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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Decreasing Protestants

The majority isn’t the majority any longer.

For the first time in US history, Protestants are no longer the leading religion. The Pew Research Center published a survey by CNN stating the percentage of Protestants has fallen to 48 percent, with the fastest growing “religious groups” being those who have no religious affiliation.

USA Today has a wonderful graph showing the percentage breakdown of religious affiliations in the US, marking the decline of religion in an easily understood manner.

To further prove the downturn of Protestants, take a look at the (rapidly) upcoming presidential election. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is Mormon and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden are of Catholic faith, making President Barack Obama the only Protestant on the ballot. This is the first time in decades for the Republican Party to not be Protestant.

CNN reports William Galston, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, saying the GOP ticket “really symbolizes the passing of an era.”

“All the groups that make up the new American population, as opposed to the population of 50 years ago, are now participating on equal” terms, in politics and American society in general, Galston told CNN.

Rev. Eileen Lindner, a Presbyterian pastor and editor of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, told USA

“We are still twice as likely to be affiliated with a religion than Europeans, but there is strong evidence that our religious institutions, as we configured them in past centuries, are playing a less significant role in American life,” Lidner said.

It will be interesting to watch the next few years unfold as Americans, more than ever before, continue their lives leaving God completely out of the picture.

Sources:

http://www.pewforum.org/Press-Room/Pew-Forum-in-the-News/Survey-Protestants-are-no-longer-majority-in-US.aspx
Survey: Protestants are no longer majority in U.S.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/08/nones-protestant-religion-pew/1618445/

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