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Thought For The Day 06/02/14

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Truth And Consequences

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What is tolerance?  It is the consequence of humanity.  We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature. 

Voltaire

http://www.quotegarden.com/prejudice.html

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My life as I came to understand and know it to exist, it turned topsy-turvy not so very long ago. And one might think that because of it, I would be a changed person today. And, in fact, I am…..but not because of the reason some might think. You see, to understand these events, we need to travel farther back in time. 3 years ago, infact!

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It was March, 2011 when I knew. You see, I underwent a revelation when God re-entered my heart and my life. Now I did not look for this to happen nor did not ask for this to happen. And it most certainly did not happen with a bang. In fact, it happened with something akin to a whisper! Nevertheless, it did, and I became affiliated with a group to help me as I sought to find my way along what was a new road winding through this new chapter in my life.

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I began writing about matters of faith, opening my heart to the world and the result is what you are reading today!  I also began counseling others who sought out my help. In fact, for a time, I even developed an internet radio show which was building in popularity. But not content to allow this new-found gift to stagnate, I began working in other areas of community outreach services, and in the process, discovered that all of these were areas where I could not just live and grow with my newly discovered faith, but where I would, in sharing some of myself with others, be able to help them along their way in the world, as well. But much as so many good things sometimes come to an end, so did some of the things I had felt led to accomplish! AND, in the process, I found myself thrown into the middle of what just might be one of the biggest flaws of human nature that has been permitted by God as part of his gift of “Free Will” to everyone. I found myself being judged by man and, in the process, was also found guilty of certain things.

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Have you ever wondered why human beings are so fond of judging people? Well, I am no expert, but to my mind, it is something that each and every one of us is guilty of doing at some point in our lives. I KNOW that I have been guilty of this very thing, myself! And yes, even though I tell myself over and over that it is not my place to criticize or judge others when suddenly, someone I know well (or even not so well), seems to do something so inane, ridiculous or horrible, that I simply can’t help myself. And before I can stop myself, I find that I am voicing my opinion about the matter…. sometimes to any and all who are within earshot.

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Sound a bit familiar???? Yes, I am fully aware that, in reality, I only owe an explanation for how I choose to live my own life, to a select few such as my family and my Maker. But there it is, for all the world to witness. There I am, judging another where it is neither my right nor is it my responsibility, to do so! What is it about judgment that makes it so hard for us to let go of? Suddenly, it hit me like a thunderbolt! We judge others because, somewhere deep inside, we are somehow in conflict with He who created us!

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I believe we all look to judge as a way of controlling our lives. By passing judgements on others, we are giving ourselves the power of self-determination. We seek to control the world in such a way that every act that takes place is the direct result of the human part of us seeking to become a god over our own little piece of the universe! In doing this, we are somehow establishing our very own, very human value system. We feed our egos thinking that only we know what is best for us! What we forget is that we are not effecting change in our world. Not really. Reality is and always has been, God’s domain. It is His purview! He set up every circumstance that transpires in every second of every day that we live. And ALL serves His purpose for our life.

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I do not know why He chose this route for my life. But I am very fond of the saying, “When God closes a door, He opens a window”! I am discovering that all that has happened serves His purpose for who He needs for me to become. Yes, to quote the title of a post I shared just a few days ago, here I am….. “A HUMAN BECOMING!” And He most certainly has opened that window for me and my life, because I continue on, hopefully making a difference, albeit in a slightly different way, but in a way that is very much Mandy. Those hurdles I must vault has only served to enhance my faith and my ability to turn my cares over into His hands. And while I know that I am all too human and most likely will not ever be free of the very human need to judge others, I also know that having “walked a mile in another’s moccasins” has taught me to be more compassionate and loving and perhaps more understanding, as well.

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When something occurs that causes me to want to don those robes of judge and jury, I hope I will stop, and think, and then carefully weigh what my next step will be. Perhaps I will even remember the wise words my mother repeated to me over and over as I was growing up: “Mandy, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!” And with His help, I pray that my actions will never again include acting as judge, jury and executioner!

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“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV

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Thought For The Day 01/08/14

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Over Thinking Faith

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Sometimes things go wrong only to teach us what is right…it is up to us to know the difference and make the right choice after the fact!

Nishan Panwar

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Overthinking_Things/

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I am beginning to wonder if either faith is a more complicated concept than I ever thought or else I am over thinking the entire idea of faith…..which led me to an idea. Is it possible to over think faith? And suddenly I saw in my mind’s eye, a picture of Christ surrounded by children, and I knew the answer to my own question.

