Response To Poisoned Minds

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Acts 14:1-3 – “Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”
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When I See Your Face

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It’s quite amazing, isn’t it, how our kids are so much like us – in both looks and personality. And this is how God designed it to be. The parent and child look at each other and find resemblance and assurance: I am like you. You are mine. We belong together. (I’ve heard that every child supposedly looks like daddy when he/she is are born. This assures daddy: This kid is surely mine.)
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Grace Big Time!

img_0407Why Do You Marvel At This? 

Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray. A lame man was begging for alms at the Temple gate, and Peter declared to the lame man:

“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)
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So Loved

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“For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son
into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved.”

John 3:16-17 NKJV


God’s love for you and me is expressed through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In Him is everything!
He came so that we may live in a love relationship with Him.
That is what having everlasting life means.
To know Him intimately every second of every day.

Your Name In The Palm Of My Hands

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“Yet Jerusalem says,
“The LORD has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.”

“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?

But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.”

Isaiah 49:14-16 NLT

Jerusalem’s walls are in ruins.
The people feel forgotten and deserted by God.

The Lord responds by saying:
Can a mother forget her nursing child?

This is such a beautiful imagery.
He sees Himself like a mother, and His people (us) as His nursing infants.

As a mother of three, I can relate.
Yup, a mother won’t forget her nursing child.

First of all, because the baby will cry whenever she has a need,
like when she needs milk – which is often!

Second, if the baby doesn’t cry, a mother’s breasts will remind her of the baby.
If the baby hasn’t fed in a while, the breasts will be full and overflowing of milk, and the mother desires for the baby to feed!

But even if a mother could forget, the Lord will never forget us.
He came to with truth and grace with us in mind.
He came to give His life, so that we may have eternal life with Him.
In the palm of His hands are the scars of nails from the cross.
Cross = Love
And His thoughts are always on us.
Like how His mind was always on Jerusalem’s walls in ruin.

He is Supply to our every need.

 

Not Shy, But Bold, Loving And Sensible

img_0328And the special gift of ministry you received
when I laid hands on you and prayed
keep that ablaze!
God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts,
but bold and loving and sensible.
2 Tim 1:6-7MSG

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God
which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Tim 1:6-7NKJV