asia Pacific region. These last two countries
cannot be named in order to protect the safety of the CEF workers
serving there.... Read this in full at
REINFORCES ESSENCE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
The Madrid Declaration, adopted by World Congress of Families
VI (May 25-27, 2012) reaffirmed Article 16 of the UN Declaration of
Human Rights which noted the family is "the natural and fundamental
group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the
The Madrid Declaration, adopted by 3,100 delegates assembled
for the World Congress of Families (http://congresomundial.es/en/)
at the Palacio de Congresos in Spain's capital, charged: "Ideologies of
statism, atomistic individualism, and sexual revolution challenge the
very essences of marriage and family. Recent legal and public
policy changes have corrupted the meaning and dignity of marriage,
devalued parenting, encouraged easy divorce and births outside of
marriage, confused sexual identities, promoted promiscuity, created
conditions that increased child abuse, isolated the elderly, and
fostered depopulation." .... Read this in full at
BILLIONAIRE NAMES TWO
FINALISTS FOR FREE MASSACHUSETTS CAMPUS
After four months of hosting tours, soliciting proposals and
fending off controversy, the billionaire owners of a picturesque campus
in western Massachusetts have announced two finalists in the
competition to receive the property free of charge.
Finalists to receive the 217-acre Northfield, Mass., campus
founded by 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody are the Southern Baptist
Convention’s North American Mission Board and Grand Canyon
University Foundation of Phoenix.
our privilege now to gift this to an organization that will carry on
the Moody tradition,” said a statement from Steve Green, the
Oklahoma businessman who bought the campus with his family in 2009....
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UNBORN BABIES COULD BE
TESTED FOR 3,500 GENETIC FAULTS
A team has been able to predict the whole genetic code of a
foetus by taking a blood sample from a woman who was 18 weeks pregnant,
and a swab of saliva from the father.
They believe that, in time, the test will become widely
available, enabling doctors to screen unborn babies for some 3,500
genetic disorders. The possibility is raising concerns the breakthrough
could lead to more abortions. At the moment the only genetic disorder
routinely tested for on the NHS is Down’s syndrome.... Read this
in full at
FITNESS TRAINER GAINS
AND LOSES 70 POUNDS IN 1 YEAR -- ON PURPOSE
When Drew Manning stepped out from behind the cardboard
cutout of his former fat self, the audience of "Good Morning America"
was appropriately shocked.
The fitness trainer's journey had come to an end after
successfully losing more than 70 pounds -- six months after he
purposely gained the same amount. "Like it never happened," host George
Stephanopoulos said. "Kind of," Manning said.
Both Manning and his wife, Lynn, can attest that a lot
actually has changed in the past year. While Manning's body may have
returned to its six-pack heydays, his mind, in many ways, has not....
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are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love
letters to the world.”
- Mother Teresa
VERSE TO PONDER
you, LORD, belong greatness and power, honor, splendor, and majesty,
because everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. Yours, LORD,
is the kingship, and you are honored as head of all.”
- 1 Chronicles 29:11 (CEB)
THIS WEEK'S HYMN: SPIRIT
OF GOD, DESCEND UPON MY HEART
Words: George Croly, 1854
Music: Frederick C. Atkinson, 1870
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
>from NetHymnal at
Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer (June 6, 1944):
fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of
Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our
allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It
has come to pass with success thus far.
so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty
endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our
civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.... Read this in
Also see “D-Day Landing Prayer is Read on the US Senate
PRAY 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!
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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).
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