CONNECTIONS NEWS – 06/25/2017

Connecting man to man to God
For week of June 25,2017
Issue 540
The weekly newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.

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What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Mark 8:36
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+8%3A36&version=NIV;KJV;NET

CONSIDER
“Let nothing good or bad upset the balance of your life.”
– Thomas a Kempis

IS THE ESV LITERAL AND THE NIV GENDER NEUTRAL?
by Bill Mounce
Most people say there are two translation camps, formal equivalent and functional equivalent (or dynamic equivalent). The longer I am in translation work, the more I see how simplistic this division is.

There actually are five methods on translation with three sub-categories for the handling of gender language (no Bible on the market is “literal”). Translations are all on a continuum, overlapping one another, and hence it is misleading to picture them as different points on a line. I am guessing, but for example, about 80% of the ESV and the NIV are the same, once you account for different translations of individual words…. Read this in full at
http://zondervanacademic.com/blog/is-the-esv-literal-and-the-niv-gender-neutral-mondays-with-mounce-286/

HAVING NO FATHER CREATED A HOLE IN MY UNIVERSE
by Philip Yancey
I never thought it strange, not having a father. I was barely a year old when my father died, so I didn’t miss him. How could I? I never knew him.

In elementary school, some kids didn’t know better than to ask, “How’d he die?” and when I told them polio, my status went up. Bubonic plague or suicide wouldn’t have had more effect. On the walls of every school hung March of Dimes posters of children wearing metal braces on their legs, or lying in a scary-looking contraption called an iron lung. When I added that my father had stayed in one of those iron lungs for several months, eyes widened like they do when kids don’t know what to say next.

“You poor child,” women would cluck to me at church. I glowed in the attention, the sympathy my very presence coaxed out. To my mother, they would say things like, “Bless you. I don’t know how you do it.” Meanwhile, their husbands took a sudden interest in their fingernails, or studied their clothes for stray whiskers…. Read this in full at
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/06/17/having-no-father-created-a-hole-in-my-universe/

THE DISTINCT, POSITIVE IMPACT OF A GOOD DAD
by W. Bradford Wilcox
Are dads dispensable? A lot of scholars and writers weighing in on fatherhood these days have come to the conclusion that they are. As Jennifer Aniston, for example, once put the point in the high-profile context of a press conference: “Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child.”

Her perspective has a lot of intuitive appeal in an era where millions of women have children outside of marriage, serve as breadwinner moms to their families, or are raising children on their own. Dads certainly seem dispensable in today’s world.

What this view overlooks, however, is a growing body of research suggesting that men bring much more to the parenting enterprise than money, especially today, when many fathers are highly involved in the warp and woof of childrearing. As Yale psychiatrist Kyle Pruett put it in Salon: “fathers don’t mother.” …. Read this in full at
https://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/06/the-distinct-positive-impact-of-a-good-dad/276874/

INVOLVED DADS SAVE DAUGHTERS FROM RISKY BEHAVIOR
Quality time with Dad decreases a daughter’s propensity for risky sexual activity, according to a study released last month.

The study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, adds to a host of research that continues to highlight the importance of fathering for daughters.

Researchers Danielle DelPriore and Bruce Ellis of the University of Utah, and Gabriel Schlomer of the State University of New York at Albany, found an inverse relationship between the amount of quality fathering a daughter receives and her likelihood for promiscuous sex, unprotected sex, and sex while intoxicated…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/involved-dads-save-daughters-from-risky-behavior.html

6 FACTS ABOUT AMERICAN FATHERS
Fatherhood in America is changing in important and sometimes surprising ways. Today, fathers who live with their children are taking a more active role in caring for them and helping out around the house. And the ranks of stay-at-home and single fathers have grown significantly in recent decades. At the same time, more and more children are growing up without a father in the home.

The changing role of fathers has introduced new challenges, as dads juggle the competing demands of family and work. Here are some key findings about fathers from Pew Research Center…. Read this in full at
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/15/fathers-day-facts/

THE MONEY CHALLENGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ART RAINER
Did God create us to be secure, self-protective hoarders? Or to become the conduit through which his generosity flows? What does the Bible say about money, generosity, and the purpose of financial well-being?

Bible Gateway interviewed Art Rainer about his book, The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God’s Design for You and Your Money (B&H Books, 2017).

Q: How much emphasis does the Bible place on money management and the concept of generosity?

