Thought For The Day 07/11/13

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The Light Of Faith

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burn brightly

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“Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power – a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment”

Marsha Sinetar

http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/burning/

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I wish I were a strong enough Christian to keep faith’s fire burning brightly all the time. But I am human and  as such, I must sleep. I am human and as such, I must tend to my family. I am human and as such, I must help to raise my grandson. I am human and as such, I have many things that are a necessary component of my all too human existence. And despite the fact that I know with my entire being, what my faith brings to my life, keeping that faith alive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is FULL TIME work. And it is not something that is manageable by me without some help. But fortunately for us all, that help is there at our side 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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Did you know that the reason for the early sacrifices of meat burning was done because the people knew that the aroma was a pleasing one? We read in Leviticus 1:9 NIV, “You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” Yes, the continual burning of these gifts, carefully tended by the religious leaders, and the aroma of these gifts rising unto the heavens, was intended as a sign to God of the people’s atonement for their sins. These gifts were a living sacrifice offered by the Hebrew people of the day.

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Today, we don’t need to offer the sacrificial lamb to make our atonement. In fact, our inner glow of faith really does not depend on anything that we must do at all! You see, the Holy Spirit wafts the fragrance of Christ’s one sacrifice unto the heavens and keeps the light of faith burning brightly for us all. We are told in Hebrews 10;10 NIV, “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Which is why it doesn’t matter that our humanness may offer us a stumbling block as we make our way through life! Yes, despite the fact that we must sleep, we must tend to our families, and we must manage the million odd things that are a part of our human existence, none of these will keep us from the fires of faith that are promised to us by Christ’s sacrifice!

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8 The Lord said to Moses: 9 “Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar. 10 The priest shall then put on his linen clothes, with linen undergarments next to his body, and shall remove the ashes of the burnt offering that the fire has consumed on the altar and place them beside the altar.11 Then he is to take off these clothes and put on others, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean. 12 The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. 13 The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.

Leviticus 6:8-13 

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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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