CONNECTIONS NEWS – 2/7/2016

Connecting man to man to God For week of February 7, 2016 Issue 530
The weekly newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries. Our mission is to lead men to Jesus Christ and provide opportunity for Christian men to grow in their faith and minister to others.

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I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2 (NIV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+18%3A1-2&version=NIV


CONSIDER
“The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.”
~ Augustine


EASTER IS COMING! JOURNEY TO EASTER WITH OUR LENT DEVOTIONS
It’s hard to believe, but the season of Lent — the 40-day stretch leading up to Easter Sunday — begins with Ash Wednesday on February 10.

While not every Christian tradition observes Lent, many Christians use this stretch of time to renew their focus on Jesus Christ as a way of preparing for Easter. Some Christians might devote extra time to Bible reading during Lent, or abstain from a particular habit or activity as a way of removing distractions from their spiritual life.

Committing to a devotional activity during Lent can be an immensely rewarding experience. To that end, Bible Gateway has prepared a set of encouraging, insightful devotional experiences to help you journey through Lent to Easter. This year’s Lent devotionals are:…. Read this in full at https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/01/easter-is-coming-journey-to-easter-with-our-lent-devotions/

HOW CAN YOU OBSERVE LENT THIS YEAR?
There’s no Scriptural requirement to observe Lent — ultimately, it’s just the six week lead-up to Easter Sunday in the church calendar — but many Christians find it helpful and inspirational to observe the Lent season in some way. Generally speaking, when people observe Lent, they commit to a spiritual activity — prayer, Bible reading, reflection, self-denial, service, etc. — that will sharpen their understanding of Jesus Christ’s own sacrifice as described in the Bible’s account of the first Easter.

The question of whether to observe Lent is a personal one with no “right” or “wrong” answer. But if you’re thinking about participating, here are a few ideas to consider.
1. Prayer
Prayer is one of the core activities of the Christian life; the Bible commands us to pray continually and assures us of the efficacy of our prayers. Jesus himself took time on the night of his arrest to call out to his Father in prayer. Prayer is thus an understandably popular activity during the Lent season.

When committing to pray over an extended period of time, it might help to choose a theme around which to center your prayers. Consider the following possible prayer “projects” to follow over the course of Lent:…. Read this in full at https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/02/how-can-you-observe-lent-this-year/

THIS FEB. 5-7 CONFERENCE TELLS YOU WHY THE BIBLE IS TRUST WORTHY: AN INTERVIEW WITH COREY MILLER
Is the Bible historically reliable? How does it compare with other ancient texts? These and other questions are the focus of discussions and presentations at The Symposium, the annual conference held on the campus of Purdue University by Ratio Christi, a global movement that equips university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. Bible Gateway interviewed Corey Miller, president/CEO of Ratio Christi…. Read in full and learn how to live-stream the conference at https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/02/this-conference-tells-you-why-the-bible-is-trust-worthy-an-interview-with-corey-miller/

SUPER BOWL: BRONCOS, PANTHERS DISCUSS SPORTSMANSHIP, FAITH by Shawn Hendricks
While underinflated footballs aren’t dominating Super Bowl headlines this year, the National Football League still had its share of unsportsmanlike conduct calls, concussions and doping allegations this season. But rules do matter and those who don’t follow them must pay the consequences, players say.

Team members from the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers weighed in on the importance of sportsmanship and their Christian faith during Opening Night of Super Bowl 50 with the media at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 1.

Is sportsmanship becoming a thing of the past in the NFL as teams continue to clamor for
an edge to get to the Super Bowl?
“I don’t think [sportsmanship] is going extinct in the NFL,” noted Brandon Marshall, linebacker for the Broncos, responding to a Baptist Press question. With the number one defense, the Broncos are a hard-hitting team that more often than not seems to find a way to keep teams out of the end zone. But playing by the rules and being an example on and off the field, Marshall said, should remain the priority…. Read this in full at http://www.bpnews.net/46261/super-bowl-broncos-panthers-discuss-sportsmanship-faith

BRONCO THANKFUL FOR SUPER BOWL DESPITE $1,800 GAME TICKET by Shawn Hendricks
After having to pay $1,800 for his newborn daughter to be able to attend Super Bowl 50, Bronco punter Britton Colquitt is quick to point out that all things work together for the good of those who love God.

