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Thought For The Day 01/27/15

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“Ah, You Don’t Believe
We’re On The Eve Of Destruction…”

http://www.metrolyrics.com/eve-of-destruction-lyrics-barry-mcguire.html

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The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/atomic.html

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It seems none of us can escape todays modern technology, and when those smart devices we have become addicted to decide to go toes up, we are thrust into a state of withdrawal akin to quitting smoking or drinking. Suddenly we find ourselves rushing out to get our fix at the nearest phone or big ticket item store. And that is how we found ourselves in the car today,  and how I suddenly found myself hearing in my mind, Barry McGuire’s song “The Eve of Destruction”. Suddenly, I was struck by the thought that even though this song was recorded and made popular in 1965, there are very few things about this song’s message that have changed in the 50 years since! Our fears about the unpredictability of both modern technology, AND man, especially when there seems to be a need to exert power and authority over others, above all else, seems to be the same today as it was in 1965. In fact, they’re the same fears man had in 1915 and 1776 and 1 BC!
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This is made crystal clear to me when I feel the same lump in my throat as I did when I was a kid going through the evacuation drill that required us to exit the school bus through the emergency doors and then to climb under the same bus and to, hopefully, some measure of safety against the threat the United States was facing as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis. My 21st century throat lumps have come in many disguises in recent years. From a breaking news alert about the North Korean government threatening to continue to test fire missiles, to the beheadings of innocent people who are captives in the hands of ISIS fighters,  to the kidnapping of hundreds of young people from schools and even entire villages in Africa, to the murder of cartoonists in France, indeed it seems as if the Barry McGuire song is true… even though his reference was the Far East and not the Middle East! Yes, “The eastern world it is explodin’, violence flarin’, bullets loadin’ “
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Now we probably would have heard and reacted to this news differently, if the countries (and people) involved were a country (and people) open to negotiations and a communal dialogue of sorts. In fact, it’s possible we would not have given the news more than an initial, gut wrenching reaction after which we would most likely have continued on with our busy lives. But history supports that we see the threat posed by the leaders of these nations (and people), in a different light, and I am given pause to wonder why it is that one person, or a nation of people, find it not just necessary, but almost a moral imperative, to act in a manner that elicits fear in others! But lets take this idea one step farther and consider something else. Even among the world’s many faiths, we are seeing a time of the breakdown of our communications one with the other. Are we, indeed, abandoning interfaith dialogue in the 21st century? Is it “The Eve of Destruction” for faith?
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Consider for a moment what the term “interfaith dialogue” means. When we seek a dialogue within our family dynamic, do we not embark on discussions with a goal of effecting constructive and positive interaction with those we love? Do we not hope to strengthen the bonds of both love and trust by being receptive to new thoughts and ideas introduced in a positive spirit? Well, it means exactly the same thing whether we are seeking to open up the lines of communication within the family, or between nations, or even between differing faiths. It does not seek to change the existing dynamic of belief but instead, seeks to open the mind to the possibilities that new ideas might somehow infuse into the current level of thought!
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I am a Christian! I say this fact loud and proud! You see, it is through my acceptance and belief that Christ died for me and my sins that directs my heart and shapes the tenets of faith that I hold dear and by which I live my life. And it is this belief, my Christian belief, that colors my personal portrait of God and of my faith. It is what gives my portrait its vibrancy and primary colors as I add all if the shapes and forms and brush strokes that come from my life experiences. But now I want you to think about how I add some dimension to my portrait. I add some new and different hues and shades of color that come from learning about and understanding other parts of faith such as God’s early directives to mankind involving the Hebrew peoples. Now suddenly, my portrait of faith becomes even more brightly colored and vibrant and alive. Next add some of the ideals and thoughts of the esoteric religions to the mix, and now my brush strokes capture the beauty that is to be found in light and shadows intermixed with all of the other colors. Add the unique components of all of the other faiths that live in the hearts of man, and what results in a masterpiece of breathtaking beauty that captures the best parts of our humanity!
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I am not asking any person reading this today to necessarily alter any part of what they hold to be true in their hearts. What I do ask is that we all try to see beyond the part of each of us that is skin deep. What I ask is that we ask our questions and be receptive to the answers those questions elicit because it is God’s wish that we grow to be complete people… physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually! What I ask is that we each try to consider the impact our actions have on others, and that we try to discover some way we might assuage those fears through interfaith and intercultural dialogue with others. What I ask is that we work collectively as a race of human beings to look to a world on the horizon of wonder and not a world on the eve of destruction!

