Storms!

There are some things that are for certain in our lives and storms are one of those things. All of us are going to face times in our lives when things are not sunny and calm! Here is one example from God’s word that talks about a storm:

Psalm107:23 Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. 24 They saw the works of the Lord, His wonderful deeds in the deep. 25 For He spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. 26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. 27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. 32 Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the council of the elders.

These men were merchants they set out to sea like any other day to look for goods to sell and they found themselves in the middle of a great storm. How many times in our lives does it start out like any other day and then suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of a storm.

One thing I noticed in this story this morning is in verse 25 – “For He spoke and lifted up a tempest and lifted high the waves”. So we can clearly see that God himself organized this tempest! And how did the men react even though it says they saw His wonderful deeds? Just like I do many times………. they reeled and staggered like drunken men, they were at their wit’s end! When  things appear suddenly in my life this has often been my reaction. I feel sick to my stomach, my thoughts become full of dread and panic and I feel small and helpless and tossed by the waves of my thoughts this way and that. It is a horrible and helpless feeling but we need to remember  God is ALWAYS in control. I want this   to be my first reaction and thought in a storm! God is always in control!  Let’s look what the men did next after staggering around and being very afraid….. 28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  Pretty impressive – in an instant He can create a storm and in an instant He can calm it.

Why would the God of the universe allow storms to come into our lives? One of the reasons is that many times we go our way with little thought of God , without being thankful, intent on doing what we want, pretty much ignoring Him and His blessings in our lives. Just like the men in the story we get into our own little boat and go looking for the things we think are going to fulfill  us and make us happy. The storm got the men’s attention quickly and brought them back to reality and they quickly cried out to God and He heard them and answered instantly in this case. Sometimes the storms last a little longer and they need to. It gives us a chance to look inside and see the things we have put in our lives that give us a feeling of security in the place of trusting God – our jobs, houses, family, friends, health, money etc. – our own little idols,  things that can easily be taken, tossed and shaken!

Here is another story of a time God used a storm in the lives of the disciples:

Jesus Calms the Storm

Matthew 8:23 Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. 24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”

We can see in this story that the disciples were very afraid in the storm but what was Jesus doing? He was sleeping – He wasn’t the least bit bothered or disturbed. When the disciples woke Him up they were filled with fear and panic thinking this was going to be their last day on earth and they were about to drown. How quickly our thoughts turn to our own mortality in the midst of a crisis or trial in our lives. And Jesus response? 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Jesus was fully God and fully man and He was able to instantly calm the storm. And the eyes of the disciples were opened and they were amazed and asked “what kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him.” Only God is capable of such a great feat!!!!

I heard a sermon based on this portion of scripture many years ago and I never forgot it. It basically said that when Jesus is in your boat and you find yourself in the midst of a storm there are three things to remember:

1. The boat will not sink

2. The storm will not last

3. You will reach the other side

Is Jesus in your boat today? Or  are you going to wait for the next storm to cry out to Him? Think about inviting Him into your life  or reacquainting yourself with Him today! It is so much better in the storms of life to know He is nearby and only a whisper away because He is only one who can bring calm and peace  to whatever storm you may be facing!  Things on this earth have never been stormier and it is only going to get darker and as we can see God will use storms to bring us closer to Him and to be dependent on Him and to trust Him and not in our own strength which vanishes pretty rapidly when a storm hits!

Psalm 107:39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow40 He who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. 41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. 42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. 43 Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.

Be wise!

 

Under His wing,

Linda

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The Door!

John 10:9 I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.

The boy in the blue shirt became my little brother in Christ yesterday. His name is Roberto and he followed me around the whole time we were at his school yesterday afternoon and kept dragging other people over to meet me. He asked me how to say many many words in English and would laugh and giggle when I pronounced them for him. We had so much fun in the brief time we had together and I may never see him again in this world but I will see him again one day in heaven……  Jesus came knocking on the door to his heart yesterday and He invited Him in! Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

So we see by these scriptures that Jesus IS the door that leads to eternal life, Jesus KNOCKS on the door to our heart to open our lives to Him and invite Him in and in Colossians it tells us that God OPENED the door and allowed us to go and share His word – Colossians 4:3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

God also describes the entryway into heaven as a narrow door in Matthew 7:13-14

Matthew 7:13 Go in by the narrow door; for wide is the door and open is the way which goes to destruction, and great numbers go in by it. (BBE)

Matthew 7:14 For narrow is the door and hard the road to life, and only a small number make discovery of it.

Yesterday was the chance God gave these boys and girls to enter into that door and to continue walking all their days in the narrow way that leads to life. No, it is not the popular way and many people reject it and continue on the broad path that leads to death. This makes my heart so sad but then again I look into the faces of the ones who say yes and I can see the life of God enter into them and be reflected in their eyes and know their lives have been forever changed – this is what I choose to focus on and leave the rest to our precious Lord and pray He gives the ones who reject Him another opportunity!

Here you can see the reaction of the kids when we offered then a pamphlet with God’s word to read about their decision and to share with others! They were so hungry and happy  for the things of God and this is a perfect example of how He tells us we must enter His kingdom as little children – hungry for Him and for His word and the things He has for us.

None of our activities are possible without Him. He tells us in Revelation 3:8 I know your works, See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied My name.

First we must have a little strength, have kept His word and not denied His name and then we have the practical things to deal with… we must call schools to see which doors He will open. On this trip we had 6 presentations in 4 different school in 2 days. Then we need to pray for His provision which in this case was provided by a brother in Christ who gave an offering of $100 for outreach. Taking 14 people in a big van three hours away costs about $70.00 in gas to go and return home. Gas is about $4.50 per gallon here now. That left us with about $30.00 to cover food expenses for 14 for  two days. And by the grace of God we were never hungry! He provided for us in many different ways and we came home still having a bag of sweet bread that never seemed to get empty! He also provided a place for us to sleep out of the weather which is rainy these days. We slept on the floor on mattresses we brought along in a church that we visited. Dry, warm and safe. Last but not least we pray for open hearts to receive the word. God granted all of our requests and this outing was a wonderful trip for us and over 2400 young people and teachers heard His word. Over 1000 claimed to receive Christ as their savior and a little over 400 rededicated their lives to His service. For the others it was an opportunity to hear the Gospel and we pray that God will be merciful and give them another chance to open the door of their heart.

He is the Door, He knocks on the Door and He opens the Door! This is the God we serve and there is no other!!!!

Luke 11:10 For every one who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door shall be opened.

Praising God today for doors!

Under His wing,

Linda

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The Family God gives us!

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This is a picture of my friend Lorraine and her foster daughter Jenny. Lorraine is a missionary here and is the director of the ministry Hannah’s Hands http://hannahshands.org. One day when Lorraine was working in  a government building here in El Salvador, little Jenny came up to her and called her mama. After picking up the child and asking a few questions she learned that the girl was being held by the state because her mother was picked up trying to traffic the child using false documents. By the end of the day the little girl was going home with Lorraine and Lorraine was her new foster-mother. After living with and loving this child for two years ( there is no such thing as foster love – it is the same love as if this child was born to her) the government made a phone call and presented a few documents  to her and in 4 days the child was gone again, supposedly back to the birth mother and headed for Guatemala. Lorraine has had no peace about the removal of her child from her home so abruptly and without a lot of her questions being answered. The people who gave the child to her so readily took her away just as quickly and she has not been able to get answers since.

So tomorrow Lorraine and I are leaving for Guatemala. We are going to be looking for information on  Jenny’s  whereabouts and hopefully Lorraine will have some answers after months of hearing nothing. Please keep us in your prayers and pray especially for little Jenny. For her safety, well-being and spiritual growth. She is only 3 1/2 years old and has had a pretty traumatic life so far. She was a gift to Lorraine from God and God doesn’t make mistakes so we can trust that He is in control of this and every situation in our lives. Please pray that He would give us direction, peace and some answers for Lorraine. He is the only one that can open doors no one can shut and close doors that no one can open. Our family is not just the family we are born into. When we are born again we enter into the family of God which encompasses many more relationships and some of them are a little hard to understand but He has His purposes.

