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Stirring Stories: RZIM in Jos, Nigeria

Stirring Stories: RZIM in Jos, Nigeria

Watch highlights from a recent trip to Jos, Nigeria, with Michael Ramsden and members of our RZIM Africa team. Michael shares more on the blog: https://rzim.org/global-blog/stirring-stories-from-jos-nigeria/

Daily Prayer for July 9

blue violets

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:14–17a, NIV

Lord our God, you are our Father, and we human beings know that our innermost hearts belong to you. Hold us firmly through your Spirit, we pray, so that we do not live on the level of our lower natures but remain true to the calling you have given us, the high calling to what is eternal. May all our experiences work in us for good, bringing us the joyful certainty that you rule us with your Spirit, that you further the good everywhere in the world and make more and more people sensitive to what is good, right, and perfect. Amen.


Summer is here!

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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Daily Prayer for July 8

sprays of white and pink heather

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17–18, NIV

Lord our God, our Father in heaven and on earth, we are thankful that you have a people to whom you say, “You are mine.” Grant that we too may belong to this people. Strengthen us in the faith that we belong to you, so that we can come to know your rule and your justice. Protect us on all the paths we follow during our time on earth. The times are evil, but come what may, every single one of us has in his heart the certainty, “We are yours.” You have long watched over us and kept us safe. Again and again we affirm, “We are yours, Lord our God, through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Amen.


Summer is here!

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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

BOOKS OF THE BIBLE – THE SONG OF SOLOMON

July 6, 2018

Galatians 4
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:



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Mitch Albom’s Right

From USAToday: Think about the words [Maxine Waters] told her supporters to use: “You’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” At a time when her biggest issues include immigration, racial injustice, and LGBTQ rights, is that really a sentence she wants to invoke? It’s tough but simple. You can’t play dirty and complain about the other side […]



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Mitch Albom’s Right


BOOKS OF THE BIBLE – GALATIANS – PART 1 OF 2

July 3, 2018

Galatians 1
1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,



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Benedicta Ward about St Cuthbert

From Benedicta Ward: [About St Cuthbert]: A Christian saint is not remembered as wise or great or righteous, but as a humble and sinful human being who learned, through who knows what agonies and darknesses, so to walk in faith in Christ through his daily life that at the point of death he revealed to […]



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Benedicta Ward about St Cuthbert


Elders Acknowledge Bill Hybels’ Sin; Heather Larson Apologizes

From Willow Creek’s elders: With the blessing of the Elder Board, Heather and Steve have made statements that reveal their hearts on the issues facing our church. We support them and join with them in their desire to respond with a more repentant and honoring spirit. We apologize and ask for forgiveness that the tone […]



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Elders Acknowledge Bill Hybels’ Sin; Heather Larson Apologizes


Daily Prayer for July 1

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People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last. Luke 13:29–30, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, Almighty God, grant that the nations come under your rule, under your judgment from morning to evening, from east to west, from north to south. For your will must be done, and your name must be honored among all nations. Yours alone is the kingdom; all kingdoms belong to you. Your heavenly kingdom must come so that at last we learn to be at peace and become your children, who submit to you. For your Christ shall carry out your loving, merciful, and perfect will throughout the world. We thank you for all the good you want to provide for us. May your angels watch over us this night. Be with us in all we do or leave undone. Help us with your strong hands, that we may rejoice at heart in all the good you give us. Amen.


Summer is here!

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Thank You Steve Carter

From Steve Carter, teaching pastor at Willow Creek. Thank you for this public apology (and more can be read at the link). Last night, I had a chance to share with the Elders what has been on my heart.   On Wednesday, Scot McKnight wrote a post expressing concern that a profound injustice has been […]



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Thank You Steve Carter