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/26/15

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Our House… Is A Very Fine House!

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Old Tennent

Old Tennent Presbyterian Church was the church I attended when my children were young.
Old Tennent was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778.
234 years later, the blood of wounded Continental Army troops can be found on the church’s wooden pews!

I was ordained as a Presbyterian Deacon here in 1993.

http://www.wdgordon.com/history/gordon20.htm

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“When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.”  

Mahatma Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments With Truth

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

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When I was a little girl, there were some rules that went hand-in-hand with visiting God’s house on Sundays! We were always well scrubbed and polished and wearing our finest attire, complete with hats and our Sunday white gloves. My mother had as many pill-box hats as Jacqueline Kennedy and looked even more beautiful wearing them, her head held high, when we entered the huge sanctuary doors. My dad sported his best suit. It was one that was a bit different that the ones he taught school in every day, and his Sunday shirt collars always had just the perfect amount of starch so that they could slice a cake into paper-thin slivers, should the need arise. And we were not out of the ordinary in those days, because every family treated their church with the same reverence and respect. There was even a book published in 1882 entitled, American Etiquette and Rules of Politeness, which went so far as to say as much in the following statement:

“The congregation who builds a church, build it and continue to regard it as the house of God. It is, then, a place where the greatest deference, respect and reverence are due.”

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The debate over this very topic rages on even today, and there are more that a few voices who loudly chastise those who dare to enter through those massive oaken doors wearing anything less that what has been designated as one’s “Sunday best” for the last 200 years! The problem is that it is sometimes mindsets like these that are rooted in the absolutes that was life in the days of yester-year, that cause us to forget that life is not the same for any of us today as it was 50 or 100 or 1000 years ago! What is becoming increasingly apparent is that it is this thinking and these attitudes that are responsible for the dwindling numbers of bright and shining faces sitting in the pews of church sanctuaries every Sunday!

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Times change as they must! No one reading this would ever hope to return to the days when polio crippled little ones for life and the common cold would kill, more often than not. So if we realize the importance of changing out thoughts about these things, why is it so difficult for us to expand our mind a bit and accept that God doesn’t care what church you show up to or what attire you are wearing when you do, just as long as you show up somewhere, wearing something (hopefully)? All He asks is that we all take some time out of our busy lives to pay him homage!

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I talk to people every day through social media. I post poems and pictures and stories and prayers and things that I hope might just bring you just a bit closer to the Almighty with each item that I share. I do this on my social media page, MandysPath. Is this any less a kind on ministry because I do it at all hours of the day, and night, and in all manner of attire, from business casual to pajamas? Does this mean that I have no respect for my God? Of course not! It means that I am comfortable enough with my faith to understand the God only cares about what He sees in my heart and not on my back!

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Jesus did not send away the poor and the ragged who sought Him out for his counsel and blessings. Think about one of His miracles of healing. Now today we know that Leprosy is not that dreaded disease that caused people to be banished into caves. However, 2000 years ago, there was perhaps no malady more feared. But Christ did not allow this to deter him from laying hands upon the man with Leprosy, and making him clean. Read the accounting of this miracle. When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Matthew 8:1-4 NIV.

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Interestingly, it is likely this act that was responsible for Christ sharing his message in the days that would follow in what would be constituted as lonely places….. places that were out-of-the-way. You see, Jesus told the man to remain quiet and tell only the priest, but instead, the man proclaimed the miracle everywhere and Jesus was not able to enter the town. But despite the need to share God’s word in the open air, where there were no protections from the elements, still, they came!

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When we seek to share His word with others, it is the message that matters and our willingness to want to learn from that message that matters. It is what we wear as the attire of our character that matters. It is the content of our hearts and not the content of our closets that matters. It is the robe of our faith that we wear openly and unashamedly that matters. It is that we take the time to do it that matters, not when and where and how and what we look like as we do it!

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Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/24/15

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O P E N — Walk Ins Welcome!

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“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.”

R Talloni

http://rtalloni.hubpages.com/hub/Truth-Quotes-Everyone-is-entitled-to-their-own-opinion-but-not-their-own-facts

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I live in what is often fondly referred to as the Bible Belt. As I was driving the other day on a highway very near my house, the truth of my first sentence really hit home. You see, I suddenly realized that I was driving along a road with the most churches I had ever seen in my entire life…and at 60 years young, I have done my fair share of driving along country roads!

