Thought For The Day 08/30/11


Are There Steps To

Prayer is communication with the Divine. It can be
whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do. However it is
expressed, it is never in vain.

Donna Wilk Cardillo


Human beings seem to like the idea of having instruction manuals to explain
those things we find particularly tricky and are useful tools that help us to
organize and understand things that need to be assembled in a particular order.
I can’t imagine anyone but a master builder who would ever try to assemble a
piece of furniture without first reading the instruction manual cover to cover.
And then I began to wonder if following specific steps as Christians would
assure that we earn salvation.

We often read that in the Islamic faith, there are 5 pillars that, if obeyed,
will result in salvation. However with Christianity, specific steps are not
defined. Yes, we believe in baptism and we also believe that we must confess and
pray to God and yes, we should reject and turn from sin and commit to obeying
God. But I don’t think these are steps to salvation but rather, are the result
of salvation. We mortals are incapable of cleansing ourselves from sin, our gift
from the Garden, and so Jesus completed those steps for us. He did all the hard
work and left us with the responsibility for only one step….receiving Jesus
Christ as Savior and trusting that He alone, will lead us to salvation.

30: Then he brought them out and said,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31: And they said, “Believe in the Lord
Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Acts 16: 30-31

Copyright © 2011 “MandysPath” Ministry-ULC

About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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