Taught By God To Love Each Other

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Ambition is a characteristic that people in our society value greatly.  However, society’s view of ambition is “getting ahead,” “grabbing all the gusto,” “living for number one.”  All of these ambitions center on pursuit for the self.  The Christian’s ambition, however, is to strive for the kingdom of God.  Christians do not live to be flashy; instead, they seek to be obedient servants of Jesus Christ who is Lord of the church.  Whatever we do, let us do it faithfully, as unto the Lord, and let us be a positive force in society – serving those around us rather than stepping on people to get to the top.

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  (2003)

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Is Our World Safe For Diversity?

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In regards, to the chaos in Charlottesville it’s important that remember that hate should play no role in our society. When we learn to love our differences as opposed of hating our differences we can move forward as Americans.

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Our God Is Able

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Through the ministry of His Spirit and the Word, we start to see things as the Father does and learn what pleases Him (Romans 12:2).  By believing that God keeps His promises, we will become stronger in our faith and more at peace.  Hardships that once would have thrown us off course will lose their power to shake us.  Hope will replace discouragement, and trust will overcome doubt.  Each time trouble comes, focus your attention on your loving heavenly Father and His ability to care for you.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, August 5, 2017.

Restoration

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Miracles are not merely superhuman happenings, but happenings that demonstrate God’s power.  Jesus performed miracles to renew people – restoring sight, making the lame to walk, even restoring life to the dead.  Believe in Him, not because He is a superhuman, but because He is God, graciously renewing His creation.  Although God does not always choose to bring full restoration this side of heaven, God does have a special concern for the poor, the weak, the crippled, the orphaned, the blind, the lame, and the oppressed.  Our concern should be like God’s – to care for the powerless in society by bringing Christ’s message of redemption in both our words and actions.

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  (2003)

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Thursday Doors

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Hopefully they are reconstructing this building and not demolishing it :-/

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I hope this building will be saved-originally it was a Female College.  This is the rear of the building.  

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An old school nearby.

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An old Firehouse.  All of these are in the same area/neighborhood, near downtown Montgomery, AL.  The Firehouse and many other very old buildings nearby are being refurbished and will be part of a growing entertainment district.  But there are many that are structurally sound and amazing architecturally that are not being remodeled but hopefully will be along with the others.

Unity

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Not everyone has the privilege of attending a large family reunion in their lifetime.  Many families are widely dispersed and have lost touch with one another.  But when large families get together and meet distant cousins, they have no trouble bonding.  Why?  Because they share a common heritage.

Strangers in the body of Christ should be that way – distant spiritual cousins who bond immediately.  After all, we have “one body and one Spirit…one hope…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).  Unfortunately, Christians too often stick to their own ‘families’ – Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and so on.  The world looks at the body of Christ and wonders why we can’t seem to get along better than we do.  The early church, in its pre-denominational days, was known for its oneness and unity.  It is a characteristic every Christian should work hard to restore to Christ’s body.

When you meet Christians who are strangers, give them the right hand of fellowship.  There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a taste of eternal unity right here on earth.

Commentary from Pathways Devotional by David Jeremiah, July 31.