from Barbara's Bible

Jig-saw #puzzles can be very #challenging to #restore. I have some friends who keep a puzzle on a side table in their den where they can observe it as they pass by throughout the day. Day by day, he or she reconciles a piece to complete the picture. I observe that they always have a challenge before them to solve and complete the picture. Is your life in many pieces that needs reconciliation? May I introduce you to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who restores, reunites, and harmonizes my life daily. 11Corth.5:15-20 “Christ died for all, so they which live should not live unto themselves, but unto Christ who died for them and rose again….If any one be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD WHO HAS RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF BY JESUS CHRIST AND HAS GIVEN TO US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION; GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF NOT RECKONING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM; AND HAS COMMITTED UNTO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION. Now we are ambassadors for Christ and we ask on CHRIST’S BEHALF THAT YOU BE RECONCILED TO GOD. For GOD made CHRIST WHO KNEW NO SIN TO BE SIN FOR US that we might be made the righteousness of GOD IN CHRIST.” Not only does He have all the pieces of our puzzled life, but CHRIST RECONCILES.

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Back to Bethel

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Jacob met #God and had a life changing experience, but did that #change him forever?  What should we do when we stray from #God?  What should a #nation do when its people forget where they came from?   Is God mad at us when we backslide?  Bethel, or house of God, is where Jacob first met God.  Where is your Bethel?  What are some examples that show that our Savior is a God of second chances?  Jacob and his family had strayed with idols.  But we don’t have any idols today, do we?  One of my pastors says that an idol is a good thing that becomes a god thing.  What outward change did God tell Jacob to make?  What benefit did Jacob receive from following the Lord’s instruction?  When Jacob returned to Bethel, was he returning to a place or to God?  We see Jacob dedicating himself to God, but what about God’s dedication to his servant?  Well, He did rename him.

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Prayer Battle

Thou Art Thou Shall Be

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Congratulations to all the #graduates.  #Graduation is a time of #change.  In fact, everyday brings change for each and every one of us.  Are you excited or scared?  What influences have made us who we are?  What tools have we been given to make our way into the future?  Brother Tommy says,’ You are not ready to live until you’re ready to die.’  Peter was already a follower of Christ when Jesus told him what he was and what he was going to be.  What is important about where we aim?  Do you know whose you are?  What do you value?  Do you have a plan?  What can you be if you follow God’s will?

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Keep on Praying


from Barbara's Bible

Do you need more #strength? Seems to me that someone is always promoting the latest #energy #booster, #supplement, or #equipment that will increase your #stamina, #endurance, and #muscles. I am sure all have some benefit even psychological for awhile until you tire of it and move on to the latest fade. Back in the 70’s my husband and I had dinner with the man who held the title “Strongest Man of the Year” . I was struck by his huge muscular frame and as he talked, I could hear pressure on his breathing and vocals caused by the enlarged muscles around his heart and lungs. He only lived a few years after our meeting, and that reminded me of how man’s strength is so fragile. There is a strength that never wanes which belongs to the LORD. “STRENGTH-POWER BELONG UNTO GOD” Ps.62:11 “Be exalted LORD IN THINE OWN STRENGTH: so we will sing and praise thy power.”Ps.21:13 This is my personal prayer today from Psalms 71:16-18: “I WILL GO IN THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD GOD: and make mention of His righteousness only. Now when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not until I have showed THY STRENGTH UNTO THIS GENERATION and thy power to everyone that is to come.” Ps.71:16-18