Here is Glad (a Christian a cappella group) singing “In The First Light”. This is a good video. “In The First Light” is one of their classics and is also one of my favorite Glad songs.
Nora and I are going to West Chester, Pennsylvania tomorrow night to see Glad in concert.
Turn up your speakers and click on the button in the middle of the screen below.
Here is a photo taken on Saturday, December 22, 2007, when Nora and I visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The series of 59 photos begin on December 26, 2007 and end on February 22, 2008.
Here are a few gems from Rev. E.M. Bound’s 13th chapter of his book ‘The Necessity of Prayer.’ The 13th chapter is called ‘Prayer & The Word of God (cont.)’. As always, I’m quoting the parts of the chapter that spoke the loudest to me.
James recognizes the deep spirituality of the Word, and its inherent saving power, in the following exhortation: “Wherefore, lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
And Peter talks along the same line, when describing the saving power of the Word of God:
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
Prayer invariably begets a love for the Word of God, and sets people to the reading of it. Prayer leads people to obey the Word of God, and puts into the heart which obeys a joy unspeakable. Praying people and Bible-reading people are the same sort of folk. The God of the Bible and the God of prayer are one. God speaks to man in the Bible; man speaks to God in prayer. One reads the Bible to discover God’s will; he prays in order that he may receive power to do that will. Bible-reading and praying are the distinguishing traits of those who strive to know and please God.
Psalm 119 is a directory of God’s Word. With three or four exceptions, each verse contains a word which identifies, or locates, the Word of God. Quite often, the writer breaks out into supplication, several times praying, “Teach me Thy statutes.” So deeply impressed is he with the wonders of God’s Word, and of the need for Divine illumination wherewith to see and understand the wonderful things recorded therein, that he fervently prays:
“Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.”
From the opening of this wonderful Psalm to its close, prayer and God’s Word are intertwined. Almost every phase of God’s Word is touched upon by this inspired writer. So thoroughly convinced was the Psalmist of the deep spiritual power of the Word of God that he makes this declaration:
“Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.”
We find, furthermore, the power of prayer to create a real love for the Scriptures, and to put within men a nature which will take pleasure in the Word.
No man loves the Bible, who does not love to pray. No man loves to pray, who does not delight in the law of the Lord.
Here, let it be said, that no two things are more essential to a spirit-filled life than Bible-reading and secret prayer; no two things more helpful to growth in grace; to getting the largest joy out of a Christian life; toward establishing one in the ways of eternal peace.