Colquitt captured attention earlier this week after news broke that he would need to pay for his newborn daughter to attend the Super Bowl. While each player is allotted 15 tickets, they are required to pay a $1,800 fee for each one. And that fee apparently includes newborns.

“There’s no age limit to tickets,” Colquitt told the Denver Post. “It’s $1,800 for our week-old daughter we just had. It’s kind of crazy. [The baby] won’t remember, but I’m paying for it. It’s about the medal I guess and the memories and putting your name in history forever.”
…. Read this in full at http://www.bpnews.net/46262/bronco-thankful-for-super-bowl-despite-1800-game-ticket


TEXAS SUPREME COURT RULES CHEERLEADERS CAN DISPLAY BIBLE VERSES ON BANNERS
A high school cheerleading squad suing for their right to wave religious banners at football games will be allowed to continue with their lawsuit, the Texas Supreme Court announced in a unanimous opinion.

The East Texas students have been fighting for the ability to cite Bible verses as part of their cheerleading routines since 2012, when the Kountze Independent School District told the squad they could not paint Christian messages on the banners football players ran through before their games.

The district instituted the ban after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for the separation of church and state, threatened to sue. Foundation members argued that because the Bible-quoting signs were held by cheerleaders wearing official school uniforms, and at official school events, they were tantamount to school-sponsored religious activities….
Read this in full at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/01/29/cheerleaders-bible-verse-can-proceed-state-supreme/

THE NFL PLAYER WHO’S NOT ASHAMED TO CALL CHRIST HIS LEADER
The Carolina Panthers head to Super Bowl 2016 hoping to raise the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history.

They’ll be led by electrifying quarterback Cam Newton, whose big passes and quick footwork have made for one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, the team’s defensive captain is making strides of his own off the field.

Cherry Starr, the wife of iconic NFL quarterback Bart Starr, informed the team their linebacker, Thomas Davis, is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Bart Starr Award, exemplifying outstanding character and leadership at home, on the field and in the community.

Cherry Starr congratulated Davis by saying, “You have to be a pretty special person to receive this award.”

Davis is thrilled with the honor…. Read this in full at http://www.charismanews.com/culture/54804-the-nfl-player-who-s-not-ashamed-to-call-christ-his-leader

SUPER BOWL QB CAM NEWTON COUNTS A GODLY HERITAGE, EXHIBITS UNEVEN PATH TO GLORY by Robert Ashcraft and Mark Ellis
When Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton walked away relatively unscathed from a horrible accident that rolled his truck in December 2014, he offered praise to God.
“Somebody had His good hands on me,” Newton told reporters. “One plus one always equals two. I’m looking at this truck. I’m looking at this accident, and I’m like dude, one plus one ain’t equaling two, because I’m looking at this truck, and I’m like, somebody is supposed to be dead. Me being a religious person, God is good. I’m lucky to be standing in front of you today.”
…. Read this in full at http://blog.godreports.com/2016/01/super-bowl-qb-cam-newton-counts-a-godly-heritage-exhibits-uneven-path-to-glory/

WHEN WAS EACH BOOK OF THE BIBLE WRITTEN?
Here are approximate dates of when each book of the Bible was written, listed in chronological order with links to each book on Bible Gateway: * Job: Considered earliest, but date unknown * Genesis: 1445-1405 BC * Exodus: 1445-1405 BC * Leviticus: 1445-1405 BC * Numbers: 1445-1405 BC * Deuteronomy: 1445-1405 BC * Psalms: 1410-450 BC * Joshua: 1405-1385 BC * Judges: 1043 BC * Ruth: 1030-1010 BC
…. Read this in full at https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/02/when-was-each-book-of-the-bible-written/

VIDEO: WYCLIFFE’S 2015 YEAR IN REVIEW
Watch this video of the advances in Bible translation: https://www.wycliffe.org/year-in-review

PRESIDENT OBAMA AT HIS LAST NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST: ‘FAITH, JESUS ARE GOOD CURES FOR FEAR…GOD GIVES BELIEVERS THE POWER TO CONQUER ANY FEAR’
President Obama called on people of faith to “respect the right of every single American to practice their religion,” using a speech to a prayer breakfast to urge unity between the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions.