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

Matthew 12:46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”g 48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

With Mother’s Day coming up in the United States this weekend, please spend some time thinking about your own Mom and those other special “moms” God has given you and pray for them and give God thanks for them. I know I am grateful for my mom  and I am especially grateful that He allowed me to have her in my life for 47 years and for how she loved us and took excellent care of the family God committed to her care.

Thank you for your prayers and Happy Mothers Day!

Under His wing,

Linda

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The Cost of Freedom = Love

Freedom……. What does it really mean to be free?

Forgiveness and eternal life are not free – it cost God something very precious to offer us a pardon and a new life with Him – His only and precious Son and it cost Jesus His life in exchange for ours! And even though there was a huge cost it is a free GIFT to us! Will you receive that gift today?

If not why not? What is holding you back? Are we afraid of losing our freedom? Freedom to sin and not feel guilty about it? Freedom to live our lives our own way? It might feel free now but one day there will be a price to pay! Your eternal life separated from God forever. You think there is still plenty of time? We don’t even know if we  will still be here 5 minutes from now – don’t waste any more time – please come to Him!

Close your eyes and take a moment and come to the foot of that cross. Take a look at Him hanging there bleeding and not holding anything back for Himself. Paying the price for us so that we can truly be made free. Free in Him because He took the penalty for our sin. Be free today – the price has been paid – give Him your sin, your doubt, your guilt, your shame. You can be free from all that here and with Him forever!

Why? Why did He do it? Because He loves us that much! John 15:12- 13 “This is My commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Can we even imagine loving someone that much that we would pay for their freedom with our life like that?

As we celebrate this time please make sure you go to  the foot of the cross and say thank you to Jesus that He was willing to pay for us and remember what it cost! And if you haven’t received your free pardon please give Him your life and your sin today! You don’t have to pay for what He has already paid for but it is your choice, He never forces us He just prays that we will come and receive that gift!

God bless you during this season of remembering!

Under His wing,

Linda

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Jesus Loves the Little Children

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

How beautiful it is to experience the innocence and wonder of a little child and what a great privilege it is to lead one of these little ones to the feet of the Lord. The kingdom of God belongs to such as these! We were in many schools, parks and churches over the past few weeks with groups visiting us from the United States and we never get tired of seeing the kids, talking with them and also watching the lives of people who are able to  share the Gospel with the children for the first time be changed forever! Thank you God for being so  gracious to  allow us to work with You in sharing the story of Your great love for us. Please Lord keep these children safe and help them to grow in their love for you and to walk  in Your ways all the days of their lives. Give them the strength and the courage to keep their childlike faith and trust in You and help us to be faithful pray for them!

And thank you for the wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ from Cave Spring Baptist Church who came and shared their lives with us this past week! We love you and we will miss you and hope you come back again soon!

Under His wing,

Linda

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Refreshed!

Connecticut Team with us

Philemon 1:4-7 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,  Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed by you, brother.

A group of 16 people from my home church United Baptist church of Ashford,  a group from Eastford Baptist Church,  one man from Nehemiah Network from New York state,  and another gentleman from Georgia came to be with us for 9 days. During this time they worked on putting up a new ceiling in the main dining hall and painting other building in the camp in mornings and then in the afternoons a group of us went out to do evangelism in the schools and door to door. Our hearts are really refreshed and we enjoyed this time so much! The memories and the laughter will last for a long time and we are greatly encouraged to continue to fight the good fight of faith!