Art Rainer: Money management and generosity are woven throughout Scripture. There are more than 2,000 verses related to money and the stewardship of our resources. Jesus spoke about money more than any other topic. To say that the Bible emphasized money and generosity is an accurate statement. Why the focus? Because, according to the Bible, money management is a reflection of heart management (Matthew 6:21)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/06/the-money-challenge-an-interview-with-art-rainer/

SOX OUTFIELDER MELKY CABRERA: ‘LET IT BE GOD’S WILL IF WE LOSE OR WIN’
Melky Cabrera, White Sox outfielder, from the Dominican Republic, Christian, says God “has given me everything that I’ve asked for.”

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, there were “hardships,” like not always having enough to eat.

Roughly a third of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, lives in poverty, according to the World Bank. Most of the country is Catholic, but his family wasn’t really churchgoing. Today, he describes himself as a Christian…. Read this in full at
http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/sox-outfielder-melky-cabrera-let-it-be-gods-will-if-we-lose-or-win/

STEPH CURRY SAYS HIS TEAM’S BIBLE STUDY HELPS THEM REMEMBER ‘WHY WE’RE HERE’
Steph Curry, one of the Golden State Warriors’ young stars, says that he and some of his teammates have formed a discipleship group that meets regularly.

Curry says that the group helps the athletes stay focused on their faith.

“Every game day we probably have 10, 11 guys show up for the 30-minute Bible study, prayer service, daily encouragement – that’s the biggest thing,” he said.

The Golden State Warriors clenched the NBA championship.

It’s the second time the Warriors have won the championship in the last three years.

“You can get lost in the daily routines and the hype of what we do on the floor and forget why we’re here,” Curry said…. Read this in full at
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/june/steph-curry-says-his-teams-bible-study-helps-them-remember-why-were-here

TIES THAT BIND IN WARRIORS LOCKER ROOM: MIGHT THOSE GAME-DAY BIBLE STUDIES BE IMPORTANT?
by Terry Mattingly
Hasn’t the Curry-is-a-Christian story been covered to death?

Well, that depends. What caught my eye was Curry’s statement that 10 or 11 “guys” show up for this discipleship group. It’s safe to assume that this includes a few trainers and others on the team’s staff.

But who else is in that number? This could be linked, methinks, to an earlier story on which mainstream journalists punted (click here for earlier GetReligion coverage), back at the time of the earth-shaking announcement by megastar Kevin Durant that he was leaving Bible Belt Oklahoma City and going to Golden State…. Read this in full at
https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2017/6/21/ties-that-bind-in-warriors-locker-room-might-those-game-day-bible-studies-be-important

IF WE WANT PEOPLE TO RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL, WE NEED TO START PREACHING IT PROPERLY
by Freddie Pimm
I don’t know if you’ve tried sharing the gospel with anyone recently, particularly anyone under the age of 35?

If the answer is yes, you may well have found that you didn’t have much success. A few years ago, I had a memorable experience with a good friend who, despite going to a Christian school, was very unfamiliar with what I believed as a Christian and I had the opportunity to share a little of my testimony with him and the good news of Christ.

I explained how God loved and created us, how we had all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, I explained how God loved us so much he sent Jesus to save us from eternal punishment, and I explained that this meant we could have a relationship with him today. This guy is one of my best friends; he knows the impact my faith has on my life – he sees it on a weekly basis and he knows the difference Jesus has made to me. But, despite my best efforts, he still didn’t get it…. Read this in full at
https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/If-we-want-people-to-respond-to-the-gospel-we-need-to-start-preaching-it-properly

WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY
“We don’t have to worry about how wise or clever we are – God chose the foolish. We don’t have to worry about how powerful we are – God chose the weak. We don’t have to worry about how popular we are, or even whether we’ll amount to anything much–God chose the despised and the ones who were nothing. None of those human measurements counts when it comes to performing great acts in life–great acts as defined by God, acts of humility, obedience, and love.”
– Jimmy Carter

WHEN IT COMES TO SAYING GRACE, AMERICANS ARE STILL UNITED
A poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that saying grace is a widespread practice in the United States. About half of all Americans take a minute to say a prayer over their food at least a few times a week, the poll reveals, making grace an unusual commonality in a politically divided nation.

Rural and urban Americans are equally likely to say grace, the poll shows. Northerners and Southerners, Catholics and Protestants, Democrats and Republicans, all say grace to varying degrees. Even some Americans who reject organized religion still say grace.