“For this is what each of us is called on to do. To seek our common humanity in each other. To make sure our politics and our public discourse reflect that same spirit of love and sound mind,” he said, echoing St. Paul’s second letter to Timothy and continuing a recent theme of civility and tolerance in response to the anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump
…. Read this in full at http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/04/obama-prayer-breakfast-seek-our-common-humanity/79808834/

Obama at National Prayer Breakfast: ‘Faith is the great cure for fear’ http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/04/politics/obama-national-prayer-breakfast/index.html

President Quotes Bible Verse at National Prayer Breakfast http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-02-04/obama-2016-national-prayer-breakfast-transcript

Read 2 Timothy 1:7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+1%3A7

CHRISTIANITY TODAY AWARDED GRANT TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE FOR SCIENCE AND FAITH
Christianity Today has received a $269,000 grant to build an audience for science and faith, primarily through the nonprofit ministry’s The Behemoth digital magazine. The grant from the John Templeton Foundation is a two-year project beginning in January 2016.

Launched in late 2014, The Behemoth publishes a variety of subject matter to inspire awe and wonder of God, and this grant will further sharpen its editorial focus to make the relation of science and faith stronger.

This grant is multifaceted and includes the hiring of a part-time science editor position to bring a new level of science expertise to the staff. More science-related articles will be released in The Behemoth and across other ministry publications, including Christianity Today and Books & Culture, throughout the next two years.
… Read this in full at http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/342677350.html

AME CHURCH FOUNDER HONORED WITH POSTAGE STAMP by Adelle M. Banks
Richard Allen, the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be honored with a US postage stamp commemorating his leadership of the historically black denomination founded 200 years ago.

The US Postal Service called the preacher and activist “an inspiring figure whose life and work resonate profoundly in American history.”

The new stamp will be featured in a ceremony Feb. 2 at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. It becomes the 39th stamp in the Black Heritage series after more than 40,000 people petitioned the postal service for its creation.
… Read this in full at http://www.religionnews.com/2016/02/01/ame-church-founder-honored-postage-stamp/

7 QUESTIONS TO ASK AS YOU READ THE BIBLE by Tim Breen
As some of you know, this January I began teaching a Biblical Introduction course at Northwestern College. As a means of guiding the students into the scriptural story, I’ve offered up these seven questions as prompts to help them engage the text at several deeper levels. I think they will reward you as you see the Bible with fresh insights.

Feel free to print this guide off and to put these questions to work as you grow in your awareness of the intricacies of God’s Word and as you consider how to apply it to your own life as well! 1. What are your “lightbulb insights” as you go along in the reading?
What made sense for the first time? What confused you? What surprises or disappointments “popped” as you traveled through the text?
…. Read this in full at http://www.frcoc.org/staffs-perspective/seven-questions-ask-read-bible/

3 THINGS YOUR BIBLE DOESN’T SAY ABOUT MONEY by Graham Beynon
When it comes to money, God has a lot to say.
So it’s time to set the record straight on three things the Bible does *not* say about money — despite what we may have heard. Here are three wrong views.
1. God Guarantees Prosperity The prosperity gospel comes in a variety of forms, but the bottom line is God blesses our obedience by making us materially better off. The message says to honor God with your money and you will know this blessing. Of course, the flip side is that if you’re not doing well financially, it must mean you’re disbelieving or disobeying God.

The great mistake of the prosperity gospel is ignoring that this promise of financial blessing comes under the old covenant. The new covenant doesn’t work the same way. In fact, Jesus says his followers are blessed when they’re poor, hungry, weeping, hated, excluded, insulted, and rejected (Luke 6:20–22).
… Read this in full at http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-things-your-bible-doesnt-say-about-money

3 THINGS THAT KEEP MEN OUT OF THE CHURCH by Dan Rodger
I’m sure it isn’t just me that has noticed, but the church has a distinct lack of young men.
Some have blamed the ‘feminization of the church’ for this, citing (among other things) ‘Jesus-is-my-boyfriend’ worship songs. But I think that there are also some problems within masculinity in our culture that produce barriers to Christian faith.

