VotD: August 2, 2013

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Verse

“The Spirit of the Lord, the Eternal, is on me. The Lord has appointed me for a special purpose. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to repair broken hearts, and to declare to those who are held captive and bound in prison, ‘Be free from your imprisonment!’ He has sent me to announce the year of jubilee, the season of the Eternal’s favor: for our enemies it will be a day of God’s wrath; for those who mourn it will be a time of comfort.”

— Isaiah 61:1-2

Thoughts

Jesus read this passage at a synagogue in Nazareth to describe his ministry (see Luke 4). He came to preach good news, to bind up, to bring deliverance, to offer release, to proclaim grace, and to offer comfort. If Jesus has sent us into the world as the Father sent him (John 20:21-23), shouldn’t we be going the same?

Prayer

Through the power and wisdom of your Spirit, who longs to powerfully work in me, please open my eyes, dear LORD, to help me see those you put in my path with whom you want me to share your grace, deliverance, and comfort. In Jesus’ name I ask this. Amen.

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College Lifegroup: August 1, 2013

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For those of you who don’t know, I am a southern baptist and I go to a southern baptist church, and in our church we have lifegroups for different people in different walks of life. I happen to be a part of the college lifegroup. It is AWESOME and full of so many amazing people. I don’t think I’ve felt more welcome anywhere else. I can’t wait to make some new friends 😀

Anyway, we were supposed to talk about marriage today (last week we talked about sexual immorality) but instead we held an open floor so any topic could be discussed. It was really interesting listening to everyone’s conversation! I pitched in a bit too, but I’m not much of a talker. One thing that really stood out to me was the mention that our generation (I am 21) are striking out on different paths than our parents or grandparents. Instead of the desire to fulfill the “American Dream”, it seems like our generation is being called to partake more actively in living for Christ. Personally, I’m not so worried about that 9-5 job or that constant financial security; the dream of owning a home with a white picket fence, earning six figures, and having two and a half kids doesn’t come to mind when I think of my future. I think of travelling to far off places, building churches, learning languages, living as  a missionary, and bringing God to people across the globe. I don’t have a guy I want to marry (although I wouldn’t complain if I did) and I am content being single; it isn’t a big deal to me because my eyes are on God. I don’t want to get tied down in one spot and I don’t want to be comfortable and content with where I am. I want to be constantly pushing my limits. I want to step out of my comfort zone. I want to serve others. I want to serve God. And I am so glad I now know someone with the same mindset.

VotD: August 1, 2013

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I know it’s late, but here it is!

Verse

“Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, because when you live in the Anointed One, Jesus, a new law takes effect. The law of the Spirit of life breathes into you and liberates you from the law of sin and death.”

— Romans 8:1-2

Thoughts

“You are mine! My righteousness and glory are yours! Enter into your Father’s eternal reward!” If we are in Christ, we don’t face judgment, only welcome, with God our Father! His Spirit lives in us. His grace has set us free from the power of sin and death. His Son has paid the price for our sins. We are children of God!

Prayer

I praise you, loving and gracious Father, for your mercy and grace. Your steadfast and redeeming love never ceases. Your mercies are endless. Your love is new and fresh every morning as your Spirit fills my life and your hope revives me to face another day. Thank you! In Jesus’ name I praise you. Amen.

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