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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer to Live with Jesus
Dearest Jesus, work another miracle, a prodigy of grace. Make my soul a beautiful, living Tabernacle where You will ever dwell. Let me never leave You alone, but remind me to return hundreds of times in the day and have a word with You.
Australian Religious 1936
A Prayer in Darkness of the Mind
This much, O heaven — if I should brood or rave,
Pity me not; but let the world be fed,
Yea, in my madness if I strike me dead,
Heed you the grass that grows upon my grave.
If I dare snarl between this sun and sod,
Whimper and clamour; give me grace to own,
In sun and rain and fruit in season shown,
The shining silence of the mercy of God.
Thank God the stars are set beyond my power,
If I must travail in a night of wrath,
Thank God my tears will never vex a moth,
Nor any curse of mine cut down a flower.
Men say the sun was darkened: yet I had
Thought it beat brightly, even on Calvary:
And He that hung upon the Torturing Tree
Heard all the crickets singing, and was glad.
by G. K. Chesterton
Oh Heavenly Father, in whom I live and move and have my being, I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that in all the joys, occupations, and cares of this day I may never forget you, but remember that I am ever walking in your sight. In Christ’s name, I pray,
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Matt Maher’s high energy gospel song might help us keep Jesus in our hearts on “Hump Day”!
The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.
~ William Hutton
1 Peter 5:1-5 (ESV)
o I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Notes on the Scripture
Shepherd the Flock of God
Many of Peter’s exhortations to obedience and humility are addressed to those under authority. Here, however, he instructs Christian leaders; and what a better world we would live in, if his instructions were followed. There are two specific admonitions to those who are placed in charge.
First, to lead by example, not by domination. “Do as I say, not as I do” has no place in Christian doctrine, and especially not among those who would lead churches, ministries, or programs of any sort. Do children who are told to value honesty and humility listen, if their parents and teachers tell half-truths and act full of their own importance? For only by living the Gospel can one convince others to believe it.
Second, to lead “not for shameful gain, but eagerly.” And shameful gain is not only the fortunes that some Christian leaders have amassed. It is other types of gain, as well. Seeking to become powerful and having others bend to one’s own will, rather than to the will of God, is a common temptation among leaders who are blind to their own sin of pride. We are commanded, in effect, to all be humble before all of our fellows, a difficult task in a world where competition for money, status, and personal glory is constantly before us.
So today, let us pray for our own humility and try to take ourselves down a notch in our own estimation. For thereby we will please the God who made us and protects us in all things, and we can take joy and pleasure in having tried to please God, a joy more real and enduring than our silly pride.
Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading, by Josephine Pollard, 1890. (See the book.)
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Today’s Artwork — Robert Leinweber
Anton Robert Leinweber, who painted the large top painting today, was a Czech artist who lived from 1845 to 1921. He seems to have spent his career in Germany and North Africa; you can see that both Peter and the background look a bit Tunisian! There is very little information about him available easily; the only Wikipedia article about him is in German. My best guess as to what one would call his school is “Late Romanticism.” If you want to see more of his work, ArtNet has a few of his paintings.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB): No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Jan 31, 2023 were:
Tom Kraft (12) randall martin (12) Keith Langley (11) Norman Daniels (11) Felix Trim (11)
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Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9) Anne Carrington (9 out of 9) Pascal Baker (9 out of 9) Norman Daniels (9 out of 9) Kathryn Halfman (9 out of 9) randall martin (9 out of 9)