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Sep

INCARNATE 09.27.19

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JESUS’ ENTIRE MISSION was about service to his Father in heaven, service to his mission, service to his followers, and, ultimately, service to those he came to save.  (C. Gene Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership, 110).

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).  

 

24
Sep

Who is Her First Love?

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“WHEN I TALK to daughters about their fathers, the conversations are almost always emotionally charged.

They adore their fathers or hate them–sometimes they do both simultaneously.

Your daughter yearns to secure your love, and throughout her life she’ll need you to prove it.

A daughter identifies easily with her mother, but you are a mystery to her.

You are her first love, so the early years of your relationship with her are crucial.

The love you give her is her starting point.

You have other loves in your life, but she doesn’t.

Every man who enters her life will be compared to you; every relationship she has with a man will be filtered through her relationship with you.

If you have a good relationship, she will chose boyfriends who will treat her well.

If she sees you as open and warm, she’ll be confident with other men.

If you are cold and unaffectionate, she’ll find it hard to express love in a healthy way.

When your daughter was born, oxygen was forced into her lungs so she could breathe.

So too must love be pressed into her being if she is to grow into an emotionally sound woman.  Guest Editorialist

Meg Meeker, “You Are Her First Love,” Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, 49-50)

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.”  Psalm 103:13 ESV

20
Sep

What Kind of Doorstop?

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IN 1799, CONRAD Reed discovered a seventeen-pound rock while fishing in Little Meadow Creek.

Not knowing what it was made of, his family used it as a doorstop for three years.

In 1802, his father, John Reed, took it to a jeweler who identified it as a lump of gold worth about $3,600.

That lump of gold, which was used as a doorstop for three years in North Carolina, is one of the biggest gold nuggets ever found east of the Rockies.

THOUGHT:  Until its composition was determined, its value was unknown. Even so, until the composition of our faith is determined, its strength is unknown. God allows trials in our lives, not to hurt us, but too strengthen and prove us.

Source:  Ministry 127

“That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Pet. 1:7

19
Sep

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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“OUR ETERNITY IS more important than anything that can happen in the few short decades we spend in this life.  No matter how much suffering takes place now, it is far more critical to settle where we will be once that suffering ends”

Jim Davis, “Why Doesn’t God Do Something?” Why Me?  A Godly View of Suffering, Leafwood Publishers, p. 101

17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).  

17
Sep

What About the Blank Space?

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AUTHOR SIDNEY GREENBERG once wrote some very interesting words about loss.

He notes that when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911 and was missing for two years, more people went to stare at the blank space in the museum than had gone to look at the masterpiece in the twelve previous years it had hung there unmolested.

Greenberg says this intriguing bit of information tells us something important about ourselves.

“It points to our all-too human tendency to fail to take adequate note of precious things while we have them.  But let one of them be taken from us and we become painfully aware of the ‘blank space’ in our lives, and our attention is sharply focused on the ‘blank space.’

“The walls of our lives are crowded with Mona Lisas,” he writes, “but we are unmindful of them.  Countless blessings attend us daily and we are so insensitive to them.  The more often and more regularly we receive any blessing, the less likely we are to be aware of it.  What is constantly granted is easily taken for granted.”

Guest editorialist:  Ken Wilson, “Creating Biblical Leaders,” p. 57

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; AND BE THANKFUL (Col. 3:15–emphasis mine, mb).