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The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican
"And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luk 18:9-14
"If such the sweetness of the stream, what must the fountain be, where saints and angels draw their bliss - immediately from Thee. With Thee conversing we forget, all time and toil and care, labour is rest and pain is sweet - if Thou my God art there" by L. W.
"The light causes not darkness, but the absence of the light; so the Word causes not heresies, but the absence of the Word."
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PRAYERS, HYMNS & POEMS
A resource for Biblical Christian prayers, hymns and poems.
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thes 5:16-18
"For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Early Bohemian Protestants in Prayer
Prior to the general Reformation of the Protestant era, the Gospel was maintained in its original form and simplicity among those who were called Hussites, Wycliffites, Lollards, Vaudois, Waldenses and Lyonists, among other 'gospelers.' These people gathered together - against the laws that forbad and criminalized their congregation and creed - to hear the public preaching of the Gospel, to offer up prayer and thanksgiving, and to share the communion of Christ as it was originally instituted. From earliest times they held the precious manuscripts of scriptures, maintained schools and libraries, and sought continually to reach others with the message of the Gospel.
In the Gospel we are commanded: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Mat 5:43-48
Askewe, Anne (Martyr 1546ad)
A Ballad Composed and Sung by Anne Askewe in Newgate Prison
QUOTE: "Like as the armed knight, Appointed to the field, With this world will I fight, And Christ shall be my shield."
Elizabeth I (1578)
A Prayer Against Worldly Carefulness
QUOTE: "For thou hast promised to be careful for us, and hast commanded that upon thee we should cast all our care.."
A Prayer for the Desire of the Life to Come
QUOTE: "This my body is the very dark and filthy prison of the soul; this world is an exile, and a banishment: this life is care and misery.."
Luther, Martin (Protestant Reformer)
Lord God, Thy Praise We Sing
QUOTE: "Thy majesty and godly might, Fill the earth and all the realms of light. The twelve apostles join in song, With the dear prophets' goodly throng, The martyrs' noble army raise, Their voice to thee in hymns of praise."
Herr Gott, Dich Loben Wir (Duetsch)
QUOTE: "Dein' goettlich' Macht und Herrlichkeit, Geht ueber Himmel und Erden weit.
Der heiligen zwoelf Boten Zahl, Und die lieben Propheten all', Die theuren Maert'rer allzumal, Loben dich, Herr, mit grossem Schall."
The Lord's Prayer, paraphrased
QUOTE: "All hallowed be thy name, O Lord! O let us firmly keep thy Word, And lead, according to thy name, A holy life, untouched by blame; Let no false teachings do us hurt, All poor deluded souls convert."
The Lord's Prayer, paraphrased (Duetsch)
QUOTE: "Geheiligt werd der Name dein, Dein Wort bei uns hilf halten rein, Dass auch wir leben heiliglich, Nach deinem Namen wuerdiglich. Behuet uns, Herr, fuer falscher Lehr, Das arm verfuehret Volk bekehr."
Newton, John (Protestant Christian)
A Brand Plucked Out of the Fire
QUOTE: "Now, Satan, thou hast lost thy aim, Against this brand thy threats are vain; Jesus has pluck'd it from the flame, And who shall put it in again?"
QUOTE: "Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound,) That sav'd a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see."
An Evening Hymn
QUOTE: "The day is past and gone, The evening shades appear; O may we all remember well, The night of Death is near."
Christ the Apple Tree
QUOTE: "The tree of life my soul hath seen, Laden with fruit, and always green;
The trees of nature fruitless be, Compar'd to Christ, the Apple Tree."
QUOTE: "Ho! ye needy, come and welcome, God's free bounty glorify: True belief, and true repentance, Every grace that brings us nigh, Without money, come to Jesus Christ and buy."
On the New Birth
QUOTE: "Wak'd by the Gospel's joyful sound, My soul in guilt and thrall I found, Expos'd to endless woe; Eternal truth did loud proclaim, The sinner must be born again, Or else to ruin go."
Watts, Isaac (Puritan Christian)
A General Song of Praise to God
QUOTE: "How glorious is our Heavenly King, Who reigns above the sky! How shall a child presume to sing His dreadful majesty?"
The Psalms of David (full list page)
QUOTE: "My spirit looks to God alone; My rock and refuge is his throne; In all my fears, in all my straits, My soul on his salvation waits" (Psalm 62)
Whittle, D. W.
Child of Jesus, Oft Depressed
QUOTE: "Child of Jesus, oft depressed, Yielding to thy doubts and fear, In thy trials sore distressed, Fainting for some word of cheer; Come, thy need is all supplied, Take by faith what God doth give; Believe that you in Christ have died, Believe that you in Him now live."
QUOTE: "Forward then, with Jesus sharing, In the warfare here, below! Forward! in His name unfearing, Boldly meeting every foe."
I've Now To Please But One
QUOTE: "From all its cares my heart retires, I've now to please but One; Though deep and boundless my desires, I've now to please but One."
Ye Are Complete In Him
QUOTE: "Complete in Him: oh, precious word! May we by faith receive it; That all our sins are put away, Alone by Jesus' merit."
The Call of the Christian
QUOTE: "Not always thus, with outward sign, Of fire or voice from Heaven, The message of a truth divine, The call of God is given! Awaken in the human heart Love for the true and right, - Zeal for the Christian's better part, Strength for the Christian's fight."
The Vaudois Teacher
QUOTE: "O lady fair, I have yet a gem which a purer lustre flings, Than the diamond flash of the jewelled crown on the lofty brow of kings; A wonderful pearl of exceeding price, whose virtue shall not decay, Whose light shall be as a spell to thee and a blessing on thy way!"
Prayer for the Church, and all the states thereof
QUOTE: "no government can long stand without good counsel, neither can any counsel be good, except it be prospered by thee: bless, therefore, we beseech thee, both her majesty, and her honourable council, that both they rightly understand what is to be done, and she accordingly may accomplish that they do counsel, to thy glory, and furtherance of the gospel, and public wealth of this realm. Furthermore, we beseech thee, Lord Jesu ... bless the nobility of this realm, and of other Christian realms, so as they (Christianly agreeing among themselves) may submit their nobility to serve thee; or else let them feel, O Lord, what a frivolous thing is the nobility, which is without thee."
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Let Us Not Boast
QUOTE: "May the God of our salvation comfort us. May we walk in his ways and observe his sayings. May the grace and the glory of God rest upon us. May we grow continually in the knowledge of him. May we boast not against one another; but if we boast let us boast in him who opened our eyes to the Light of his Glorious Word"
"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you." Luk 6:27-28
"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer." Rom 12:9-12
"Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." Mar 13:33-37
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"They often travelled on horseback in different countries as hawkers, and, thanks to their bales of goods, obtained access to the rich and poor. ... While the merchant was doing business, he would observe the character of his customers, and when, at the end, they asked if he had anything else to sell, he would reply, 'Certainly, I have treasures much more precious than those which you have seen. ... a jewel which shines with such brightness, that it enables one to see, and to come to the knowledge of God.' ... The merchant then drew out of his pocket, or from a secret drawer of his travelling chest, a Gospel, and commenced to read." ... In this way the Vaudois found a means of spreading the Word of God more and more. ... What wonderful results might this seed-time have produced, if the storm of persecution had not broken out, reducing almost to naught the people of God. - Henry Fliedner
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“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:9-11.
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