From King George VI’s 1939 Christmas broadcast: Put your hand into the hand of God

From King George VI’s 1939 Christmas broadcast: ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.’

The full text of the first verse is:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

From “The Gate of the Year” by Minnie Louise Haskins.

Coffee House Chronicles Set by Josh McDowell & Dave Sterrett is free for Kindle today.

Coffee House Chronicles Set by Josh McDowell & Dave Sterrett is free for Kindle today.

This set includes all three books of the The Coffee House Chronicles: Is the Bible True…Really?: A Dialogue on Skepticism, Evidence, and Truth; Who Is Jesus…Really?:A Dialogue on God, Man, and Grace; and Did the Resurrection Happen…Really?: A Dialogue on Life, Death, and Hope.

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Great Quotes

Here are some powerful quotes from the past to stir our minds to things eternal.

“Light means nothing to a blind man.” – A.W. Tozer

“Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons or more
sermons into the fire.” – Vance Havner

“The Bible definitely is infallible, how else could it survive so many
years of bad preaching?” – Leonard Ravenhill

“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste
our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending
their lives…and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing
of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”
Nate Saint, missionary martyr

“If you want the Kingdom speeded, go out and speed it yourselves.
Only obedience rationalizes prayer. Only Missions can redeem
your intercessions from insincerity.” – William Carey

“The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the
extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world
by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent
lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-
centered Church can never evangelize the world.” – John R. Mott

“There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of truly fervent
devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It
is only in a church in which this spirit of revival has at least
that there is any hope of radical change in the relation of the
majority of our Christian people to mission work.” – Andrew Murray

“Whenever, in any century, whether in a single heart or in a
company of believers, there has been a fresh effusion of the Spirit,
there has followed inevitably a fresh endeavor in the work of
evangelizing the world.” – A. J. Gordon

“If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is
feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is
not obeyed, until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of
There is little right giving because there is little right living, and
because of the lack of sympathetic contact with God in holiness of
heart, there is a lack of effectual contact with him at the Throne of
Grace. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found
together, and a low standard in one means a general debility in the
whole spiritual being.” – Arthur T. Pierson

“Depend upon it, if you are bent on prayer, the devil will not leave
you alone. He will molest you, tantalize you, block you, and will
surely find some hindrances, big or little or both. And we
sometimes fail because we are ignorant of his devices…I do not
think he minds our praying about things if we leave it at that. What
he minds, and opposes steadily, is the prayer that prays on until it
is prayed through, assured of the answer.” – Mary Warburton Booth

“The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly
thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the
church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and
sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil
bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping
wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own
strength and forgets to watch and pray.” – A. W. Tozer

“We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has
slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented and
delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor to
interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in
which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its
way into our prayer closets…” – Andrew Bonar

Codex Sinaiticus

The Codex Sinaiticus is a Greek hand-written manuscript of the Old and New Testaments. It was written in the 4th century, in uncial letters. It came to the attention of scholars in the 19th century at the Greek Monastery of Mount Sinai, with further material discovered in the 20th century, and most of it is today in the British Library.

For many the whole area of Bible Texts and original manuscripts is just an unintelligible minefield. To help you understand more about the CS I recommend the following links:

Thinking Aloud and Thinking Allowed; New Blog Started.

Ron Bailey has started a new blog called “Second Thoughts” which is really a place for him to dump his current thoughts and meditations… As he puts it “Was it Pooh Bear who said ‘sometime I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits…’? I think for me the priority would need to be reversed…’sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just think…'”

The blog is a place for thoughts that have stirred hime and which might stir others.

Read more here: Thinking Aloud and Thinking Allowed

India: Two States Warned Against Allowing Persecution

After three weeks of widespread attacks on Christians and their property in Orissa state and other parts of the country, the federal government finally warned two states that their failure to prevent violence could lead to the imposition of “President’s Rule.”

As more incidents of violence were reported from Orissa and the southern state of Karnataka yesterday, the federal government ruled by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) issued an official warning to the two states under Article 355 of the Indian Constitution, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported. The article requires state governments to function with due respect to constitutional provisions, setting up a potential showdown between the federal UPA, led by the Congress Party (Indian National Congress), and Orissa and Karnataka states ruled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Read more here: India: Two States Warned Against Allowing Persecution – Worthy News

Orissa Violence Continues to Escalate Against Christians

A Christian human rights organization has been monitoring the situation in Orissa, India and receiving status reports from those affected by what it calls “this massive outpouring of hate.”

The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) , received the following first-hand report from a believer in hiding in Kandhamal District, Orissa, India which contradicts the claims of the Indian government that the situation is under control.

Yesterday, ICC spoke with a Christian taking shelter in the middle of an area where Hindus are on a rampage against Christians. When ICC asked him how he was doing, he responded, “By God’s grace I am still alive, but I do not know what will happen tonight.”

ICC says that according to this eyewitness account, the last three days of violence have resulted in the deaths of 18 Christians that he knew of alone, including pastors, nuns, and Catholic priests. In addition, he said that Hindu radicals have demolished at least 75 churches and hundreds of houses belonging to Christians.

Read more here: Orissa Violence Continues to Escalate Against Christians – Worthy News