April 10, 2014
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:23-25)
Holy Spirit, please help me know where I have actually placed myh trust. Help me, please, to daily put my whole trust in Jesus and his Father’s love and mercy. Thank you.
And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:26-27)
Jesus, help me daily cling to your cross. Help me love you more and more each day. Thank you.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Father, bring us into that place of abundant liberty in your son Jesus through your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
A word received: Come walk with me. Give me your hand.
Thursday: 131, 132,  * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45
April 10, 2014
According to Open Doors, last year there were 1,213 persecution killings of Syrian Christians.
Luke 13:18-19 (NKJV)
Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
May the shed blood of the martyred Syrian Christians through the millennia be like the mustard seed. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in Syria as it is in heaven. Amen.
April 10, 2014
There seems to be a bit of a theme developing in my Lent music listening and posting here at Lent & Beyond. I am finding myself very drawn to “old hymns made new” (to borrow from the title of a great Scott Wesley Brown album of a number of years ago…!)
Recently at Vicar’s Versicles, James Gibson posted a lovely arrangement of a hymn by John Wesley which I’d never heard before: Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast. I really enjoyed it.
It would make a good song for a contemporary Good Friday worship service. The version below is performed by Jon Yerby and the band from The Journey in St. Louis, MO. (www.journeyon.net). It’s available at iTunes.
Here are the lyrics, including some additional verses from the original hymn not included in this recording.
Come, sinners, to the Gospel feast;
Let every soul be Jesus’ guest.
Ye need not one be left behind,
For God hath bid all humankind.
Sent by my Lord, on you I call;
The invitation is to all.
Come, all the world! Come, sinner, thou!
All things in Christ are ready now.
Come, all ye souls by sin oppressed,
Ye restless wanderers after rest;
Ye poor, and maimed, and sick, and blind,
In Christ a hearty welcome find.
[Come, and partake the Gospel feast;
Be saved from sin; in Jesus rest;
O taste the goodness of your God,
And eat His flesh, and drink His blood!
You vagrant souls, on you I call;
(O that my voice could reach you all!)
You all may now be justified,
You all may live, for Christ hath died.
My message as from God receive;
Ye all may come to Christ and live.
O let His love your hearts constrain,
Nor permit Him to die in vain.]
His love is mighty to compel;
His conquering love consent to feel,
Yield to His love’s resistless power,
And fight against your God no more.
See Him set forth before your eyes,
That precious, bleeding Sacrifice!
His offered benefits embrace,
And freely now be saved by grace.
This is the time, no more delay!
This is the Lord’s accepted day.
Come thou, this moment, at His call,
And live for Him who died for all.
There are additional verses included at the Cyber Hymnal
April 10, 2014
I wish I’d had more time to blog today and particularly to post some prayers & quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer as today is the feast commemorating his martyrdom.
But fortunately our friend the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon has posted a wonderful selection of prayers and writings by, and about, Bonhoeffer.
A Prayer for the Feast Day of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Gracious God, the Beyond in the midst of our life, who gavest grace to thy servant Dietrich Bonhoeffer to know and teach the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, and to bear the cost of following him: Grant that we, strengthened by his teaching and example, may receive thy word and embrace its call with an undivided heart; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Temptation for his Feast Day
Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): I
Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): II
Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): III
Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): IV
Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): V
Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): VI—Eric Metaxas: The Relevance of Costly Grace