Davids prayer to the Lord before the congregation

1 Chronicles 29:10-20King James Version (KJV)

10 Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.

11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.

20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord, and the king.

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Church Robbery

3 stole Orthodox church service: Bold thieves attempt brazen church robbery

3 stole Orthodox church service: Bold thieves attempt brazen church robbery
3 stole Orthodox church service: Bold thieves attempt brazen church robbery
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Three drunk men tried to take money from the collections of an Orthodox church service, but the faithful congregation members prevented them from leaving the church. The 3 drunken men were arrested after shamelessly stealing the money from the collection box during Mass at a Russian Orthodox church service in Vienna, The Associated Press reported on Sunday.

According to witnesses, the trio first tried to steal the church collections around 9 pm on Saturday, but the priest managed to foil their robbery attempt and then expelled them from the place. An hour later, the men returned to the church during Mass and approached the altar, where one of them broke open the collection box and withdrew about 90 euros ($95). He distributed the money among his accomplices and the 3 tried to leave the church, but the “angry congregation” stopped them, police said in a statement.

Unfortunately, church theft is somewhat of a common occurrence and unlike the story above, thieves often get away. Just today, thieves broke into a church in Georgia and stole thousands of electronic equipment, Fox 5 reported. Police are still looking for suspects and urge anyone with any information regarding the crime to contact authorities.

Last week, deputies arrested four people in connection with a string of burglaries at churches in various parts of South Carolina. As reported by WLTX 19, police said most of the crimes took place in March, and that the group targeted eight churches during the crime spree. According to authorities, the church bandits made off with jewelry and cash, and also caused damage to the buildings.

Courtesy of Examiner.com

http://www.examiner.com/article/3-stole-orthodox-church-service-bold-thieves-attempt-brazen-church-robbery