C.S. Lewis' Warning about Contemplative Prayer

Posted by tom | Jul 10, 2012

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

C.S. Lewis tells his friend Malcolm how early in his Christian experience he attempted wordless prayer with little success. He writes, “I still think the prayer without words is the best – if one can really achieve it. But I now see that in trying to make it my daily bread I was counting on a greater mental and spiritual strength than I really have. To pray successfully without words one needs to be ‘at the top of one’s form.’” -- Richard Foster in Prayer: Finding The Heart's True Home. SanFrancisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1992, 146. Lewis quote from Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. NY: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1964, 11.

Reading for a July class on Theology & The Practice of Prayer taught by Laurie Mellinger, Evangelical Seminary (Myerstown, PA). Our second class begins today at 9 am. Can't wait for it to begin!

In partnership with the church, Evangelical Seminary develops servant leaders for transformational ministry in a broken and complex world by nurturing rigorous minds, passionate hearts, and Christ-centered actions.

Prayer and Meditation

Posted by tom | Jul 9, 2012

Prayer: Finding the Heart's True HomeDietrich Bonhoeffer says, “Just as you do not analyze the words of someone you love, but accept them as they are said to you, accept the Word of Scripture and ponder it in your hear, as Mary did. That is all. That is meditation.” When Bonhoeffer founded the seminary at Finkenwalde, everyone there practiced a daily half-hour silent meditation upon Scripture. -- Richard Foster in Prayer: Finding The Heart's True Home. SanFrancisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1992, 146. Bonhoeffer quote from The Way to Freedom. NY: HarperRow, 1966, 59.

"Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. . . . How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:97, 103). -- Richard Foster's conclusion to Chapter 13: Meditative Prayer in Prayer: Finding The Heart's True Home. SanFrancisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1992, 146.

Reading for a July class on Theology & The Practice of Prayer taught by Laurie Mellinger, Evangelical Seminary (Myerstown, PA). Our second class begins tomorrow at 9 am. Can't wait to get started!

In partnership with the church, Evangelical Seminary develops servant leaders for transformational ministry in a broken and complex world by nurturing rigorous minds, passionate hearts, and Christ-centered actions.

FREE Audiobook of Dallas Willard's "Hearing God"

Posted by tom | Jun 23, 2012

Hearing God coverReminder: Only a few days left to receive a FREE Audiobook of Dallas Willard's Hearing God: Developing A Conversational Relationship with God, click here.

Let me know if you have interest in a summer or fall Google+ Hangout discussion of Hearing God. Note: Willard's a Philosophy Professor at U. of Southern California - Los Angeles.

What's the weather like in your area/life?

Posted by tom | Jun 17, 2012

He [Jesus] said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?"

“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” -- Luke 12:54-59

Comment: Yes, Jesus brings division when his edgy, prophetic teaching strikes home. He's not turning out to be what Israel was looking for in the Messiah. Yet at the same time it's hard for the reader not to be confounded as to why the crowds don't recognize the signs which evidence God the Father is at work through Jesus the Son. The Kingdom of God has come! The only Way demands a singular response, "Follow me."

But although the crowds (including the religious elite who were born/raised chewing upon the very Word of God) can predict weather based on shifts in the clouds and weather, they miss the opportunity to respond properly when God is present among them. Judgment awaits not just the crowds, the disciples in Jesus' day, and Jesus (in our place through His death upon the cross), but also each and every one of us. May we be found not to be hypocrites in response to the God's presense with us and reconciling sacrifice for us.

May we repent and be reconciled with the Father to be redeemed from a debtors prison from which we have no other way out except through Jesus the Messiah/Christ. But I get ahead of myself in what Michael Card terms "The Gospel of Amazement." . . .

Note: Resources I've been prayerfully considering as I journey through Luke 12.

  • Bock, Darrell L. "Luke." Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994.
  • Card, Michael. "Luke: The Gospel of Amazement." Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011.

Originally posted at http://www.facebook.com/notes/emerging-scholars-network/whats-the-weather-like-in-your-arealife/10150984442494841 (6/15/2012).

Jesus Brings Division

Posted by tom | Jun 14, 2012

 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” -- Luke 12:49-53

Comment: Have you noticed Jesus (and the Truth of the Gospel) bringing division? Not so "gentle, meek and mild" ;)

Are you prepared for the judgment of the Gospel? The hard road of division (diametric opposition, a wedge being placed between those closest to one-another) and judgment begins with Jesus own disciples and his own death. Tomorrow, the weather report. . . .

