|Source: Facebook Page (adapted from Matthew 25:31-46)|
"Sometimes God delivers us from our problems; sometimes God delivers us through our problems." (Mark Batterson)
"People will not remember what you say. However, they will remember how you make them feel."
"Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one." (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, ESV)
"Our world is a place of violence and fear, a place where many hide behind walls of individualism, comfort, and security, frightened of looking at reality, unable to discern who they really are. Since September 11, 2001, many are also hiding behind prejudices and fear, stigmatizing those of other cultures. And perhaps in our times the darkness will grow darker, more towers and certitudes will crumble, and stock exchanges will wobble again before more of us truly begin to search for new ways of living, new ways of peace.
The world will not, of course, change overnight. But the gravity of our times, the fear of war, terrorism, and all forms of violence are inciting many men and women to search for a new way of life. Many have seen through the shallowness of material prosperity and are discovering that they can be an active part of peacekeeping.
If you and I seek today to live peace, to be peacemakers, to help create communities of peace, it is not just to seek success. If we find peace, live and work for peace, even if we see no tangible results, we can become fully human beings, walking together on the road of kindness, compassion, and peace. New hope is born." (81-2)
Save us, O God,conrade
From the blindness, which is not even aware that it is sinning;
From the pride, which cannot admit that it is wrong;
From the self-will, which can see nothing but its own way;
From the self-righteousness, which can see no flaw within itself;
From the callousness, which has sinned so often that it has ceased to care;
From the defiance, which is not even sorry for its sins;
From the evasion, which always puts the blame on someone or something else;
From the heart so hardened, that it cannot repent.
Give us at all times,
Eyes which are open to our faults;
A conscience which is sensitive and quick to warn;
a heart that cannot sin in peace, but is moved to regret and remorse.
So grant that being truly penitent we may be truly forgiven, so that we may find that your love is great enough to cover all of his sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (William Barclay in Prayers for the Christian Year, p46-47)
Here is a Youtube rendition. conradeVerse 1: G When we walk with the Lord D G In the light of His Word C G D What a glory He sheds on our way G While we do His good will D G He abides with us still C And with all who will G D G Trust and obey Chorus: D G Trust and obey E Am For there's no other way D/F# G/B To be happy in Jesus C D G But to trust and obey Verse 4: G But we never can prove D G The delights of His love C G D Until all on the altar we lay G For the favor He shows D G And the joy He bestows C Are for them who will G D G Trust and obey CHORUS Verse 5: G Then in fellowship sweet D G We will sit at His feet C G Or we'll walk by His side D In the way G What He says we will do D G Where He sends we will go C G D G Never fear only trust and obey CHORUS
"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."
"When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing." (Saint Francis of Assisi)
"When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."
"Then Agrippa said to Paul, 'Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" Paul replied, "Short time or long--I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.' (Acts 26:28-29) "
"Revival of church life always brings in its train a richer understanding of the Scriptures. Behind all the slogans and catchwords of ecclesiastical controversy, necessary though they are, there arises a more determined quest for him who is the sole object of it all, for Jesus Christ himself." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)Preach the Word in season and out of season. That is a key part of revival. Pray for your preachers. Pray for the preaching every Sunday. Pray that the Spirit moves among the people as Christ is preached.
"God uses people. God uses people to perform His work. He does not send angels. Angels weep over it, but God does not use angels to accomplish His purposes. He uses burdened broken-hearted weeping men and women." (David Wilkerson)