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I believe that it may just be our over thinking theology which stands in the way of our acceptance and embrace of the very fundamentals…. the essence that give faith a direction for modeling our lives on. And that may well be the reason we read these words, spoken by Christ, that were captured in Luke 18:17 NIV. Remember this? “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Now think about the verses Luke relates just prior to this verse. Remember that they paint a picture of the Disciples becoming prideful? Having spent some time with Christ, they thought themselves somehow above others because of their direct connection to Him. And this could not have been any more obvious that when they sought to keep the children from witnessing the words of their Master along with their families. So what does Christ do? He reminds them that these children were the jewels of the family and as such, these parents were bringing to him their most precious cargo! Yes, children held very little power at that time…..certainly far less than they do today. However, in Christ’s view, they had as much right to witness the teachings of God, and that they were always welcomed to gather near Him.

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It is theology that remains sometimes just beyond my understanding, but never grace. You see, it is grace that is worn by every child, and it is by grace that the rest of us are called to faith. Galatians 1:6-7(a) NIV, reminds us of this. “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all….” And while I can not speak for you, I do know one thing with absolute certainty, in thinking about my own faith. If I have half of the grace of a child, it will be enough!

 

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“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:33-37 ESV

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Thought For The day 10/19/13

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Selfishness

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Selfishness is never so exquisitely selfish as when it is on its knees. … Self turns what would otherwise be a pure and powerful prayer into a weak and ineffective one.

      A.W. Tozer 
1897-1963

Aiden Wilson Tozer was born April 21, 1897 on a small farm in Western Pennsylvania, the third of six children. And although he would inspire millions with his preaching and writing, he was given very little education during his childhood. He was 66 when he died of a heart attack on May 12, 1963. Buried in a small cemetery in Akron, his tombstone simply and appropriately reads, “A Man of God.”

http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/Selfishness-Quotes/

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I was thinking yesterday about what might just be man’s greatest flaw. In fact, the jeopardy it can place us in can be so great that we can suffer what just might be irrevocable harm to not just ourselves but those who are closest to us such as our parents, children or siblings. SELFISHNESS! The polar opposite of the way God would have us act, and in fact, opposite to the way most Christians generally try to model their behavior.

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Now the biggest problem with acting selfishly is that people tend to make assumptions about us and what we are like, based on how we present ourselves to them. And most people don’t look too deeply into the things that make us “tick” when making an initial assessment of our character. Unfortunately, the result is that we often give people the wrong impression about ourselves, when we guard what we deem is and is not appropriate or worthy behavior for sharing. And as for the one doing the observing…..well, even the best of us have to admit that when it comes to seeing others,  we seldom know as much as we would like people to think we do! So consider one thing. How is it possible for us to make a fair and impartial assessment of others (and others of us) when we choose to be less than forthcoming and selfishly restrict what we share about ourselves? Well, the answer is, we can’t!

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I once read that the only thing necessary to change heaven into hell, if God were to allow it, would be selfishness, And every single synonym for selfishness, including self-centered, self-serving and self-important all contain the same root sin, which is SELF. SELF above family. SELF above friends. SELF above strangers. And worst of all……SELF above God!

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We live in a corrupt and corruptible time in history, and the lesson that society teaches is that it is OK to be selfish. After all, if we don’t take care of “numero uno”, who will? But this is merely a ruse by Satan to make it seem as if it is an acceptable way to travel life’s road. But it’s not. You see, there is another synonym for selfishness that I haven’t shared as of yet. Selfishness = Sin! No one ever sins for altruistic reasons! And no person who really cares about themselves and those around them will intentionally sin thinking it the preferable option to take.

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Of all the religions that are known to man, it is Christianity that teaches us first and foremost, that it is our mission and personal responsibility to love our enemies and to put the needs of others before our own. And it is through our faith and allowing God to enter our hearts, that we can learn to change selfishness into selflessness, which is exactly what happens when we desire and act in ways that align with God’s will for us! And I don’t know about you all, but I know that for me, it is selflessness that makes me feel really good inside! After all, the fruit of the spirit is made all the sweeter when you start your planting with the best seeds, don’t you think?

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“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

GALATIANS 5:19-21 NKJV

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Thought For The Day 10/16/13

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FAITH…..A Mosaic!

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“Life is like a giant puzzle… and people are the pieces. Without each other, we will never be able to complete it. Allow each piece… each person, to be who they are. Don’t try to mold them… change their shape or color, file down the rough edges or remove them completely. No two puzzle pieces are alike and we serve a certain purpose. We need each other… we need to work together to make life complete.”

Tighmir I Sayles

http://ownquotes.com/quote/life-is-like-a-giant-puzzle-and-people-are-the-pieces-without-each-other-we/12160/

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We all live on a spinning ball…..one of many closely related balls circling through the heavens in a perfectly timed miracle of motion. Each of the many moving bodies that share our tiny piece of the universe remain independent of, and yet wholly dependent upon, all of the rest for their very survival. Remove the moon or another of the planets that circle the sun with us, and the entire dynamic of the winds and the waters and the bedrock itself that holds the entirety of our planet together will change. Yes, life as we know it will cease to exist.

