The King of Glory

Embedded in our being

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What is the focus of your life? What are you best equipped to do? Think beyond natural abilities and learned skills, and beyond the routine of everyday life.

If you have a hard time seeing what that optimal thing is, it’s because we all tend to drift from the simple, most basic reason we exist.

Every artist, builder, or designer has a purpose in mind for what they create. It is, in someway, an extension of who they are internally.

A Wild Branch

Arrogance, unbelief, and restoration

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Now, I speak to you who are not Jewish. As long as I am an apostle sent to people who are not Jewish, I bring honor to my ministry. Perhaps I can make my people jealous and save some of them. 

If Israel’s rejection means that the world has been brought back to God, what does Israel’s acceptance mean? It means that Israel has come back to life.

If the first handful of dough is holy, the whole batch of dough is holy. If the root is holy, the branches are holy. But some of the olive branches have been broken off, and you, a wild olive branch, have been grafted in their place. You get your nourishment from the roots of the olive tree.

What Does It Mean to Flourish?

Receiving and enjoying the love of God

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Comparisons are valuable in choosing one thing from another, such as an appliance or car. But making comparisons between ourselves and others is never valuable, unless you’re trying to make yourself miserable.

What’s worse is when we carry on conversations in our mind, it’s called self-talk, where we belittle ourselves for not measuring up. Measuring up to what? Who? What standard? That’s exactly the problem.

When we condemn ourselves on the basis of our performance as a person, it’s so nebulous and random, and we’re the only one who hears it. Sound familiar?

Lacking Nothing

The Lord is my shepherd

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What’s the most well-known and popular psalm in the Bible? Hands down, it’s Psalm 23. A favorite at funerals because of its comforting words, it’s short and descriptive, making it a memorable favorite.

It is a calming and reassuring prayer that’s brought comfort and hope to POW’s and millions of other through the centuries.

Psalm 23 could very well be called the Lord’s psalm. It’s a very personal expression of trust in God. Short, compact, yet richly filled with deep language.

Chosen by God’s Kindness

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So I ask, “Has God rejected his people Israel?” That’s unthinkable! Consider this. I’m an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he knew long ago.

Don’t you know what Elijah says in the Scripture passage when he complains to God about Israel? He says,

“Lord, they’ve killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I’m the only one left, and they’re trying to take my life.” But what was God’s reply? God said, “I’ve kept 7,000 people for myself who have not knelt to worship Baal.”

So, as there were then, there are now a few left that God has chosen by his kindness. If they were chosen by God’s kindness, they weren’t chosen because of anything they did. Otherwise, God’s kindness wouldn’t be kindness.