The CCEL Times 6.2 (February 1, 2011)
In This Issue:
From the Director
Can prayer really change things?
Ultimately, our beliefs about the efficacy of prayer are closely related to our faith. If you don't believe that God can change the world, you're unlikely to see it, even if it happens right in front of your eyes. God sometimes shakes up our lives to open our eyes, to increase our trust and faith in him--and perhaps to help us see prayer's effect.
Ron Nydam testifies about his battle with leukemia in the Spring of 2008 and about his experience of suffering, fear, and the power of the prayers of many in this article from the Calvin Seminary Forum. He concludes that "God heard our prayers and God saved my life; God certainly gave me a reprieve from my own death. . . . In life and in death, whenever it happens, we belong to a Lord who hears them." Read more...
What's NewOrthodox Daily Prayers
This prayerbook contains the most basic daily prayers of the Orthodox Christian as they have been transmitted to us essentially by the Russian Church, although the other Orthodox Traditions in this matter are very similar. In this book, we will find the Psalms of the Holy Prophet King David, the prayer which Our Lord Himself taught His holy disciples, prayers of the desert fathers, prayers of the great hierarchs and teachers of the Church, as well as the prayers of more recent fathers. The publication of such prayers does not limit the free expression of the Christian soul ... On the contrary, by reading these prayers we learn how to pray.
— from the Introduction
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I Come With Joy To Meet My Lord
by Brian Wren (b. 1970)
Brian Wren wrote this text to summarize a series of sermons on the meaning of the Lord's Supper, specifically as a post-sermon hymn to help illustrate the presence of Christ in the sacrament. ... Wren has carefully worked out the progression from "I" to "we." This text contains themes of remembrance (st. 1), of sharing the bread and wine in communion with the saints (st. 2-3) and with Christ in his presence (st. 4), and of Christian service (st. 5), but the prevailing tone is one of joy and praise.
Charles Spurgeon on Proverbs 6:22:
If the text says, “When thou awakest, it shall talk with thee,” then it is clear the word is personal. “It shall talk with thee.” It is not written, “It shall speak to the air, and thou shalt hear its voice,” but “It shall talk with thee.” ... Now the word of God has the condescending habit of talking to men, speaking personally to them; and herein I desire to commend the word of God to your love. Oh! that you might esteem it very precious for this reason!
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