Encouragement

Be Fearless

We were made to be courageous –

We are powerful, even in weakness,

as we are fearfully and wonderfully made, prepared for good works.

In courage and boldness, let’s reclaim the truth of our God given identity.

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We are powerful because Christ, the hope of glory, lives in us. The Good Shepherd laid down His life so we “may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)

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We’ve been given wisdom and power. (Daniel 2)

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We are His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God created in advance for us to do. We don’t lose heart.

“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

~2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Later in 2 Corinthians, God tells Paul that His grace is sufficient for Paul, for God’s power is made perfect in weakness. Paul went on to say that “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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How does this speak to us today?

We are children of God, and the same God that split the Red Sea in two … lives in us. That’s His power and greatness.

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We were made to be courageous. We are powerful, even in weakness, as we are fearfully and wonderfully made, prepared for good works. Amen.

Tanya C .‘21

Yoga

The Rhythm of Graceful Rest

The Message translation of Matthew 11:28-30 tells us …
“Are you tired? Worn out?
Burned out on religion?
Come to me.
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

John Mark Comer says this …
“People all over the world – outside the church and in – are looking for an escape, a way out from under the crushing weight to life this side of Eden. But there is no escaping it. The best the world can offer is a temporary distraction to delay the inevitable or deny the inescapable.

That’s why Jesus doesn’t offer us an escape. He offers us something far better: ‘equipment.’ He offers his apprentices a whole new way to bear the weight of humanity: with ease. At his side. Like two oxen in a field, tied shoulder to shoulder. With Jesus doing all the heavy lifting. At his pace. Slow, unhurried, present to the moment, full of love and joy and peace.

An easy life isn’t an option; an easy yoke is.”
~The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry