just how powerful are words? This is what Proverbs 18:21 says in The Message:
Copied and pasted from my friend Heather Pound’s blog
“People in the poorest countries that rely heaviest on aid are human beings—quite often, very thoughtful human beings—with equally valuable and important places at the table of God’s mission in the world as anyone else……Jesus was not known as one who dished out meals to prostitutes and other vulnerable sinners. He sat with them and ate with them. Doing mission, then, probably needs to look more like a shared meal than a soup kitchen, with none of us bound in gratitude except to God alone.”
-Rachel Marie Stone
I believe in Justice,
But I am not a preacher of the gospel of Justice
But the gospel of Christ who calls us to Justice
I Believe in Love
But I am not a preacher of the gospel of Love
But the gospel of Christ who calls us to Love
I Am committed to Peace
But I am not a preacher of the gospel of Peace
But the gospel of Christ who calls us to Peace
I believe in the value of the simple life
But I am not a preacher of the simple life
But the gospel of Christ that calls us to the simple life
Let us be aware of the ultimate plagiarism of borrowing some great concepts from Jesus, then running off proclaiming these concepts and not sharing the Christ that empowers these concepts.
-Myron S. Augsburger
It’s all Him. Any gratitude belongs to Him, both of the receiver and the one privileged to give in His name. Any presentation of peace, love, justice, hope, freedom is hollow without pointing the way to Him and giving credit where credit is due.
Him. In us, but NOT us. No one better than the next—but infinitely valuable all the same.
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father………Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Col. 3: 17, 24
I saw this word. sozo, on Ann VosKamp’s blog today. Here is the link. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/01/what-jesus-said-is-a-life-changer-the-sozo-habit-camera-giveaway-winners It is an excerpt from her book One Thousand Gifts.
The Greek word “sozo” means “to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, and be made whole.”
How to THRIVE?
“Keep Making Me”
Make me broken
So I can be healed
‘Cause I’m so calloused
And now I can’t feel
I want to run to You
With heart wide open
Make me broken
So I can be filled
‘Cause I’m still holding
Onto my will
And I’m completed
When you are with me
Make me empty
‘Til You are my one desire
‘Til You are my one true love
‘Til You are my breath, my everything
Lord, please keep making me
Make me lonely
So I can be Yours
‘Til I want no one
More than You, Lord
‘Cause in the darkness
I know You will hold me
Make me lonely
The first time You came they crowned You with thorns
As on an old rugged cross You were raised
But the next time You come, it won’t be as before
For this time we’ll crown You with praise.
Jesus we crown You with praise
Jesus we crown You with praise
We love and adore You
Bow down before You
Jesus we crown You with praise
Alpha and Omega
Mighty God, The great I Am
Emmanuel, the Ancient of Days
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Calvary’s sacrificial Lamb
We love you and crown You with praise
: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed
1: to grow vigorously : flourish
2: to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper
3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances
(KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(The Message) A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
(ESV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Today I am joining Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday. If you’re new here (welcome!) the rules are simple: Write, don’t edit, link your post to her page, and then share the encouragement like wildfire.
The prompt this week is: Lonely
What does lonely mean? Is it being alone? If so, I’m good with that. According to the tests (and after talking with friends and family) I am an introvert. I recharge by being alone. I’m seldom lonely. Shocker, right? I know that some folks hate to be alone and will do whatever is necessary to avoid it. Not me! I almost crave it!
But maybe that’s not what lonely means? Maybe it’s more of a heart or soul connection. In that sense I don’t like being alone. I need connection and community. I think God made us for community. Having friends and family who know who I am is important to me. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the church being the body of Christ – and how we have been created uniquely and individually with no part more important than another. Isn’t that great? And we all fit together and work together in harmony for His purpose and glory.
I guess the emotional definition of lonely is when the body of Christ is out of balance. Someone is left out and alone – not part of the body.
OK, so igoogle is going away – like google reader. Blah!!! I’ve been using igoogle for several years and it’s become quite a habit and convenience!
