Life In the Struggle

No room for Him in the inn.
New life birthed in the struggle of chaos.
Laid in a feeding trough.
Visited by shepherds, and
Glorified by angels.

Rejected by His hometown.
Ministry prevailed in the struggle against darkness.
Nowhere to lay His head.
Followed by sinners, and
Promised by prophets.

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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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How to Serve God with Godly Fear

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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,
let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear. Hebrews 12:28

Have you knelt before the Lord … buried your head in your hands and cried out to the Lord? Perhaps it was after you read a passage in the Bible that completely overwhelmed you with the sense of God’s holiness and your utter sinfulness. Maybe there’s a devastating illness in your family, and you cried out to the Lord. Or you are overwhelmed by an unexpected blessing that is so big that it could have only come from the Lord.

What do you think this man is praying about? Whatever it is, he is praying with reverence, with humility, with respect to God Almighty … with godly fear.

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How to Receive a Kingdom Promise

Hebrews 12:28

Kingdom promises require kingdom boldness, kingdom confidence. The Christian’s kingdom can’t be shaken.

Receiving the kingdom requires action: serving God through grace in great reverence and Godly fear in awe and trembling.

How are you serving God?