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Now just as the whole of our universe is dependent on the balance of every thing in the heavens, so is the dynamic of faith wholly dependent on the millions of individual people who embrace faith’s various forms! Yes, each brings with him a unique history that had led them to this time and place in the world, which is why there is a place for every single one of us to seek out a source of comfort and nurture through a higher power that touches our very soul!

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There are approximately 20 major religions worshiped by approximately 6 billion people of faith. (There are also about 1 billion people who are Atheist, Agnostic, or another of those who are categorized as irreligious.) And while the names and specific tenets of each one of these religions may be somewhat different, there is one undeniable constant…..a commonality that weaves all the world’s religions together into an amazing mosaic of Faith. Every single one devotes itself to a worship of, and love and devotion to, a power greater than ourselves.

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Each one of those billions of faithful is a tiny piece of mosaic tile. Each piece is shaped a little differently. They are perhaps a different color and may even be made of a different core substance. Some of the pieces have been chipped by illness or divorce, or homelessness or any of the millions of barbs hurled at us every single day. And yes, the beautiful final masterpiece doesn’t just magically become! We may have to turn and maneuver and adjust each piece until it finds just the right place as a member of the whole! But my, oh my, the beauty of the final piece is breathtaking, indeed.

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Amazingly, faith’s mosaic is never really finished. Once those of us whose time is done leave, we make room for new life to emerge into the new family of mankind. And each new life begins a new row, or border or design in our mosaic. In fact, sometimes we may find ourselves re-creating our own little part of the picture, as we grow and continue becoming. We are, after all, a work in progress in all things, especially in our faith. Consider for a moment the piece of the mosaic that were the disciples.

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Again and again, the disciples, handpicked by the Son to accompany Him, to learn from Him and to carry on for Him when He was no more, exhibited little faith. Again and again they questioned and they doubted. In fact, Christ found more faith in a centurion. A ROMAN CITIZEN! The story relates a tale of the day a Roman centurion asks Christ for a miracle of healing for his servant. And when Christ offers to accompany the centurion to his home, the faith of the centurion was so great that he told Christ there was no need. You see, this man knew that a single word from the Son would heal his servant. He had FAITH….more faith than the disciples seemed to manage. And “….when Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Matthew 8:10, NIV. A Roman citizen….a centurion….and another piece of the mosaic.

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So think for a moment what the piece you bring to the beauty of this mosaic of faith will look like. Will it be symmetrical and perfect? Or will it bear a careworn ruggedness? No matter what your piece looks like now, there is always room for you to change it and present to God an enhanced and brightly colored tile of a life that celebrates His will for the life we live! If you have the courage of a centurion. And if you have faith!

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“When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented.”

Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and myservant will be healed. For I am also a man underauthority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel. I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 

Jesus said to thecenturion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour. ” 

Matthew 8:5-13 KJV

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Thought For The Day 09/22/13

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

Sunday September 22nd, 2013

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Portrait painted by James Tissot and hangs in the Brooklyn Museum.

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Luke the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists or authors of the Gospels (“good news” or “good tidings”) of Jesus Christ. It is believed that he authored the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts of the Apostles!

A painter of some talent, it is believed that he was the first Icon painter, and painted pictures of the Virgin Mary! He also became a follower of Paul and it is Paul who reported that Luke was a doctor.

Dying in 84 AD (it is presumed he was martyred), he was venerated as a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Referred to as “Saint Luke the Evangelist”, he is considered the patron Saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers. 

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Gospel, Luke 16:1-13 NIV 

The Parable Of The Shrewd Manager

Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg… I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.  I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

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What Does Luke Mean?

Today’s Gospel reading is another of Christs parables. And when we read it the first thing we are asked to think about is that we should be careful and wise when it comes to our possessions and how we use them as part of out living. Then we are hit with the teaching that we must choose who and what we will worship, God or gold, because there can not be more than one God in each life!

But then if we look just a little bit deeper into the parable, we realize that Luke is focusing on the matter of money….a favorite topic of his (which makes me wonder if his chosen profession as a physician before accepting the invitation to become a disciple was somehow tied to the gold it would engender). Well, for whatever the reason, Luke’s view of wealth during the days of his ministry, was that wealth was a means of exploiting those who were easily victimized. And we should not be surprised that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Those who would force someone out of their home because they could not pay their due, has always been, throughout all of history, frowned upon by the “little guy”!

In this parable, both the shrewd Manager and his rich master are equally despised. You see, when given a choice to how to handle the situation, the rich Master commends the actions of his Manager, rather than lose his honor, which he viewed as more valuable to him that his gold. 

