May 6, 2021

Heartfelt Prayers: Thomas à Kempis


A Prayer of Thomas à Kempis

Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
to love what I ought to love,
to praise what delights thee most,
to value what is precious in thy sight,
to hate what is offensive to thee.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight
      of my eyes,
nor to pass sentence according to the hearing
      of the ears of ignorant men;
but to discern with a true judgment between things
      visible and spiritual,
and above all, always to inquire what is the good
      pleasure of thy will.

— Thomas à Kempis


Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?

New Testament Songs | Discerning God in Song Episode 02

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Dave Currie

When Jesus shows up, we want to sing!” – Dave Currie

Sing to the Lord a new song! Songs of our faith are an invitation to intimacy with God, who loves us and enjoys hearing the praises of his people. In this episode we will notice the songs of Zechariah, Mary, and of Simeon – in celebration of the coming of the Messiah. We’ll consider how the second coming of Jesus, as noted in the book of Revelation, includes great songs of adoration. Also, in the writings of the apostle Paul, the people of God are encouraged to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in their hearts. Discerning hearts sing!

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