1. Pride Pride is not just a male problem, it is a human problem. However it is generally a bigger issue for men. Male pride is a stumbling block to the gospel, because when you’re proud you fear weakness, and rarely admit you’re wrong. Becoming a follower of Jesus requires admitting your faults. Therefore pride is the antithesis to the gospel.
… Read this in full at http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/3-things-that-keep-men-out-of-the-Church

VERSE TO PONDER
I will sing of your strength! In the morning I will shout out loud about your faithful love because you have been my stronghold, my shelter when I was distraught.
Psalm 59:16 (CEB) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+59%3A16&version=CEB

CONSIDER
“Start a daily journal in which you record at least one simple joy or blessing you experience each day.”
~Bret Nicholaus

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD EMBRACE DIGITAL BIBLE STUDY by Andy Rau
The last decade has seen both an avalanche of digital innovation and a responding flood of discussion about the ways that innovation is improving – or degrading – our lives. You’ve probably read or participated in plenty of discussions about whether or not ebooks are “better” than print books. As an employee of a book publishing company, I’ve seen publishers struggle, not always successfully, to identify which book-related behaviors can be replicated (or even improved) in a digital context.

But nowhere does this discussion about the usefulness of digital technology mean more than when we discuss the Bible.

It’s one thing to debate whether or not a Tom Clancy novel is better experienced on a Kindle or in paperback. But when we have this same discussion about the Bible, the stakes are profoundly higher. If the format in which we experience the Bible makes it harder for us to read it, or pushes us away from the focused reflection that Scripture requires, then great harm is taking place. On the on other hand, if a new technology or format makes it possible to engage more meaningfully with Scripture, then we should all take careful note. A quick google search turns up plenty of essays and blog posts arguing over the last several years that digital Bible study is or isn’t worth your time, with good points made on both sides.

But we’ve reached a point where we can confidently say that digital Bible study is a tremendously rewarding experience, and that it’s no longer impeded by many of the limitations that made it difficult in the past. Here are five reasons you should embrace digital Bible study in 2016.
… Read this in full at http://churchtechtoday.com/2016/01/22/5-digital-bible-study/

IS CHURCH OR THE NFL MORE POPULAR ON SUNDAYS?
Mark Tapscott Is the Mainstream Media absolutely, completely out of touch with heartland America? It may seem like an odd approach, but one way to answer this familiar question is to ask if more Americans go to church or watch televised football games on any given Sunday.

Check out the National Football League’s web site and its “2015 Regular Season TV Ratings Recap.” On the NFL’s best Sunday during the just-completed regular season, an estimated 29.4 million Americans watched the Seattle Seahawks play the Dallas Cowboys on the first day of November.

The league’s best day overall during the regular season was the Thanksgiving Day match of the Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers, which drew 32.5 million views. The third best game was Dec. 13 when 28.9 million watched the Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.
… Read this in full at http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/14/is-church-or-the-nfl-more-popular-on-sundays/

A BETTER WAY TO BE EVANGELICAL by Anthony L. Blair
As the president of an institution with evangelical in its name, I’ve had many opportunities to reflect on the mixed legacy that comes with that word. If you don’t explain what you mean, others will fill in the meaning for you—and today, all too often, they will treat it as a synonym for “narrow-minded,” “fundamentalist,” “intolerant,” or even “hatemonger.” The hard truth is that those of us who have borne the label “evangelical” have not always put our best foot—or our best gospel—forward. We may have held to orthodoxy, but it has not necessarily been beautiful or full of grace.

