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There was a man with a mission. His name was Saul. He was a zealous scribe. He breathed out murderous threats against anyone who did not follow Jewish law. He had them dragged to prison and executed. Saul destroyed the community of the followers of Jesus. Jesus, this so-called Son of God! Saul had no intention of stopping the persecution of Jesus’ followers. He wanted to go to Damascus to have the believers there imprisoned and brought to Jerusalem.
A huge crowd followed Jesus to listen to his words. 5000 man, the women en children were not part of that number, so it’s a huge group of people. How are you going to feed them, without shops nearby? There’s not food for all these people so, the disciples are trying to solve the problem. With a small kid as star of the story. Beautiful. [embedded content]
How can you become part of the Kingdom of God? Jesus shows us when he invites mothers to bring their children to him. Jesus blesses the children and he says that we should be open to the Kingdom of God in the same way as children. For God’s Kingdom is a gift, it is not a reward for important people, or for people who did important things for God. [embedded content]
Jesus must have been around 30 years old, when he got known among the bigger audience. He was baptized by his cousin John the Precursor (John the Baptist) in the Jordan river. During Jesus’ baptism, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove from heaven and Jesus rested (read John 1:19-34). It all had been very special and a small group of people began to follow Jesus. The first place where this group of friends could be found was at a wedding. [embedded content] How symbolic it is, that a wedding was the place to be for Jesus. He was present at a feast, where the love of two people is being bound. Besides Jesus, also His mother, family and friends can be found at the party. It is not clear whether the couple had a limited budget, but one moment during the wedding, the co...
[embedded content] “Be willing to follow wherever I lead.” “Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know, and that is enough!” “Some of my richest blessings are just around the bend: out of sight, but nonteheless, very real.” “To receive these gifts, you must walk by faith—not by sight.” “Sometimes I lead you up a high mountain with only My hand to support you.” “The higher you climb the more spectacular the view becomes;also the more keenly you sense your separation from the world and all its problems.” “This frees you to experience exuberantly the joyous reality of My Presence.” “Give yourself fully to these Glory-moments, awash in dazzling light.” “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.”—Psalm 96:6
[embedded content] “A thankful attitude opens windows of heaven.” “Moreover, as you look up with a grateful heart, you get glimpses of Glory through those windows.” “Such samples of heavenly fare revive your hope.” “Thus, your path becomes an upward spiral: ever increasing in gladness.” “Thankfulness is the language of Love.” “A thankful mind-set rejoices in Me, your Savior in the midst of trials and tribulations.” “I am your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble.” “I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” — Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV)
[embedded content] The Way of Peace “Come to Me, and rest in My presence…” “As you ponder the majestic mystery of the Incarnation, relax in My everlasting arms.” “Praise and worship are the best responses to the wonder of My Being.” “Sing praises to My holy Name.” “Look for a star of guidance in your own life, and be wiling to follow wherever I lead.” “I am the Light from on high that dawns upon you, to guide your feet into the way of Peace.” “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” — John 1:14
[embedded content] “Come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed.” “A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness.“ “Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind.“ “As you focus your thoughts on Me, be aware that I am fully attentive to you.” “I see you with a steady eye, because My attention span is infinite.“ “I know and understand you completely; My thoughts embrace you in everlasting Love.” “Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness of My Presence.” “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:1...
[embedded content] “Walk boldy along the path of Life, relying on your ever-present Companion.” “You have every reason to be confident, because My Presence accompanies you all the days of your life—and onward into eternity.” “Fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Perfecter of your faith.” “Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I am holding you by your right hand.” “Nothing can separate you from My Presence!” “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” —Isaiah 41:13
[embedded content] “Come to Me for understanding. I comprehend you in all your complexity; no detail of your life is hidden from Me. I view you through eyes of grace, so don’t be afraid of My intimate awareness. Allow the Light of My healing Presence to shine into the deepest recesses of your being — cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing you. Trust Me enough to accept the full forgiveness that I offer you continually. This great gift, which cost Me My Life, is yours for all eternity. Forgiveness is at the very core of My abiding Presence. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” — Joshua 1:5