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A SPIRITUAL WORD from david bruce

STORIES ARE ABOUT RELATIONSHIP
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SPIRITUAL THEMES

Click to enlargeON FORIVENESS AND FAMILY

You must choose to forgive whoever has wronged you. Forgiveness is not an emotion, it is a decision of the will.
-- ERWIN W. LUTZER

When you forgive you in no way change the past—but you sure do change the future.
--BERNARD MELTZER

When God pardons, he consigns the offense to everlasting forgetfulness.
--MERV ROSELL

Nobody’s family can hang out the sign Nothing the Matter Here.
--CHINESE PROVERB

Our very nature is acquired within families: we are not self-reared after the fashion of Tarzan. The human family lacking, there would cease to be a human nature. Doubtlessly some race resembling in outward aspect the extinct homo sapiens would survive for a time. But you and I would feel little kinship with these . . . degenerate caricatures of human beings among whom families had ceased to exist.
--RUSSELL KIRK

Click to enlargeON SPIRITUALITY AND THE FAMILY

Genesis 12:7-8 (NLT)
Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, "I am going to give this land to your offspring." And Abram built an altar there to commemorate the Lord's visit. [8] After that, Abram traveled southward and set up camp in the hill country between Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar and worshiped the Lord.

Genesis 13:3-4 (NLT)
Then they continued traveling by stages toward Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where they had camped before. [4] This was the place where Abram had built the altar, and there he again worshiped the Lord.

Deut. 4:9-10 (NLT)
"But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the Lord do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. [10] Tell them especially about the day when you stood before the Lord your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, 'Summon the people before me, and I will instruct them. That way, they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will be able to teach my laws to their children.'

Deut. 11:19-20 (NLT)
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. [20] Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,

Deut. 12:5-7 (NLT)
Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place he himself will choose from among all the tribes for his name to be honored. [6] There you will bring to the Lord your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your special gifts, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your freewill offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your flocks and herds. [7] There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you.

Joshua 24:15 (NLT)
But if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord."

Psalm 101:2 (NLT)
I will be careful to live a blameless life—
when will you come to my aid?
I will lead a life of integrity
in my own home.

Jeremiah 7:18 (NLT)
No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they give drink offerings to their other idol gods!

Cornelius:

Acts 10:1-6 (NLT)
In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. [2] He was a devout man who feared the God of Israel, as did his entire household. He gave generously to charity and was a man who regularly prayed to God. [3] One afternoon about three o'clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. "Cornelius!" the angel said.
[4] Cornelius stared at him in terror. "What is it, sir?" he asked the angel.
And the angel replied, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have not gone unnoticed by God! [5] Now send some men down to Joppa to find a man named Simon Peter. [6] He is staying with Simon, a leatherworker who lives near the shore. Ask him to come and visit you."

Acts 10:33 (NLT)
So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now here we are, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you."

Acts 10:44 (NLT)
Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who had heard the message.

Acts 10:47-48 (NLT)
"Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?" [48] So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.

The Jailer and his Family

Acts 16:25-34 (NLT)
Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. [26] Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! [27] The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. [28] But Paul shouted to him, "Don't do it! We are all here!"
[29] Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. [30] He brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
[31] They replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your entire household." [32] Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and all who lived in his household. [33] That same hour the jailer washed their wounds, and he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. [34] Then he brought them into his house and set a meal before them. He and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.

Other Examples:

Acts 18:8 (NLT)
Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and all his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also became believers and were baptized.

1 Cor. 1:16 (NLT)
(Oh yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. I don't remember baptizing anyone else.)


 
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