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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Frailty of Our Nature

Collect 4th Sunday After Epiphany: O GOD, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We cannot always stand upright. That's because our human nature is frail (Mark 14:38).  We are new creatures but the old nature is still there. This is why we pray for God to grant us the grace to stand. Without that grace we cannot and in fact will ...not stand. We have a choice in the matter but without that definite grace given we will not stand. In other words if we stand it is because God gave us grace to stand in that situation. If we fail, it is because God withheld His grace and allowed us to act in accordance with our own sinful and fallen nature. Why would God do such a thing? Because He is God. The moment we get prideful that we keep ourselves look out. It is then that God may withhold His keeping power and grace to humble us and remind us that it is God who saves, keeps and delivers us through it all! (2 Timothy 1:12; Jude 1:24-25).

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