Note: Resources I've been prayerfully considering as I journey through Luke 12.

  • Bock, Darrell L. "Luke." Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994.
  • Card, Michael. "Luke: The Gospel of Amazement." Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011.

Originally posted at http://www.facebook.com/notes/emerging-scholars-network/jesus-brings-division/10150981012654841 (6/14/2012).

The Unfaithful Servant/Steward

Posted by tom | Jun 13, 2012

“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows." -- Luke 12:47-48a.

Comment: Do Jesus' words regarding a beating of the "unfaithful servant/steward" cause one to wince? Many think "prospectively" about career advancement, education of their children, retirement, etc., but not the final judgment with respect to accountability for one's actions. In the end, one's actions demonstrate in "whom" one places faith at given time.

I encourage you to take a brief time today and a more extended time sometime this summer to prayerfully reflect upon when/where you tend to place your faith in other "gods" than the Good Shepherd. Do particular circumstances, people, and scenarios lead one astray from faithful servanthood/stewardship? When are you "unfaithful" . . . "uninformed" . . . "faithful" in the call to "steward" the gifts you've been given to bless the creation and those who dwell in it (including responsibilities in the Body of Christ)? Do you have a structure/relationship, e.g. mentor, prayer/accountability partner, small group, to return to for accountability, encouragement, guidance, etc?

Personally I'm challenged by those who confuse power with servanthood/stewardship, in particular to fulfill/embrace a role of power to address particular or larger concerns. I find myself more and more calling upon the Lord's direction to be a good servant/steward of the little things with which I've been entrusted. Do you hear/see the words of Luke 12:48b? More tomorrow . . .  At present, let us join together in prayer to be faithful servants/stewards in all we do, refusing to place faith in other "gods," including our very self. ~ Tom

Note: Resources I've been prayerfully considering as I journey through Luke 12.

  • Bock, Darrell L. "Luke." Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994.
  • Card, Michael. "Luke: The Gospel of Amazement." Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011.

Originally posted at http://www.facebook.com/notes/emerging-scholars-network/the-unfaithful-servantsteward/10150976798019841 (6/12/2012).

Reflection on Luke 12:32-34

Posted by tom | Jun 4, 2012

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. -- Luke 12:32-34

Reflection: Luke 12:22-34 offers a regular reminder to me, my family, and those with whom I journey on campus that it's not all about me and/or the treasures of this world which I may/may not be able to gather out of my own strength. How easy to fall to the temptation of accomplishment and citation without glory to God and/or to rely on self-reliance through "thick and thin" by the pendulum swing of worry to exuberant self-confidence ramped up for "show time."

Father forgive us. By your grace grant us a renewal of your Spirit and a nudge toward growing Christ-likeness in which we yearn for your Kingdom, finding our treasure in you alone.

PS. Join the worldwide Church with the Scripture readings for Trinity Sunday here. Join St. Olaf College in music and song for Trinity Sunday here. Borrowed from John Mulholland on The Charles Malik Society for Redeeming Reason. The Charles Malik Society for Redeeming Reason is an excellent resource for engaging Christ and Culture. I encourage you to take full advantage of the Facebook page :) Thank-you John! Keep up the good work. To God be the glory!

-- Tom's original post of Reflection on Luke 12:32-34 on Facebook, Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 8:43am, http://www.facebook.com/notes/emerging-scholars-network/reflection-on-luke-1232-34/10150956262684841. Some additions/change in this version.

Flow: Global Short Film Project

Posted by tom | May 23, 2012

How about Flow as a conversation starter to talk with others about God?

Yes, I'm currently listening to Paul Smith, Director of Marketing and Design for Global Short Film Network at CMDA Connections. Moving onto Control Z.

Every notable advance in the saving work of God . . .

Posted by tom | May 22, 2012

"Every notable advance in the saving work of God among men will, if examined, be found to have two factors present: several converging lines of providential circumstance and a person" -- A. W. Tozer. Quote shared by Jeff Amstutz, DDS, VP for Dental Ministries, Peter E. Dawson Chair of Dentistry, at the CMDA Connections Conference (5/22/2012).

PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA 'Song of the Week' (5/7/2012): "Go Outside"

Posted by tom | May 7, 2012

Go Outside by Robbie Seay Band (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSgIxiez4Xk), was submitted by a first year who writes:

I love this song because it just brings me so much peace. I thought of this song because the beautiful weather we've had lately reminds me of how awesome and beautiful God's creation is. I also love the imagery of gathering around with people you love (aka CMS!) praising our King! This song also has a pretty convicting message with it, in that we should be making an effort every day to tell others about Christ and what He's done for us. The video I found for this has some pretty powerful images in it, which I think takes the song to a whole new level. I hope you guys enjoy!