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Now I noticed that along the first 15 or so miles of this road, I actually lost count of the number of churches I passed, once I got beyond 12. And aside from looking to see whether they were Baptist, Methodist or another faith, the other thing that I made it a point to do was to check out all of those catchy signs complete with slogans meant to pique your interest and draw you inside, that are in the front yards of nearly every country (and not so country) church in America.

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Now most of these signs were your average “welcome to our church family” type of signs, but there was one that I particularly noticed because the words on it were the same ones I read on the windows of hair salons and other businesses these days. You see, in the need to generate increased revenue, many businesses, especially those with a personalized type of service, want you to know that they want YOU as a customer and that they will do everything they can to make you a happy, happy consumer! Yes, the sign in front of this church said “Walk-ins Welcome”!

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Now I was so surprised to see it that I even forgot to notice what the church name or denomination was but, once I finished laughing, I actually began to think about what the pastor meant when he posted it. Why was it that this particular sign struck me as being hilariously funny, when reading the same words in front of a business would not have been funny at all? Is it possible that I actually might find humor in the implied reference that any ole’ Tom, Dick or Harry was welcomed here and their presence be just as valued as would a King or a Saint? Well, shame on me for even contemplating such an insensitive thing…. even in a moment of jest!

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How sad it is, that instead of welcoming everybody with open arms, we find that we are all too often inclined to question not just their right to be there, but their motives for being there, as well. What I did, in a single thought, was to somehow need to raise or lower my standards to accommodate another, instead of looking at the situation in such a way, that it becomes my personal responsibility to raise the other person up, no matter how they got there, or what it was that drew them to come there, in the first place! And behaving and thinking this way is anything but Christian! You see, in that brief moment, I forgot that everybody was welcome to come and listen to Christ as he shared God’s message. And just as He ministered to everyone alike, so should we all seek to reach out today and draw people in and share the words of faith that dwell within our hearts! Romans 15:7 NRSV says, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

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In addition to all that I write here and as the Administrator or a number of faith-based social media pages, I also advocate for children who so often remain voiceless in society. So how is it that I would remove the very same right from someone, anyone, who was seeking to be enlightened by God’s voice?
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Remember when the disciples tried to keep the little children from coming up to Christ when he was preaching? Did Jesus Christ not chastise them, reminding them that it is everybody’s right to come and know Him and to receive His word and grace? Matthew 19:14 NIV, “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” And suddenly, in my mind’s eye, I saw a picture of Jesus welcoming the multitudes to His gathering, especially children, and as they entered and drew near, they all passed his shingle, hung on a nearby tree, that proclaimed, “WALK-IN’S WELCOME”!

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There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/23/15

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Seeing Beyond (The Blue) Horizon

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Horizon

Photo taken by Daniel Bruscella, III with his iPhone

While on vacation in 2012 in FL

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“Suppose I was to tell you that it’s just beauty that’s calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell which lures me, the need of freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on—-in quest of the secret which is hidden over there—-beyond the horizon?” 

Eugene O’Neill  

Beyond the Horizon

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1715894-beyond-the-horizon-a-play-in-three-acts

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Taking that “leap of faith” toward the promise of the things that lie beyond where the eyes can see. Never an easy thing for a man or a woman to do! And certainly not easy when that which is  sought is an intangible such as a promise of life everlasting! So how does the heart, mind and soul know when the moment is right for the seeker to take that leap of faith to God?

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I once read that faith, while rooted in the unknown, really moves and grows from the unknown into the known  because being reborn allows each of us to see from the heart and not just the eyes! Pretty profound thought, don’t you think? Faith allows us to see the promise that is God’s kingdom, and allows us to move beyond the realities that living mortal lives plants within our hearts.  Our hearts hold so many earthly things such as anger and bitterness and, (dare I even say it) hatred. In fact, most people really never see into the depths of their own hearts, because the heart can be such a deceptive visionary. We are even told as much in Jeremiah, 17:9 ESV, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Yes, the heart often seeks to deceive us into believing that all is right with the way we live our lives in the world. And if we really don’t know ourselves and all that we are capable of, how then, can we learn to trust others? Well, as we spend time in shared experiences, we grow together with all of those other mortals who share in our lives! So why not with God?

