Love Came Down with Applied Mercy/L’amour est descendu avec bonté appliquée

Praise the Lord, His mercies are new for us every morning, and so may we extend mercy as we have received it: abundantly! Thanks again Jael

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When we place the letters of Titus and Philemon side by side, they seem to be one and the same.  Titus speaks to the theology of redemption and the work of the Holy Spirit.  Philemon is a real time application of redemption through human kindness, the grace work of applied Holy Spirit, as Paul requests Philemon to receive his slave back with mercy. In Christianity, theology without application is useless.

These two letters reminds me of the time when my husband and I were farming, when farmer’s markets, eating “whole to the ground”, was the latest foodie wave. That spring, a university in a nearby city eagerly sought farmers to establish a market on their campus.  The governing body had determined they would promote sustainable living at their institution by hosting farmers and their products every Tuesday afternoon and they only wanted legitimate farmers who produced their own goods to…

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Love Came Down with Legitimacy/ l’amour est arrivée avec la vérité que nous sommes fils

In the flow as I read your blog today after posting mine with Galatians 5:1 also quoted! Blessings Jael. Right On!

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An acquaintance of mine once told me the heartbreaking tale when he and his wife fostered three boys in their early teens. Though the kids lived in a house full of love and acceptance, the three siblings rejected the couple, unable to transition from homeless orphans to beloved sons. The teens stole food though there was plenty in the kitchen having been broken by hunger in their younger years. They demanded more than their share, unable to see the value of community, nor willing to trust that they would be cared for if they embraced the family who only wanted their best. The breaking point came when they beat the wife, as they acted aggressively against their adopted parents, destroying their chance for a home as they struggled with huge issues of legitimacy and dignity.

Legitimacy is like the song, “I know who God says I am, what He says…

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Love Came Down in Obedience/L’amour est descendu dans l’obéissance

As I realize how Jesus faced every temptation so I can be free through Christ, I am so thankful for the Father’s great love for each one of us.

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2014-09-11-17-44-32Matthew 4: 1-1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “It…

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Love Came Down with Heaven’s Metrics

Now you are the temple of God on earth. What an astonishing plan God made for us through Christ. Hit the mark again Jael

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measurementHave you ever felt you just didn’t measure up to a person’s expectations or standards?   From failed interviews to missed pitches,  to wrong formulas, to missed appointments,  we have all choked down disappointment when  we missed the mark.

Yet what happens when a nation blows it?  When God is viewed from such a  distance, hopelessness prevails.  Fear invades as reality that stretches empty wide across a godless expanse. Think barren.  Acrid, a land littered with shoulds, woulds and if onlys.  Welcome to Ezekiel’s nation of Judah, post Babylon’s invasion.

Fourteen years after Jerusalem fell to enemy forces, agonizing years without temple sacrifice or atonement, long past dreams for life in Judah to resume, Ezekiel experienced a magnificent encounter with heaven:

In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel, and made me rest on a very high mountain. And it went up, as the…

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Love Comes Down with New Mercy Every Morning

Great encouragement in the trenches Jael

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grim canyonAt the conclusion of Jeremiah, the historical record grimly accounts how Babylon invaded Jerusalem, executed its leadership and burnt down the city. Yet in Lamentations, after recounting the brutal reality of  Jerusalem’s siege, the agony of seeing children fainting in the street from starvation while the women wailed in grief, Jeremiah neverheless pens:

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him; Let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope. Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,  and be full of reproach. For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, Yet…

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