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Prayer, Thought for Today

My prayer is the Apostle Paul's prayer to the Ephesian'n, but my prayer of the Apostle Paul's prayer is to you: Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love !unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him!: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints!, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places!, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only …

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012 | LENT THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT Old Testament 2 Samuel 22:1–7 Psalm Psalm 73 New Testament Ephesians 5:1–9 Gospel Luke 11:14–28 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Fresh Start Devotionals

God’s People “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philip. 4:13 (KJV) In Laos: All the People of God, Owen Cooper writes, “I believe that the greatest heresy among Southern Baptists is that we have divided the people of God into two groups: First: pastors, teachers, missionaries, and others ‘ordained’ to fulfill their call in Christian work; while the second group, denominated as ‘lay persons,’ are considered as without a call, without a ministry, largely exempt from the Great Commission, and relegated to a second class position among the people of God.” (p. 6.) Cooper’s language is very strong, but I believe it is merited. It is a heresy to imply that any of “the people of God” are excluded from useful ministry. Did you know the Greek word for laity doesn’t appear in the bible? The word is laikoi, which means laity, not as the whole people of God, but in contrast to the clergy. Clement of Alexandria used the word in On Marriage (Stromateis, III), in the fol…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 11 DARE TO BE A DANIEL Words and Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself … (Daniel 1:8) Doubt sees the obstacles—Faith sees the way. Doubt sees the darkest night—Faith sees the day. Doubt dreads to take a step—Faith soars on high. Doubt questions, “Who believes?”—Faith answers, “I.” —Unknown The book of Daniel is really a textbook of instruction and an example of how God’s people can live in difficult conditions and come through victoriously. Even as the Jewish people were living in Babylonian captivity, so Christians today are pilgrims and sojourners in a foreign culture. We, like Daniel and his friends, must exercise our implicit faith in God’s purposes and leading for our lives. We too must resolve in advance that we will not be defiled by the world. And whether our God delivers us or not from the fiery furnace, we will remain faithful to Him (Daniel 3:17, 18). Daniel and his friends also personify for us Christian courage at …