CONNECTIONS NEWS – 11/12/2017

Connecting man to man to God
For week of November 12, 2017
Issue 546
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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For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29 (NKJV)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+3%3A26-29&version=NKJV

CONSIDER
“As base a thing as money often is, yet it can be transmuted into everlasting treasure. It can be converted into food for the hungry and clothing for the poor. Any temporal possession can be turned into everlasting wealth. Whatever is given to Christ is immediately touched with immortality.”
– A. W. Tozer

TEXAS SHOOTING KILLS 26 AT SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH
During its 11 am worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas suffered not only America’s latest mass shooting but the deadliest church shooting in US history.

At least 26 worshipers, ranging in ages from 5 to 72, have died from First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, according to Texas authorities. Another 20 worshipers were injured. YouTube videos of the church’s weekly service indicate that recent Sundays drew about 50 attendees…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/november/mass-shooting-sutherland-springs-first-baptist-church-texas.html

CHURCHES AND GUN VIOLENCE: 7 PRACTICAL PREPARATION TIPS
Here are seven practical tips from Rev. Derrek Belase, a former certified police officer turned pastor, with two degrees in criminology. He is now the Director of Discipleship of the Oklahoma Annual Conference. His current portfolio includes coordinating the Safe Sanctuary Training.

Derrek believes that you can’t completely prevent gun violence from erupting. Even with the best laid plans or the best legislation. Then what? How can a church adequately protect itself? Here are seven practical tips that can help any church prepare for the unexpected.

1. Establish relationships with the first responders and other key people in your community. Get to know the sheriff, chief of police, chief of the fire department as well as the mayor and county commissioners. Let them get to know you and exchange cell phone numbers. That way, they’ll know if they get a call from you on a Sunday morning, it’s a bonafide emergency. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t call 911 if violence or threats of violence break out in your sanctuary. But also call them…. Read this in full at
http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/8520/churches-and-gun-violence-7-practical-preparation-tips

RESEARCHERS: FAITH HELPS MASS SHOOTING SURVIVORS
Research around mass shootings indicates that people of faith, particularly those who receive support from their churches and religious communities, fare better in their recovery.
“Finding comfort in one’s faith and faith community is particularly important to helping mass shooting survivors hold onto hope amidst such horrible tragedies,” said Jamie Aten, executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College. “Now is the time for First Baptist Church and surrounding churches to gather, pray, and lament in community.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/november/after-mass-shootings-faith-helps-most-sutherland-texas.html

A TOP REASON FOR CHURCH SHOOTINGS: DOMESTIC ABUSE
Last year, among violent attacks at houses of worship where the cause was known, 25% of victims were killed as a result of a domestic abuse incident, all by male attackers. The next most common motive was personal conflict, followed by robbery…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/november/top-reason-church-shooting-domestic-violence-texas.html

BILLY GRAHAM’S 99TH BIRTHDAY OFFERS 12-DAY RADIO SPECIAL
Sermons from Billy Graham’s prolific international ministry will be broadcast on an ad hoc radio station 12 days surrounding the evangelist’s 99th birthday Nov. 7, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has announced.

BGEA will host the Billy Graham Channel through Nov. 17 as channel 145 on SiriusXM Radio, featuring sermons from Graham’s six decades of evangelism, as well as salvation invitations and reflections from family and friends, BGEA said. A companion website, TheBillyGrahamChannel.com, will offer companion resources…. Read this in full at
http://bpnews.net/49850/billy-grahams-99th-birthday-offers-12day-radio-special

AS EVANGELIST BILLY GRAHAM TURNS 99, ZONDERVAN ANNOUNCES DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY: ‘A PROPHET WITH HONOR’
Nov. 7 marked evangelist Billy Graham’s 99th birthday. Looking forward to his centennial celebration, Zondervan Publishing has announced plans to release A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story by William Martin, in March 2018. Graham himself requested Martin for the project and granted him unprecedented access to the Billy Graham archives and team members, lending this work the authenticity and transparency of no other…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/11/as-evangelist-billy-graham-turns-99-zondervan-announces-definitive-biography-a-prophet-with-honor/

VIDEO: FLYING BLIND
It’s not just the lost who need repentance. Believers must stay alert to the “sin which so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1, NASB). Flying Blind follows the powerful stories of four believers who ignored life’s warning signs and experienced devastating consequences-and reveals how God broke through their blind spots to rescue them. Watch this month’s Billy Graham TV Special to see their compelling stories and hear a powerful Biblical message from Franklin Graham on sin, conviction, and redemption…. Watch this at
https://billygraham.org/video/flying-blind/

LOVERS, PROSPECTORS, AND PREDATORS
by David Brooks
The world seems full of sexual predators these days. But I don’t think good men wake up one morning and suddenly start thrusting their tongue down the throats of women they barely know. You’ve got to walk through a certain number of doors before you’re capable of that kind of behavior.