So the lesson seems to be to act like neither of these men. Don’t wheel and deal for personal gain but instead, become closer to those whose poverty might make them perfect prey for being exploited. Seek a common bond with those who have less. Level the playing field and establish the bonds of both equality and unity, when given the opportunity!

Oh, and always remember, Exodus 20:3 (Thou shalt have no other gods before me. KJV) 

Mandy

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1 Timothy 1:12-17 NIV

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Amen.

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Thought For The Day 09/21/13

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Through The Eyes Of A Child

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Through the eyes of a child you will see the world just as it ought to be.

Author Unknown

http://www.scrapbook.com/quotes/doc/17721.html

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I have always wondered whether it really is that singular moment when we have been blessed with having children in our lives, whether our own or those of a family member or friend, that we truly appreciate what it means to see the world through the eyes of a child. Little children don’t see people as old or young, fat or thin, black or white! They will hug the first person they encounter whether King or pauper. They only see what is right in front of them. They have no concept of past or present and they do not care about the things that might be! They are pure innocence and it is because of this trait, that Christ reminds us in Matthew 18:2-4 NIV, “…And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.…”

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Christ is not telling us to become childish in our actions. What He means is that we need to stop making the life we live complicated by painting everything we see with a whitewashed coat of our questions and our assumptions. The key to unlocking the gates to the Kingdom of Heaven, is found in only one thing. FAITH….at its purest and most basic form. It is that kind of FAITH that moves the heart of the Almighty. We do not need to attach to that FAITH our presumptions or opinions. We do not tarnish that FAITH by questions or trying to make it fit into the mold we make for our living. No, what we must do is to strip away our earthly need to control every nanosecond of our living, and instead of worrying about what the consequences of our actions will be, we must trust that He will take care of everything!

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It is, indeed, a leap of faith that we make when we choose to relinquish control over to Him, but it is also a joyful realization that the answer to all our prayers lies in doing this. It is not easy and it takes great courage which is why not all will make the journey. And so I ask, are you ready to take this leap? Can you see and live life like a child?

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IF I COULD SEE THE WORLD, THRU THE EYES OF A CHILD

If I could see the world
Thru the eyes of a child
What a wonderful world this would be
There’d be no trouble and no strife
Just a big happy life
With a bluebird in every tree

(Chorus)
I could see right, no wrong
I could see good, no bad
I could see all the good things
In life I’ve never had
If I could see the world
Thru the eyes of a child
What a wonderful world this would be

If I could see the world
Thru the eyes of a child
Smiling faces would greet me all the while
Like a lovely work of art
It would warm my weary heart
Just to see thru the eyes of a child

(Chorus)
I could see right, no wrong
I could see good, no bad
I could see all the good things
In life I’ve never had
If I could see the world
Thru the eyes of a child
What a wonderful world this would be

 

Released by Patsy Cline 9/9/58

Written by Sammy Masters, Richard Pope and Tex Satterwhite

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To view a video of this song which stars the many faces….and eyes….of God’s greatest gift to man, just click the arrow below.

 

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“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven..”

Matthew 5:17-20 ESV

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Thought For The Day 09/01/13

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The Word Of The Lord 

Sunday September 1st, 2013

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St Luke

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GOSPEL: Luke 14: 1, 7-14 CEV

One Sabbath Jesus was having dinner in the home of an important Pharisee and everyone was carefully watching Jesus. Jesus saw how the guests had tried to take the best seats. So he told them: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the best place. Someone more important may have been invited. Then the one who invited you will come and say, ‘Give your place to this other guest!’ You will be embarrassed and will have to sit in the worst place. “When you are invited to be a guest, go and sit in the worst place. Then the one who invited you may come and say, My friend, take a better seat!’ You will then be honored in front of all the other guests If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will honored.” The Jesus said to the man who had invited him: “When you give a dinner or a banquet, don’t invited your friends and family and relatives and rich neighbors.If you do, they will invite you in return, and you will be paid back. When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. They cannot pay you back. But God will bless you and reward you when his people rise from death.”

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What Does Luke Mean?

Today’s reading is one of Jesus’ parables. His intent is to make us think about why we so often seek to promote ourselves in some way. When we try to position ourselves above others, we often do so at their expense. However, our Heavenly Father sees our purpose in all that we do, and He is not impressed more by those who are rich and the powerful than He is by the person who comes to Him with a full and loving heart but with empty hands. Remember the meager gift given by the poor woman? Her simple gift, which was all she had to give, meant more to the Father that all the riches in the world! Remember Proverbs 25:6-7 RSVA,  “Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of the prince.” 

Mandy

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Philippians 2:3-11 ESV

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

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