Category: Christianity

Grace is a Kingdom with Doors Open Wide

Broken Things is a wonderful song by Matthew West.  The concluding last line, “Grace is a kingdom; With gates open wide; There’s a seat at the table just waiting for you; So, come on inside.” is a great statement on the grace of God, His Kingdom, and the welcome He provides. Lyrics: If grace …

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Howard Thurman influential American visionary, educator, and leader

Howard Thurman Howard Thurman (Nov. 18, 1899, Daytona Beach, FL – Apr. 10, 1981, San Francisco, CA) was an American author, philosopher, theologian, mystic, educator, preacher, and civil rights leader. As a prominent and inspirational religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the 20th century. Dr. Thurman …

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Macomb/McDonough County Community Gathering

I’m looking forward to the Community Gathering tomorrow (11/7) at 10-11 am at Veteran’s Park, in Macomb. In these crazy times, this is a time for us to gather together as a community and pray for our elected leaders and pastors. Here is the map (google doc) of how we will set up the chairs. …

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Cross reference tool

https://www.openbible.info/labs/cross-references/search?q=Micah+6%3A8 Cross reference tool. Bible

Be present at our table, Lord

table grace https://hymnary.org/text/be_present_at_our_table_lord sung to the Old 100 UMC Hymnal # 621 Be present at our table, Lord; Be here and everywhere adored; Thy creatures bless and grant that we May feast in paradise with thee.

Initial thoughts

(This is far from finished and far from ready to be shared.) Thesis: Work toward a more just, inclusive, and harmonious society, for everyone. Outline: What we’ve learned and are learning. Tenets of faith in God and Christ that come to bare here. Challenges of reducing racism and for the underprivileged.  What we need to …

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N.T. Wright’s Trinitarian Prayer

Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth: Set up your kingdom in our midst. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God: Have mercy on us sinners. Holy Spirit, Breath of the Living God: Renew us and all the world. – N.T. Wright Closely related to my 5 breath prayer and the Trinity +1 (Lord). …

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Greek root word for church and for ‘church’

There are two (different) Greek root words here. The one in the Bible (at least 115 times) is (so, this is the meaning of church in the Bible) Ecclesia – The Greek word “ecclesia” is correctly defined as: “The called-out (ones)” [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how this word was …

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Make Room in Your Heart

Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher https://t.co/q03tfqcpeR via @YouTube Lyrics: https://t.co/On39xJUYRQ — Jim Olsen (@DrOlsen314) December 16, 2019 Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher

Grace will accomplish

But what nature does not love and cannot perform, grace will accomplish, and make to thee a life of joy and glory. near The end of chapter 16 in Andrew Murray’s abide in Christ 16th day for staking all for him