May you find the video a blessing and encouragement as you pray for the students who are wrapping up the term with graduation on Sunday, May 20th. Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA alumni will be sent forth to their residencies and teaching/research across a large part of the United States. In addition we have students traveling in mission internationally.

Summer brings lots of transitions to all the programs and classes at PSU-Hershey. Personally I can't wait to hear all of what's unfolding as we hang out at summer Bible studies and activities (including a social at our house in June). To God be the glory.

PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA 'Song of the Week' (4/22/2012): "Better Than Life"

Posted by tom | May 1, 2012

"Better Than Life" by Hillsong was submitted by Nick, who led us in worship at this weekend's PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA retreat:

It is my prayer that we may continue to draw near to God, to never stop falling in love with Him. He is better than our wildest dreams and better than all that this world has to offer. I pray that CMS would be the body of Christ that strives to remind one another of this truth and stir up one another to love Christ through the good times and bad.

Amen! May it be so. I invite you to pray for PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA as today we gather on for lunch lecture outreach, leadership team meeting (6:15 pm), and Bible study (7:30 pm). We will wrap up our spring term activities next week and transition to a summer format on Tuesday. Pray for discernment as the leadership team meets on Wednesday, May 16 to seek the Lord's leading for the summer and the coming academic year.

PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA 'Song of the Week' (4/22/2012): "House of God Forever"

Posted by tom | Apr 26, 2012

Resting at home

 

"House of God Forever” submitted by a member of the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA leadership team:

“This song, based on Psalm 23, is so calming and reassuring to my heart - gently reminding me that God is my Shepherd - I won't be wanting and I will not fear because He is sovereign, wise, and loving and He cares for me. I can rest wherever He leads me because He is with me. The simple, peaceful and repetitive nature of the piano accompaniment reminds me of the constancy of my Shepherd's character and care in the midst of life that can be overwhelming, chaotic, uncertain, and ever changing. Let us fix our eyes on this Great Shepherd, Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith and live in awareness of His Spirit's presence with us. . . . Enjoy!”

Reminder for this week: He reigns, He reigns

Posted by tom | Apr 22, 2012

When taking the twins over to Bible quizzing practice, "He Reigns"* blared out the radio. I just had to join in with a holy fire and pass along the blessing to you as we begin a week of singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

He reigns, He reigns!

with God's children, a holy choir, from every tongue, tribe, and nation wherever we are sent in our home, neighborhood, workplace. . . . rooted in the work of God across time, creation/space, consciousness, being . . .

PS. As I begin pulling together a research paper on Psalm 139:13-16*, my first thought is how God reigns in our lives in the womb . . . each human being created in the image of God -- whether or not born -- begins in relationship with God even before they are woven together by the hand of God in their mother's womb.

Take a moment to reflect upon that nugget! I find myself humbled and joy-filled when I reflect upon being fearfully and wonderfully fashioned by God in concert with the cycles of the created order. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

13 For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
   when I was made in the secret place,
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book
   before one of them came to be.

*the Newsboys. Adoration: The Worship Album. 2003.

**OT532 Historical & Poetic Books (Professor: David A. Dorsey. Evangelical Seminary)

Renovaré Essentials Conference: Gotta run, more later

Posted by tom | Apr 21, 2012

Renovaré USA

Richard Foster, founder of Renovaré and author of Celebration of Discipline, along with Chris Webb, president of Renovaré and an Anglican Priest from Wales, will be the featured leaders at a today's Renovaré Essentials Conference at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Can't wait! Pray for my younger ones to be okay with conference childcare, after enthusiasm yesterday I'm not surprisingly facing resistance this morning.

PS. You may remember I interviewed Nathan Foster, Richard's son, for a series on the ESN blog. Look for some material from Richard to also make the blog :)

PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA 'Song of the Week.' (4/15/2012)

Posted by tom | Apr 20, 2012

David Crowder Band's Like a Lion brought to you by a first year graduate student who serves on the leadership team of the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. He shared:

This song is something I play in the background and serves as a reminder of who God is. I find the song encouraging and brings me comfort as I work through each day.

 

Follow-up: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Posted by tom | Apr 10, 2012

On Easter Sunday I posted Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! (Groshlink. 4/8/2012).

