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Awana Grand Prix – 2015

Tonight was the Grand Prix in the T & T program of Awana at First Central Baptist Church in Chicopee, MA. It was another fun evening of racing, ice cream, and a Bible story.

 
 

Church discipline


“…if church members were actively involved in giving private words of gentle admonition and in praying for one another when the first clear evidence of sinful conduct is seen, very little formal church discipline would have to be carried out, because the process would begin and end with a conversation between two people that never becomes known to anyone else.”

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Church, Quotes

 

A prayer of St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.)

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

When St. Paul referred to putting on the “Armor of God” in his letter to the Ephesians (6:11) to fight sin and evil inclinations, he could have been thinking of prayers just like this one!

Understanding the words of this prayer will certainly change our perception and observation of the day set aside to honor St. Patrick.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Holidays, Prayer, Quotes, Scripture

 

The benefits of expository preaching

Derek Thomas has written on “6 Advantages of Consecutive Expository Preaching,” or why we should preach through books of the Bible. His conclusions echo many of my own convictions. Personally, I am committed to expository preaching, which I mean to explain the text and apply it to daily life. In my sermons, I want to teach the whole counsel of God. Over time, I try to find a balance between preaching through Old Testament books, New Testament books, and topical subjects. Whether I am preaching a book or a topic, I still strive to do exposition and balance explanation and application.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Preaching

 
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The lie of lies

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Posted by on March 14, 2015 in Men, Quotes, Theology

 

Russia 2015 Ministry Trip Report

If you’d like to know more about my recent ministry trip to Russia, download a copy of my report and learn more about what God did.

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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in House of Grace, Ministry, Photos, Russia, Scripture

 

Scenes from Elista – Monument

Sandzhik took us to visit a monument remembering those who were deported to Siberia at the beginning of WWII. Stalin was afraid the Kalmyks might fight for the Germans. The boxcar is what the people were transported in. The deportation took place in 1943 and the people were not able to return until 1957. The monument at the top of the hill has two faces. One side depicts the Soviet machine that chews people up and spits them out. The other side depicts the new face of Kalymyia. It was a sobering experience.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in House of Grace, Ministry, Photos, Russia

 
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Scenes from Elista – Class members

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in House of Grace, Ministry, Photos, Russia

 
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Scenes from Elista – National Museum

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in House of Grace, Ministry, Photos, Russia

 
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Scenes from Elista – Buddhist temple

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2015 in House of Grace, Ministry, Photos, Russia