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Posted on 10/31/2019 8:53:22 PM PDT by JustAmy
July, 2005, Closing Thread
(Sept 26, 2008)
June & July, 2013
August & September, 2013
Jan. & Feb.
June - Sept
Oct - Dec
Jan - Mar
April - June
July - Sept
Oct - Dec
FANTASTIC! Beautiful image; beautiful words. Thank you.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18
Inside St. Patricks Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, theres a door that tells a five-century-old tale. In 1492 two families, the Butlers and the FitzGeralds, began fighting over a high-level position in the region. The fight escalated, and the Butlers took refuge in the cathedral. When the FitzGeralds came to ask for a truce, the Butlers were afraid to open the door. So the FitzGeralds cut a hole in it, and their leader offered his hand in peace. The two families then reconciled, and adversaries became friends.
God has a door of reconciliation that the apostle Paul wrote passionately about in his letter to the church in Corinth. At His initiative and because of His infinite love, God exchanged the broken relationship with humans for a restored relationship through Christs death on the cross. We were far away from God, but in His mercy He didnt leave us there. He offers us restoration with Himselfnot counting peoples sins against them (2 Corinthians 5:19). Justice was fulfilled when God made [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we could be at peace with God (v. 21).
Once we accept Gods hand in peace, were given the important task of bringing that message to others. We represent the amazing, loving God who offers complete forgiveness and restoration to everyone who believes.
What does Gods offer of reconciliation mean to you? How will you extend His offer to those who need to hear it today?
God, thank You for not leaving me in a place of no hope, separated from You forever. Thank You that the sacrifice of Your beloved Son, Jesus, has provided the way for me to come to You.
To learn more about forgiveness, see bit.ly/2F5wVhT.
Thank you to Everyone for the Beautiful Pics & Pings.
(((((Love, and God Bless)))))
God is our refuge and strength. Psalm 46:1
As Hurricane Florence was bearing down on Wilmington, North Carolina, with devastating force, my daughter prepared to leave her home. Shed waited until the last moment, hoping the storm would veer away. But now she was hurriedly sorting through important papers, pictures, and belongings, trying to decide what to take with her. I didnt expect it would be so hard to leave, she told me later, but in that moment I didnt know if anything would be there when I got back.
Lifes storms come in many forms: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, unexpected problems in marriage or with children, the sudden loss of health or finances. So much we value can be swept away in a moment.
Amid the storms, Scripture points us to the safest place: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way (Psalm 46:12).
The writers of this psalm were descendants of a man who generations earlier served God but then rebelled against Him and perished in an earthquake (see Numbers 26:911). The outlook they share shows humility and a profound understanding of Gods greatness, compassion, and redeeming love.
Troubles come, but God outlasts them all. Those who run to the Savior discover that He cant be shaken. In the arms of His eternal love we find our place of peace.
Amid lifes unpredictable storms, how does God give you peace? How do you intend to run to Him today?
O God, the One who is greater than the storm, help me to place every fear in Your hands today and to rest in Your unfailing love.
Winter Morning Poem
Winter is the king of showmen
Turning tree stumps into snowmen
And houses into birthday cakes
And spreading sugar over lakes
Smooth and clean and frosty white
The world looks good enough to bite
That's the season to be young
Catching snowflakes on your tongue
Snow is snowy when it's snowing
I'm sorry it's slushy when it's going
Happy Caturday, Dogurday and Bunnyday, everyone!
Adorable, LUV W!
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Acts 2:6 While I was visiting Londons Tate Modern gallery, one piece of art caught my attention. Created by Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles, it was a giant tower made of hundreds of old radios. Each radio was turned on and tuned to a different station, creating a cacophony of confusing, indecipherable speech. Meireles called the sculpture Babel.
The title is appropriate. At the original tower of Babel, God thwarted humanitys attempt to seize heaven by confusing mankinds languages (Genesis 11:19). No longer able to communicate with one another, humanity fractured into tribes of various dialects (vv. 1026). Divided by language, weve struggled to understand each other ever since.
Theres a second part to the story. When the Holy Spirit came upon the first Christians at Pentecost, He enabled them to praise God in the various languages of those visiting Jerusalem that day (Acts 2:112). Through this miracle, everyone heard the same message, no matter their nationality or language. The confusion of Babel was reversed.
In a world of ethnic and cultural division, this is good news. Through Jesus, God is forming a new humanity from every nation, tribe, and tongue (Revelation 7:9). As I stood at Tate Modern, I imagined all those radios suddenly tuning to a new signal and playing the same song to all in the room: Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
How does your shared faith with believers of other nationalities bring you together despite your differences? How can you help create harmony?
God is breaking down barriers to form a new humanity.
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