“It’s a powerful way of reminding yourself that you are not self-sufficient, that you are living by somebody’s grace, that plenty of other people who work just as hard as you don’t have anything to eat,” said Tim Keller, a prominent New York City pastor who wrote a book on prayer…. Read this in full at
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/when-it-comes-to-saying-grace-americans-are-still-united/2017/06/16/153e6044-4ade-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

CELEBRATE JAMES I’S BIRTHDAY BY READING THE KING JAMES BIBLE
June 19 was the 451st birthday of King James I! James’ long rule was marked by many noteworthy historical events and literary developments, but perhaps the most important was the Bible translation that he sponsored: the Bible we know today as the King James Version (also known as the King James Bible or KJV).

The King James Version of the Bible continues to be enormously popular around the English-speaking world. For many people, the KJV was the first Bible they encountered (and memorized from) in childhood, and so it exerts a nostalgic pull. But there’s no denying the sheer majesty of its language. While the vocabulary of the KJV can be archaic and difficult at times, it produces some truly beautiful passages. See how it renders Psalm 23, for example…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/06/celebrate-james-birthday-reading-king-james-bible/

WHY BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY MATTERS
by Ryan Reeves
In the mid-1840s the British archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard made a spectacular discovery. In the throne room of King Sennacherib’s Southwest Palace at Nineveh (near Mosul, Iraq, today) Layard uncovered a series of beautifully carved stone reliefs that told a grisly tale of siege, capture, and destruction.

The first few panels of the stone reliefs were missing but the remaining 12, arranged in chronological order around the walls of Sennacherib’s throne room, depicted the Assyrian army attacking a fortified city with battering rams driven up an impressive siege ramp while archers and stone slingers took aim at the men on the wall. The citizens under attack fired back with arrows, stones, and firebrands, but the city was captured, plundered, and burned…. Read this in full at
https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/ryanreeves/2017/06/20/why-biblical-archaeology-matters/

EVERY CHRISTIAN OUGHT TO BE A GOOD HISTORIAN
by Michael A. G. Haykin
Though it was written two hundred years ago, Jane Austen’s fiction is still popular since so much of it still rings true to human experience. In her novel Northanger Abbey (1817), for instance, the heroine Catherine Morland makes a statement that is amazingly prescient about the modern boredom with history. In Catherine’s words, history “tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all-it is very tiresome.” Many in the modern world, sadly even Christians, see the past as little more than this: a tiresome account of a few big names with little wisdom to impart for life today. At best, it may offer a couple of hours of entertainment and diversion via a movie or a novel. How different is the Bible’s perspective on the past…. Read this in full at
http://canada.thegospelcoalition.org/bedes_wall/every-christian-good-historian/

THE BIBLE IS STRANGE – WHY READ IT?
by Timothy W. Massaro
The events in the Bible are so far removed from us that they might as well have happened in outer space. Reading the Bible can feel like reading about an alien race and culture. We need to interpret what the authors were communicating in their time and place to see how relevant it is for us now.

God proclaims himself to our hearts and our senses. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God; the sky above declares His handiwork.” And yet, there is something nature cannot tell us. What the Bible is telling us about is something we could not know otherwise, namely, God’s redemption that he has accomplished in real history…. Read this in full at
https://cccdiscover.com/the-bible-is-strange-why-read-it/

A WARNING FROM JESUS ABOUT A SIN MOST CHRISTIANS LONG TO COMMIT
by Clare De Graaf
“Then he told them a story: A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, ‘My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Luke 12:16-21

Is retirement a sin? Only the wrong kind of retirement.

I once was asked to lead a men’s discussion group at an upscale condo development in Florida. I knew most of the men – good men with great reputations in both business and as Christians, back in Michigan.

The group was working their way through The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. The chapter they slated for me to discuss was on discovering the mission for your life. So, I began asking them what each believed their mission was while in Florida for 4-6 months each year…. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2017/06/19/a-warning-from-jesus-about-a-sin-most-christians-long-to-commit/

NEVER READ THE BIBLE SIMPLY TO KNOW
by John Piper
I have spent virtually all of my adult life encouraging people to pursue their supreme satisfaction in God. I have argued that saving faith in Jesus Christ does not just bear the fruit of joy, but in fact, even more profoundly, is itself a species of joy. Saving faith at its root means being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus.

I have celebrated the way George Müller — that great prayer warrior and lover of orphans — approached the Bible, when he said, “I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord” (Autobiography).

Though he was a thoroughly doctrinal man, with a strong commitment to Reformed theology, he was never content to find doctrine in the Bible. Unless some unusual obstacle hindered him, he would not rise from his knees until sight had become savoring…. Read this in full at
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/never-read-the-bible-simply-to-know

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF IT?
How are God’s people supposed to engage the broader culture around them? There is much confusion around the topic of cultural engagement. Whereas some Christians choose to ignore culture, others rail against it. And others are seduced by it.

