The Ministry of Reconciliation

The Journal

Psalm 2:7-8 
“I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.”

Psalm 22:27-28 
“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD,and all the families of the nationsshall worship before you.For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. “

God has always had a plan for the universe, and it will be fully accomplished by grace through faith in Christ alone. The Church is God’s chief instrument of choice in this mission. Paul’s letter to the Church at Ephesus lays out this plan (see Ephesians 1;3-10).

Ephesians 1:3-6 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with…

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40 Years Of Wandering.

Life In Parables.

40 Years Of Wandering

Even in hard times, God is watching over you.

Numbers 14:20–23

The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times — not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.”

The Israelites, on their journey to the Promised Land, went against the Lord ten times just like the Pharaoh. Starting in Exodus, the people began to complain and rebel against God. Even after witnessing his miracles, they couldn’t bring themselves to follow God wholeheartedly.

Numbers 14:34

For forty years — one year for each…

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Walls and Weapons (part 2)

Not About Me

swiss army knife I cut myself taking this photo of my 20-year-old, dull pocket knife! (c) Carole Sparks

You wouldn’t attack the Great Wall of China with a Swiss army knife…or would you?

Back to our study of 1 Corinthians 10:3-5. Are you ready to “finish the imagery and find our success,” as I said last week? I’m working to memorize these verses as part of my demolition plan!

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Once Upon a Time

Fire in the Hole

You know what the difference is between Fairy Tales and Heaven?  The Fairy Tales happened once upon a time.  Heaven is yet to come…at least for some of us.

In Fairy Tales, all your dreams come true.  You might have to kiss a toad, or take care of evil stepsisters while you play with little mice, but somewhere, sometime, somehow, your Prince will always come.  Heaven is not quite the same thing.  While we all would love the idea of living in a fairy tale existence where everything will be wonderful, reality paints a different picture — not everything works out according to Walt Disney’s script.  Life can be tough and you don’t always get to live in a castle, but there is a promise that there really is a place called Heaven.  There’s only one problem:  not everybody is going there.  The Prince is coming all right, but He’s…

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Hebrews 5

Java with Jesus

Hebrews 5

So thus far we have examined two concepts as we have traveled through Hebrews, with the first being the basics of what is needed for salvation, the second being the difference between the believer and unbeliever.  And now we move towards the believer and growth in Christ.

Let’s picture the church as a garden with Jesus as the gardener.  Jesus uses a similar illustration when He calls Himself the vine with us being the fruit.

John 15:1-8

1“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear…

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Of Prayers, Psalms, and Penance

Stuck in Translation

On Adoration

Oh Lord, Oh Almighty God, my words fall short in explanation
You hold all that is, was, and will be in the depth of Your wisdom
Simple exultation is clearly not enough, yet nothing less than You deserve
Your mercies are new every day and yet never ending
Your love outshines the sun and yet never sets over the cloudy skies of my heart
If only I, like the moon, could reflect Your radiance for just a short time
For in the nights of my years I desire You
And in the days I relish Your presence
For You are good, and You are God
And the truth of these shall never fail to be
 

On Seeking

My eyes blink, wishing to reveal a world of color and wonder
Darkness and vague whimpers of shape greet my sight
Where is the vibrant illumination I seek?
The light…

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A Greater Work

The Invisible Man

I tell you the truth: whoever believes in Me will be able to do what I have done, but they will do even greater things, because I will return to be with the Father.  – John 14:12 (The Voice)

I read a wonderful devotional in My Utmost for His Highest this week. What did Jesus mean when He told His disciples that they would do greater works than those they had eyewitnessed?  Does this mean His followers will be doing greater signs and wonders than raising the dead or calming the storming sea?

What if this promise is about prayer? My devotional reading taught that prayer does not prepare us for a greater work, it is the greater work.

He lives His resurrected life forever. From such a vantage, He is able to save those who approach God through Him for all time because He will forever live…

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Why do we Pray?

Abigail's Blog

IMG-20170321-WA0017.jpgWhy do we pray?

We often Pray because we want God to fulfil a need for us. We often pray because we need doors to be opened. We often pray because of situations that take place in our lives that we want to get rid of.  But prayer is food for our spiritual man. He lives within us and often times we forget that most important thing in our lives. Prayer carries us through daily situations that we face. It is important to pray everyday. Not some days, but every. So let us not forget that Prayer is substance for us and it builds our character in Jesus Christ

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In The Waiting Room ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

In the waiting room,
I often have to sit
though at times . . .
it gives me the fits.

For, I get impatient,
waiting just to hear
God’s answers being
whispered in my ear.

In the waiting room,
I sit and I rock
back and forth I go
listening for His knock.

But, I get so dizzy,
bobbing in my chair
as I’m waiting on God
to take away my care.

In the waiting room,
is where I need to be
for it’s when with faith
God empowers me!

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Psalm 27:14

“Wait on the Lord:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen
thine heart:
wait, I say,
on the Lord.”

King James Version
Public Domain

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