Today Mike Hickerson posted on the Emerging Scholars Network Blog: Easter Isn’t Over (4/10/2012).

If you haven't already done such, check his post out.

An Emerging Scholar pointed out on the Emerging Scholars Network FB Wall, Mike Teevee was wrong...

I responded, Hadn't really thought about it before, but I guess in this case Willy Wonka's "kind of" wrong too . . . as he responds along the lines that they're getting ready for next year ;)

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Posted by tom | Apr 8, 2012

After reading The Easter Story (Brian Wildsmith, Eerdmans, 2000), we turned to several Jesus Storybook Bible videos. Beautiful. To God be the glory!

The Easter Story

Good Friday: When I Survey

Posted by tom | Apr 6, 2012

Join me in prayerful reflection upon Isaac Watts' classic hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" (1707).  Note:  based upon Galatians 6:14, “But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Holman Christian Standard bible)

"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it Lord that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God.
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”

PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA 'Song of the Week.' (4/1/2012)

Posted by tom | Apr 1, 2012

Aufrey Assad's Restless, brought to you by a first year medical student who serves on the leadership team of the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA:

Audrey Assad has recently emerged as my favorite Christian after a friend recommended her to me. I just love the chorus of her song, "Restless" because it is such simple truth. "And I am restless, I'm restless, Til I rest in You, Til I rest in You." Especially in an academic setting such as medical school, we are constantly under scrutiny and tested/judged on a daily basis. And if you remember the story a 2nd year shared about the wooden people and Punchinello, it seems as though we can never collect enough gold stickers to outweigh the gray dots. At the end of the day, we cannot find our rest in the opinions of others, but only in the loving embrace of our heavenly maker.

 

Updated: 4/15/2012.

Answering Questions with Questions (Randy Newman)

Posted by tom | Mar 30, 2012

Randy Newman's Questioning Evangelism

Another quote from Randy Newman's* Questioning Evangelism:

“I once did a study of how Jesus answered every question that was asked of Him in all four gospels. Answering a question with a question was the norm. . . . At times, I’ve answered questions with biblically accurate, logically sound. . . . answers only to see questioners shrug their shoulders. My answer had in fact hardened them in their unbelief rather than softened them toward faith. I realized that, instead of moving people closer to a salvation decision, an answer can push them further away. . . . So I started answering questions with questions and have gained far better results” (27).

Father, Enable us to share the good news of the Kingdom of God with joy and boldness, to grow in "Christ-likeness"/being like Jesus by at times provokingly answering questions with questions. In Jesus' name and to your glory, Amen.

*Randy Newman is a Teaching Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He has been with the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980 and currently serves with Faculty Commons, their ministry to university professors. He ministers on campuses and elsewhere in our nation's capital to students, professors and policy-shapers. He is an honors graduate from Temple University and has a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is also engaged in doctoral studies. Randy is a Jewish Believer in Jesus and is the former editor of The Messiah-On-Campus Bulletin. He lives in Annandale, Virginia together with his wife Pam. He is the author of numerous articles and the books Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did and Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues about God and Life, both published by Kregel Publicatios, and Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well, forthcoming from Crossway. -- http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/blog/2011/07/why-i-read-c-s-lewis-2/. Newman's Bringing the Gospel Home is on the self and I look forward to reading it after the end of this term :) An excerpt from the newer book is posted at here. Would you like to join me?

Note: Related posts include Our culture’s secularism silences sharing the Gospel, Randy Newman's "Questioning Evangelism" -- back again, Questioning Evangelism, and Christ of Christmas.

Saturday Scripture Series: Hebrews 12:28-29

Posted by tom | Mar 10, 2012

Last week I prayed Hebrews 13:20-21, this week I encourage you with this strong exhortation from the New Testament Book of Hebrews.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”-- Hebrews 12:28-29

May you taste the power of the Kingdom of God and be refined by the God's all consuming fire, leading you to no other response than thankfulness, worship, reverence and awe in all of your life. May worshiping with the people of God, sharing testimony of God's work over the course of the past week, and a longing for God's redemptive work in the coming week, be a sweet/urgent longing for tomorrow.

As the Father guides and is present with you every step of the way, may find yourself dwelling in the house of the Lord forever. -- Psalm 23.

2012 Lenten Reflections: Loss, grief, suffering . . .

Posted by tom | Mar 4, 2012

Keeping you up-to-date:

This year I'm once again posting a Lenten Reflection Series on the Emerging Scholars Network Blog. I started the seres with Entering Lent: “I Want” in Higher Education (2/23/2012), based on Kent Annan’s recent visit to South Central PA.* The second post Lent brings me back to reflections on loss, grief, suffering is an expansion of Sweeping Up the Heart: A Father's Lament for His Daughter.

