…will He really find faith…?

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The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Oh, the love of Jesus! The great, great, LOVE of Jesus.

Truly, all we like sheep have gone astray, drawn by distractions that lead us away from Him.  YET, the Great Shepherd persistently and patiently seeks US out.

The two characteristics we observe in the widow in the parable in Luke 18:1-8 are persistence and patience.  In many ways, these traits reflect the character of God, in Whose image we are created, and Whose love for us never ends.

As we grow and mature in knowing Him through His Word, we become aware of God’s character, often expressed through Jesus and the stories (parables) He shared.  Those story lines are always captivating.  The purpose of each is for us to notice/understand the character trait(s) taught.  And…the ultimate lesson in each is to practice those trait(s) in our walk with Him, in this case, persistence and patience.

Help me, Lord, to become more like You in my character.  And, help me to be a teachable student.

“I will sing…”

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I will sing, I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord
I will sing, I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord
I will sing, I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord
I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord.

Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord.

                              Inez -c.1976

He was wounded…

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…for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:5

Lord, Your Word tells us that You were wounded for our transgressions, You were bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon You, and by Your stripes, we are healed.

Help us to comprehend the depth and magnitude of this love, which we cannot repay — incomprehensible,  infinitely generous, and unceasingly merciful!

May we also receive it!

Love Divine….

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Image: Courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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HE THE PEARLY GATES WILL OPEN
Love divine, so great and wondrous
Deep and mighty, pure, sublime.
Coming from the heart of Jesus
Just the same through tests of time!
He the pearly gates will open
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption,
And forgave me all my sin.
In life’s eventide, at twilight,
At His door I’ll knock and wait;
By the precious love of Jesus,
I shall enter heaven’s gate.
Han skal åpne perleporten
Så at jeg får komme inn,
For med blodet har han frelst meg
Og bevaret meg som sin.
He the pearly gates will open
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption,
And forgave me all my sin.

                                       -Blom

Thoughts for the new year…

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
says the LORD,
thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net