Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous
Light Of Jesus Christ
Editor ... by Tim Greenwood - For October 2006
Greetings partners and
This is to
officially notify you that you
have been chosen to be a Saint.
The book of Ephesians
was a letter delivered to the
Church in Ephesus but it is really a letter to you the born-again
Paul opens the letter referring to you as a saint. So it is official! You are a saint!
Saint _______ (just fill in
your name.) No, not in the catholic
sense, but a real live saint just the same.
In verse 3 he says
that you are blessed with all
that Heaven has! You are blessed!
The Blessed Saint
_____. It has a real nice ring to
it, doesn’t it?
Do you ever feel left
out, over looked and unappreciated?
Verse 4 says that you
were specifically chosen back
before the foundation of the world!
You are chosen!
Verse 5 says that
Christ personally picked you out
to be part of His family even way back then!
You are adopted!
Ever feel like you
don’t fit in, don’t measure up
and aren’t accepted?
Verse 6 says that by
that favor that comes from
being a child of God you have be made completely acceptable to God!
You are accepted!
Does it seem like the
Devil and this world try to
bombard you with everything under the curse and then tries to make you
guilty about it?
Verse 7 says that you
have redemption and received
forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus!
You are redeemed! (From the curse)
You are forgiven!
Religion says that God
is too mysterious to ever
know His will.
Verse 9 says that He
has made you able to know His
You can know His
will! (His Word is His will)
And this is the icing
on the cake!
Verse 11 says that you
were predestined to receive
You have an
Blessed Saint ______, chosen and adopted by God the Father, accepted,
redeemed, completely forgiven, provided knowledge of the very will of
God and …
you have an inheritance!
God bless you all
|Window On The Word ... by Marcia Greenwood
Christians and non-Christians alike know the famous banner, which is
many sports events. This banner quotes
the Bible verse John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
But, these words are usually rattled off our tongues like
a machine gun. Now, it is great to know
what the scripture says – but do we really know deep within our
the words truly mean? It’s sad to
say that many do not!
God so loves YOU! Loves –
Present tense. Include yourself
with rest of the
world. Say your name when you
read this verse.
So much that He freely gave His only begotten Son,
Jesus. Anyone who believes on
Jesus will be saved and will spend eternal life with Him forever! Wow!
God sacrificed His Son for you and I, so that He
may gain us as His children.
I heard a meaning of this great sacrifice just recently: God
sacrificed Someone irreplaceable, so
valuable, for someone who may never understand or appreciate what
He did for
them. And, to top it all off – God
knew that some would never receive this gift that was so freely
from the Father.
Jesus followed in His Fathers footsteps. He lived His life
loving others and so should you and I. Jesus
was a servant, a giver. He
was willing to give without expecting anything in return. This is called (agape) unconditional love.
Human nature’s love usually expects something back or at
least recognition for our giving.
The New Testament Commandment is summed up in Love God and
Love Your Neighbor. Do all things out
Our relationships must be based on this (agape), God kind
Each of us will have many opportunities in our lifetime
where we can reach out and give to others in love.
Are you in the midst of family problems? Then
why not be the first one to ‘reach out’
and give love to the family. Your love
for them does not have to be based on how they treat you. But we should
them the way God treats us. Give to
others and expect nothing in return. Allow
God to change their hearts towards you
and the situation.
Has someone gossiped about you lately? Most
all of us has either been the recipient
or the provided of gossip. If you find
yourself getting wrapped up in juicy gossip – then quit.
Run away from sin. Don’t
dwell on the bad points – dwell on the good things. The
Bible says to esteem others better than yourself. It’s
not our job to change everyone anyway. But
it is our job to love.
One of the ‘hardest’ areas to turn around and forgive and
walk in love is when you have been “stabbed in the back” by someone. This one really hurts!
The Bible says that Jesus “died for you and I, while
we were yet in our sins.”
We are commanded to not retaliate – let God be the
avenger. But instead, we are to pray
for others, yes pray, for our enemies.
On the cross, Jesus told the Father – not to put this to
our account. Jesus freely gave, every day of His life – even to the
drop of His blood for us!
God so loved the world. As Christians we
need to reach out and do the
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