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The Gospel (In Couplets)

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My friend and I worked together to lead an outreach program today at fellowship and decided to review the Gospel in a different fashion, in a poem. May the Gospel be what brings you joy each and everyday. Be blessed. At first, we were made perfect, by God, the creator, Then Adam fell short of God's divine nature. He loves the world, but we ignored Him, So He sent His Son, to die for our sin. His body broke and His blood was shed, Now we can rejoice cause He rose from the dead. This payment reconciled both man and God, He justified, adopted, and sanctified the flawed. With genuine faith, we must repent, To cherish the love of Christ who was sent. Promising eternal life to those who believe, Without faith and just works, this can’t be achieved. But His last command was for us to go, To all the nations, our faith we must show. By Iris and Jason verse of the day: John 3:16 16  For God so loved  the world that he gave  his one and

A Vision For Community

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" And when he returned to  Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he (Jesus) was at home.   2  And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.   3  And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.   4  And when they could not get near him because of the crowd,  they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5  And when Jesus  saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,  “Son,  your sins are forgiven.”" - Mark 2:1-5 Praying that God would reveal His Word to me in a new light, he answered immediately while I was doing my devotions this morning. This is the story about the paralytic and his friends, and there were two main things I got out of this passage that I think can and should be applied towards community. Our Desire for Christ.  These four friends and their sick friend came seeking for Christ, a

I, The Fig Tree

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"Jesus was hungry and when he searched a fig tree and found no figs, he said "may no fruit ever come from you again!" and the tree immediately withered." (Matthew 21:19) The other day, I was doing my devotions and for the first time I found myself laughing. In Matthew 21, Jesus curses a fig tree because it had not bore no fruit while he was hungry. I couldn't understand why Jesus was so dramatic, it seemed a bit unnecessary to kill a whole tree just because it had no fruit on it. Later that day, I got to share my devotions and my thoughts on this with a friend and she saw it in a different perspective. When you think about it more and more, the fig tree actually represents us, and as followers of Christ, we are to bear and produce good fruit. If we produce bad fruit, or no fruit at all, it is said that the branches will be cut off and burned (John 15). She helped me realize that Jesus wasn't being dramatic, but that is exactly how he feels towards thos

playtime

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Do you have time to play? James Bryan Smith brings up a good point in Chapter 2 of his book "The Good and The Beautiful Life". He talks about playing being "a spiritual exercise that can teach us about living in the kingdom of God." One thing we experience during play is spontaneity. We come across random situations that were not planned and have to deal and cope accordingly. It brings us to a state of vulnerability, when faced with uncertainty. In the chapter for this exercise, Smith talked about the kingdom of God, and scripture tells us that those who have a child-like faith will enter the kingdom (Matthew 18:4). Children are very dependent, and have no power to control what goes on in their lives. They are innocent, and trusting, and that is exactly how God wants us to receive Him and His kingdom. Children are able to play without worrying about what's coming next; do we know how to play? Play includes spending time with your kids, sports, wondering, l