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Yes, just as we grow to trust others, so has God shared with us enough knowledge about him through His revelations so that any of us can enter into the same meaningful relationship with him that we have with the rest of our friends and families who dwell on earth with us. However the moment we are struck by this often happens when we least expect it, and only when our mind is ready to consider the things He seeks to share. But for us to understand and grow with Him, we must be willing to learn what it is He deems we should know.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV reaffirms this, even as it reminds us of the amazing fact that it is by His mouth to the mind of man, that His scripture was given life, in the first place! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

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A man by the name of Smith Wigglesworth (and yes, I laughed when I read his name too!) was a British evangelist who brought his voice to the burgeoning movement of Pentacostalism. Anyway, Smith made a promise to God that he would not go to bed at night until he had delivered to Him a new believer. It was a promise he kept until he passed away on March 12, 1947. But it is a quote attributed to him that I find so compelling as I think about taking that leap of faith to faith!  “Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.” (1) And just as Smith sought to bring people to the edge where they might glimpse (and laugh) at the impossible, so do I encourage you to envision all that He promises lies just beyond the horizon! I may be a simple person who is but a novice in believing myself, but I speak with the knowledge of one who leapt and has seen, that the things that are to be seen, when we take that leap, are wondrous, indeed!

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(1) http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/faith-quotes/

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BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

(a feel-good song for the ages)

Written by Robin/Harling/Whiting
Performed by Lou Christie
From his 1970 “Magnetic South”  album

Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me

I see the new horizon
My life has only begun
Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me

I see the new horizon
My life has only begun
Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me

I see the new horizon
My life has only begun
Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

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We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/22/15

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I Have A Dream 

(And So Should You!)

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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1618365-i-have-a-dream-writings-and-speeches-that-changed-the-world

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I wrote this post with the face of a visionary in my mind’s eye, and an echo of his famous speech replaying over and over in my mind’s ear. You see, I too, have a dream… AND, so should you!

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I have a dream, and so should you, of a world where we all can live in peace and true brotherhood. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will be as respectful of our differences as we are about the things that unite us. I have a dream, and so should you, where little girls and little boys will grow so that each knows the true value of the unique creation they are. I have a dream, and so should you, where the first thing we see of one another is that we are greeting a fellow human being instead of a black or white or Christian or Muslim human being. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will look to lift each other up and build lives together instead of tearing down those same lives because they are somehow different. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will all seek and find the tether to faith and spirit that moves each heart. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will live these words as an integral part of our character: love, kindness, respect, generosity, benevolence, compassion, tenderness, mercy, grace and brotherhood. And I have a dream, and so should you, of a day when the spiritual awakening of every heart is not a subjective experience but a divine revelation that serves to heal and enlighten all of mankind!

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Yes, I have a dream, and so should you! It is the same dream for mankind that is endowed to man by the hand of the Almighty. It is a dream of a world where we are united as one people under God, indivisible and all living in liberty, knowing only justice! And while we must embrace our faith just as the words of Hebrews 11:1 NIV tells us,Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” , we must also live by God’s guide found in Romans 14:19 NIV,Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

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Yes, I have a dream, and so should you. Together let us all dream about a world where it will be the right of everyone, no matter their country of birth or the culture they were born into, to dare to dream about a future where the promises of tomorrow eclipse anything envisioned yesterday!

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We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/21/15

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Blessed Are The Peacemakers

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This is a Royalty Free Photo by Venenolove

http://media.photobucket.com/image/peace/Venenolove/peace.jpg?o=93

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I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.

Dwight Eisenhower

 http://www.quotegarden.com

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Is there anyone reading this post that can’t state with an absolute certainty that living a peaceful existence in a peaceful world isn’t about the highest thing on their list of priorities these days? Now I know there are probably a thousand of other things that rank up there pretty high but when I really sit down and give it some concentrated thought, living a life of peaceful coexistence in the world is the thing that allows many of the rest of the problems that plague us every day to be, if not solved, at least put into a manageable state.

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Whether we are considering countries at war or families where anger and  discord have managed to become firmly rooted…..in all sorts of relationships, indeed, in any human interaction, people want peace. And yet how many of us really can say we know how to reach those “ends” which, to me at least, are often as elusive as trying to grab a puff of smoke? How do we manage to get people to see beyond those surface scratches that mar the character of most of us, and work toward relationships that are not just mutually satisfying but mutually productive as well?

