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But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. – Titus 3:4-5
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"Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”- Jesus in Luke 7:23
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During the reign of Herod king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and he had a wife named Elizabeth, who was a descendant of Aaron. They were both righteous in the sight of God, following all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they did not have a child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both very old. - Luke 1:5-7
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“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…” – Galatians 4:4 (emphasis mine)
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And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” - Matthew 3:17
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Then Jesus called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life?" - Mark 8:34-36
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As Jesus was having a meal in Levi’s home, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. - Mark 2:15
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"He [Jesus] appointed twelve (whom he named apostles), so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach and to have authority to cast out demons." - Mark 3:14-15We are ALL "called" by God to serve in full-time ministry. Some are called to serve in a church (pastors), and others to serve in church planting or a foreign country (missionaries). Still others are called to serve in their occupation (painters, bankers, bakers, programmers, etc.).
Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” They left their nets immediately and followed him. - Mark 1:17-18
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"Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar." - Antonio MachadoIt means, "Camino traveler, there is no Camino. You make the Camino as you walk." Or in other words, the Camino is a journey, not a destination. We can't afford to take the relationships and situations around to us for granted. We need to take time to enjoy the scenery. We need to make time for the important people in our lives. We need to slow down and savor the sights, smells and sounds all around us. And most importantly, we need to quiet ourselves enough to hear God's voice as He speaks to us. We must choose to be present.
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They praised God and were liked by all the people. Every day the Lord added those who were being saved to the group of believers.
- Acts 2:47 NCVAs this group of believers gained respect and were liked by the people around them, new people committed their lives to following Jesus every day. It will be just the same for us. We may not be the one that prays with a person to commit their lives to Jesus. But as long as we're doing our part, God's will is accomplished. Everyone has their part:
I planted the seed, and Apollos watered it. But God is the One who made it grow.
- 1 Corinthians 3:6Something to consider: Older believers need to keep in mind that just as younger generations see the world differently than they do, they will also come to Christ differently. I've spoken with some young believers who can't name the place and time they committed their lives to Christ. One guy told me he was investigating Christianity and started hanging out with an on-campus Christian group. Somewhere along the way he started following Jesus for himself, even though he couldn't put a date on it.
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The lord himself watches over you! The lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.
The lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.
The lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
- Psalm 121:5-8 NLT... and in another verse, he writes:
The angel of the Lord camps around those who fear God, and he saves them.
- Psalm 34:7No matter what you're going through or how bad things seem, you are not alone! God is watching over you. Yes, there is a devil who hates you and wants to take you out. But if you'll pursue God with all your heart and trust Him to deliver you, you'll see Him do amazing things. You can't earn His love. And you can't do enough bad things for Him to not love you anymore.
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During my devotional time this morning I realized something. Jesus' first ministry assignment for His disciples is to go to the lost sheep among their own people. Only later does He send them out to the whole world.Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: “Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.