A great many people -- particularly those involved with twelve-step programs -- are
familiar with Reinhold Niebuhr's beloved "Serenity Prayer." Most people quote only the
first line of this prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Yet, there's more to the Serenity Prayer than that. Here are the remaining, seldom-quoted
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as
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1 John 3:1-3 Amy Grant is a contemporary Christian music performer and has often been referred to as “The Queen of Christian Pop.” She had the first Christian album to go platinum. Grant may be best known for her song “El Shaddai,” which was released in 1981.
On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the 59-year-old singer had to have open-heart surgery for a condition called PAPVR, which stands for partial anomalous pulmonary venous return. On Instagram, she shared images of her post-surgery scars.
Abraham Kuyper served two terms as prime minister of the Netherlands in the early 20th century. He was known as a man of faith and sought to incorporate it into every dimension of life, including social and political. But faith was not always so important to Kuyper. At the start of his career, he was a young preacher in a rural village. He had been schooled in the best of modern theology, and his sermons were well-polished masterpieces.
“There were so many people involved in the project I’m not sure I deserve to be singled out,” Jenny said.
“You deserve it and more,” Carl said from beside her. “Don’t be humble. You worked hard and should be thanked.”
“Thanked I can handle but all of this?” Jenny nodded toward the lavish reception which followed the surprise presentation. “Like I said in my speech there were many hands and gifts that went to make this outreach effort possible.”
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (vv. 1-4)
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (vv. 11-12)
I have a few questions for you.
Have any of you ever been sick? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel lucky? (Let them respond.)
Have any of you ever gotten hurt? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel happy? (Let them respond.)