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Key to Relational Doors

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You are forgiven.  Those words are just as hard to say as “I’m sorry”.  Yet, we long to hear those words when we’ve wronged someone.  We love to hear those words from our holy, righteous Savior.

Jesus said one who has been forgiven much loves much.  Haven’t we all been forgiven MUCH?  The very fact that we are sinners and could NO way meet the standard of THE HOLY GOD and, yet He chooses to forgive us, if/when we come to Him through His Son, Jesus, is astounding.  Wow!

But then we… hold a small temporal matter over one another by not forgiving.  Even when we know forgiveness if for our benefit as much as the other persons and it’s commanded by our Savior.

The sobering thought about forgiveness is that we will be forgiven to the extent we forgive others.

‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.’ Matthew 6:12

Let’s open doors of our relationships with being the first to offer forgiveness!

Blessings!

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All In Disciples

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I’m reading the book of Luke for my quiet time.  In chapter 5, Jesus began calling His disciples.  Do you remember when He called you?  I remember the call distinctly.

Well, I have been struck by something all of the first disciples (also known as apostles) had in common.  That is they “left everything and followed Him”. You heard right, they left everything and followed Him. As I read and study, the more I am convicted.  I know the verses about “anyone putting your hand to the plow and looking back is not fit for the kingdom” and I know verses about “denying yourself and taking up your cross daily” and I am convicted.

I had no idea how much I have hung onto the things of this world.  Good things.  Things like people, comfort and security.  Has our “soft” life in America given us a false idea of the Christian walk?  Perhaps it has. Lord, forgive us.  Don’t mistake what I’m saying.  I don’t think we are make things hard on ourselves in order to be godly and Christ-like. What I am saying is that I believe we are to be surrendered to His will being obedient in all things.  No, I’m not talking to you… I’m talking to myself.

I think it is obvious that the early disciples were “all in” following Christ.  We even see it today with a few Christians.  I believe we are called to be all in or not it at all.  See Revelation about lukewarm believers.

“Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” Luke 5:10b

Let’s get all in.  That’s what He call us to do!

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Power and Purpose of Prayer

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I’m looking at the topic of prayer in the book of Luke.  Just the first 2 chapters show us a lot.

Zacharias and Elizabeth had prayed for years for a child.  In their old age, Gabriel, God’s angel, shows up to Zacharias as he is serving in the temple and tells him that he and Elizabeth will have a son and to name him John.

Even though this is an answer to a prayer they have prayed for over  years, Zacharias asked how he can know for certain since he and Elizabeth are old.  Because of Zacharias unbelief he was made silent until all the angel said had been fulfilled. The prayer itself was still answered in the way they had requested.

Zacharias had prayed for a child for many years.  God answered even in his unbelief.

I’m studying prayer.  Zacharias and Elizabeth are perfect examples of God delivering answers to our prayers even when we think time has run out.  They are also examples of the seriousness of God in those answers.

In the book The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, they say by definition “Prayer is communion with God in order to… 1. Intimately know, love and worship Him.  2. Understand and conform our lives to His will and ways. 3. Access and advance His kingdom, power and glory.”

Think of the glory God got from Zacharias and Elizabeth’s child.  First, it was a miracle for them to have a child in their old age.  Then John was the forerunner to Christ, pointing the way to Jesus and His earthly ministry.  And lastly, dying a martyr for the cause of Christ having led many to the Lord.

This made me stop and think…how often do I seek His will in a given situation?  How often do I just trust Him in a given situation?  Most often, I’m asking for Him to do my bidding in a given situation.

Like the picture at the beginning of this post, we know Prayer can move mountains.  The real question is does God want that mountain moved or does He plan to help us climb it for His glory to be seen?

Food for thought…

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Welcome Fall

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I love fall! (and spring) but it’s fall so that’s what it’s all about right now.  In Louisiana, we do not have much cold weather.  A few weeks out of the year is about it and those weeks are not consecutive.  But once we start having a few brisk mornings, I’m hooked.  Those close to me may scoff at that since more often than not I’m cold.  What can I say?  My thermostat is broken, but I digress.

I love the changing of the leaves and the crisp morning air as fall begins to come our way. I love to decorate for fall with all the warm scents and orange and red colors that can be out for two months! As soon as October rolls around and most folks are thinking about Halloween, I am thinking about Thanksgiving.  Seeing the colors change and the temperature drop remind me of what a blessing every single day is and it makes me thankful for Whom all blessings flow.

I don’t know about you, but as I watch nature change from season to season and see the beautiful colors across our landscapes, I see creation celebrating its Creator. The Master Artist!  Jesus Christ.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  Romans 1:20
Just this morning as I walked down my road, the sky was lit up in reds and pinks and orange as the sun climbed over the horizon.  It was breathtaking! Just as HE is breathtaking!
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Past Made Present

As you know, my husband and I recently took a trip into the mountains.  As it turned out we were able to re-visit Gatlinburg, TN with my sister and her husband.  Years ago, we went to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with the kids.  I’m not a huge art buff, but I wandered into an art gallery back then and saw a painting I have never forgotten.

You know how it goes, I wanted that painting but couldn’t part with the amount of money it cost.  It would be hard to pack it into an already full car and blah, blah, blah.  I didn’t get it.  Regularly I have thought of the painting and the impact it had on me.  I have told people about it and totally regretted not getting it.

All these years later, I find myself back in that area.  We had seen the original painting in a gallery in Pigeon Forge.  This time as we were ending our shopping in Gatlinburg, I saw an art gallery.  On a whim I asked my husband if we could stop in.  Before we could stop and head toward the gallery, I decided – never mind. He reminded me that we had seen it in Pigeon Forge.  As he’s talking, I change my mind again and headed toward the gallery.  My sweet husband joined me as we stood looking around.  There were abstract painting and landscapes.  The owner asked if she could help.  We said no and left the gallery.

Just as we were passing the last display window, THERE IT WAS!  Well, a print of it anyway. I rush back in, work my way into the display to grasp the print.  It was much smaller than the original painting, but I found it.  As I checked out (very excited) she told me that she had another the same size but already framed.  You know I bought the framed one!

Again, as I’m checking out she began to tell us how the artist is no longer painting so all you can find now are prints of his paintings and that she bought all the artwork in his gallery in Pigeon Forge last year when he closed it.  She told us that the artist used this as sort of a self portrait when he painted this piece.  My husband remembered talking with him all those years ago and how it may have come from the artist playing this role in a play.

I hope you find this as remarkable as I do.

“The Helmet of Salvation”

by Spencer Williams

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And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.    Mark 15:39