Determined & Decided

by Mary Beth on October 8, 2017

“Of all the things to do with His sovereignty,

He has determined and decided to love you.”

~Professor Elliot Greene.

 

We’re accepted in the beloved,

what a great thought, a beautiful

reality of mind and soul to dwell!

~Ephesians 1:6

How I pray and plead to God,

in His gracious gift of family

extended to all nations and peoples;

African Gamo believers,

will know the reality of

God’s deep and everlasting love

in their heart, mind and soul.

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By God’s grace, steadfast in prayer:

“Above all else, Lord, save their souls.

Draw them near You, keep them close.

Be the shield against their foes.

Make them Yours not mine.

Give them peace in Christ alone.

In their sorrow be their song.

No other joy would last as long.

Father, calm their fear.

Guide their feet, Lord, light their path.

May their eyes on you be cast.

Give their hands a kingdom task.

A purpose for their years.”

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“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world
were precisely those who thought most of the next.
It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world
that they have become so ineffective in this.”  ~C. S. Lewis

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A Christian is an impregnable person.

Blessed to be a blessing.

In our final Marks of a Disciple: A Reflection of God’s Love to the World,

we circle back like bookends to the first post:

Marks of a Disciple:

The Supreme and Incomparable Love for Jesus.

The most important commandment,

to love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. 

The second,

love your neighbor as yourself.

Deut. 6:5, Mark 12:28-33.

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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:

“just as I have loved you,

you also are to love one another.  

By this all people will know that you are my disciples,

if you have love for one another.”

John 13: 34,35

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1.  As a disciple of Christ Jesus,

we’ve received the kingdom of God through the Gospel of Christ,

likewise,

we’re called to share this amazing gift of grace with others in need.

Just as we mature in childhood,

hopefully maturing into adolescence and further into our college years,

likewise,

as children of God we mature as disciples and ambassadors for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:11-20

We have a brand new identity as sons and daughters of God, through Christ.

As a child of God,

we mature to act, aim, and live

according to our new nature in Christ.

It is freedom from false identities, identity building, and image creating.

Values within the kingdom of God,

are not the values of the world.

Dead and alive-darkness and light-blindness and sight.

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“All this is important in times of change,
because we always live out of some kind of identity,
and the identities we assign ourselves powerfully influence our responses to life.
The paradigm is simple:  when God calls you to himself,
he also calls you to be a servant,
an instrument in his redeeming hands.”
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul D. Tripp

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2. As a disciple of Christ Jesus,

Love will be the distinguishing mark.

To love our neighbor as our self,

will call us to take up our cross and follow Christ.

John 15:13

For Christ calls us even beyond loving our neighbor, to loving our enemies.

“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”

~Matt. 5: 43-48 & 1 John 1:9

Are we living as true children of God?

As His disciples?

As ambassadors for Christ?

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3. As a disciple of Christ Jesus,

we’re encouraged to live out our identity in Christ,

and run the race strategically and faithfully:

A. As an athlete who trains, competes and perseveres.

B. As a farmer who works hard, long hours with his hand to the plow.

C. As a soldier going into battle, into obedience and suffering.

2 Tim. 2, 1 Corin. 9: 24-27, Luke 9:62, 2 Peter 2:20-22.

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  Do we value true discipleship, which Scripture reflects?

Are we making disciples of Christ Jesus?

“Owe no one anything,
except to love each other,
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” 
Romans 13: 8

Resources:

Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper

Radical, David Platt

The Vertical Self, Mark Stevens

Knowing God, J. I. Packer

Bruised Reed, Richard Sibbes

 

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Words of Wisdom

by Mary Beth on September 9, 2017

Fearful events there will be~

Various places men, women and children in agony.

Great signs from heaven given,

Great distress blows in words and wisdom.

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Conflicts, strife, disharmony revealed,

as Jesus had told.

Stand firm to gain life, enter the fold.

The Kingdom of God is near, believe!

Perplexity with the crashing, tossing sea.

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In anguish, terror on every side,

Nations rise against nation.

Kingdom against kingdom,

Trepidation of a time bomb.

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A Kingdom on us He confers.

Among us, as One who suffered to serve.

May our faith neither fail nor fall.

To strengthen our brother, love overall.

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Keep your life, you lose it,

Lose your life, you preserve it.

Remember the call-forget Him not,

Remember the days of Noah, of Lot.

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Careful observation cannot eternally save from sin,

A great chasm fixed;

His eternal kingdom is within.

Foreigner give praise and come home free,

God’s love is patient, bursting in tender mercy.

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    “And Jesus answered them,
“See that no one leads you astray. 
For many will come in my name, saying,
“I am the Christ, and they will lead many astray. 
And you will hear wars and rumors of wars. 
See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 
All these are but the beginning of the birth pains,
because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 
But the one who endures to the end will be saved. ”  ~Matthew 24

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Oh soul, repent and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ,

for He alone is our salvation and hope!

"Or do you presume upon the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, 
not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 
But because of your hard and impenitent heart 
you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath 
when God's righteous judgement will be revealed.  
He will render to each one according to his works: 
to those who by patience in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, 
he will give eternal life; 
but for those who are self seeking and do not obey the truth, 
but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 
There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, 
the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone 
who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  
For God shows no partiality." 

Romans 2:4,5

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