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THE RELEVANCE OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE. (Passionate arguments for…) [an excerpt]

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Here is an excerpt from “Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine” by Dorothy L. Sayers.

“Perhaps we are not following Christ all the way or in the right spirit. We are likely, for example, to be a little sparing of the palms and hosannas. We are chary of wielding the scourge of small cords, lest we should offend somebody or interfere with trade.

“We do not furnish up our wits to disentangle knotty questions about Sunday observance and tribute money, nor hasten to sit at the feet of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions.

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“We pass hastily over disquieting jests about making friends with the mammon of unrighteousness and alarming observations about bringing not peace but a sword; nor do we distinguish ourselves by the graciousness by which we sit at meat with publicans and sinners.

“Somehow or other, and with the best intentions, we have shown the world the typical Christian in the likeness of a crashing and rather ill-natured bore—and this in the name of the one who assuredly never bored a soul in those thirty-three years during which he passed through the world like a flame.

“Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it, and set it on an open stage to startle the world into some sort of vigorous reaction. If the pious are the first to be shocked, so much worse for the pious—others will pass into the kingdom of heaven before them.

“If all men are offended because of Christ, let them be offended; but where is the sense of their being offended at something that is not Christ and is nothing like him?

“We do him singularly little honor by watering down his personality till it could not offend a fly. Surely it is not the business of the Church to adapt Christ to men, but to adapt men to Christ.”

― Dorothy L. Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine

YOU ARE A PEARL

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YOU ARE A PEARL.

Hi everyone, I know, I have been ‘away’ for a long time. I’ve not really been gone though! I’ve been here, looking, ‘listening’, watching, but not interacting. The link above is to a profound post I read just now.

It inspired me to ask myself, “Do you see yourself as God sees you or as the circumstances dictate?” and to write the following:

PERSPECTIVES
dirt -GOD sees us as precious even before we become that speck of useless dirt, which eventually transforms into a valuable pearl.
clam -GOD allows irritations in our lives; irritations that we can transform into precious things using the tools (His Word) He has placed in us.
clam -GOD gives us the ability and wisdom to turn our stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
pearl -GOD transforms us in the midst of our tragedies into an image of Christ Jesus.
pearl -GOD fishes our ‘captor’ from the murky depths, takes us, and exposes His precious creation for all to see.

Please click the link to visit exhaleyoursoul and give a like or leave a comment if you are touched by it too. :D

~EM

A WORD FROM THE LORD

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Here is a word from the Lord.

James 5:15 KJV
“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

The prayer of faith is a powerful one. It will HEAL the sick. This refers to physical healing and includes spiritual healing as well. The person’s sins will also be forgiven. BUT this is no ordinary prayer!

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This PRAYER is actually a VOW to GOD! Yes, a VOW made directly to God the Father! You can pray it for yourself or you can intercede on behalf of someone else. Let’s examine a few Greek words in this text.

The Greek word translated as ‘prayer‘ is yü-khā (Strong’s G2171). It refers to a prayer to God in the form of a vow. It also refers to consecration and implies renewal.

The Greek word translated as ‘sick‘ is kä’m-nō (Strong’s G2577). It refers to being tired and faint, especially concerning the work of the Lord, and also refers to being sick.

The Greek word translated as ‘save‘ is sō’-zō (Strong’s G4982). It means to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. In this scripture it refers to saving a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, to heal, to restore to health.

So, if someone is sick, your intercessory VOW to GOD shall HEAL them and cause their sins to be forgiven. Think about it… Here is a way you can pray this prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come boldly but humbly before your throne of Grace right now. I decree that I love you, that I am your child and your servant and that I desire to do your will and give you all the glory. I know you see my friend ________ and you see his/her suffering. I declare healing in his/her spirit and body right now, in the name and authority of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. You give us authority to make intercessory prayer so I intercede on his/her behalf. I stand in faith, believing that you are able and willing to transform him/her, deliver him/her from the power of darkness and bring him/her into your marvelous light. I rebuke all the works of the enemy satan and his agents and I thwart their every operation against ________ in both the spiritual and physical realms. I call it done and I thank you for honoring my vow, by our Lord Jesus the Christ and by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen!

NOW, please give this gift of a word from the Lord to someone else by sharing it!  ~EM

GOD IS IN CONTROL

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As dark clouds gather, DO NOT FEAR, God is in control.

Do you see the spots of light on the mountain in the picture below? Despite dark clouds blocking the sun, rays of light manage to shine through! There is always hope.

 

Light in darkness

 

GOD has provided a way to guide you out of the darkness into His marvelous light. It doesn’t matter how dark it gets, there is ALWAYS a light somewhere that you can reach for. It doesn’t matter how great the temptation, God ALWAYS provides a way to escape.

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

BE ENCOURAGED!!! (^_^) ~EM

FREELY GIVE

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Have a pleasant day/night everyone, wherever you are in the world, and always remember…

The work of this ministry (EPIGNOSIS MINISTRIES) is COMPLETELY FREE.

 

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We DO NOT & WILL NOT ask for money from anyone. Our work is funded out of our own pockets as a free-will offering to GOD (in accord with 1 Corinthians 16:1-2) as He prospers us.

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

If anyone asks you for money using this ministry, that person or entity is an IMPOSTER, a LIAR and a THIEF, and DOES NOT represent us in any way.

AGAIN, everything we do here is FREE to EVERYONE (in accord with Matthew 10:8).

“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

ALL GLORY TO ALMIGHTY GOD, our HEAVENLY FATHER in Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit !!! ~SM & EM (^_^)

WONDERFUL MERCIFUL SAVIOUR

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Giving thanks in praise and worship to our WONDERFUL MERCIFUL SAVIOUR today.

I hope everyone is blessed when they listen to this a capella song. I keep replaying it as I’m writing this.

Just know today that our #God is awesome and amazing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6TdK2de79A

Let us praise and worship our WONDERFUL MERCIFUL SAVIOUR with the highest HALLELUJAH today!

~EM

BE LIGHT

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A LIGHT illuminates; it exposes the darkness and causes the darkness to fade to light. Darkness cannot survive where there is light because even shadows disappear when everything is properly lit up. #Jesus #Christ said we are the light and we must live-out what we are.

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We must BE light instead of just talking light. People can preach better with their lives than with their mouths by being obedient to #God‘s Word and by walking IN the #HolySpirit daily.

Matthew 5:14 KJV tells us, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”

Matthew 5:16 KJV says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Our light shines brightest when we walk as obedient children. We stand out and are OUTSTANDING!!!
Galatians 5:16 KJV tells us it is possible for us to walk in obedience. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

BE OUTSTANDING TODAY. WALK IN THE SPIRIT!!!
BLESSINGS ALL. ~EM (^_^)

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