While it was only for five short days, I was blessed with a Continuing Education event that called out to me in Montreat, North Carolina. The conference, More than Nones, was just what my heart has needed. It was motivating, engaging, challenging, and humbling beyond compare. I loved the variety of worship styles and the way each worship style spoke to my heart. I loved the robust singing amongst the nearly 300 of us who gathered together. Conversations around the meal tables and special discussion gatherings were such a blessing to me.
I was reminded of the particular calling God has placed upon my heart. I was reminded that there is much work to do and that there is little time and that every single moment needs to be focused and pushing and striving.
My prayer continues to be that I accomplish just what God needs me to accomplish in each of the days of life God gives to me.
15:30 And why do you think I keep risking my neck in this dangerous work? 31 I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus? 32 Do you think I was just trying to act heroic when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hoping it wouldn’t be the end of me? Not on your life! It’s resurrection, resurrection, always resurrection, that undergirds what I do and say, the way I live. If there’s no resurrection, “We eat, we drink, the next day we die,” and that’s all there is to it. 33 But don’t fool yourselves. Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. “Bad company ruins good manners.”
34 Think straight. Awaken to the holiness of life. No more playing fast and loose with resurrection facts. Ignorance of God is a luxury you can’t afford in times like these. Aren’t you embarrassed that you’ve let this kind of thing go on as long as you have?
35 Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?” 36 If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. 37 We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. 38 You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don’t look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different.
39 You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies—humans, animals, birds, fish—each unprecedented in its form. 40 You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies— 41 sun, moon, stars—all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we’re only looking at pre-resurrection “seeds”—who can imagine what the resurrection “plants” will be like!
Our hope is not merely immortality of the spirit, but the actual resurrection of the body. The teaching of the New Testament is very plain on this. It will not be the same corrupt earthly body, but a spiritual body partaking of the nature of God’s own heavenly glory.
What is the most comforting thing in this passage as you think about your earthly body coming to an end, what questions come to your mind? Where do you believe your non-body self goes? When you take on your resurrection body, what are some things you will not miss about your earthly body? Have a Day!
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you what they like about their parents hands
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & family, Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: Gracious God, for this day and for your love, we give you thanks. Thank you for the gift of love and relationship. Thank you for the gift of healing. May we be a blessing to you this day. Amen
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