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This is site is dedicated to our journeys, to our growing, living, learning, loving in Christ. Everyday we begin again, everyday may our hearts grow, everyday may I somehow seek to be a better reflection.

Together may the Spirit shine

John 8:31

I am the Light of the World. The ones who follow Me will never walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.

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1 Timothy 2:1-5
1. I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.
2. For kings, and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
3. This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4. Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
5. For there is one God and mediator between God and man- Christ Jesus
6. Who gave himself as ransom for all men: the testimony given in its proper time.

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A Journey

Since this is a blog about the journey- today I wish to write about this Easter weekend. I hope you all can forgive the self-indulgence…..

Since I was a little girl Good Friday has been hard for me, the Passion Week horrifying. I used to wear a cross around my neck daily, until one day it became an instrument of torture and I could not understand using that as an adornment. Even though I knew many many people wear the cross with the best of intentions.

I was advised to be careful with that train of that, and I took that to heart and wrapped it around my mind and conscious and even pulled out my necklace and wore it a few times. But it still did not seem right. This has been my thought process for a number of years and Good Friday stayed weepy and all I saw was my sins pinned there.

A few years ago Tree63 released the song- Its Friday, but Sunday is coming (Is that the real title?) And those words made so much sense to me. I loved them and still do.

Then Spirit showed me

Revelations 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

And I could see the cross was his work, the start of a new creation and I understood why he did what he did. Good Friday was still hard though, to relive that torturous moment over and over again. Can’t we just hide from it?, move right to Sunday?

This year was different though and you know how when the Spirit teaches you something it is direct and bold and undeniable? The next words for me; were the linking of the heart and the mind with the golden thread and it was undeniable. Those links are so precious, aren’t they?

He said- ‘Don’t cry for me- Be proud of me. I knew what I was doing, I knew I was architecting a new way, I planned this from the start, rejoice as you watch what I can do. Be proud of the cross and my work; as a man is proud when he provides for his family. You don’t need to cry anymore.’

So this weekend when I looked at the cross, I saw the backside of it, not the front.

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A Question of Faith

Sometimes we are asked; are even confronted about how we can believe in fairy tales? It’s an interesting question, because one doesn’t get the sense they really want an answer, just a chance to call you dumb, or try to press home a more evolved state.
So let me be clear:
‘I don’t believe because the facts lead me to believe, I believe because I chosen Faith, which in turn rewards me with the presence of a Living God and this gives me spiritual understanding, commitment and love that a lost world cannot understand.’
To a nonbeliever no evidence will ever be enough. God exists in our hearts and there he transforms them and the more he transforms them the more we believe because we are amazed at how he makes himself known.
So are the saved perfect?
No, we just are adopted into the Kingdom, but Jesus was perfect and this is who we follow. His perfection shows us how far we are from God and why we needed intersession.
The unbelieving world breaks the heart of Heaven;(and of believers). On earth, as his army, we attempt to point towards the entrance gate of a new life.
For this Jesus had to come down from Heaven, not for the saved; but for the lost; and this is why down through 2 millennia people have faced the wraith of the unbelieving world in order to get people to the gate. Because God wants the lost home too.
Hebrews 2:12
Fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of Faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility by sinners against himself, so we will not grow weary and lose heart.

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Son is up

picture sent by Karen

Good Morning its Sunday and the SON is up.

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The Stumbling Stone

The Rejected Stone
Luke 20:17
‘The Stone the builders rejected has become the capstone’

Verse 19 tells us the Pharisees were aware Jesus was predicting their destruction and the words are ‘immediately they looked for a way to arrest him.’
Verse after verse we read the interaction Jesus had with the Pharisees had done nothing to open their hearts. (not all) In fact, just the opposite, they dug in their heels and conspired with their other enemy the Sadducees to destroy him.
Luke 20:18
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he whom it falls will be crushed.
This is unraveled and repeated in 1 Peter
1 Peter 2:4
As you come to him, the Living Stone, rejected by man, but chosen by God and precious to Him.
2:7
Now to those who believe, this Stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, The Stone the builders rejected has become the Capstone.
2:8
A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. They stumble because the disobey the message-
We can honor and have respect for the sacrifice Jesus made for us, especially represented on this day, the day his walk on earth led him to- The horrific Cross; and all the torture that went with it. The flayed skin, thick unforgiving nails driven into flesh and shattering bone. The agony of breath, as well as a triumph of a saved soul on the wood. We are asked: this small price.
1 Peter 11
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in this world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your souls.
Why is this so hard? How deceitful our true selves are.
12. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Can we do this?
It is interesting to note, that most of the Apostles had disappeared and only John and Mary were with him on that death hill.
As he took our sins with him; he suffers the nails and God turns his head away, for the first time in the existence of this courageous man, he must have felt alone and abandoned. Satan ripped him to shreds, hoping against hope to get Jesus to turn from his mission, from his obedience and from his love for God and humanity. The cross is a physical manifestation of the Spiritual torture Jesus faced against God’s enemy. With the saving of the condemned man next to him, we can see he never wavered, because if he was going to, it would have been then, at his weakest in my estimation. But he didn’t. He continued on the journey of the cross.

