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Carma Dutra
Reverence and respect for God and a genuine devotion in serving God are essential in making life worthwhile. My purpose for this blog is to observe and participate in life's temporary successes and failures reflecting the human perspective. In the end our role is acceptance. A pretty big bite of faith is required.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

We Have Eternal Life -- Right?

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

As I was driving my nine-year old granddaughter to dance class she was changing radio stations and talking non-stop about songs and friends. It was hard to tell which was which. She never fails to tell me she can only listen to "age-appropriate" music. I smile and think good thoughts about my daughter and frown at the same time thinking about our fallen world where inappropriate words are freely blared out for any one to hear them. How many parents take time to monitor this antagonizing invasion on young minds?

"Oh I don't like this one" she said. "They are singing about living forever."

A lump in my throat threatened to cut off my voice. It is not often I have a chance to talk about Jesus with my granddaughter. "There is only one way to have eternal life and that is to ask Jesus to come into your heart."

Without missing a breath she casually says "Our family knows this,---right?" and in the next breath changed the radio station.

In her mind she was trusting "our" family to know about eternal life. A childlike trust. The kind that Jesus says we should all have. "--Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3

How often do we take for granted what someone else knows about Jesus and salvation?

Lord, help us to keep a child-like mind for you and unconcern for public opinion and social status. Just as we teach our children to trust their earthly father and mother help us to teach others about your love and grace.

Give some peace of mind today,
Friday, April 2, 2010

Do You Entertain Angels?

 Hebrews 13:2 "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."

A dark figure huddles in the corner between Mr. Turner's grocery store and the city bank. You know the place---"street corner, USA"---a narrow alley way lined with garbage cans. A cold wind blusters and swirls dead leaves around your ankles as you hurry by.

Your peripheral vision catches the empty cup next to the stranger's leg. Within a nano second you debate to leave money or not. You think "let somebody else do it". Patting your jacket pocket, change from your triple mocha latte jingles. Second thoughts (or God's voice) cause you to drop them in the cup.

God's word tells us to help the poor but sometimes our definition of the poor do not include strangers on the streets. In John 11:16, Jesus says "I have other sheep which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd."

Angels have been used by God to deliver messages through out the ages and He continues to use them. We may never know when we are entertaining an Angel but God does

Have a Peaceful Easter, Remember Him


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A Christian perspective on pursuing peace, joy and life in a Secular World as God gives it. Also, book reviews of Christian and Secular titles or in other words, just good writing. Fiction, non-fiction and author interviews. Including thought provoking articles.

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