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Daily Prayer for June 15

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. John 1:14–16, NIV

Lord God, help us who are allowed to hear your Word. Help us come with all our hearts to the Savior, who leads us into your arms. Hear our pleading and let your countenance shine over the world. Send a new age soon, a new salvation to the earth, to the glory of your name. Show us that what we have learned about you is the truth and that we may live in the truth and find the way through to heaven, to the glory of your name. Hear us, O Lord our God. Often it seems that you are far away. But we know that our voices still reach you and that those roused by your Holy Spirit will become your workers for the Lord Jesus. Send your Spirit soon, O Lord God. Send the Comforter, who leads us into all light and all truth. We entrust ourselves and our daily lives to you. We want to be faithful. Help us to be your children, to remember at every step that we belong to you, Lord God. No matter how dark it is on earth, help us remember that we are with you, your children in eternity. Amen.


Are the fathers you know role models?

Encourage them with this biblical guidance.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

The Term “Evangelical”: More Thoughts

Not long ago I posted this: It’s time to bury the word “evangelical.” It’s both past time to bury it but it’s also time yet again to bury it. I stand by that more today than even when I posted it. The term is now useless. Roy Moore lost but the vote in Alabama proved […]



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The Term “Evangelical”: More Thoughts


The Term “Evangelical”: Is Its Time Over?

It’s time to bury the word “evangelical.” It’s both past time to bury it but it’s also time yet again to bury it. I have a strategy for doing so, but first this: Kate Shellnutt, at CT, writes, More than 80 years ago, the first president of Princeton Evangelical Fellowship aspired for the organization to allow […]



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Six Principles To Guard Against Predators In The Church

From CBE’s Arise By Gricel Medina. The Reverend Gricel Medina is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She holds degrees from Oswego State University, Oral Roberts University and the Centro Hispano Estudios Teologicos where she majored in Hispanic theological studies and minored in marriage and family counseling. She has served as […]



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Six Principles To Guard Against Predators In The Church


Daily Prayer for May 23

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:16-17, NIV

Dear God and Father of us all, sanctify us in your truth. Your Word is truth. We come before your presence and ask you to touch us with your Spirit, to shape our lives in the truth and in the joy of your name. Touch us with your Spirit, that we may carry out our tasks in your service. May your face shine on us and on all needy people who turn to you. May your power be given ever more fully, and may your cause become great in the world until at last it brings new life to all nations. Amen.


Do you celebrate the Ascension?

Listen to this music for Ascension Day.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

BOOKS OF THE BIBLE – JOB – PART 2 OF 4

May 16, 2018

Luke 5
1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.



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God’s Sovereign Love

The word sovereignty, a favorite of some theologians, tends to move in the direction of control, of providence, of judgment, of making the world right and it is also closely aligned with holiness. But Philip Ziegler, in Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology, aligns sovereignty with love and grace and this […]



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Under the Spell of the Printed Word (RJS)

Western culture is, in many respects, a culture focused on the written word. Documents transmit cultural history, traditions and laws. The sagas of Harry Potter and Frodo were written before they were performed. Some of us still bristle at the ways in which the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy took liberties  with […]



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Daily Prayer for April 24

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19, NIV

Lord God, we thank you for giving us light here on earth, where it is so often completely dark. But in the darkness the name of Jesus Christ shines out as the prophetic Word: “Be comforted. After darkness comes light, after night comes day!” We thank you for this light. In joy we thank you, for we have experienced that Jesus lives and comes to meet each one, bringing victory over enemy powers. In the name of Jesus Christ and in his name alone we ask you to remember the needs of our time. We do not want anything that comes from ourselves. We do not want any earthly peace. We want your peace, Lord God, the peace in which everything becomes new, born anew even in suffering, to the eternal glory of your name. Amen.


How do you sustain your faith?

Be inspired by these examples.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

A Series For Preachers

Smith & Helwys has a new series of commentaries on the Bible appearing called “Preaching the Word.” The space these commentaries occupies is in the intelligent sermon, the readable commentary, and the exposition of a whole book thematically. (But not one of those alliterated ones that comes off as artificial: Charter for a Common Way, […]



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A Series For Preachers