Thought For The Day 01/21/13

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The Waters That Save!

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Baptism-of-Christ

Francesco Albani’s 17th century Baptism of Christ

Depiction with the sky opening and the Holy Spirit descending as a dove.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_of_Jesus

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“The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God.”

Hans Urs von Balthasar

Unless You Become Like This Child

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/baptism

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The waters of our world. What a blessing and a miracle they are for mankind. It is their properties that both bear and sustain the miracle of life, and it is also their properties that gift to us a life with the promise of salvation!

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Did you know that there were three GREAT miracles in the Old Testament of water baptism of sorts, involving the seas of the earth? I’m referring to the miracle and salvation of Noah and his family during the great flood, the parting of the Red Sea by the hand of God to allow the Hebrew slaves safe escape from the pursuing Egyptian army, and the crossing of the river Jordan to enter the promised land where the Hebrew people would once again, be declared by God to be His! Yes, purification by water was God’s blessing and His gift of grace to we, His children. However, it was not until the miracles that happened as a result of the life of Jesus, that the gift would be given to all of those who proclaim a love for and belief in God’s only begotten son!

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It is through the miracle of Baptism that our sins die, are buried and we are resurrected just as He was, all because of Christ’s life-giving blood, which ran clear from the wound he suffered in his side from the Roman spear, as told in John 19: 34-35 NIV, “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.” Just as the one born without sin chose to be baptized in the waters of life, so did his blood run as water, proof of the melding of the two most significant events in Jesus’ life. And it is both of these occurrences which are necessary so that we may also be reborn, washed clean of the sin that is the dubious birthright of every human since the fruit of the tree of knowledge was consumed in the garden! However it is not the act that merits salvation because that is God’s gift of grace to us. It is, instead, an outward symbol of the love and faith that dwells in the heart of the believer and acts to tether the heart of man with the trinity…the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life., according to Romans 6:4 NIV.

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Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him saying,”I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to Me?” But Jesus answereing said to him,”Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Mathew 3:13 -17 NASB

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Well, it is now 2013, and while it may be hard for you to believe, there are still people living in the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy back on October 29th, 2012, that remain without essential services that you and I are taking for granted today! Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of this horrific storm. Lives will continue be impacted for years to come. But you can help! Please consider sending a Gift Card to the organization listed below. Thousands of cards have been distributed since November but millions more are needed. Give as much as you can, as often as you can! Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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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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