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Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
The Lion and The Lamb. For today’s message I looked at the four readings from the Lectionary:
Psalm 30, a song for the dedication of the temple; John’s gospel, about our Lord asking Peter three times if he loved Him; Acts, about Saul’s dramatic encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus: and Revelation, only the sacrificial lamb is worthy to open the scroll that will guide history to its conclusion.
It struck me that each reading demonstrated a response to God. A response to His grace and His love, in redeeming us to Himself.
Peter and Paul were men with two very different backgrounds. Men with different characteristics. Men with different failings and foibles. Different gifts and abilities. Two men who were chosen by Christ Himself to carry out His work on earth in different ways and different places, spreading the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Sometimes we may feel that we are not great people, in the way we see Peter and Paul. We may feel we are not worthy or do not have the abilities to be a great leader or a great evangelist. And we might not be – but we might. God has given each one of us different talents.
But we are all able to do something for the Kingdom of God, whether it be in what we say and where we say it, or in what we do for others …
And we can all pray. And we can all praise God. Whether we are going through good times or bad, we can all praise God. How do you respond to God’s call on your life?
Psalm 30 says
“You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”
And Revelation 5 says
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
A.D. Kingdom and Empire. The spectacular 12-part series that picks up where The Bible left off. This powerful spiritual journey begins with the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, chronicling the heroic acts and sacrifices of His early followers during the most tumultuous of times as they change the course of human history.
Disc 1: Episodes: 1 – The Tomb is Open. 2 – The Body is Gone. 3 – The Spirit Arrives.
Disc 2: Episodes: 4 – The Wrath. 5 – The First Martyr. 6 – The Persecution.
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