As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Prayer for those in Hell

What do you think of this prayer, offered by Orthodox Christians for those in Hell on the Feast of Pentecost:
Master of all things, our God and Saviour,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of those far off upon the sea,
who on this final, great and saving day of Pentecost revealed to us
the mystery of the holy, consubstantial, co-eternal,
undivided and uncompounded Trinity

and the coming and presence of your holy and life-giving Spirit
poured out in the form of tongues of fire on your holy Apostles,
setting them as Evangelists of our true faith,
revealing them as confessors and heralds of true theology;
who have also been pleased on this most perfect and saving Feast
to receive suppliant prayers of atonement
for those who are immured in Hell
granting us great hopes that repose and comfort will be sent down
from you to the departed from the pains which hold them,
hear us, lowly and wretched, who entreat you,
and give rest to the souls of your servants who have fallen asleep before us
in a place of light, a place of green pasture, a place of refreshment,
from which all grief, sorrow and sighing have fled away,
and establish their spirits in the tents of the Just
and count them worthy of peace and repose.
Because the dead will not praise you, O Lord,
nor do those in Hell have the freedom to offer you thanksgiving,
but we the living bless you and implore you
and bring before you atoning prayers and sacrifices on behalf of their souls.

Prayer Request: Lebanon

Edwin asks:A young lady from our College prayer group, Heather, has relatives visiting family in Lebanon, Israel has blockaded Lebanon's ports and the military attacks have left Beirut's airport unusable. Israel states that there is nowhere in Lebanon that is immune from attack. The United States estimates 25,000 Americans live or work in Lebanon, and there are an unknown number of visitors. The US military is still considering its options on evacuation.

Please pray for their safe and swift return, and peace in the region. The following is from Heather's soon-to-be fiance', Chris. Their engagment party is on hold until Heather's family can get home:

"...I wanted to say is that one of Heather's aunts and two of her cousins are in Lebanon. You might know that Lebanon, as well as Israel, has been bombarded with war. Thus, Heather's family members there are stuck until the American military can evacuate them. We do not know when they will be back. For Heather's family and for our engagement, I request for your prayers. I am praying for Heather's aunt and two cousins to safely return to Southern California as soon as possible."

Sunday, July 09, 2006

How to Resolve Differences

Abba Paul the Barber and his brother Timothy lived in Scetis. They often used to argue. So Abba Paul said, “How long shall we go on like this?” Abba Timothy said to him, “I suggest you take my side of the argument and, in my turn, I will take your side.” And they spent the rest of their days in this practice.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Lyrics: Meekness and Majesty

Haj, what's funny is that I, without meaning to, dissed Graham Kendrick when it was his song I told you was so excellent this past Sunday. Here's the lyrics to which I was referring:

Meekness and majesty
Manhood and Deity
In perfect harmony
The Man who is God
Lord of eternity
Dwells in humanity
Kneels in humility
And washes our feet

O what a mystery
Meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship
For this is your God
This is your God

Father's pure radiance
Perfect in innocence
Yet learns obedience
To death on a cross
Suffering to give us life
Conquering through sacrifice
And as they crucify
Prays: 'Father forgive.'

Wisdom unsearchable
God the invisible
Love indestructible
In frailty appears
Lord of infinity
Stooping so tenderly
Lifts our humanity
To the heights of His throne