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People of faith understand that, written into the very language of the tenets that define our belief system is one absolute that is indisputable. Our faith requires that we love God and our neighbors and pray for our enemies. We know that all of human kind are the children of God, whether they ascribe to the same set of beliefs as we do, or not. It is how we, as thinking and intelligent individuals with a conscience, see ourselves, no matter what we believe in, or even who we believe in.

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And so we pray and ask for His divine hand in aiding us in this endeavor. And sometimes peace graces our lives and sometimes it doesn’t. But it is the true and dedicated effort we each make to reach these ends that is, in my opinion, what is being asked of each of us by God, and the thing that will be judged when God calls us to him at the day of our judgement. We each will be judge by the degree with which we lived lives as people of faith living our lives with a heart dedicated to peacemaking.

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These last few days, we have been reminded of a true American peacemaker whose life was cut tragically short. And in thinking about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, I began thinking about other people of note who have been among the world’s greatest peacemakers. Some you may know… others you may not recognize. But each one is credited with striving to make the human condition and the world we live in, a better place. So click on the link and see how many of these blessed peacemakers you know!

http://www.salsa.net/peace/faces/

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 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3: 17-18 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/11/15

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The Baptism of Christ

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Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, and it’s a good time to remember our own baptisms, and the baptisms of our family members. And as we reflect, we are reminded of the following verse and what it means for us!

 “Thou art my beloved son; with thee I am well pleased.”

We are reminded that it is through the birth of Christ, that God the Father offers us all His promise that, just as He loves His son, so does He feel the same way about each of us! 

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 A Prayer For Today  

January 11th, 2015

Fill your Church with the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, that we may bring the light of your blessing to the whole world. 

Let your gentle spirit be upon this nation and upon all in authority, that we may share in your work to bring forth justice upon the earth. 

Let your prophets speak powerful words of repentance and transformation to the ends of the earth, that the breath of your creative love and the sound of your blessing may go forth throughout the world. 

Let your grace descend and dwell among the people of this community, that we may be united in love, abounding in compassion, and proactive in peace. 

May your heavens open and your Spirit descend upon us, bringing your comfort and healing to all for whom we pray.

Hear our grateful thanks and praise for your manifestation of presence and grace in our lives and in the lives of others.

Welcome with your divine pleasure all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal domains. 

Amen.  

adapted from a prayer found on the following site: http://www.stpaulsfay.org/id105.html

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Author of Today’s New Testament Reading

St Luke the Apostle

Luke

 

The patron of Artists and Physicians
Memorial Day / Feast Day: October 18th

Saint Luke  lived during the 1st century AD. He is credited with being  the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He was a companion of the Apostle Paul, and the most literary of the New Testament writers. Luke was born in Antioch, Turkey of a wealthy family. He was well-educated and became a Physician. Luke converted to Christianity and become a disciple of the apostles.

Information about his life is scanty. His writing style indicates a cultivated literary background. Tradition based on Gospel references has regarded him as a physician and a Gentile. Saint Paul’s companion and friend, Saint Luke and probably accompanied him on several missionary journeys. Luke followed Paul until the death of his friend.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Luke died in A.D. 70. Cause of Death: Natural Causes.

http://www.catholic-saints.info/patron-saints/saint-luke.htm

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Our Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7 NASB

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have sent my spirit upon him, he will bring fair judgement to the nations.

He does not cry out or raise his voice, his voice is not heard in the street; he does not break the crushed reed or snuff the faltering wick. Faithfully he presents fair judgement; he will not grow faint, he will not be crushed until he has established fair judgement on earth, and the coasts and islands are waiting for his instruction.

I, Yahweh, have called you in saving justice, I have grasped you by the hand and shaped you; I have made you a covenant of the people and light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.

 

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Our New Testament Reading

Acts 10: 34-38 NASB

It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. There were in all about twelve men.

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Christian-Music1

Hymn For Today

I Love To Tell The Story

“I Love to Tell the Story” is one of two hymn texts derived from a long poem on the life of Christ written by A. (Annabelle) Catherine Hankey in 1866. Hankey wrote the poem during a long period of convalescence following a serious illness. The first part of the poem, ‘The Story Wanted,” is the source of the children’s gospel song “Tell Me the Old, Old Story,” while the second part, “The Story Told,” contains this text. Beginning in 1866 different versions of the full poem were printed in various publications. This hymn text, with the tune HANKEY and a refrain written by William G. Fischer, were published in Joyful Songs (1869).

 

I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.
[Chorus]
I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’twill be the old, old story
That I have loved so long.
[Chorus]
I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

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