What should we do? We could abandon the word altogether and leave it to its narrowest, most reactive partisans. Or we can reclaim it with fresh descriptions of what evangelical faith really can and does mean. To paraphrase Charles Dickens just a bit, we have a far, far better gospel and a far, far better Savior to offer this world than what they have heard from us at times. It is time to embrace the call to be boldly, broadly, and beautifully evangelical.
… Read this in full at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/february-web-only/better-way-to-be-evangelical.html

CHRISTIANS “MORE HAPPY THAN ATHEISTS” by Alex Williams
A new survey has found that Christians experience higher levels of happiness, life satisfaction and self-worth than people who do not have a faith.
As part of the “Measuring National Well-being” research, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) questioned 300,000 people between 2012 and last year.

According to the ONS, Christians are happier than those of no religion, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs.

Similarly, Christians came in joint first place with Hindus in the life satisfaction index and they were ranked second in terms of self-worth, behind followers of Judaism.

Speaking on Premier Christian Radio’s News Hour, Christian psychologist and retired psychology teacher, Nadia Foster, said: “People think all religions are the same but they’re not. Those of us who are Christian say it’s a relationship and not a religion. That makes a difference because you’re having a relationship with a living God.” .
… Read this in full at http://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Christians-more-happy-than-atheists

WHY I HAVEN’T GIVEN UP ON BIBLIOTHECA by J. Mark Bertrand
It’s the beginning of 2016 and Bibliotheca, the Kickstarter project that took the world of Bible publishing by storm over the summer of 2014, raising nearly $1.5 million dollars to print a multi-volume, readable edition of the American Standard Version, still hasn’t delivered the goods.

The culprit seems to be mission creep: all the design and printing choices have been made, and now we’re waiting on a revision of the ASV that wasn’t part of the original pitch. This has caused a lot of frustration – a lot of us backed the project in spite of its use of the ASV, not because of it – and a number of my friends have gone so far as to request refunds. Since I backed Bibliotheca on Day 1 and wrote about it extensively for Bible Design Blog, I get polite emails on a regular basis asking whether I’ve given up on ever seeing the end result. And I get a few not-so-polite ones suggesting there is egg on my face for promoting Bibliotheca to my readers.
… Read this in full at http://www.bibledesignblog.com/2016/01/havent-given-bibliotheca.html

WHAT TRUTHS DO WE NEED FROM OUTSIDE THE BIBLE? by John Piper
The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is not designed to discourage us from gaining knowledge from the natural world – knowledge that doesn’t come through the Bible, but comes from observation. It is not designed to discourage us from getting that kind of knowledge. Rather, the doctrine is designed to protect us from seeking or receiving more supernatural knowledge, more supernatural revelation. In other words, God’s word to us in Scripture does not need to be supplemented by more words of God from anyone claiming to be God.

The point is that the Scriptures are sufficient revelation from God to accomplish what the revelation was designed to do and does not need to be supplemented by any more revelation. So near the end of the New Testament, Jude says, “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). There is finality about God’s revelatory word through Jesus Christ and his apostles. There is a once for all deposit of truth. There is a completed, whole counsel of God. There is a faith once for all delivered.
… Read this in full at http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-truths-do-we-need-from-outside-the-bible

THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF PRAYER ARE THE ATTITUDES IN OUR HEARTS AND OUR LOVE FOR THE LORD by Billy Graham
The Bible doesn’t command us to take any one position when we pray. It doesn’t say (for example) that we must always pray on our knees, or with our hands raised, or even with our eyes closed.

The Bible, in fact, gives many examples of people who prayed in a number of physical positions. When King David confessed his sins and prayed fervently that God would spare the life of one of his sons, “He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground” (2 Samuel 12:16). On the other hand, when Abraham prayed that God would spare the city of Sodom (in spite of their sin), he “remained standing before the Lord” (Genesis 18:22) .
… Read this in full at http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/billy-graham/article57988618.html

7 SIGNS YOU’RE WAY TOO BUSY by Alli Worthington
Have you noticed “busy” has become the new “fine”? When someone asks you how you are, chances are, your default answer is, “Good, busy, but good.”

We’ve all heard the research that shows us the affects of stress and busyness in our lives, but what if our harried pace is keeping us from the life we are created to live?

