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A New Day is Happening

Winter Hawthorne

I was deeply moved over the last couple of days by the personal ways that friends of this blog once again expressed their own thoughts in response to the “Business as Usual” post.

In the spirit of what these friends have written, may we together enter as many days as we are given with the anticipation of an unfolding new creation that does not require sign miracles to renew our faith, but rather the supernatural work of the Spirit to renew our hearts! (Gal 3:3) (Gal 5:22-23).

To temporarily sum up so much of what we have been talking about together over the past few months, what could be better in the coming new year than for others to see in us a down to earth expression of what our hearts were made for (Gal 5:14) in the middle of circumstances that give us a chance to show that something too wonderful for words is already happening in us (Gal 4:19)?


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  1. BruceC says:

    Mart,

    It is true that we are not defined as Christians by the amount of supernatural or miraculous things that God has done for us; but by that change of heart and mind that God has done in us. When people see this they see the relationship we have with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
    God always knows exactly what he is doing. In some instances He may use a miracle to uplift a believer and amaze the hearts of non-believers. But in many cases it is the day-to-day faithfulness and love of the Christian that touches others hearts. Look how many followed Jesus around to be healed, to be fed, and to see a miracle. Yet where were these crowds during His trial and humiliations?
    If those around us see contentment and gratitude, and at the same time concern for others; then they may begin to see something different. I pray that my Lord may make me more different each day.

    BruceC
    Soli Deo Gloria!

  • SFDBWV says:

    Glenna’s daughter and husband are still with us, Matthew and my 92 year old mother in law both like the added company and attention. Today we will hopefully be able to get the tires they need to get their car back to a safe operating condition.

    It has been very enjoyable talking with them about their adventures in such a foreign country and how their missionary work is going. I find it interesting how Americans are both not trusted as well as not wanted in some neighborhoods.

    However some of the native peoples quickly become friends and once friends are quick to defend their new American friends to the criticisms of others.

    Very enlightening to me is how many Muslims have never read the Koran and only accept what is told them from their religious leaders.

    Jeff tells me in order to present Jesus as the Christ, the Christ must first be shown in the first 5 Books of the Bible and then skip forward to the New Testament and expose Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ.

    It has to be this way because of the birth to death cultural hatred against the Jew.

    However it is the example they live which becomes their testimony that the native people accept and understand the most. Yes there are people who will not like them and distrust them even look for ways to discredit them all because of their nationality and religion. It sort of reminds me of any where here in America as well and our attitude toward people who are different.

    Matthew’s friend Jennifer came in last evening for a visit, straight from work. She just graduated from college and already has a job as a nurse at a nearby hospital. Her son was at basketball practice and husband at work so she was able to come in for a quick visit with Matthew.

    Of all the matters in the universe love is certainly the most powerful. Her visits bless both her and Matt as well as all of us.

    In spite of all Matt’s disappointments these past 12 years he still will say *if* I am still in this condition next year…..

    When we place our hope in Christ no matter what the world throws at us, that hope remains alive.

    2 inches of snow, and 26 degrees this morning.

    Steve