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Darlene Zschech reflects on new era of worship music:
Songs used to be uptight, they're fearless now
A pioneer of the modern worship era, Darlene Zschech says worship music has changed considerably compared to what it was just 10 years ago. “In some ways it's just gone ahead in such amazing leaps and bounds. I love some of the lyrical content that is around at the moment,” Zschech..... More
Loud storms surround me, but by heart is tranquil
Hiero-confessor Roman Medved1 was born in the year 1874. From 1907, he served as a priest in Sevastopol2, spiritually caring for the sailors of the Black Sea Fleet. In 1918, Father Roman moved to Moscow, and was soon appointed the rector of the (now destroyed) Church of the Holy Hierarch Alexiy on Glinishchevskiy lane. Since then, for more than 10 years, the main mission of his life was the creation of a church community and the spiritual care of Muscovites. ......More
Hard to conceive.
Not the kind of love that professes exclusivity and then six months later is found sordidly rutting with the nearest available alternative.
Not the kind of love that says it is unconditional and then spends the next 20 years tearing you down and withholding affection unless you say/do/be exactly what is required.
Not the kind of love that wrecks you instead of completing you.
Not even the kind of love that tries so hard to give and give and give, and love and love and love, but because both the lover and the love are broken, the giving and the receiving and the loving never are perfect. Nor unconditional.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-8.
Most of us can do some of that some of the time. Some of us can do most of that nearly all the time. When I read and meditate upon those verses, I feel sorry for the people I love. I sell them short.
God does all of it all the time.
He simply says “Relax. Nothing you have ever done, or ever will do, will stop me loving you. The same infinite energy I used to create the universe, I channel into my love for you. The same infinite wisdom I used to formulate my perfect plan for the world, I channel into creating the joyous, abundant, peace-filled life that is available for you. I love everybody else at the same intensity as I love you, but I know you perfectly, better than you do yourself, and I want a relationship with you as an individual, and I love you in the one way that is perfectly aligned with your personality. I will always be gentle with you – I will show you what you are doing wrong, but never, never, never will I withhold my unconditional love for you. I want to protect you and nurture you and nourish you and build you and free you and comfort you and strengthen you and – love you and love you and love you and love you. Always. Forever.”
The agony, misery and loneliness of losing someone I love (for me, so far only my father), even with my imperfect love, are awful. The opportunity to continue loving that person, in an active, relational sense, ripped away.
I suspect that if my love was perfect, the agony, misery and loneliness would be even worse. The gap between the joy of the loving relationship and the horror of it ending would be much (infinitely?) bigger than the gap I experienced.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
So here are two of the only three beings (I don’t have space to get technical about the Holy Trinity here, so cut me a break and just go with two beings) who have ever been able to practice perfect love, voluntarily, willingly, planfully destroying the best, most loving relationship there has ever been, for my benefit.
The greater the love, the greater the sacrifice.
Perfect love, perfect sacrifice.
One day we will know that perfect love clearly.
To know perfect, unconditional, infinite love, and to know that you will never experience it personally for all eternity, would be one of hell’s greatest torments.
To know perfect, unconditional, infinite love, and to know that you will experience it personally for all eternity, will be one of heaven’s greatest joys.
But you can start now.
DHS Arrests American Priest in Philippines for Allegedly
Sexually Assaulting Alter Boys
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has arrested an American priest living in the Philippines for allegedly sexually assaulting at least seven altar boys. American officials apprehended the 77-year-old Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks on Wednesday in the community...MORE
UK Home office finally admits reason for underrepresentation of Christian refugees
The UK Home Office has finally acknowledged that Christian refugees in the Middle East are “reluctant” to enter the refugee camp system, but refuses to state this is because of persecution.
In response to a Freedom of Information request sent by a Barnabas Fund supporter, the Home Office admitted, “Minority groups may be more reluctant to go to camps. Many Christians live outside the camps and rely on churches and Christian support groups. .....More
Christian Persecution is Ignored Because There's No Word to Adequately Describe It, Says Bishop
While Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, it's generally ignored because, unlike Muslims and Jews, Christians have no good word to describe it, a UK archbishop has said. Anba Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, said because there is no Christian equivalent for words such as "anti-Semitism" and "Islamophobia,"....More
Derby Cathedral banned vicar for not paying diocese "protection money"
A prominent evangelical vicar banned by Derby Cathedral from preaching at the Derby University Christian Union carol service says that cathedral
authorities blocked him from the pulpit because his church stopped paying contributions to the Diocese of York in 2017....More
prophecy news watch
Is China's Totalitarian Social Credit System Coming To The US?
Recently, The Organic Prepper reported some shocking news of China's newest rollout: a social credit system. It's a system of surveillance and
governance using a social scoring system based on the state's perceived trustworthiness of the individual. Not only are social media and financial accounts tied into a person's "score" - much like a credit score ....More
Why Did God Create Woman?
This isn’t a popular thing to say in today’s culture, but God created man and woman. Gender was a deliberate thing. It is part of who we are and how we are made. Does that mean that all men act the same? Or all women act the same? No. Does it mean that a little girl that likes playing sports is a boy inside? ....More
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Turkey refuses entry to N. American Christian evangelist
Turkish immigration authorities refused to permit Canadian-American Christian David Byle to enter Turkey when he returned to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport last week. After living and ministering in Turkey for the past 19 years, the 49-year-old evangelist was told by police officials on his arrival on 20 November that a permanent re-entry ban had been filed against him......More
Anne Graham Lotz on finding strength in 1 Samuel 16:7 amid 'humiliating trauma' of losing hair to chemo
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has shared images of her shaved head after losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and expressed her
thankfulness that God values other things above outward appearance. On Monday, Lotz posted an update on her battle against breast cancer..More
Australia: religious freedom in the balance
In Australia, religious freedom is facing its most serious threat to date. Throughout the nation’s short history, the idea that religious freedom is a fundamental human right has simply been taken for granted. Consequently, no legislation has ever been enacted to protect religious freedom.....More