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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:3-14, NRSV)

God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. God knew what was going to happen and knew He wanted you as His child.

He destined to adopt us as His children, making us heirs with Christ to the kingdom of God.

I am His child, accepted by Him, loved by Him, forgiven by Him, redeemed by Him, chosen by Him.

You are His child, accepted by Him, loved by Him, forgiven by Him, redeemed by Him, chosen by Him.

You are wanted. Never forget that!


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the way

The fear of the LORD prolongs life,
but the years of the wicked will be short.
The hope of the righteous ends in gladness,
but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.
The way of the LORD is a stronghold for the upright,
but destruction for evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not remain in the land.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
(Proverbs 10:27-32, NRSV)

When we follow the path that God has set before us it may not be smooth. It may not be easy. It might go up and down and over some pretty hard terrain. But it is the easy path for sure.

The way of the Lord is a stronghold for life and in that way, we will not be removed and will be accepted because of God.

So walk in His way, and know He is always with you.


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How does a sheep repent?

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:1-7, NRSV)

This starts the chapter of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son.

We have heard this chapter over and over in our Christian walk, as our desire to become closer to Jesus and better disciples. We look at this chapter and learn what it means to repent.

I mean that is what these stories are all about right, repenting?

I mean the prodigal son runs away from home and figure out he was wrong and he repents. Well maybe…

But answer me, how does a sheep repent?

Now I do not know sheep or their mannerisms. I know a dog can repent and I have seen it. The downward gaze, crouched down with the tail between their legs. The I’m so sorry look…

But how does a sheep repent?

(Warning: Bad joke coming)

A sheep repents by saying, “I’m sorry I’ve been baaaaaaaad.”

This parable is not about the lost sheep, it is about the loving shepherd that leaves the 99 sheep in danger because of His love for all the sheep.

Even when we wander away, He will come looking and when He finds us, He will not scold us, but throw a party because we are safe back in His arms!

So repent, but know that you are loved by one who will search the mountain side for you!


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our way or God’s way

Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, “It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses.” The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles. After they finished speaking, James replied, “My brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name. This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; from its ruins I will rebuild it, and I will set it up, so that all other peoples may seek the Lord—even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called. Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things known from long ago.’ Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God, but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood. For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues.” (Acts 15:1-21, NRSV)

Notice here that some of the followers of the way were putting what they had been taught into the mix of what had to happen for new comers to be a part.

The Gentiles were different and didn’t faollow the Jewish customs, so the Jews that became followers of the way thought that the Gentiles needed to do the Jewish stuff too to be followers of Jesus.

But God showed them that His way is not the ways they had followed or knew or hoped that everyone else would do.

So don’t put God in a box and allow His way to be your way!


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changeAt that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:25-30, NRSV)

Things hidden from us tend to make us question what we want…

What do you want?

If you are honest with yourself you will probably say:

I want to:
Become better than I am right now

Yet if you are really honest with yourself you should probably also say:

I want to:
Be left alone
Not pushed
Exactly the same as I am now.

We want to be different but we don’t want to change. Change brings upon death because we lose something we have held dearly for a long time. We want to grow but we don’t want to change…

Change brings the unknown.

Change implies risk.

Change is uncertain.

One can not be a part of the body of Christ though and stay unchanged. The one thing we are assured of is Christ accepts us as we are, but loves us too much to leave us that way! He will mold us and change us.

So be not afraid of the change that Christ will bring you.

Come to Christ as you are and walk away with Him a better changed person!


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Born ~ Day 29 ~ Photo a Day Challenge Lent 2014



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