*You may remember After Shock saturated my 2011 Lenten reflection. Additional material on Kent's visit is posted at What gives Kent Annan focus as he shares on campus?

Kent Annan shares a brown bag lunch with students, faculty, and InterVarsity staff at PSU-Harrsiburg.

Saturday Scripture Series: Now May the God of peace

Posted by tom | Mar 3, 2012

Earlier in the week I prayed the below prayer from the New Testament Book of Hebrews for a a brother in Christ and it spoke powerfully to both of us. Today, I pray for the people of God across the creation.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. -- Hebrews 13:20-21

Amen!

From "John Wesley's Covenant Service"

Posted by tom | Jan 26, 2012

Thank-you to my friend who posted from "John Wesley's Covenant Service: For Those Who Would Make or Renew Their Covenant with God, 1780" [Wesley Hymns, Compiled by Ken Bible, Lillenas (Nazarene) Publishing Co., 1982]. May you also find it a blessing.

Lord Jesus, if Thou wilt receive me into Thy house, if Thou wilt but own me as Thy servant, I will not stand upon terms. Impose on me what condition Thou pleasest; write down Thy own articles; command me what Thou wilt; let me be Thy servant. Make me what Thou wilt, Lord, and set me where Thou wilt. Let me be a vessel of silver or gold, or a vessel of wood or stone; so I be a vessel of honor. I am content. If I be not the head, or the eye, or the ear, one of the nobler and more honorable instruments Thou wilt employ, let me be the hand, or the foot, as one of the lowest and least esteemed of all the servants of my Lord.

Lord, put me to what Thou wilt; rank me with whom Thou wilt.

Put me to doing; put me to suffering.

Let me be employed for Thee, or laid aside for Thee, exalted for Thee, or trodden under foot for Thee.

Let me be full; let me be empty.

Let me have all things; let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily resign all to Thy pleasure and disposal.

O most holy God, I beseech Thee, accept the poor prodigal prostrating himself at Thy door. I have fallen from Thee by my iniquity and am by nature a son of death and a thousandfold more the child of hell by my wicked practice. But of Thy infinite grace Thou hast promised mercy to me in Christ if I will but turn to Thee with all my heart. Therefore upon the call of Thy gospel, I am now come and, throwing down my weapons, submit myself to Thy mercy.

And because Thou requirest, as the condition of my peace with Thee, that I should put away my idols and be at defiance with all Thy enemies, I here from the bottom of my heart renounce them all. I firmly covenant with Thee not to allow myself in any known sin, but conscientiously to use all the means that I know Thou hast prescribed, for the death and utter destruction of all my corruptions. I humbly affirm before Thy glorious Majesty that it is the firm resolution of my law.

And since Thou hast told me I must suffer if I will reign, I do here covenant with Thee to take my lot, as it falls, with Thee and by Thy grace to run all hazards with Thee, purposing that neither life nor death shall part between Thee and me.

Now, Almighty God, Searcher of Hearts, Thou knowest that I make this covenant with Thee this day, without any known guile or reservation, beseeching Thee that if Thou seest any flaw or falsehood therein, Thou wouldst reveal it to me and help me to put it right.

And now, glory be to Thee, O God the Father, whom I shall be bold from this day forward to look upon as my God and Father. Glory be to Thee, O God the Son, who hast loved me and washed me from my sins in Thy own blood and art now become my Savior and Redeemer. Glory be to Thee, O God the Holy Ghost, who by Thy almighty power hast turned my heart from sin to God.

O eternal Jehovah, the Lord God Omnipotent, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Thou art now become my Covenant-Friend, and I, through Thy infinite grace, am become Thy Covenant-Servant. And the Covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen

Saturday Scripture Series: Not admired by the world's eyes?

Posted by tom | Jan 21, 2012

Thank-you to my friend Glenn who passed along the below texts with the title/comment, "Not admired by the world's eyes? . . . This is a compilation of Scriptures verses which helps remind me, that many things which do not receive the world's admiration, are of great value in the Kingdom of God!"

Isaiah 53:2-3

2 He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, 
   nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 
3 He was despised and rejected by men, 
   a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. 
Like one from whom men hide their faces 
   he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

John 1
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

I John 4:5
5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

John 14:16-17
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

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