"Participation in suffering means to suffer with Christ, to encounter God, as Jeremiah and Job encountered Him; to see Him in the tempest, to apprehend Him as Light in the darkness, to love Him when we are aware only of the roughness of His hand."
"Do you believe this?" Are you facing an area of doubt in your life? Have you come, like Martha, to a crossroads of overwhelming circumstances where your theology is about to become a very personal belief? This happens only when a personal problem brings the awareness of our personal need.
Oswald Chambers Nov. 6th
God we thank you for the times when you "ruin our image" and break us down, and bring/allow/reveal a personal problem that causes us to cry out to you. WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN TO RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!! the moravians
"There is so much suffering, so much hatred, so much misery, and we with our prayer, with our sacrifice are beginning at home. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do. It is to God Almighty - how much we do it does not matter, because He is infinite, but how much love we put in that action. How much we do to Him in the person that we are serving." Mother teresa
this cut and paste from an article on the defeat of "gay marriage" by the people of Maine
caught my eye...
Richard Socarides, who was an adviser on gay-rights issues in the Clinton administration, said the loss in Maine should prompt gay-rights leaders to reconsider their state-by-state strategy on marriage and shift instead to lobbying for changes on the federal level that expand recognition of same-sex couples.
So what this guy is saying is, every time we bring this issue, (this abomination), up to the people we lose, so what we need to do is bypass these "stupid people" and go to the "all-wise" leaders and have them change the laws anyway... and this is the strategy of satan... push the people aside and get the "leaders" who have been bought and paid for to change the laws.