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Sunday, April 5, 2015

His Choice

Joe Stowell shares with us his thoughts: When our children were 
small, I often prayed with them after we tucked them into bed.

But before I prayed, I sometimes would sit on the edge of the bed and talk with them.

I remember telling our daughter Libby, 

    "If I could line up all the 4 -yr-old girls in the world, I 
    would walk down the line looking for you. After going 
    through the entire line, I would choose you to be my

That always put a big smile on Libby's face because she knew she was special.

If that was a smile-worthy moment for her, think of the grace -filled fact that the creator-God of the universe

    "from the beginning chose you for salvation" (2 Thess. 2:13).

Before time began, He desired to make you his own. This is why Scripture often uses the picture of adoption to communicate the amazing reality that, through no merit or worthiness of our own, we have been chosen by Him.

This is stunning news! WE are "beloved by the Lord" (v. 13) and enjoy the benefits of being part of His family. This glorious truth should fill our lives with humility and gratitude.

    "Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God
     and Father, who has loved us...establish you in every good
     work" (vv. 16-17).  -Joe Stowell

    I will be forever grateful that I am Your child,
Father, and that You love me! Teach me to remember
all the benefits of belonging to You, and may I
serve You faithfully as part of Your family.

It's God's choice to love you
and to make you part of his family."
Our Daily Bread 2/25/15

Today’s Bible verse: 2 Thess. 2:13 "God from the beginning chose you for salvation."  (Read 2:13-17)

I invite you to read this post of Hope Finchbaugh. It's about a dream a man had, and as it is very insightful, I recommend that you read it, too.

Our quote for today: Lisa Buffaloe - "God knows your sin and has enough grace to cover your every sin." "The cross is empty and the tomb is empty. With Jesus as our Savior, we can cross off sin’s grip through Christ’s grace and mercy. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and He sets us free!"

Some thoughts today: Have things you've prayed for come to you without mentioning your need to anyone? God does hear, you know.

- Do you understand that the New Life in Jesus brings radical changes in one's behavior?

- Some people go through a longer process to bring changes in their lives. We need to be patient with them, as well as ourselves.

7th- Tuesday’s post:  #55 The Principalities and Powers
C. Peter Wagner

9th- Thursday's post:  #56 Artemis of the Ephesians
C. Peter Wagner

11th- Saturday's post:  Bear One Another's Burden

12th- Sunday evening's post:  Slow Dance
A young cancer patient

Easter Morn

So quiet, not a blade of new grass stirs as the sun rises
And then, it is here
Oh let the trumpets blow angels sing
the song of joy
For He who died but three days ago
Now lives and reigns over all creation
never to die again
He is risen as He said
And so are we.

Debbie McEwen

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Barbara Duram writes, "It’s not about me. I can’t focus on myself. I must focus on God.

 I must let him use me, not me use Him for my purposes. It’s about learning to let God lead me. 
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