An Unexpected Gift

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10

Gifts come in packages, but the cherished gifts come in surprises, words, songs, friends, strangers, and God. This week, we received a cherished gift. California Baptist University students and Fellowship Church used their gifts to bless.

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From Stale Greetings to Blessings

Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:2

Good morning! How are you?

Fine. You?

Great!

What if we turned stale greetings into blessings?

When I remember the sweet times that I have had with my daughter, I smile and want to bless her. I recently texted her to remind her of a gift she gave me decades ago. It makes me smile every time I see it or touch it. She saved her allowance and bought a tiny, gold filigree grand piano, complete with miniature sheet music and a fragile bench for my birthday.  It still sits on my piano. When I see that little gift, I remember our loving relationship, and I reach out to bless her.

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An Encounter With Nature That Brought Peace

“What’s happening? They’re not talking. Leaving their lunches uneaten and going to the upper deck. Let’s go!”

No one’s talking. No picture taking. Silence. Andy is crying.

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But the Cross!

In the middle of Israel’s oppression and distress, God sent His own Son into the world. He taught with authority, and wherever He walked, miracles happened. Followers and believers were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah who would establish His reign on earth and free them of their troubles.

But the cross.

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