Creativity – Unique Gifts

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.   1 Corinthians 12:4-7  The good fruit we bear comes out of the uniqueness of who we are that is God’s gift to us. Together our uniqueness fills the gaps of our weaknesses and strengths in order that we may all be complete. Together we work for the benefit of one another and our posterity, ever enhancing and strengthening the faith of our community to the glory of God.

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Purpose – Redemption And Reconciliation

…I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last John 15:16  Together, as we build in Love we are redeemed in Love, bearing every good fruit of the Spirit by our work through faith in God. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through  him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things on earth or in heaven…   Colossians 1:9-20

Cooperative Economy – Building The Body

…Let us love one another, because love is from God: everyone who loves is born of God and knows God… for God is love.  1 John 4:7-16  We are drawn to a sense of belonging and support the people we love. True love builds the heart, builds the mind, builds the soul. True love gives and in return true love receives. True love is an everlasting economy.

Collective Work – Action

If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.  James 2:14-26  No one and no thing stands alone. Together in faith, God is ever with us as we work according to what we believe in the One Spirit. Our faith is power, but together, faith and works is power in action.

Self-Determination – Embrace God’s Promise

Once a person’s will has been ratified, no one adds to it or annuls it. Galatians 3:15-22  By faith we embrace the promise of who God has called us to be. Individually and  together as a people of faith, we are not defined, determined or altered by the world. Much in this life has the potential to influence but only by grace are we transformed by the Spirit of Faith in God that is within us.

Merry Christmas!

Blessed be the name of the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
   the name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations,
   and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
   who is seated on high,
who looks far down
   on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust,
   and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
   with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
   making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!                 Psalm 113

A Grateful-52

I hope you don’t mind, but I took some time for myself today to celebrate and give thanks for another year.  God is truly good. I had a wonderful day and I’m  very excited to experience the coming year. To all my family, friends and followers, thank you for all the well wishes, comments, and shares through the year. May the peace of God hold each and everyone of you as you move forward in life, love and continued blessings of God’s grace and mercy. I close my day ever grateful  for God’s love  shown  by your continued support and with the strength from the words in Psalm 62.   

For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken…

In God is my safety and my honor; God is my strong rock and my refuge… 

Put your trust in him always, O people, pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge…

God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, that power belongs to God.

Centering Prayer

Saturday’s Meditation: on the Eve of 4 Advent – A Purpose and A Hope

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down towards your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness…  The Lord will make good his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.  Psalm 138

Unwrapped

…Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.  Zechariah 7:8 – 8:8  Especially at this time of the year who can argue with this kind of counsel? But the message speaks so strongly throughout the year, why does it seem as if it is only heard when the world tells us to do so? When the package of God’s word is opened, believers are unwrapped and awakened! We don’t need the world to tell us what to do next. Daily we prepare in our hearts, with our minds and by the works of our hands, always standing ready upon the threshold of his faithfulness. For blessed is the one who readily walks in the way of the Lord.