A Christian electrician did some trouble shooting and got this cross lit up again. A beautiful sight for us Ammonites.
At the conclusion of the service this morning with the Berean church family, we sang “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”. The words to the first verse are as follows: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.”
We sang acapella the last verse. Here are the words: “Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small: love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”
This is what I think about when I see this cross on First Street in Ammon, Idaho.
Anyone who has lived in Idaho Falls for very long gets a sense of the religious makeup of the area – the majority of the residents of our city are members, whether active or not, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the rest of the population is split between Catholics, evangelical Christians of various denominations, mainline Protestants, and people not affiliated with any religion. Idaho Falls has a few Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Baha’i, Zoroastrians, and people of several other religious persuasions, but very few. How does the religious makeup of Bonneville County compare with other counties in Eastern Idaho and with the rest of the country? (more…)
As Paul prayed for the church in Colossae, pray for the church in Idaho Falls – to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that what we do will be worthy of our Lord. Pray for the leaders of your church and all the churches in Idaho Falls to be filled with the knowledge of His will.
Praise God that He gives wisdom to those who ask (Prov. 2:6, James 1:5). Praise Him that all treasures of knowledge and understanding are hidden in Christ (Col. 2:3). Praise Him that He speaks to us through His creation, His written Word and His Spirit.
Pray for the church in Idaho Falls to walk by faith, for spiritual eyes to see Jesus at work and for ears to hear all He is saying to us, and to discern the ways the enemy and our culture subvert our faith.
Pray that the church in Idaho Falls blesses our community, producing fruit through abiding in Jesus (John 15:5).
Pray that our knowledge of God will always be fresh and growing in depth.
Pray that His life in us and our life in Him empowers all we do, renews our strength and gives us endurance in all that we face.
Keep praying for Saeed Abedini. His mother was able to visit him last Wednesday; Saeed shared how news about the many prayer vigils on September 26 had reached Iranian media and even affected other prisoners.
Yesterday, upon the invitation of Jeff Thompson, I attended the luncheon and Governor’s Office debate between C.L.”Butch” Otter and AJ Balukoff. Sponsored by The City Club of Idaho Falls, we met in the spacious Bennion Student Union Multipurpose Room of ISU located not too far from east bank of the Snake River running through the city. Perfect spot. Beautiful fall day in Idaho.
When I parked, I walked with Karole Honas of Local News 8 into the banquet room. She is bright and cheery. I think we were both eager to hear some of the opinions of the incumbent and challenger on the current issues of the day. (more…)