We live in a culture that tells us we have to do more, be more and achieve more. We all want to live full lives, full of meaning and purpose, but it is our busyness that often robs us of living out our potential.

Contrary to what many of us have been told, we can’t handle it all, nor should we. So how do we know when we’re reaching our limit? We aren’t like our phones with flashing numbers to tell us we’ve reached our capacity. But there are signs our body gives us if we’re paying attention, signs that may look different for each of us. For some, the warning signs may be emotional. For others, they might be physical, relational, or spiritual. But rest assured, if you are over capacity, you will soon find out—the hard way.
… Read this in full at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/7-signs-youre-way-too-busy

WORLD’S ‘OLDEST CHRISTIAN CHURCH’ DISCOVERED IN JORDAN by Tim Butcher
If tests confirm that it dates back to between AD 33 to AD 70, as the archaeologists claim, it would make it the earliest known place of Christian worship by around two hundred years.

According to a report in the Jordan Times newspaper, a very early underground church was found beneath the ancient Saint Georgeous Church, which itself dates back to AD 230,
in Rihab, northern Jordan near the Syrian border.

“We have uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from AD 33 AD to AD 70,” Abdul Qader al-Husan, head of Jordan’s Rihab Centre for Archaeological Studies, said.

“We have evidence to believe this church sheltered the early Christians – the 70 disciples of Jesus Christ.”.
… Read this in full at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/jordan/2106752/Worlds-oldest-Christian-church-discovered-in-Jordan.html

ISRAEL APPROVES MIXED-GENDER JEWISH PRAYER SITE AT WESTERN WALL
The Israeli government approved the creation of a mixed-gender plaza at Jerusalem’s Western Wall to accommodate Jews who contest Orthodox curbs on worship by women there.

The wall is revered as a vestige of Judaism’s two ancient temples and access to it is segregated by gender. Most religious rites take place in the men’s section in accordance with centuries-old Orthodox standards that hold sway in Israel.

The new area will be located at a separate expanse of the wall that, when seen from the plaza looking toward the wall, stands to the right of the current Orthodox-administered compound where men and women will still worship separately.

More liberal streams of Judaism, which outside of Israel have larger followings than Orthodoxy, chafe at the restriction. It is regularly challenged by the activist group “Women of the Wall,” sometimes setting off scuffles and police intervention.
… Read this in full at http://www.religionnews.com/2016/01/31/israel-approves-mixed-gender-jewish-prayer-site-at-western-wall/

CONSIDER
“He should not preach about hell who cannot do it without tears.”
~ Dwight L. Moody

VERSE TO PONDER
Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together.
Ephesians 4:2-3 (CEB) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+4%3A2-3&version=CEB

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: ADVENT TELLS US, CHRIST IS NEAR
Words: A. Katherine Hankey (1834-1911) Music: Johann Scheffler, 1657

Advent tells us, Christ is near: Christmas tells us Christ is here! In Epiphany we trace All the glory of His grace.
Those three Sundays before Lent Will prepare us to repent; That in Lent we may begin Earnestly to mourn for sin.
Holy Week and Easter, then, Tell who died and rose again; O that happy Easter day! “Christ is risen indeed,” we say.
Yes, and Christ ascended, too, To prepare a place for you; So we give Him special praise, After those great forty days.
Then, He sent the Holy Ghost, On the day of Pentecost, With us ever to abide: Well may we keep Whitsuntide!
Last of all, we humbly sing Glory to our God and King, Glory to the One in three, On the Feast of Trinity.
>from NetHymnal at http://nethymnal.org/htm/a/d/v/adventel.htm

ON PRAYER
“To pray is to expose ourselves to God as we do to heat or sunlight.”
~ Louis Evely

PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
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DAILY BLESSING PACT
Use the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.

I am agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake you!

PERSONAL
Marital harmony
Family unity
Children saved
Faithful pastor
Spirit-filled church
Real friendships
Relatives redeemed
Educational benefits
Recreational time
Fulfilling career
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s will

FINANCIAL
Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Benefits
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
Settlements
Estates & inheritances
Investment increase
Rebates & returns
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Money to be found
Bills decrease while blessings increase

“And 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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