Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee, For the bliss Thy love bestows, For the pardoning grace that saves me, And the peace that from it flows: Help, O God, my weak endeavor; This dull soul to rapture raise: Thou must light the flame, or never Can my love be warmed to praise. Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee, Wretched wanderer, far astray; Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee From the paths of death away; Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling, Him Who saw thy guilt-born fear, And…read more
To pray is nothing more involved than to let Jesus into our needs. To pray is to give Jesus permission to employ His powers in the alleviation of our distress. To pray is to let Jesus glorify His name in the midst of our needs.
I am again under conviction that I do not pray enough, I do not give myself over to it or correctly go about it. I realize that this is what grace and mercy is for, but still I want to be more disciplined. So I have my list. Not a list of wants and needs, but a list that asks for guidance and wisdom in my day. I spend less time and am more focused because of that list… not sure it is working. Do you use a list? I…read more
Recently I have had a couple families come to me very concerned that their children want nothing to do with Church or the things of God. We watch as they grow up and then out of the church. Parents no longer “make” their children come trying to help them learn to make good decisions. Often this leads to allowing them to make poor decisions in other areas of life too. It breaks my heart and I am sure it breaks many others. Why do they leave? Personally, it is a growing…read more
A new friend looked over my shoulder while I was on Facebook and said something amazing (really amazing if you know the friend” “Being a pastor is the only way you are not guilty by association.” It struck me, I have lots of sinners for friends (yeah you too) and I have their lives streaming in to my desktop, my phone, my tablet and even now my alarm clock. The lives of people trapped deeply in their sins and having someone else look over my shoulder and state that was…read more
The GRIFFIN Family – Your Missionaries in Northern Illinois Pastor Jeremiah & Tancy; Noah, Cami, Chloe & Jonah www.LivingStonesRockford.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org June 2013 Greetings to all our prayer partners around the globe! We hold your prayer more valuable than any other gift we receive as we labor together with you on the Mission field here in Rockford, Illinois. As you prayed this last month, you cannot imagine how God responded. Your prayer support is important; please continue. Print out a copy of this update; share it with friends and…read more