Religion

Religion

Finding peace of mind in these perilous times

After listening to news reports over the last few years, we probably all agree that these are difficult — no, frightening — times. I can recall as a kid hearing senior saints speak of “perilous times.” I didn’t understand it then, but that expression looms large now against the backdrop of the headlines we read all too often.

Religion

Gospel and faith merge with rap, in song

Chance the Rapper’s most significant new song doesn’t even appear on his acclaimed new mixtape, “Coloring Book.” On the jazzy, gospel-influenced outtake “Grown A– Kid,” left off the project due to difficulties with sample clearance, the Chicago MC affirms what he’d been hinting at for years: “Everybody can finally say it out loud/ My favorite rapper a Christian rapper.”

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For dads, this is the weekend to dance!

As you’d expect, the 13-year-old boy was more than a little embarrassed by his father’s boisterous celebration. The father was shouting, calling anyone within earshot to join an impromptu party. It was an irresistible invitation, and soon strangers were dancing in the family circle, learning that it didn’t really matter if you knew all the right dance steps. It was simply important to dance.

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What does it mean to live in a perpetual Pentecost?

A few weeks ago churches that follow the lectionary celebrated Pentecost. Pentecost means “50th.” In the Christian tradition, it marks the occasion in the book of Acts when, 50 days after Easter, the Holy Spirit is given as a gift to the entire gathering.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/11/16)

Lord, I could never thank you enough for all you have done for me — and what you are doing for me right now. l am so blessed to have you in my life. I thank you for allowing me to have my mind on you all during the night and day. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/26/16)

Heavenly Father, remind me that the Sun should not go down on my anger. Help me not lay down nursing a grudge that will haunt my sleep and get up with me when I wake. Instead let me value my relationship enough that I commit to working through the conflicts that arise. I know you want us to live in harmony. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/25/16)

Dear Lord, thank you so much for being my best friend, my inspiration, my guidance and Savior. It’s you who makes the impossible, possible. There’s no scientist who gets up in the middle of the night and makes sure there’s another day. It’s you, heavenly Father, who does this. Only you know what the future holds. I pray that there is someone who is not hungry today but was hungry yesterday. I pray that there is someone who has received shelter today who was shelterless yesterday. And, I also pray there is someone free today who was wrongfully convicted. Dear Lord, I pray for your help. I pray that you help me and I want to thank you for everything. I do love you. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/24/16)

Dear Lord, thank you for sharing our burdens and never giving us more than we can handle. Let us repay you today by helping someone else with their burdens. I pray that I may be content knowing that no depth, nor height, nor earthly power, nor any darkness, can separate me from your love. May the light of my contentment shine. To you I give the glory, for to us you give peace that passeth understanding. Thanks be to God.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/23/16)

O God, everything doesn't always bring peace no matter how you go about it. The devil is out there and he has a whole lot of people's living in misery. You see their distress. If they would only look to you for help. Help us Lord to reach back at you because you are always reaching out for us. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/22/16)

Oh mighty God, you gave me the sun to brighten my day, the moon is lighten my path at night, the stars are to guide my ship in the darkest flight. You gave a world full of flowers to fill my sight. I have but one life and soul to give to you. In my days here you have given be the best. My body and mind are weak. Your forgiveness is what I seek.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/21/16)

How I thank you for these timeless words of a hymn circa 1850 in The Clariona hymn book for Sabbath Schools by William B. Bradbury. “Tomorrow Lord Is thine, lodged in thy sovereign hand; and if it’s sun arise and shine, it shines by thy command. The present moment flies and bears our life away. O, make thy servants truly wise that they may live today. Since on this fleeting hour eternity is hung, awake by thine almighty power the aged and the young. One thing demands our care; O, be that still pursued, lest, slighted once, the season fair should never be renewed.” May we be blessed in the gift of this day, I pray. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/20/16)

Thank you, Lord and Savior, for your power to detach us from every trick and entrapment of Satan. We thank you for uprooting us from every sickness and disease that could ever come against us for our demise. Lord, we do thank you for teaching and leading us in how to fight and fend for our lives and well-being. Thank you for charging us up and equipping us for the fight against our opposer. Thank you, Lord, for your powerful and life-changing word. Please align our hearts with yours. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/19/16)

“They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even forever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. Do good O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. For such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity. But peace shall be upon Israel.” Psalm 125

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/18/16)

Heavenly Father, I can't imagine my life without you. I feel your presence everywhere I go. Thank You for giving me comfort and peace as I battle cancer. You are the king of kings, and lord of lords. What more could I ever ask for? Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/17/16)

Heavenly Father, I don’t want to be part of the problem within my church. And yet it’s all too easy to be sucked into the gossip and complaints. I find myself interested, wanting to know more, and then before long, I realize I’m fanning the fires of disagreement. I’m part of the very problem I hate so much. Help me to resist. May I never sow discord within my church. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (6/16/16)

Father, life is filled with ups and downs and not all of them are bad. That’s how it is sometimes. Help me to deal with whatever life throws at me. It’s all about me placing my trust in you no matter what. It will all work out for my good because you know what’s best for me. Whatever I’m going through, I know you will be there to see me through it because I’m depending on you. I’ve learned how to trust you with my life. Amen.