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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sundayvotion: Making Preparations

Today's Sundayvotion is from the pages of Our Daily Bread (odb.org). ODB is my daily source of devotion. This is where I go every time I pause for a quiet time with the Lord. :)

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During 2016, theater companies in Britain and around the world have staged special productions to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Concerts, lectures, and festivals have drawn crowds who celebrate the enduring work of the man widely considered to be the greatest playwright in the English language. Ben Jonson, one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, wrote of him, “He was not of an age, but for all time.”

While the influence of some artists, writers, and thinkers may last for centuries, Jesus Christ is the only person whose life and work will endure beyond time. He claimed to be “the bread that came down from heaven . . . whoever feeds on this bread will live forever”.

When many people who heard Jesus’s teaching were offended by His words and stopped following Him (John 6:61–66), the Lord asked His disciples if they also wanted to leave (v. 67). Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God”

When we invite Jesus to come into our lives as our Lord and Savior, we join His first disciples and all those who have followed Him in a new life that will last forever—beyond time.

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22 comments:

  1. Jesus is often used as an example of the pinnacle of leadership. And there is a reason why. He was selfless. As followers, I always ask... are we being selfless? Truly, in being selfless that is when I begin to understand a higher purpose and true sense of fulfillment.

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  2. Every day we are influenced by what we read and see. Some stay for a while, others stick. It's nice to be inspired and find comfort. I love to learn from and read about history and see how it influenced mankind.

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  3. When we invite Jesus into our lives, we become His disciple. Being a disciple means that you not only live according to God's will and purpose. It is also being able to spread His good words to other people. Therefore, making disciples too and passing on the gift of eternal life through the word of God.. Its nice to read inspiring post on blogs.. Keep it up! :)

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    1. Thank you sis! Yes, I hope posts like this will encourage others.

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  4. Honestly, I haven't read devotions for quite a while now. This is one good reminder how we should follow the word of God. Follow Jesus as one of his disciples for His word is the food of once's soul.

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    1. I use to have daily devotion, then I stopped. I just got back from doing it for a few months now and I hope I continue to do it.

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  5. Inviting Jesus in our lives is just the beginning of the new life. The harder part is the choice to follow God everyday through His Word. This world is full of challenges, trials and temptations, we should be prepared to stand above it at all times through God. :)

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  6. True enough, Jesus was a good leader and apostle, such that his words still remain even after many generations. The world has been experiencing chaos and challenges that it makes it quite difficult to live a faithful life, but if everyone would follow a personal faithful belief that correlates to the good teachings of Jesus, then the world would be a better place. It might be interesting to know that in countries like Scandinavia where Christianity is a minority, the different religions are taught as folklore in kindergartens. It might be shocking for many, but yes, instead of teaching little children to recite prayers, they are taught tolerance and respect towards other people's beliefs and practices.

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    1. Wow! That's wonderful to hear! That is definitely more important!

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  7. Now that I have a son, I can say that my relationship to God has been put more to the test. During the first few days of my baby, we were told by different doctors about my son's situation. I don't want to elaborate it more but it was the longest days of my life. Through prayers, things eventually came into place. We just really need to trust in him. He prepared everything and he has great plans.

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    1. Yes sis! You can do it. It can be really challenging sometimes, but with God's help, I'm sure everything will be fine. :)

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  8. I must admit that this was not the kind of post I expected to comment on. Religion is something that has not been a part of my life in years. Despite being raised in a tradition religious home in the southern United States it is just a part of my life that I left behind many years ago. I know that many people, many of mine friends included find great comfort from their religious views but for me it is just not that way. I know that this is contrary to the aim of the post but only a view.

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    1. I understand and I respect your opinion. :)

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  9. I always believe that when we invited and accepted Jesus to be part of our life, we become his disciples. We speak and act just like him. We spread his Good News. And we live by his word and promise.

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  10. Living with the guidance from the Bible and following the example of Jesus will surely make us a better person. Aside from that, we would live a better life too. Hence, instead of looking up at humans as examples and role models, it is better to look into what Jesus have done for us especially his ransom sacrifice.

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    1. Yes sis! That's right! And that's what I want to do. I don't want to be looking up at people anymore. I hope I can do it.

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  11. Believing is a powerful thing. If we find something or someone to believe to, it's either we can have a better or worse path. It's all depend on whom we follow, I mean. But the power of believing can give someone such inspiration to hold to. Everyone needs someone to hold to to keep moving after all.

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