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Riches, Find Christ

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riches-finding christ

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).

If God called you to do it, then you shouldn’t be able to do it without him. In fact, if you could do it without him, then it’s really not a God-thing. I know you feel that God is asking you to do something that works against your strengths. But God has called you and that means his strength is working through you and that will make you sufficient for the task.God’s Word says your weaknesses, doubts, and insecurities are no surprise to God. You may try to hide them from others, but you can’t hide them from the one who created you.

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Dependent upon him

The truth is, God created you with weaknesses. And, since he’s God, he couldn’t have made a mistake. With you dependent upon him, you’re able to do all things through him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13–14). This also means God won’t let you use weaknesses as an excuse for not doing what he’s asking you to do. If God is calling you to a monumental task, then he’ll give you everything you need to complete the task, starting with the Holy Spirit working within you. My friend, God didn’t call other people to this task! He called you and in his strength you can do it. The God-who-loves-you is with you for every step you take as you follow Jesus toward your destiny. riches-finding christ

Spiritual benefit

There’s a single word that encompasses all the riches we find in Christ: grace. What a magnificent word it is! It is the means by which we receive every physical and spiritual benefit. To some measure even unbelievers benefit from God’s grace. Theologians call that “common grace” because it is common to all mankind. Common grace is God’s continual care for all creation, providing for his creatures’ needs. Through common grace God restrains humanity from utter debauchery and maintains order and some sense of beauty, morality, and goodness in society’s consciousness.

Inexhaustible

Christians, however, receive a greater grace (James 4:6). To us God’s grace is inexhaustible and boundless, including all that we have talked in earlier posts about regarding the all-sufficient provisions of Jesus Christ.

Riches, Find Christ, {GRACE, God-thing}

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Gospel Mime

Gospel Mime, William Murphy-Working

gospel mime: This art form is now called Gospel mime, a combination of the ancient, wordless mime art form that dates back to ancient Greece. Many claim or say its an evangelical tool. My personal concern is the history of the art form which originated from the Roman and Latin mime or pantomime performers. According to historical data, mimes first performed burlesque type shows that told a story through gestures and ballet type dances.

Speak to all nations

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gospel mime

 

Can we as Christians use something that originated out of evil be changed into something good? But didn’t God say to go out and speak to all nations. Shouldn’t we use different styles and techniques to reach people? Today many churches have embraced this art form of miming and many call it praise and worship.

Mime like any storytelling techniques is not evil. You would be shocked to know that the song PRECIOUS LORD TAKE MY HAND was first put out the church because it was considered TOO worldly.

 

Stimulate faith

Just like you can dance to promote evil, you can dance to promote and minister for God. Mime may have its roots in which people used it for evil. But now, it is being use to stimulate faith, minister to people by making words come to life. So that the receiver doesn’t look at the person, instead they take in the message.

Yes, God does judge the heart. He taught in parables, did miracles, and even declared He was Son of God. This angered them. Except, He was in God’s will, doing as God said with a pure heart. God was His judge. Always understand that the heart is what matters.

Regardless of what it looked like in the past. God is speaking to some people. If He hasn’t spoken it to you, that’s great. Walk in whatever God has told you to do. Be purpose, Be love to all, and let God be the judge. Thank you for the background information on mime.

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Jew-Gentile

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During Jesus’ time, many Jews took such pride in their cultural and religious heritage that they considered Gentiles “unclean,” calling them “dogs” and “the UN-circumcision.”
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. So that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus alluded to the common association of Gentiles with paganism. “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” (Matthew 5:47, ESV).

In another place in the same sermon, Jesus noted. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.(Matthew 6:7, ESV). In both cases, the NIV simply translates the word in question as “pagans.”

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My holy mountain in Jerusalem,
“I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations- to Tar shish, to the Libyans and Lydian’s (famous as archers). To Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem.

As an offering to the Lord- on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the Lord. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels. And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites,” says the Lord (Isaiah 66:19-22).

Isaiah predicted
Jesus came to offer salvation to all people, Jew and Gentile. The prophet Isaiah predicted the Messiah’s worldwide ministry, saying He “will bring forth justice to the Gentiles” and would be “a light to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:1, 6, NKJV). In Mark 7:26, Jesus helps a Gentile woman who had asked for her daughter’s freedom from a demon.

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Evidence Jesus Loves

Evidence

Evidence, Meeting our greatest need

The actual phrase “Jesus loves me” cannot be found in the Bible but there is ample evidence that this is so, both in word and deed. For example in John 13:34 Jesus said, “As I have loved you, you must love one another.” and in John 15:9 He said, “As the Father has loved me so have I loved you.” In John 15:13 we read “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” While He spoke these words to His disciples, it’s clear He was speaking through them to us.

Evidence
Jesus loves

Yes Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so.
Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong.
They are weak but he is strong.

The phrase “love of Christ,” as opposed to “love for Christ,” refers to the love that He has toward mankind. His love can be briefly stated as His willingness to act in our best interest. Especially in meeting our greatest need, even though it cost Him everything and even though we were the least worthy of such love.

Sometimes people may give their lives willingly for ones they deem as worthy—a friend, a relative, other “good” people. But, Christ’s love goes beyond that. Christ’s love extends to those most unworthy of it. He willingly took the punishment of those who tortured Him. Hated Him, rebelled against Him, and cared nothing about Him. Those who were most undeserving of His love (Romans 5:6-8). He gave the most He could give for those who deserved it the least! Sacrifice, then, is the essence of godly love, called agape love. This is God-like love, not man-like love (Matthew 5:43-48).

Merely companion, Evidence

Thus, we have a loving companion for life. And no matter what we go through, He is there, and His love is ever available to us (Romans 8:35). But as He rightfully reigns as a benevolent King in heaven, we need to give Him the position He deserves in our lives as well, that of Master and not merely companion. It is only then that we will experience life as He intended and live in the fullness of His love (John 10:10b).