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Today’s Reflection

O GIVER OF LIFE, neither wealth nor status can rescue us. We cannot affect the outcome of our lives. We can only rest in you, who blesses us so that we might bless others. Give us a heart that longs not for wealth but for you and your upside-down kingdom alone. Amen.


A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God

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Today’s Scripture

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.
Matthew 21:43, NRSV

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  • Jill October 8, 2017, 4:36 am

    My soul finds rest in God alone.
    Grateful for a brief walk with my friend and her dog last evening. Beautiful Fall colors, comfortable temperatures. Dinner as well.
    Today we celebrate my dad’s birthday. He and mom will be over after church for lunch. Grateful for his health, his wonderful embrace of life and his care for mom.

  • robert moeller October 8, 2017, 6:05 am

    Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.
    Matthew 21:43, NRSV Today’s scripture. I think we have some effect on our lives. Faith, belief, trust in God and then action based on that faith are necessary on our part. No one knows us as completely as God knows us. Without God we would not exist, and without God we are not alive, with God we have the help we need when our human ability is lacking, through God’s grace, love, and mercy we are able to stand righteously before God. Thanks be to God!

    To meet a friend and do a task I’ll miss church today. Thankful for a long walk yesterday, explored new territory. The train track is assembled. Had a great supper and pieces of apple/pear pie. The scenery is spectacular.

    Prayers for grandparents, grandchildren, and their parents. May the newest hurricane be easy on the already stricken area. Lord, we most certainly need Your wisdom to deal with the broad spectrum of life’s problems. Help everyone turn to You, recognize Your sovereignty and accept Your precious gifts. May we be Your hands and feet and do Your work that Your kingdom comes and Your will is done. Blessings to all on the Lord’s Day.

    • Marcy October 8, 2017, 8:42 am

      Amen and PTL!

      Thank you, Robert, for sharing these words of wisdom with eveyone, expressing God’s Word so well.

    • April October 8, 2017, 10:43 am

      Robert, I also think we have an effect on our lives and many others. If we are grandparents we have had and continue to have the opportunity to effect the lives of our children and now with those little grandchildren that bless our lives. I am thankful that the prayer focus has recently been on grandparents as I realize they are playing a more involved part of their children’s lives with meals, school activities, reading before bedtime, etc. It takes a village to raise a child (no matter how old we or our children are) and I am so thankful for our oasis/village that supports me so that I can support others.
      Blessings to all on this beautiful fall day.

      • robert moeller October 10, 2017, 6:58 am

        Yes, indeed. I’m very much in agreement.

  • Betsy October 8, 2017, 11:48 am

    So grateful Fo grandparents that continues to positively effect the lives grandchildren. We all can have an enormous effect on those broken and searching for meaning. May God lead us to do just that.
    Thankful for a spirit filled reunion last night with our prison ministry ladies. They are so convicted to work with others and prayerfully consider where God is leading them.
    Jill, a happy birthday to your dad. Enjoy you meal and day with your folks.
    Happy sabbath to all who visit here.

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