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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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
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!
By Martha L Shaw © 10-20-2014
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.
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!
Look around you right now. Really look. Take a few deep breaths and notice the beauty in the ordinary. Share what you discover!
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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