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Race and Grace

When you run alone its called race, but when you run with God, its called #Grace

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Faith without risk is a contradiction


Faith without risk is a contradiction.

‘For as the body without the spirits is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.’
James 2:26

Dear God, Give me the strength to persevere in the faith
and to perform good works of faith.

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It takes guts to leave the ruts


It takes guts to leave the ruts.
Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was fourhundred and thirty years…
and it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.’
Exodus 12:4
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Fill your hands with the Lord’s work

Fill your hands with the Lord’s work…

The most frequent Hebrew term rendered consecrate is actually a pair of words used together, “mala” (Strong’s #4390) meaning to fill and “yad” (Strong’s #3027) meaning open hand. To fill an open hand, in this context, means for the priests to be devoted to their sacred duty to God and ministering to others. In English there is an expression, “my hands are full,” meaning one is FULLY occupied. So it should be with those consecrated to God during this age. We should have our hands full in the sacred service which is our privilege.

– Br. David Rice.

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Slowing down and intentionally pursue God


In today’s culture, it’s hard to feel productive unless we’re moving fast.
We try to squeeze the most out of every moment. We listen to an informational podcast during our morning workout;
we speed read through a chapter from that business book during our morning commute;
we check our email while in the middle of a conversation.

But sometimes the most fruitful thing we can do is slow down and intentionally pursue God.

Jarrid Wilson, a speaker, blogger, and author, wrote 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, to encourage, inspire, and convict us to dive into a deeper relationship with God, even when our day seems overfull.

 

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Old world falling apart


“The old world falls apart but the new has not yet emerged.
Everything that once seemed permanent and real is revealed as a kind of hallucination.
You don’t know what to think, what to do; you don’t know what anything means anymore.
The life trajectory you had plotted out seems absurd, and you can’t imagine another one.
Everything is uncertain.
Your time frame shrinks from years to this month, this week, today, maybe even this present moment.
Without the mirage of order that once seemed to protect you and filter reality,
you feel naked and vulnerable, but also a kind of freedom.”
– Charles Epstein

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English: Water near the bottom of Rainbow Fall...

Water near the bottom of Rainbow Falls, British Columbia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Little

Eyes + Words

2/10/2017

“It’s amazing how a little

tomorrow can make up for

a whole lot of yesterday.”

– John Guare


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Why do you do what you do?

Do you recognise this ?
The good intentions at the beginning of each new year?

We make lists of
that which we will never do again
of what we will do more often
of what we will do less often
of that of which we will eat less
or more
of whom we would like to see more often
or less often.
We think about our dreams
and also about the bad luck we had in the past.

We stand still. Just for a moment.
As soon as the bottles are empty, the snow has melted, the wishes for happiness have been distributed, we return to the issues of the day, life zooms by and very quickly the list is forgotten in the bottom drawer.

What would happen if we would read that list again every day?
If we would ask this big question to our reflection every morning :
why am I doing what I do”,
If we leave that list in the sunlight on our working table ?
What would happen if we would ask ourselves every day, and not only the first day
of the year : why am I doing what I do ?

Let us stand still more often.
A few moments every day.
Look into the mirror.
To dare to ask that one question, to dare to hesitate, to try, to fail, to get up, to choose.

And then to try to live like we réally want to.

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Dutch version: Waarom doe je wat je doetBzN-Mov Without a Name-Logo_EN

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The Spirit of liberty is the Spirit of Christ

The Spirit of liberty,
based upon the law of faith,
is the Spirit of Christ;
and this spirit all the Sons of God are privileged to possess,
and having it, to breathe.

I claim the right of exercising this privilege,
as well as my contemporaries;
and I require of them that they should do to me as once they loudly required others to do to them…

(written by John Thomas, the founder of the Christadelphians,
when he was against creeds in The Apostolic Advocate magazine, August 1836)

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Let us being filled each day by the Word of God

Coming closer to the end of the year we can see how this year brought us closer to the return of Christ. We can see many signs which should alert the world. In that world we do have to make the right choice and take the Scriptures at heart.

We have to realise the need to

“approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:10,11).

Each day we shall be confronted with the world and shall have to show to others where we want to stand in this world. Every day again we can look up to God and be pleased that we do have His Word to fill us each day.

Each day we also see how much challenge there is in these “last days.” We also notice how there is an increasing “times of difficulty”. That does not make it easy for many to remain faithful. When we help each other to bear the difficulties of this day and help each other to continue to feed our selves with the spiritual food, we shall be able to grow together in strength.
Helping each other to understand the ways of this world versus the Way of God we can try to build ourselves up to receive “the crown of righteousness” by having loved his Jesus his first appearing and him giving his body for us. Also by reading Jesus his words and following his path, we by taking him and following him as the Way to God and the Way to life, can fill our hearts and minds with an awareness of God and the wondrous Saviour He has provided for us.

Let us make sure we are feeling “filled” a little more – each and every day – and there is no “famine” amongst us.

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Preceding articles:

Dedicated daily reading of God’s word to create a vibrant faith within us

A masterly copied and reproduced Word to feed the minds

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Additional reading

  1. Are you being swept along by the world
  2. To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
  3. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  4. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  5. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom

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