Most men are raised with a certain way of thinking about sex. It’s the way contained, implicitly, in every children’s love story, in most every classic novel and in the lived experience of most married parents. It is: Sex is something you do with the person you love.

We’ll call this the room of love. In this room, you get to know someone and a spark is struck. This could be the person you want to spend your life with. So you begin getting to know him or her better, first over a meal, then through activities…. Read this in full at
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/opinion/sexual-harassment-predators.html?_r=0

THE GOSPEL LIFE: A PATH TO A SCARY PLACE (WHY YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO FOLLOW JESUS)
by Aaron Alford
Recently I had a conversation with a young man who was eager to get his feet wet in missionary work. He was passionate and knowledgeable about what he was getting into, and eager to really do the work of a missionary. He was not interested in the kind of “missions as tourism” trip that is becoming more prevalent in the church these days. He wanted to go where there was real need, and real darkness, with a mind to pursuing missions as a long-term vocation.

His parents, however, who are Christians themselves, were not so excited at the prospect. When he told them of his dreams of missionary work, he was met with baffled confusion.

“Why would you want to go somewhere dangerous?” they said.

“Why wouldn’t I?” was his response.

I would like to be gracious with his parents. No parents want to see their child, even their adult child, in danger, but their response really got me thinking. It seemed to me that their response was indicative of a common attitude in North American Christianity, one that I can’t say I’m immune from myself, and that is the desire to stay safe. But as I look more closely at that desire, I realize it’s completely incompatible with the Christian faith…. Read this in full at
http://beardedgospelmen.com/the-gospel-life-a-path-to-a-scary-place-why-you-might-not-want-to-follow-jesus/

CHRISTIAN FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH: AN INTERVIEW WITH SHEILA WALSH
How can the spiritual disciplines of confession, prayer, and Scripture meditation form a daily connection to Jesus to help women in their mental health struggles?

In the following question-and-answer, Sheila Walsh talks about her book, In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life (Thomas Nelson, 2017)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/11/christian-faith-and-mental-health-an-interview-with-sheila-walsh/

RESPONDING TO LIFE AND GOD IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS
by Paul Tripp
Is there a particular area of your life where you wish you had more power and control?

Whether it’s due to a single life-altering event or the daily hassles of life courtesy of a broken world, you and I can’t travel very far without being confronted by our lack of sovereignty.

The fact that we don’t have much rule over our everyday lives can be a frustrating, discouraging, and intimidating reality. I’m not sure how many of us feel inclined to sing Great Is Thy Faithfulness when things aren’t going our way!

On the contrary, here are a few ways that you and I will be tempted to respond: …. Read this in full at
https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/responding-to-life-and-god-in-the-midst-of-chaos

WHY JOHNNY CAN’T READ … THE BIBLE
by Eric Metaxas & Stan Guthrie
Bible knowledge, a foundation of Western civilization, has also collapsed. According to Gallup, only a minority of American teens are “Bible literate.” It’s no wonder that over half of the graduating high school seniors in one poll thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife and that Billy Graham preached the Sermon on the Mount! Truly, Johnny can’t read … the Bible!

It’s simply impossible for kids to be fully educated without basic knowledge of the world’s greatest book. Without the Bible, students can’t really understand fully the English language, English literature, history, art, music or culture-and the experts agree. In a poll of high school English teachers, 98 percent said that students who don’t know the Bible are disadvantaged when reading English literature…. Read this in full at
http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/11/breakpoint-why-johnny-cant-read-the-bible/

HOW TO NAVIGATE THE BIBLE GATEWAY SCRIPTURE ENGAGEMENT SECTION
J. I. Packer, in his book, Knowing God (InterVarsity Press, 1993), writes that having a relationship with God is our primary purpose. “What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? To know God. What is the best thing in life? To know God. What in humans gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of himself.” The Bible is the means by which we encounter God, get to know and enjoy him, and fulfill our purpose in life.

