The Antidote Is In The Blood

Originally posted on Bring Bread:

“…for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

Years ago, while living in South Asia, I was bitten by an infected mosquito and contracted a form of haemorrhagic fever. I remember vividly the day the virus grabbed hold. One minute I was cleaning my room, the next minute I collapsed. I didn’t feel it coming on, no warning, nothing. Extremely ill, days blurred into weeks, but I remember coming out of a fog just long enough to ask where they’d put my body.

Knowing that little bit of my history, you’ll understand why I’ve been paying especially close attention to the Ebola outbreak. Although different from the virus I had, Ebola is also haemorrhagic. According to the CDC, “Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) refer to a group of illnesses that are caused by several distinct families of viruses…

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The Incarnation

Originally posted on Another Red Letter Day:

Old Historical Church With Large Bell Tower In Europe In The Evening At Sunset

The Creator of all things came to earth as a man. Lived a sinless life. Took the penalty for our sin – not just physical death on the cross – He drinks the cup of the Father’s wrath. He died, was buried, and rose from the dead. The sin He bore for us He left in the grave. He appeared to Mary, the disciples, and over 500 at one time. Then He was taken up into heaven on a cloud.

Before He ascended He did something that changed everything. Check this out:

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20:21-22

A few days earlier He had promised them:

Jesus answered and said to…

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With A Grateful Heart

Originally posted on In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose:

16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:16

stained glass window

Lord, your love for me is beyond measure

and mine for you grows every day!

The warmth of your embrace

makes me forget my troubles for a time.

 Help me to grow stronger in You

so that I may be the servant you created me to be!

Amen

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By Martha L Shaw © 10-20-2014

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What Are You Wearing?

Martha L Shaw:

Love this!

Originally posted on crustybread:

I have a closet full of clothes, most of which I bought myself. However, there are some items that were given as gifts.  Giving clothing as a gift is a huge risk because you never know if the person is going to like the item. If the person doesn’t like the item they are probably not going to wear it. God has given each of us a gift, not of clothes but the gift of God’s Word. Every day we are invited to wear this gift of God’s Word on our hearts like a wedding garment. One day when all the invitations to the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14) have gone out, we will be wearing our gift and arrive fully prepared and clothed with the garments of God’s Word reflected by our love, righteousness,  peace, and justice, for one another and faithfully chosen to sit at the celebration table.

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Are You Blessed? A Challenge!

Originally posted on In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose:

I was just given the following task and I am sharing it with you.  Please take a moment to answer the challenge and if you like, share you response by linking this post to your blog and let us read it!

The task:

Look around you right now. Really look. Take a few deep breaths and notice the beauty in the ordinary.  Share what you discover!

My response:

It is a lovely October day here in SC. I have my home office windows open to the cool air and sounds of my childhood . . . kids coming home from school and having fun, dogs barking happily, birds singing, men at work renovating their homes with power tools . . . the sounds and scents of cut lumber and mowed lawns brings Dad, my childhood home, my playmates back to me . . . it is like music and perfume…

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Thoughts Over Morning Coffee

Originally posted on In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose:

crossbWe struggle with our faith having read much, attended church services, etc. Consider the 12 named followers of Christ, His apostles, who dropped everything and said yes when He said “follow me” and with NONE of the information we possess. REMARKABLE.

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