"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
Glory be to God on high: and on earth peace, good will towards men. We
praise you, we bless you, we worship you: we glorify you, we give thanks to you
for your great glory!
O Great King and Sovereign look upon our country and the nations of
this world, and move over the plans and intentions of our Oklahoma State
Senators and Judiciary.
May all come to know your peace on earth, becoming men and women of goodwill.
O God of armies send forth your hosts to preserve and protect our
greater Oklahoma City area firefighters, police officers, Sheriffs, deputies,
and Troopers, and our military members, particularly those who are close to
danger, at home or abroad (xxxxxx)...
Yahweh Rapha, Lord our healer, sustain and direct our doctors, PAs,
nurses, First Responders, and specialists – especially those who are on call or
working now and throughout this Christmas season. Thank you for their help and
availability; and may they know they are appreciated.
LORD God whose steadfast love is great above the heavens; whose
faithfulness reaches to the clouds (Psalm 108.4), pour out your refreshment and
restoratives on those who are parched and paltry…that they and we may rejoice
in your care and goodness.
O LORD who hears our prayer, who sees our tears, who is the One who
heals us (1 Kings 20.5); there are many who are immobilized by tragedy,
unbearable conditions, physical and mental anguish, and privations; and there
are several who are carrying around deep sadness and grief; ….; Please raise
them up, delivering and restoring them, hip and thigh, body and soul, inside
and out, that they may find good cheer in your Christ and in your kindness, and
happily and freely serve you all the rest of their days.
O LORD, who invites all to seek you while you may be found; to call
upon you while you are near; who invites the wicked to forsake his way, and the
unrighteous man his thoughts; who beckons all to return to you, that you may
have compassion on them, and to abundantly pardon them (Isaiah 55.6-7): by your
Spirit’s enlivening, turn around the hearts and lives of those who have
consistently rejected you that they would embrace Christ Jesus freely offered
to us in the Gospel.
O our God, our rock, in whom we take refuge, our shield, and the horn
of our salvation, our stronghold and our refuge, our Savior who saves us from
violence (2 Samuel 22.3); help your Church in this world, including this
congregation, as well as Northside
Bible Church; Northwest Bible Church; Rhema Bible Church; and Alethia Temple
Pentecostal Church. As we have come to Jesus, and point all people to
Christ most poignantly during this joyful season, may we remember that he is
our peace and has drawn us out of our tribalism, political partisanship and
ethnic pride, to become one new man in him.
Hear our Prayer, O LORD; and let our cry come to you, because of your
Son, Jesus. Amen.
When I was 20 years old, I was stationed in a Muslim country for two years. During that time I read the Quran (in an English translation from Oxford), interacted with Muslim acquaintances, and saw Islam lived out in it's communal context. Therefore I was excited when my mother gave me a copy of "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus". With bazillions of reviews already plastered on the various sites and venues, mine will be short and succinct.
Nabeel Qureshi has woven together a very personal and personable volume written to give "an insider's perspective into a Muslim heart," as well as equip readers "with facts and knowledge, showing the strength of the case for the gospel contrasted with the case for Islam," while chronicling his own inner struggles, sacrifices and doubts when grappling with the Christian faith. The style of writing is autobi…
"When evil looms and darkness falls And tragedy is breaking When all that's good seems overturned By God I'm not forsaken For though I fall or wander far I'm not too far for saving And when my Shepherd seeks and finds How can I keep from singing" (229)?
So cantillates Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, mother, wife, writer, musician and abuse survivor, in her new 240 page hardback "Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse". This volume is the tale of her terrors and troubles at the hands of an abusive father, and it is far, far more. It is truly a story of life after abuse, abundant life found only in the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. An easy to read book, it is ideally suited for those who have been traumatized and those who long to help the trampled! "I am not my abuser. I have a choice. I aspire to heal and grow by God's grace" (82).
It's a memoir, a series of journal entries telling a very human set of stories in a very friendly, personable way. It's not fully polished, but it's real, sometimes raw, and always forthright and frank! Holly Rench, Executive Director and co-founder of The Welcome Mission, has penned a touching series of real-life exploits, escapades, agonies and adversities of the women she has been involved with for over twelve years in this 231 page softback "At Home: The Incredible Story of The Welcome Mission".
Rench unravels the tangled lives of several of her and Marcus's "adopted" adult children describing their destructive pasts and how many of them, through love and hospitality, have moved further up and further on. But the tales are also filled with pitfalls and potholes that will jar the reader's suspension system's and rattle any self-righteous lug-nuts s…