The Bible calls us to engage the broader society while retaining a distinctive Christian identity and purpose. We need to think deeply and clearly about what it means to engage secular, pluralistic culture, especially in our work…. Read this in full at
http://www.bibleconnectionnews.com/in-the-world-not-of-the-world/

HA!
A lawyer, who had a wife and 8 children, needed to move because his rental agreement was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home. But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house. When he said, he had / children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place. He couldn’t say he had no children, because he couldn’t lie.

So, he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 7 of their kids. He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

He loved one of the homes and the price was right — the agent asked: “How many children do you have?”

He answered: “Eight.”

The agent asked, “Where are the others?”

The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look, answered “They’re in the cemetery with their mother.”
http://www.mikeysFunnies.com

VERSE TO PONDER
Husbands, love your wives. Love them just as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for her. 26 He did it to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her with water and the word. Ephesians 5:25-26
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5%3A25-26&version=NIRV;CSB;ESV

CONSIDER
Peace does not mean the end of all our striving,
Joy does not mean the drying of our tears.
Peace is the power that comes to souls arriving
Up to the light where God Himself appears.
– G. A. Studdert Kennedy

CHRISTIANS FIND GOD IN USA NATIONAL PARKS
The short, black cross is almost an afterthought, wheeled out of a supply closet moments before introductions begin. Its arrival wraps up 20 minutes of guitar practice and nervous chatter, all part of prepping for a weekly worship service.

“You have to sing loud and help me out,” says Gabrielle Sheeley, a 20-year-old college student from upstate New York, to the three young people sitting near her on the edge of a wooden stage.

The cross sits in a supply closet six days a week, out of sight during astronomy presentations and other meetings in the Lodge at Bryce Canyon’s auditorium. But on Sunday mornings at 8 am, it takes center stage as Sheeley and her three teammates lead a Christian service for those visiting or working at the park…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/christians-find-god-in-us-national-parks.html

THE BIBLICAL PRACTICE OF RELIGION MIGHT SAVE USA CHRISTIANITY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ZACH HOAG
The trending sentiment of “spiritual but not religious” suggests the demise of religion. What if we’ve gotten religion all wrong? What if the rooted biblical practice of religion is just what we need to revive us? Does the downtrend of Christianity in America have to be the end? Or can it be the first step back toward the flourishing faith God intends for us? After all, isn’t this the essence of the Christian story: death paves the way for resurrection?

Bible Gateway interviewed Zach Hoag about his book, The Light is Winning: Why Religion Just Might Bring Us Back to Life (Zondervan, 2017)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/06/the-biblical-practice-of-religion-might-save-us-christianity-an-interview-with-zach-hoag/

EVANGELICAL LEADERS PUSH FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Evangelical Christian leaders are spearheading a campaign for criminal justice reform, calling for equitable punishment, alternatives to incarceration and a different take on the “tough on crime” language of the Trump administration.

“Our country’s overreliance on incarceration fails to make us safer or to restore people and communities who have been harmed,” said James Ackerman, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, at a June 20 news conference at the National Press Club.

Joined by black, white and Hispanic officials of evangelical organizations, he introduced the “Justice Declaration” that has been signed by close to 100 religious leaders from a wide range of Christian denominations…. Read this in full at
http://religionnews.com/2017/06/20/evangelical-leaders-push-for-criminal-justice-reform/

WHAT IS A WORLDVIEW?
by James Anderson
Abortion. Euthanasia. Pornography. Same-sex marriage. Transgender rights. Embryonic research. Genetic enhancement. Christians surveying the cultural landscape in the West have a clear sense that things are headed in a destructive direction. While most believers can easily identify the symptoms of decline, few feel competent to diagnose and address the root causes. There are many complex factors behind these developments, but one invaluable tool for better understanding and engaging with our culture is the concept of worldview. The sociological quakes and moral fissures we observe in our day are largely due to what we might call cultural plate tectonics shifts in underlying worldviews and the collisions between them…. Read this in full at
http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-worldview/

12 BIBLE VERSES FOR WORLD REFUGEE DAY
According to The UN Refugee Agency, around the world nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution. An unprecedented 65.6 million people globally have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who are denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment, and freedom of movement.

What does the Bible say about helping defenseless and vulnerable people in need? …. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/06/bible-verses-for-world-refugee-day/

FINDING SPIRITUAL NURTURE IN UNEXPECTED SOURCES: HORSES
by Norman Jameson
Most animals run from humans because humans are predators — our eyes in front of our head. Horses are prey. Think of the trust a prey animal puts in a human predator, to allow it near, to climb onto its back and lean across its neck in the same position a mountain lion would take to slash the animal’s throat with its claws and jaws.