Did you know Bible Gateway has dedicated a section of our site to different Scripture engagement methods (provided by Taylor University)? It offers ways that Scripture can be interacted with that might allow us to more openly receive God’s words and, therefore, come to know him better. In it, you’ll find creative ways to dive into the Word — everything from memorizing Scripture to dramatizing Scripture. There’s a lot here…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/11/how-to-navigate-the-bible-gateway-scripture-engagement-section/

CAN A CHRISTIAN IN A SAME-SEX MARRIAGE STILL GO TO HEAVEN?
by Clare De Graaf
That question comes up almost every time I speak on that subject. When an LGBT+ person asks it, I get the feeling it’s asked not because they aren’t sure of the answer, but to find out if I’m one of those kind of Christians who think all gays are going to hell.

On the other hand, when a straight Christian asks this question, I get the impression that they are testing my orthodoxy. Do I believe homosexuals are lost? …. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2017/11/06/can-a-christian-in-a-same-sex-marriage-still-go-to-heaven/

NEW DOCUMENTARY
Christ Revealed, is a free 9-part documentary series that will help you deepen, defend, and share your faith.

Christ Revealed is a documentary series unlike any you’ve seen before. You’ll hear leading experts in the fields of science, history and theology discuss the evidence for Christianity. I was asked to be a part of this important film, along with several other apologists, historians, theologians and experts, including Greg Koukl and Sean McDowell…. Watch this video at
http://www.christrevealed.com/watch-free/

APOLOGETICS AND THE 5 SOLAS
I do not understand the problem with apologetics. It seems many people do not know anything about apologetics. Or, those that do know, either love apologetics or are adamantly against apologetics. Typically, the church, falls into the second group. What does this have to do with the five solas? I am glad you ask!

Unfortunately, a lot of Christians know very little about the Reformation, much less the five solas. The point here is not a history lesson. The point is to clarify an objection that seems all too common between Christians and apologetics. Specifically, apologetics and the five solas.

“The five solas are five Latin phrases popularized during the Protestant Reformation that emphasized the distinctions among the early Reformers and the Roman Catholic Church. The word sola is the Latin word for “only” and was used in relation to five key teachings that defined the biblical pleas of Protestants. They are: …. Read this in full at
https://ratiochristi.org/marshall/blog/post/apologetics-and-the-5-solas/5857#.Wfy-0JJe672

SCIENTISTS: EXISTENCE OF THE UNIVERSE DEFIES PHYSICS
According to the laws of physics, the universe should have annihilated itself as soon as it came into existence.

Evolutionary scientists who adhere to the Big Bang theory argue that only energy existed in the beginning, then, as the universe expanded, some of the energy transformed into matter. When energy converts to matter, the reaction always creates an equal amount of antimatter, particles with a charge opposite their counterpart. So, for example, a proton of matter has a positive charge and a proton of antimatter, an antiproton, has a negative charge. But, since opposites attract, if equal amounts of matter and antimatter existed in the very beginning, they would have obliterated each other.

Earlier this year, scientists for the first time developed a way to measure antimatter, a discovery they hoped would enable future researchers to solve the mystery of how the universe survived…. Read this in full at
https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/scientists-existence-of-the-universe-defies-physics.html

YES, WORSHIP DOES SOMETHING
by Brad Roth
A friend once waxed poetic about the peace he experienced when receiving the communion wafer in the Catholic mass. Since I had been reared on a diet of just-a-symbol cracker breads and grape juice cuplets, I didn’t get it.

“What do you mean?” I asked incredulously. “It doesn’t do anything.”

I’ve come a long way in deepening my appreciation for the power of the Lord’s Supper, but I probably wouldn’t have been alone in my doubts.

For the most part, our evangelical and Anabaptist movement long ago lost sight of the notion that communion – and worship generally – effects anything greater than whatever uplift or experience or learning we might take away from it. In the Reformers’ historic angst over the sacrificial language of the Roman Church, worship became – subtly and shiftily – all about us. It doesn’t do anything…. Read this in full at
http://mennoworld.org/2017/11/06/columns/bible-yes-worship-does-something/

REPORT: THE TOP 25 SCHOOLS FOR STUDYING THE BIBLE
Biola University, La Mirada, California, is considered first by TheBestSchools.org, an online publication for ranking schools and degree programs, on its list of “The 25 Best Schools for Studying the Bible.” …. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/11/report-the-top-25-schools-for-studying-the-bible/

10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER
As the world celebrates Reformation Day, Fintan Lyons reveals ten things you may not have known about the famous Monk

1. A keen walker
As a young friar, Luther walked the 1300 km to Rome with a companion, begging for their food as went since they belonged to a mendicant religious order.

2. Dressed as a knight
He was sequestered for his safety in a fortress for nearly a year and twice ventured out disguised as a knight.

