“The equipment for the inner life of prayer is simple, if not always easily secured. It consists particularly of a quiet place, a quiet hour, and a quiet heart”.

~ D.M. M’IntyreThe Hidden Life of Prayer1978, 30.

Originally posted on Prayer In Every City:

I founded the ministry, Prayer in Every City, to encourage people to form prayer groups and pray for Revival and Spiritual Awakening in America. However, prayer is not enough to bring about revival, but we must also have preachers who are willing tofairhope preach against sin and individuals must be willing to tell others about Jesus Christ. Prayer is the starting point for what is needed for revival, but it is not the only solution for our sin problem in America. In the following verse, Paul tells Timothy that first of all supplications, prayers, and intercessions must be made on behalf of all men. God desires that all men be saved and this begins with prayer. Paul even says that this is good and acceptable in the sight of God. So God wants us to pray for the salvation of all men. How are we measuring up in America?…

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Originally posted on VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED:

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Islamic State militants have reportedly executed 15 Christians who have been captured in villages in northeastern Syria since Monday.

A priest who has been feeding reports to Christian aid agencies around the world, including Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need, said today that a Christian Assyrian lawyer in the city of Hassakah told him that about 15 young Assyrians “are martyred. Many of them were fighting to defend and protect the villages and families.”

Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana of CAPNI, the Christian Aid Program in Iraq, said that in the Christian village of Tel Hormizd: 14 fighters, two of whom were women, were killed. One of the women may have been beheaded, he said. Another 13 fighters from different villages were captured.

Altogether, including civilians, as many as 350 Christians from the area have been captured, he reported—many more than the 70 originally reported. Their fate is unknown, and there is much…

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“Let us therefore without ceasing hold fast by our hope and by the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ who took up our sins in His own body upon the tree, who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth, but for our sakes He endured all things, that we might live in Him. Let us therefore become imitators of His endurance; and if we should suffer for His name’s sake, let us glorify Him. For He gave this example to us in His own person, and we believed this.”

~ Polycarp (80-167), Letter to the Philippians A.D., 110-140, 8:1-2

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Incomprehensible, Great, and Glorious God,

I adore thee and abase myself.

I approach thee mindful that I am
less than nothing,
a creature worse than nothing.

My thoughts are not screened from thy gaze.

My secret sins blaze in the light of thy countenance.

Enable me to remember that blood which cleanseth
all sin,
to believe in that grace which subdues
all iniquities,
to resign myself to that agency which can
deliver me from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

Thou hast begun a good work in me
and canst alone continue and complete it.

Give me an increasing conviction of my tendency
to err,
and of my exposure to sin.

Help me to feel more of the purifying, softening
influence of religion,
its compassion, love, pity, courtesy,
and employ me as thy instrument
in blessing others.

Give me to distinguish
between the mere form of godliness and its power,
between life and a name to live,
between guile and truth,
between hypocrisy and a religion that will bear
thy eye.

If I am not right, set me right, keep me right;

And may I at last come to thy house in peace.

The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett, editor (Banner of Truth Trust, 2005, 95).

Originally posted on Grace Satisfies:

christ-on-crossI have often heard fellow Christians say that when they need a good reminder of God’s love or the sacrifice of Christ, they watch a movie like The Passion of the Christ. “Whenever I watch Jesus suffer the way he did, it reminds me of just how much God loves me,” they say. Reenactments of the crucifixion are graphic and realistic (as realistic as possible) depictions of the means of the salvation of the world. When we see the blood and the brutality, we have before our eyes a semblance of the physical suffering of Christ.

I will not deny that watching The Passion of the Christ is emotionally moving. I will also agree that Christians need to be reminded of God’s love for sinners often. However, watching a movie will not even begin to scratch the surface on the sufferings of Christ.

There is a common error in the…

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Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~Redeeming the Time~ IBible Verses

What is a day,
what is it worth to you
how will you spend it
what with it, will you do?

Twenty-four little hours.
a bunch of tiny minutes
and a lot of wee seconds
crammed right into it.

Doesn’t seem like a lot,
of time, now does it
doesn’t feel like a lot
into it, you can fit?

But each moment given,
we’ll one day give account
so make sure for Jesus . . .
you make each second count.

What is a day?
Think about it for a minute . . .
then redeem every second
for eternity, you’ll find in it!

~~~~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 5:16

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me a Sinner! 

 

Originally posted on VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED:

(Voice Of The Persecuted)  Truly truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
A few days ago 21 precious saints passed away into the presence of Christ.  Their last words were “Jesus help me.” None of the saints denied their faith in Christ.  As they confessed Christ before those who took their lives. So Jesus is confessing them before His Father in heaven.

As the world is reeling and rocking to and fro, thinking we’ve witnessed all the terror and horror that we can, the king of evil show’s more execrable images to the world.  While we as Christians do not have a spirit of timidity, we are saddened and mourning with our brethren.  The Bible also tells us we are not to mourn as those who have no hope…

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