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank Pastor Pat, Ashley, Luis, Jennifer, Erik (Jeff), Amanda, Chris, Diane, Paul, Chris, John, Joan, Kaitlin, Sarah, Charlie, and Terry for your love and the sacrifices you made to come here and encourage us! You rose early in the morning, worked hard and then participated in many evangelism activities without giving a thought to yourselves – always looking to encourage others. We love you, we will miss you and look forward to the next time we can be together – either here in El Salvador or with our Lord Jesus when He calls us home. You are an incredible bunch of people and I pray the Lord will bless and refresh you in ways that only He can.  And also to the many people back home who supported you in prayer, financially and with their love – thank you!

Proverbs 11:24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Refreshed and under His wing!

Linda

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The Perfect Gift!

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

I just came through another really stressful and frustrating time with immigration and after three days of going from office to office including the American Embassy all of my papers were once again in order and we headed to the camp to have lunch and a relaxing day with Marcello and Cecilia and the kids.

Just as we were getting ready to eat a beautiful green parrot that was up in the tree above us flew down and I extended my arm out to him and he landed on me!

Everyone was a little startled except me! I don’t know why but I just knew this was a precious gift from God that He sent down to show me that He cares for me just like He cares for the birds of the air. He really does and there is never a need to worry or to doubt  His care or the plans He has for us and as the scripture says we can trust Him because He never changes like the shifting shadows!  Pretty soon every one was laughing at the antics of this obviously very tame little gift.

He was very content to sit on the back of the truck and eat the bread we gave him while we finished our lunch.

The kids were very anxious to hold him too so I explained to them that  first they needed to win his confidence by talking softly to him and making very slow movements towards him with their finger or arm. It only took a minute or two for Danny to get him to perch on his hand and you can see he was very pleased.

The only one that was not happy was Esteban! He got really scared when this bird flew out of no where and landed on me and was even less thrilled when mom Raquel decided to let him sit on her finger! He loves birds but never saw one behave like this one!

Our buddy really had a good time with Mauricio and couldn’t decide which sholder he liked bestand after he tried them both…..he settled for the top of his head!After she was sure nobody was going to get hurt,  Ana decided to take a turn and he loved the banana she fed him.

 The kids named the bird Adcock after me and thanked me for leaving them  with the gift that God gave to me! What a perfect gift! What a perfect God! Happy New Year  from El Salvador!

Under His wing with a new friend,

Linda

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Merry Christmas!

 

Luke 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us. 16. and they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17. And when they had seen it , they made known abroad the saying which was told to them concerning this child. 18. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19. But Mary kept all these things in her heart. 20. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

My prayer for you this Christmas is that you are filled with the same awe and wonder as the shepherds were that first night that Jesus came into the world – God became man in the form of a baby to live a sinless life and to become the sacrifice for all sin so that we could have eternal life with Him for ever. This is the story that the angels told and no matter how hard the world tries to take the Christ out of Christmas it can’t be done! He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace and one day the government of this world will be on His sholders and there will  be peace on earth that will never end. He is coming back and this is why we celebrate the day of His birth! He has not forgotten us or left us as orphans – He lives in our hearts and has promised to never leave us or forsake us! What greater gift could you ever have!

Happy birthday Lord Jesus – come soon!

This Christmas season may you be filled with the Joy, Love and Peace of Jesus Christ!

Under His wing,

Linda

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What Prize are you Competing For?

 

1 Corinthians 9: 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

The young people who you see in these photos all participated in a program sponsored by Word of Life called Youth Involved. It is an annual event and the young people here love it! This was my first opportunity to be involved with this program because last year I was still in the US when it was held. About 6 weeks before the event the entire team of missionaries goes from church to church to begin to train the young people to participate in the event. There are many different areas of competiton to choose from:   Preaching, Sunday School lesson demonstration, gospel drama presentation, open air evangelism, and many different types of musical competitions. The day ends with a bible marathon which consists of a competition  of being able to correctly recite one of 31 scripture verses and or the answers to one of 45 different questions on biblical doctrine. Each church youth group is a team and the teams compete against each other for the prize! When the moderator says the reference for a particular scripture the first person to stand gets the opportunity to repeat the verse – word for word from memory. If they cannot do this successfully the other team gets an opportunity to try. The same format is used for the questions and answers session.