3. Marriage of convenience
One reason for marrying Catherine Von Bora was that she had been jilted and his likely death would make her a respectable widow and him a martyr in the eyes of many Germans…. Read this in full at
https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-Martin-Luther

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SIN AND WORK
by Richard Phillips
Like many people, I can only handle a relatively small amount of information at a time. I remember as a youth when my father tried to teach me to play golf. Fourteen different instructions bombarded my adolescent brain—knees slightly bent, feet shoulder width apart, left arm straight, eye on the ball, and so on. I decided right then that golf would not be one of my sports. I played football instead. It may be harder, but it is easy to grasp: run, catch, block, and tackle.

God seems to know this about us, for in the Bible’s creation account He keeps Adam’s job description simple. Man’s life in the world involves two basic poles: work and rest. The creation mandate to work is clear: Adam was given dominion so as to be fruitful and fill the earth (Gen. 1:28). God put the man in the garden “to work it and keep it” (2:15). Man’s calling to rest begins by imitating God’s own sabbath, when on the seventh day the Lord rested from His work (2:2) …. Read this in full at
http://www.ligonier.org/blog/relationship-between-sin-and-work/

VERSE TO PONDER
The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
– Psalm 118:6-7 (NLT)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+118%3A6-7&version=NLT

CONSIDER
“People, places, and things were never meant to give us life. God alone is the author of a fulfilling life.”
– Gary Smalley

HOW TO LIVE THE BIBLE — TRUE NEWS, FAKE NEWS, GOOD NEWS
by Mel Lawrenz
Scripture is not fake news, and, while it is true, it is more than true news. It is good news. The word “gospel” in the New Testament literally means “good news.” The core message of the New Testament is “gospel,” as is evident throughout:…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/11/how-to-live-the-bible-true-news-fake-news-good-news/

WHY “PRISON PENTECOSTALISM” IS FLOURISHING AMONG CRIMINALS, GANG MEMBERS, AND OTHERS ON SOCIETY’S MARGINS
Whatever doctrine might be preached, when there is Christian worship within the walls of prisons—among the world’s damned—an ancient theology of hell is being recovered, incarnated on earth. It is Christ’s descent to the dead, his triumphant ekklesia conquering the gates of Hades.

We don’t recognize our lived theologies that quickly, though, because we don’t use those words—the damned, the dead—when talking about the human beings we lock away in prisons or dispose of through legal violence. We say “criminals,” “offenders,” “convicts,” “felons.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/october-web-only/faith-of-killable-people.html

10 THINGS EVERY HUSBAND SHOULD BE DOING FOR HIS WIFE
by Lori Freeland
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard work. It takes deliberate effort to follow through on the vows we make on our wedding day. No matter how well prepared we think we are for marriage, we aren’t — not until we begin to walk those vows out. Whether you’ve said, “I do,” recently or you’ve been together for decades, you can count on one thing — your lives will be full of for better or for worse.

So how can you keep your marriage strong in the better and build it back up in the worse? Love your wife more than yourself. Push your needs aside and instead of asking what she can do for you, ask, “What can I do for her?” The list I’m offering next is only meant as a springboard to answer that question. God knows your wife and your marriage. He put you together, and He wants you to stay together. Ask Him to reveal her heart, then pay attention to what He shows you…. Read this in full at
https://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/10-things-every-husband-should-be-doing-for-his-wife.html

MARRIED MEN ARE HAPPIER. SO WHY IS MARRIAGE DECLINING?
by Liberty McArtor
Marriage makes for happy men, according to a British study. Two thousand men answered questions on “the state of masculinity in 2017,” The Telegraph reported.

The survey offers “important insights into what men need to live their lives in a positive way,” Dr. John Barry, research leader said. Barry works at University College London (UCL), which conducted the study. Harry’s, an American shaving company, commissioned it.

Fifty-six percent of men ranked marriage above love and even children in importance. Ninety percent ranked romance as “important” or “very important.” Just 78% said the same of their work. A majority ranked marriage as more important than personal growth…. Read this in full at
https://stream.org/married-men-are-happier/

FINDING FREEDOM FROM THE FEAR OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACK ALEXANDER
Why do we fear scarcity when the Bible says God will provide? How can Christians experience true abundance, both spiritually and practically and not worry about not having enough?

Bible Gateway interviewed Jack Alexander about his book, The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough (Baker Books, 2017)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/11/finding-freedom-from-the-fear-of-not-having-enough-an-interview-with-jack-alexander/

IS THERE A MARKET FOR A CHRISTIAN CRYPTOCURRENCY? CHRIST COIN AIMS TO FIND OUT
Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that operate independently of a bank or government control. Individuals or businesses may transfer funds using encryption techniques to guarantee security. Value is set, not by a central bank, but by market supply and demand, much like the value of silver or gold.

