Be Intentional in Your Longing

“What God wants you to do is long after Him and then He will give you the love in your heart.  It will flow naturally into the situation that you are in.  You may not be called to Africa.  It’s not where you are at, it’s where you’re longing is at that matters.  Then the intentional part is, once you’ve expressed the longing, will you respond to the drawing?”

This is a brief excerpt from Ron’s sermon at Church of the Redeemer in Northport, AL on Sunday.  If you would like to listen to his sermon you can go to their website www.redeemercec.com or  clicking here.

Listed below are the song lyrics and information that was in their bulletin that Ron refers to in his sermon.

Beautiful One by Jeremy Camp
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Wonderful, so wonderful
Is your unfailing love
Your cross has spoken mercy over me
No eye has seen no ear has heard
No heart could fully know
How glorious, how beautiful you are.

CHORUS
Beautiful one I love you
Beautiful one I adore
Beautiful one my soul must sing.

Powerful so powerful
Your glory fills the skies
Your mighty works displayed for all to see
The beauty of your majesty
Awakes my heart to see
How marvelous how wonderful you are.

Beautiful one I love you
Beautiful one I adore
Beautiful one my soul must sing.
Beautiful one I love you
Beautiful one I adore
Beautiful one my soul must sing.

You opened my eyes to your wonders anew
You captured my heart with this love
Because nothing on Earth is as beautiful as you
You opened my eyes to your wonders anew
You captured my heart with this love
Because nothing on Earth is as beautiful as you are.

Beautiful one I love you
Beautiful one I adore
Beautiful one my soul must sing.
Beautiful one I love you
Beautiful one I adore
Beautiful one my soul must sing.

And you opened my eyes to your wonders anew
You captured my heart with this love
Because nothing on earth is as beautiful as you are.

BULLETIN COVERMartyr in Mbale

February 17
Celebration of the Martyrdom of Janani Luwun
c. 1922 – 17 February 1977
Archbishop of the Church of Uganda
Primate of the Anglican Church in Uganda

Luwum was born in the village of Mucwini in the Kitgum Distric.  Luwum converted to Christianity in 1948, and in 1949 he wet to Buwalasi Theological College.  In 1950 he was attached to St. Philip’s Church in Gulu.  He was ordained a deacon in 1953, an dthe following year he was ordained a priest.  He served in the Upper Nile Diocese of Uganda and later in the Diocese of Mbale.  In 1969 he was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda at Gulu.  After five kears he was appointed Archbishop of the Metropolitan Province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga (in Zaire), becoming the second African to hold this position.

Archbishop Luwum was a leading voice in criticizing the excesses of the Idi Amin regime.  In 1977, Archbishop Luwum delivered a note of protest to dictator Idi Amin against the policies of arbitrary killings and unexplained disappearances.  On 16 February 1977, Luwum was arrested together with two cabinet ministers.  The next day, Radio Uganda announced that the three had been killed when the car transporting them to an interrogation center had collided with another vehicle.  When Luwum’s body was released to his relatives, it was riddled with bullets.

Janani Luwum was survived by a widow, Mary Lawinyo Luwum and nine children.  He was buried at his home village.  He is recognized as a martyr by the Church of England and the Anglican Communion and his death is commemorated on 17 February as a Lesser Festival.  His statue is among the Twentieth Century Martyrs on the front of Westminster Abby in London.  (excerpted for Wikipedia article “Janani Luwum”)

 

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