Jan 20, 2013
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Romans 8: 18-28
I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God's sons and daughters. Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God's children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. And it's not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn't hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don't see, we wait for it with patience.
In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don't know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God's will. We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
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  • Jan 20, 2013World Religions: Buddhism
    Jan 20, 2013
    World Religions: Buddhism
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    Romans 8: 18-28
    I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God's sons and daughters. Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God's children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. And it's not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn't hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don't see, we wait for it with patience.
    In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don't know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God's will. We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  • Jan 13, 2013World Religions: Judaism
    Jan 13, 2013
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    Genesis 12:1-3
    Then the LORD told Abram, "Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you."

     

    Genesis 15:5-6

    Then the LORD brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, "Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that -- too many to count!" And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith.
  • Jan 6, 2013World Religions: Islam
    Jan 6, 2013
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    Genesis 21: 9-20
    Sarah saw Hagar's son laughing, the one Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham. So she said to Abraham, “Send this servant away with her son! This servant's son won't share the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
    This upset Abraham terribly because the boy was his son. God said to Abraham, “Don't be upset about the boy and your servant. Do everything Sarah tells you to do because your descendants will be traced through Isaac. But I will make of your servant's son a great nation too, because he is also your descendant.” Abraham got up early in the morning, took some bread and a flask of water, and gave it to Hagar. He put the boy in her shoulder sling and sent her away.
    She left and wandered through the desert near Beer-sheba. Finally the water in the flask ran out, and she put the boy down under one of the desert shrubs. She walked away from him about as far as a bow shot and sat down, telling herself, I can't bear to see the boy die. She sat at a distance, cried out in grief, and wept.
    God heard the boy's cries, and God's messenger called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “Hagar! What's wrong? Don't be afraid. God has heard the boy's cries over there. Get up, pick up the boy, and take him by the hand because I will make of him a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well. She went over, filled the water flask, and gave the boy a drink. God remained with the boy; he grew up, lived in the desert, and became an expert archer.
  • Dec 30, 2012All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: Christmas By A Different Road
    Dec 30, 2012
    All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: Christmas By A Different Road
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    Matthew 2: 1-12
    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
    When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler
    who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
  • Dec 24, 2012All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: This Christmas Is Different
    Dec 24, 2012
    All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: This Christmas Is Different
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  • Dec 23, 2012All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: The Perfect Gift For Jesus
    Dec 23, 2012
    All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: The Perfect Gift For Jesus
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    1 John 3: 14, 16-18
    We know that we have transferred from death to life, because we love the brothers and sisters. The person who does not love remains in death. This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. But if a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn't care—how can the love of God remain in him? Little children, let's not love with words or speech but with action and truth.
  • Dec 16, 2012All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: All I Want is a Scandalous Love Affair
    Dec 16, 2012
    All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: All I Want is a Scandalous Love Affair
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    Hosea 2: 2-3, 3:1
    Level a charge against your mother; plead with her!
    She is not my wife, and I am not her husband.
    Let her remove prostitution from her presence,
    and adultery from between her breasts, 3 or else I will strip her naked
    and expose her as on the day she was born.
    I will make her like a desert, and turn her into a dry land,
    and make her die of thirst.

     

    Then the LORD said to me again,
    “Go, make love to a woman who has a lover and is involved in adultery,
    just as the LORD loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods
    and love raisin cakes.”

  • Dec 9, 2012All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: The Imperfect Christmas
    Dec 9, 2012
    All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: The Imperfect Christmas
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    Luke 1: 26-34
    When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David's house. The virgin's name was Mary. When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. The angel said, “Don't be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. He will rule over Jacob's house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I haven't had sexual relations with a man?”
  • Dec 2, 2012All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: All I Want is a Miracle
    Dec 2, 2012
    All I Want for Christmas is Something Different: All I Want is a Miracle
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    Isaiah 9: 2-7
    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
  • Nov 25, 2012Merry Thanksmas
    Nov 25, 2012
    Merry Thanksmas
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    Proverbs 17: 22
    A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.