Well-known digital currencies include Bitcoin and Ethereum. The value of Bitcoin is soaring; on Nov. 2 it reached a record high of more than $7,000, signalling the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies as financial vehicles.

But where other online currencies facilitate the exchange of goods, Christ Coin and its faith-based approach aims at nothing less than uniting the Church — capital C — to revive lives and hope around the world…. Read this in full at
https://baptistnews.com/article/market-christian-cryptocurrency-christ-coin-aims-find/#.WgIZ-mfruCg

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Over the last century, the Orthodox Christian population around the world has more than doubled and now stands at nearly 260 million. Yet despite this increase in absolute number, Orthodox Christians – who remain concentrated in Europe – have been declining as a share of the overall Christian population and the global population due to far faster growth among Protestants, Catholics and non-Christians, primarily outside of Europe. The largest Orthodox community outside of Europe is in Ethiopia, where Orthodox Christians are highly observant and growing quickly. A new Pew Research Center report looks at a variety of survey and demographic resources to paint a picture of Orthodox Christianity today…. Read this in full at
http://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/08/orthodox-christianity-in-the-21st-century/

ARE CHRISTIANS THE MOST PERSECUTED FAITH ON EARTH?
While 30% of the world’s population identifies as Christian, 80% of all acts of religious discrimination around the world are directed at Christians. One scholar estimates that 90% of all people killed on the basis of their religious beliefs are Christians.

Terrorist attacks against Christians escalated 309 percent between 2003 and 2010. There have been seventy million martyrs since the time of Christ, 45 million of them in the 20th century. In other words, more Christians died for their faith in the last century than in the previous nineteen centuries combined…. Read this in full at
https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/denison-forum/are-christians-the-most-persecuted-faith-on-earth.html

A CALL TO PROTECT THE FULL PERSONHOOD OF OUR DAUGHTERS FROM BOTH PORNOGRAPHIC AND SPIRITUAL PATRIARCHY
by Emily Nielsen Jones
The word “misogyny” may scare some away and sound like inflammatory jargon, but it is alive and well in our world and something we as parents need to guard against. I am distressed by the pervasive, addictive, and debasing influences of Internet pornography that invisibly unleashes into our culture a surge of very real, embodied misogyny. This misogyny is disfiguring our boys’ and our girls’ emerging sexual identities, putting girls at greater risk of being mistreated in myriad ways as submissive sex objects—not just by the pimps and johns and traffickers but right in the fabric of their everyday relationships…. Read this in full at
http://www.evangelicalsforsocialaction.org/sexual-justice/misogyny-next-door/

PORN AND THE THREAT TO VIRILITY
A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim, are literally a downer…. Read this in full at
http://time.com/4277510/porn-and-the-threat-to-virility/?iid=obinsite

CONSIDER
“Do not let Satan deceive you into being afraid of God’s plans for your life.”
– R. A. Torrey

VERSE TO PONDER
There was a time when some of you were just like that but now your sins are washed away, and you are set apart for God, and he has accepted you because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.
– 1 Corinthians 6:11 (TLB)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+6%3A11&version=TLB

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: WITH GRATEFUL HEART MY THANKS I BRING
Words: The Psalter, 1912
Music: William B. Bradbury, 1863

With grateful heart my thanks I bring,
Before the great Thy praise I sing;
I worship in Thy holy place
And praise Thee for Thy truth and grace;
For truth and grace together shine
In Thy most holy Word divine,
In Thy most holy Word divine.

I cried to Thee and Thou didst save,
Thy Word of grace new courage gave;
The kings of earth shall thank Thee, Lord,
For they have heard Thy wondrous Word;
Yea, they shall come with songs of praise,
For great and glorious are Thy ways,
For great and glorious are Thy ways.

O Lord, enthroned in glory bright,
Thou reignest in the heavenly height;
The proud in vain Thy favor seek,
But Thou hast mercy for the meek;
Through trouble though my pathway be,
Thou wilt retrieve and strengthen me,
Thou wilt retrieve and strengthen me.

Thou wilt stretch forth Thy mighty arm
To save me when my foes alarm;
The work Thou hast for me begun
Shall by Thy grace be fully done;
Forever mercy dwells with Thee;
O Lord, my Maker, think on me,
O Lord, my Maker, think on me.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/w/i/withgrat.htm

ON PRAYER
“Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention. Neither should we hesitate to bring the simplest requests confidently to the Father.”
– Richard J. Foster

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