Isa 19:23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria-a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance" (NKJV).
calling of the human spirit can be a series of steps. That's why we
call him “The Hound of Heaven”
as described in the famous poem by Francis Thompson, 1859-1907.
fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
fled Him, down the arches of the years;
fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
my own mind....
God's Glory that he relentlessly pursues us. At the age of eight, I
was the littlest altar boy. I bowed and touched my forehead all the
way to the first altar step as I clearly and piously recited the
Latin my father taught me.
ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam" (Ps
42:4). And I will go to the altar of God: to God who gives joy to my
age of fourteen, I picked up an old Douay Rheims Bible and began
reading from Genesis. By the time I made it to Joshua, I prayed and
gave my life to the Lord. I found the Bible fascinating and
world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out,
like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the
ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
deep in prayer, I broke into a strange language with strange sounds.
I had no idea what this meant. I suppressed it, but many years later
I discovered it was the Holy Spirit's gift of tongues.
early days of marriage and walking in the Lord, I remember my new
wife, Mary, experienced the frustrations of rote religion. She
strongly proclaimed to one Monsignor:
has to be something more!”
right, and God soon brought the Gift to us. As a
young couple, Mary's friend, a former coed from Syracuse University,
came to visit us on the first three days of the New Year, 1973. She
excitedly told us all about the Holy Spirit and the miracle working
power of Jesus in believers lives. We stayed up until 3:00 am each
night listening amazed in our living room to the wonderful wonders of
young lady discovered I related to Jesus only as my friend. She
instructed me on the importance of Jesus' atoning sacrifice for my
sins. As I raised my arms to Heaven, this beautiful girl led me in
the prayer of salvation for repentance and trust in Jesus, not just
as my friend, but as my Savior.
Jesus, I repent of all my sins and give myself to you, past, present,
I thank you for suffering on the Cross and shedding your
blood for me that I can belong to You and the Father, forever.”
wife, Mary, strongly insisted we visit a prayer meeting. She started
both of us on a path to receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit that
year. I'm so grateful to my wife for walking with me together as a
couple to seek the Glories of God.
am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me” (John 14:6 NIV).
Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you; The Lord lift his countenance upon you, And
give you peace” (Num 6:24-26).
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