Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spine Labels - Set 2

spine labels
noun (plural) - a collection of odds and ends that are as random as reading spine labels in a bookstore

Chai tea gift set

While you're enjoying your homemade chai, relax with this chai scented candle

London Mini Magnetic Bookmarks

Paris Photography "Books"

Build Your Own Hot Chocolate

Patchwork Scotty Dog

Use Jenga as a great review tool.

"My faith rests not in what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what he is now doing for me." - Charles Spurgeon

A self-directed library scavenger hunt.

Honey and bee-themed present

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

So Send I You

So send I you to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing-
So send I you to toil for Me alone.

So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wand’ring souls to work, to weep, to wake,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary-
So send I you to suffer for My sake.

So send I you to loneliness and longing,
With heart ahung’ring for the loved and known,
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one-
So send I you to know My love alone.

So send I you to leave your life’s ambition,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long, and love where men revile you-
So send I you to lose your life in Mine.

So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend, tho’ it be blood, to spend and spare not-
So send I you to taste of Calvary.

So Send I You by Margaret Clarkson

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Christ as Prophet

One of the major designations applied to Jesus Christ throughout the Gospels is that of prophet. Both Christ Himself and the people of His day use this title to describe Him. In this role Christ not only fulfilled previous prophecy in the Old Testament concerning Himself, but He also Himself fulfilled the duties of a prophet.

In each of the Gospels, Christ identifies Himself as a prophet.
“And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house” (Matthew 13:57). “But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house” (Mark 6:4). “And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country” (Luke 4:24). “For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country” (John 4:44). The people perceived Christ as a prophet by His miraculous works, by His authoritative teaching, and during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This in and of itself was a fulfillment of various Old Testament prophecies. Moses had prophesied in Deuteronomy 18:15-19 that Jesus would be a prophet. Samuel had prophesied that the Messiah would be a prophet (Acts 3:24). Isaiah had made a similar prophesy in in Isaiah 61:1-2.

So, what did Jesus prophesy? He made predictions concerning His death (Matthew 20:18-19; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 9:22; 18:31-34). He promised that the Holy Spirit would come (John 14:16). He predicted both the future destruction of the temple and of Jerusalem. He also prophesied regarding the coming tribulation and His second coming.

Why did Jesus prophesy? He was sent as God’s messenger.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). “Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me” (John 10:25).

What does this mean for my life?
Christ represents God to man; therefore, His teachings concern God. In order for me to better understand God, I must understand Christ’s teachings. Since Christ is a prophet, I must heed His words. Also, as I know more about Jesus, I am able to better tell others about Him.

Christ’s office as prophet has been clearly established, by His own testimony, by the testimony of His contemporaries, and by the Scripture record itself. His claim to that office was validated by His prophecies which came to pass, the miracles that He worked, and His authoritative teaching. As a believer, it is important to recognize this office of Christ and thus in reverential obedience heed His word and carry it out in daily living. For that believer will be like the wise man Christ Himself described in Matthew 7:24-25, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot has long been one of my favorite authors. Here are some of my favorite quotes from her.

"Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen."

"This year, let us dissolve all our hopes into a single hope, to know Christ and be found in Him. May this be the year to desire a radically transformed, deeper, truer, knowing Christ as our all-sufficient One."

"Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith."

"The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.'

"One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime."

"Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them."

"When you don't know what to do next, just do the thing in front of you."

"Teach me to treat all that comes to me with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all."

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