BUT ighome is pretty close. It’s based on your google account and you can add gadgets to see multiple accounts and feeds at once. It’s become my go-to page. It’s easy to customize what feeds you what and how they should look. I have my gmail, feedly, twitter feed, calendar, sports news and scores and weather all coming to one page. Then I can jump off to check out more info on any of these items.
Check it out!
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SYRIAN CHURCHES INVITE CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE TO JOIN THEM IN DAY OF PRAYER FOR SYRIA
Most churches in Syria will unite in prayer next weekend in many places around the war-torn nation. This will be an extraordinary show of Christian unity in Syria, where the on-going civil war has claimed over 70,000 lives. Syrian Christians are asking their brothers and sisters around the world to pray and fast with them on the Day of Prayer for Syria on Saturday May 11. As Christians in Syria continue to suffer from the devastating effects of the two-year-old civil war including killings, kidnappings, homelessness, lack of food and shelter and closing of schools; they are also seeing that God’s hand is at work as all denominations are joining in passionate prayer.
“The Christian Church is experiencing a deep humanitarian crisis that is leading to the rapid loss of hope. In the face of violence and persecution, we are striving to keep our eyes on the Lord and seek His face for our country. Even in pain, suffering and death, God is using the Church to accomplish His plan.”
On Saturday, May 11, Christians from different denominations such as Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant/Evangelical are joining together in prayer and fasting to plead before the Lord for His mercy on Syria and an end to the violence. Due to the dangers of traveling in combat zones, Christians will be limited to local meetings planned all across Syria during this day. These groups will be meeting in homes, arenas and churches. Christians across Syria have asked that you join them in prayer on May 11. “Thank you for standing in the gap on behalf of the Syrian people and reflecting the love of Christ in your acts of worship.”
In Damascus, some of the churches will meet in an arena, but there will be prayer in several suburbs of the city. The entire Christian community in Aleppo and the surrounding area is gathering to pray. “This is a huge undertaking as a day of prayer with almost all denominations participating has never happened in Syria before,” said a Syrian church leader. This is a fight for a nation that was one of the first nations in the world to be impacted by the message of the Gospel of Christ. They need us, the Global Christian Community to stand with them before God, to love and support them. Let us not let them stand alone.
The Church in Syria is asking us to pray for:
- The release of two Orthodox bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi,who were kidnapped April 23 in Aleppo, and many other Christians who are missing.
- Counseling for children who have been traumatized by the ongoing violence in Syria and the return of peace to this troubled nation.
- For the almost one-third of the Syrian population who are either refugees outside the country or homeless inside Syria.
Please find a list of prayer requests bellow, directly from the Christians living in Syria. Thank you for standing in the gap on behalf of the Syrian people!
- There are churches in Syria that have chosen to remain faithful to their responsibilities to reach out, despite the war. Pray for these churches.
- Pray also for the churches involved in relief work to needy families and refugees: prices for groceries and other necessities rose to an ‘unbelievable level’, a pastor wrote.
- There are limited quantities of food and other materials in Syria. Medication, for example, is in short supply. Pray for the Syrians that lack the medicine they need for their health. A contact reported, “A man in Aleppo saw his wife die, because he couldn’t find the medicine she needed.”
- Pray for women and children who always bear the brunt of war. Pray for mercy on Syrian refugees and internally displaced people as they faced a cold winter without any means of heating their homes as a result of the civil war, if having a home at all. They will be glad to anticipate the warmer summer days ahead.
- Pray that the Word of God will continue to be delivered. Transportation is really difficult so pray for safety as Christian materials are being sent throughout the country. Please pray for the people that received a Bible; may the Word of God bring comfort and change their lives.
- In this time of despair contacts in Syria notice that people search for the foundation in their lives; some Christians rediscover Jesus as the rock, but also Muslims discover the hope in the Gospel of Jesus and experience love from the Syrian churches. Pray for all the people who are receiving Christ during the crises in Syria. One example is sister A. in Aleppo. We cannot share her real name, but pray that the Lord will confirm His love for her.
- Pray that Syrian church leaders will find their comfort in the Lord and will also find the courage to stay in Syria to teach and take care of their flocks. May the Holy Spirit encourage and keep them and position strong Christians alongside them.