As the song says- today is Friday, but Sunday is coming soon.

Revelations 21:5- ‘Behold I make all things new’
Bravo and Amen Lord.

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The Line in the Sand

Luke 16:16 Jesus describes a line in the sand.

Luke gives us parable after parable of Jesus attempting to explain what God wants from us and even the disciples are totally confused: the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son, the shrewd business manager, the rich man and Lazarus, the persistent widow, and the rich ruler.
It seems to me all of them boil down to obedience- A repentant heart and a call to God. One of the Pharisees asked Jesus in Luke 17:20 about the coming Kingdom and Jesus rely to him is-
The Kingdom of God does not come visibly, nor will people say. Here it is, or There it is, the Kingdom of God is within you’

The Kingdom of God is crossing over the line in the sand; from the way of the law, to the way of the Spirit. Following the Spirit is a willingness to give up everything to have God in your life, because he is the only God and He is our first Love. For Jesus giving up everything was leaving his home in Heaven and coming to this world knowing his journey would lead to the cross, because God wanted his children with Him.
So we ask ourselves, what may we be asked to give up, to have God in our lives?

At the end of this parable we again see some confused and maybe shaken up disciples and they asked
‘Who then can be saved’ (Luke 18:26)
Jesus answer to them was simple-“What is impossible for man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27)
As Jesus’s walk to the cross continues this week, may I ponder what I have done to give the Lord what he wants from me and compared to the cross, how hard is it really? My hard heart, maybe?
With God all things are possible.

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You Can’t Fool God

Jesus has been teaching Parable of Shrewd Manager, and some Pharisees listening in. We notice they seem to follow him everywhere, hanging around in the background, popping up to try and trick him, scared to come to the fore front.
Jesus turns on them, they can’t fool him and he doesn’t seem to want the people fooled either.
Luke 16:14-18
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and they ridiculed him.
Jesus says to them
‘You justify yourselves in the sight of others, But God knows you. For what is highly valued among man is disgusting to God’
Whoa, the protectors of the law are an abomination to God?

Jesus continues:
The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the Kingdom of God is preached and everyone wants in.
Remember, when John was executed and Jesus took off to be alone? It seems he is saying by killing John, a line in the sand with God had been crossed.
He then says he is not doing away with the law he is magnifying it, illuminating the dark places in our hearts, so we may repent and choose.
When the light is shined towards me- How do I react? What do I do? What do I want more?
Some History:
When we were traveling through Jerusalem, we saw excavations of the homes for the Sadducees and the Pharisees. These elitists were the ruling class in Israel, they took their roles from Herod, & Rome. They were very wealthy.
The Sadducees held the majority of the ruling council called the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin was the group that held the illegal trial resulting in the conviction of Jesus.
The Pharisees were keepers of the law, most came from more of a middle class background and kept in touch with the masses. The Pharisees and the Sadducees historically never got along.
One of the things we noted was the enormous amount of money involved that came from ruling over the Temple. In previous essays, I went over this in more detail, but suffice to say the love of power, money and lifestyle influenced by Rome was enough to bring about a total corruption of the worship of God.
Interestingly, the two groups came together to destroy Jesus. The love of their lives was being threatened, their sense of self-righteousness, the elite lifestyle, their place in life kept for them by Rome.
What we see here is a group of people that made up the ruling class in Israel abdicating their roles as guiding teachers to God’s people. A triad of corruption, Herod; the leader, Sadducees; the ruling class, and Pharisees; the teachers.
We then get to look at Jesus, the man who was gathering the masses back to God, opening the eyes of people to the corruption of their leaders and themselves. Opening ears, eyes and hearts towards their creator and perfector of the Universe. Convicting our hearts and minds to focus back towards things of Heaven.
And His walk towards the Cross continues.

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