There is no time this afternoon for religion professor, spiritual director, retreat leader, PhD holder, horse rescuer, dog lover and friend to many Judy Skeen’s volunteer class to establish that kind of rapport with the horses. But they do learn that the animals, no matter how large they are, respond to soft voices and to a gentle caress.

People are like horses, or vice versa, Skeen says. Her work with horses translates to her work in the classroom and church. She did not pioneer horsemanship, nor is she the first to connect a horse’s intuitive nature to its ability to interact with humans…. Read this in full at
https://baptistnews.com/article/finding-spiritual-nurture-unexpected-sources-horses/#.WUM7zJJK270

MY VISIT TO THE LAND OF TEENAGERS
by David Gushee
In this column I offer a completely unscientific set of impressions about characteristics of today’s teenagers. It is based on a weeklong immersion experience with my Decatur, Ga., church’s youth group, currently on retreat together in rainy Panama City, Fla. I welcome reader feedback on this one.

Think about this amazing thought: just about everybody in the group was born in the 21st century. If kids are 16 today, they were born in 2001! So they have no memory of 9/11. Even the financial crash of 2007-2008 occurred when most were too young to be aware of it. I wonder how much their consciousness has been shaped by historical events at all…. Read this in full at
http://religionnews.com/2017/06/22/youth-ministry-younger-millennials/

RELIGION AND GAMBLING: STUDIES FIND THE WAGES OF FAITH MAY BE FEWER LOST WAGES
Two new studies show religion can help deter gambling even as local governments searching for new forms of tax revenue give legitimacy to an industry that appears to exert its greatest harm on society’s most vulnerable.

In one national study, people who attended religious services most often had the fewest problem gambling symptoms such as borrowing money to gamble or betting more than you can afford to lose.

A separate study measuring the different effects of faith on casino and lottery gambling and betting online found that being part of religious life generally reduces the likelihood of gambling.

“For those concerned that mass gambling has been a Faustian bargain,” the researchers stated, “our overall conclusion that gambling varies depending on different indicators of ‘faith’ suggests new pathways for ameliorating ordinary and perhaps even heavy gambling.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/religion-and-gambling-studies-find-the-wages-of-faith_us_5943de2ae4b0d188d027fd7d

AFRICA STUDY BIBLE LAUNCHES WITH GLOBAL EVENTS
The Africa Study Bible (Oasis International/Tyndale House, 2017), the first study Bible developed by Africans with over 2,600 notes written by 350 contributors from 50 countries, will be released with ceremonial events in Nigeria in Abuja June 29 and Lagos July 1. These follow similar celebrations in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Accra, Ghana; Nairobi, Kenya; and Chicago, USA…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/06/africa-study-bible-launches-with-global-events/

UNLIKE THEIR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN NEIGHBORS, MOST CZECHS DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD
The vast majority of adults in Central and Eastern Europe identify with a religious group and believe in God, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries in the region. But those in one country are an exception to this pattern: the Czech Republic, where a majority of the population is religiously unaffiliated and does not believe in God. About seven-in-ten Czechs (72%) do not identify with a religious group, while on a separate question, two-thirds (66%) say they do not believe in God…. Read this in full at
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/19/unlike-their-central-and-eastern-european-neighbors-most-czechs-dont-believe-in-god/

CONSIDER
“The best use of life is love.
The best expression of love is time.
The best time to love is now.”
– Rick Warren

VERSE TO PONDER
Parents, don’t provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction about the Lord.
– Ephesians 6:4
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A4&version=CEB;AKJV;NLT

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: ENTHRONED ON HIGH, ALMIGHTY LORD!
Words: Thomas Haweis, 1792
Music: Thomas Hastings, 1846

Enthroned on high, almighty Lord!
The Holy Ghost send down;
Fulfill in us Thy faithful word,
And all Thy mercies crown.

Though on our heads no tongues of fire
Their wondrous powers impart,
Grant, Savior, what we more desire,
Thy Spirit in our heart.

Spirit of life, and light, and love,
Thy heav’nly influence give;
Quicken our souls, our guilt remove,
That we in Christ may live.

To our benighted minds reveal
The glories of His grace.
And bring us where no clouds conceal
The brightness of His face.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/e/n/t/enthrond.htm

ON PRAYER
“Every man prays in his own language and there is no language that God does not understand.”
– Duke Ellington

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