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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 for Purity of Worship
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires are known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you and worthily praise your holy name. Through Christ I pray,
Blessing of Mark
O Sovereign and almighty Lord, bless all your people, and all your flock. Give your peace, your help, and your love unto us your servants, the sheep of your fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in your divine and boundless love.
From the Liturgy of Mark, 2d Century A.D.
Our “Virtual Sunday Church” this week takes us to St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales.
Lyrics to Crown Him with Many Crowns (Anglican)
Crown Him with Many Crowns (Anglican)
1. Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne,
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.
2. Crown Him the Son of God
Before the worlds began,
And ye, who tread where He hath trod,
Crown Him the Son of man;
Who every grief hath known
That wrings the human breast,
And takes and bears them for His own,
That all in Him may rest.
3. Crown Him the Lord of life
Who triumphed o'er the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife
For those He came to save;
His glories now we sing
Who died, and rose on high.
Who died, eternal life to bring
And lives that death may die.
4. Crown Him the Lord of heaven!
One with the Father known,--
And the blest Spirit, through Him given
From yonder triune throne!
All hail! Redeemer,--Hail!
For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail
Music by George J. Elvey, Lyrics by Matthew Bridges
Psalm 95:1-7 (NKJV)
Come, let us sing for joy unto the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
John 12:44-50 (ESV)
I Came Not to Judge the World, but to Save It
esus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.
I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”
Notes on the Scripture
One of the biggest criticisms of Christians and Christianity by non-Christians is that they are judgmental. People are very sensitive to perceived criticism, and it makes them defensive. And all too often, the criticism is justified. I'm human. I get angry at people who do bad things and I condemn them. Sometimes I feel like I hate them.
But Christians are not morally superior to anyone. If that sounds disturbing, let me repeat it: Christians are not morally superior to anyone. An attitude of moral superiority is diametrically opposite to Christ's teachings.
Judgment for sin is God's sole right. Yes, people who do not avail themselves of God's grace will face eternal darkness, or hell, or damnation, or however you might picture the fate of the unsaved after the death of their body. But this is the natural order of mankind. By our nature every one of us has sinned, again and again, and are doomed to eternal darkness when our bodies die. The Bible tells us it is impossible to live a life without sin.
Christ said that he came to save, not to judge; and in one sense, there was nothing for Him to judge. Everyone was “guilty”. Christ came to show us a way out, a way to avoid the darkness that every human faced at the time of death. He didn't come to criticize some people and not others; He came to tell us that we are all in the same boat. Murderer and holy man, street thug and honest hardworking mother, all of us have sinned
Being a better person is, hopefully, one effect of taking Christ into our hearts, a “fruit of the spirit,” but it is not the cornerstone of what it means to be a Christian. We cannot become perfect; we fall short of the glory of God, and all of us are doomed by our sin. So when Christ said, “I came not to judge the world, but to save the world,” about all we can say in our favor is that we have been smart enough, or lucky enough, to accept the gift of grace that Christ brought to us. It does not make us morally superior to our neighbors who have not accepted the gift, because a feeling of moral superiority is itself a sin, the sin of pride.
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Today in Daily Prayer
Between July 16 and December 16, we are going to make some changes. First, we are changing to a new server. This is a huge job for us, but hopefully, you will not even notice, except that the stability and functionality of the site will improve. But it is possible that switching servers could make Daily Prayer unavailable for 1-4 days. Just be prewarned if you get a “404 Error” when you try to load the site -- it will only be a day or two if it happens.
In other words, if the site goes down/disappears, do not be alarmed. Just try the next day. If this should occur, it will be remedied quickly. It just takes time for the internet to catch up to server changes.
Secondly, I am going to change the official name of the site to “Daily Devotion”. This will describe the actual content of the site better for a majority of Christians. At some point in the coming months, you will notice that you are at http://dailydevotion.org instead of http://dailyprayer.us. But your old bookmarks, etc., will still work. We will keep the Daily Prayer address on the new server and anyone who goes to “dailyprayer.us” will be automatically redirected to “dailydevotion.org”.
There will be no change to ownership, content, format, personnel, or anything else. Daily Devotion will be exactly the same as Daily Prayer; it will just have a slightly more descriptive name. I might even leave Daily Prayer in the header.
Psalm 145:3: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.
Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Jul 24, 2021 were:
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Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9) Keith Langley (9 out of 9) Kathryn Halfman (9 out of 9) Norman Daniels (9 out of 9) Gary Swart (9 out of 9) randall martin (9 out of 9) butch lockhart (9 out of 9)