  

This day was such a blessing to me personally to see so many young people who worked so hard to prepare for this day – there were two trophies and many medals passed out for excellent performance but these prizes and awards will not last – just like the verse in Corinthians says. All things on the earth are temporary and will at some time pass away or be destroyed – so then what is the point of this competition and all the time spent preparing for this special day? The point is to prepare and train the young people in the churches to share and pass on the message about the REAL special day  – the day our Lord Jesus comes for His people!

The bible talks about 5 different crowns  we, as Christians,  can receive  that will last for eternity:

1.Crown of LIFE –  For persevering under trials as a Christian – James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

This crown  of life is also talked about in a few other places like:

Revelation 2: 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

2. Crown of RIGHTEOUSNESS  For those are found righteous in Christ and are looking for His coming – 1 Timothy 4:8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

3.  Crown of GLORY For those who work as Pastors and Elders in the churches – 1 Peter 5:2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

4. Crown of REJOICING  For those who are soul winners – 1 Thessalonians  2:19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

5. Crown INCORRUPTIBLE – for self-denial  – 1 Corinthians 9: 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

So what is the significance of the crowns we will be rewarded in heaven? Will we be wearing them and strutting around in heaven patting each other and ourselves on the back about how wonderful we were here on earth and how deserving we are of a crown!!!!!!    NO!

Here is what the bible says we will do with our crowns:

Revelation 4: 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

We were created by God to serve Him and worship Him forever but sin entered the world and separated us from God. It is only by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior and receiving the pardon offered by the shedding of His blood on the cross for our sins that we can once again be reunited to our creator and compete for these crowns which one day we will lay at His feet in gratitude for what He did for us – not what WE did for Him. On that day,  that glorious day,  we do not want to appear before Him empty-handed!

There is no other race and there is no other prize that matters except the reward  of eternal life –  the devil is a liar and there are many today who  believe the lie that there are many  ways  and Jesus is just one of them, or there are many paths that lead to the same end, or there really is no such thing as hell. PLEASE consider the race you are running in and if you a running in one of these  wrong directions ( the wide gate and broad road that leads to destruction)  turn around, ask His forgiveness and begin to run through the  narrow gate that leads to LIFE eternal:

Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to LIFE, and only a few find it.

This is the message that the young people are learning to live out and to share and I am so encouraged to witness the intensity in the youth here to be good servants for the Lord and their desire to see all of the people in their country come to know Him and be saved! Pray for us as we continue to share the Love of Christ and the message of hope in El Salvador!

Under His wing,

Linda

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Temporary Resident

This week I received approval from the government of El Salvador to live here as a temporary resident for one year. First I will receive  a card that gives me temporary residency for 3 months. During the 3 months my paperwork will be reviewed and if everything is satisfactory I will receive another card for 9 months. At the end of one year I will need to apply again for another year as a temporary resident. After 5 years of temporary residency you may apply to become a permanent resident. When I was thinking about this today I was reminded of the many scripture verses that speak about foreigners, strangers, sojourners, aliens and I thought it would be interesting to look some of them up. Here is what I came up with and it sort of reads like a letter! I hope you are blessed reading it as I was looking up the verses and writing it! And remember all of us as Christians are strangers and temporary residents here no matter what card we carry – we belong to Christ and where He is that is where our true home is!

1 Peter 2: 11

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

1 Peter 1:17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” 18For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 

Hebrews 13: 11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. 13So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. 14For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. 15Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Zechariah 7:10 Don’t oppress the widow, nor the fatherless, the foreigner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.

Psalm 146:9 The LORD protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

Ephesians 2: 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Philippians 2:10    And so, when Jesus’ name is called, the knees of everyone should fall wherever they’re residing. 11 Then every tongue in one accord, will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, while God the Father praising.

And when that day comes and we hear the trumpet call and the voice of Jesus shout “come up here” we will receive our true permanent resident status as members of God’s household!

Under His wing!

Linda

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