Of the most meaningful prayers of all sacred music, The Lord’s Prayer is actually The Lord’s prayer – given to us by Jesus Christ:
“Teach us how to pray,” the disciples said to Jesus. (Luke 11, 1) He answered by teaching them the prayer we call the Our Father or The Lord’s Prayer. Read more here.
Everything sung by Andrea Bocelli reaches the level of magnificence. Mr. Bocelli seems to have an innate ability (perhaps due to his early childhood onset of blindness) to take
lyrics into his heart, interpret them, and share them with us through the expression of his phenomenal God-given voice.
The video below of Bocelli and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was sent to me by my dear and longtime friend DJ in Texas.
I’ve been traveling, having fun in Hilton Head, South Carolina (even in the rain) and in the Tampa-area and missed writing about Carl Middleton’s column last week so I am combining them this week.
When you do not have time for Bible study (and even when you do) Carl’s weekly column published each Saturday, is a ‘study’ of a single word or words or a phrase or phrases. He breaks it down, and you might be amazed at something from the Bible very familiar to you that you glean new meaning from after reading Carl at GOD’S ANSWER is Jesus.
This week Carl is looking at ‘holiness’ and ‘righteousness.’ See snippets below, but read it all here. Where does ‘mercy’ and ‘grace’ enter? Are there ever days when you can be victorious?
Righteousness in simple terms means … right standing with God. It has nothing to do with your merit or goodness…It’s His righteousness, not yours. You have none of your own.
1st Peter 1:15-16 … “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (behavior); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Since man hasn’t changed, nor has God … Peter is saying this declared will of God should also apply to the believers of Jesus. Because the object of Christian worship is holy, (that’s Jesus) the character of His worshipers should also be holy…
God has implanted principles of holiness in us, otherwise the command … “be ye holy, for I am holy” would be unjust…
To be “righteous“ is a free gift from God through Jesus.
To be “holy“ is … a lifestyle.
The two Hebrew words … “ba char” and “chay” … are two very important words.
The Hebrew word “ba char“ … pronounced (baw-khar’) means, choose; while the word “chay“ … pronounced (khah’ee) means, life.
I have chosen these two words to look at today from Deuteronomy 30:19-20 …
“I have set before you life and death … choose life … that thou mayest love the Lord thy God … and that thou mayest cleave unto Him …”…
“This commandment is not hidden from you; it’s not in heaven, nor is it beyond the sea. But the word is in thy mouth, and in thy heart. See, I have set before thee this day, life and good, and death and evil …”
Blessings to you and yours in the coming week.
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