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December 2020

Reconciliation

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God of all grace, I would commend to Thee all who have had a disappointing year. Wherever the heart aches in the sense of failure, wilt Thou send the needed balm? If holy vows have been broken, wilt Thou send the grace of repentance and amendment? May we finish the year in the joys of reconciliation! — J.H. Jowett

We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV)

[Jesus] your cross stands against the sky of my life as a personal guarantee: Nothing can separate me from Your love! —David Kopp

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. (Colossians 1:19-21, NLT)

Exactly at midnight yesterday sighs away. — William Stafford

Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13, NLT)


Heaven

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The biblical perspective on heaven and earth is not linear, as if earth comes first, and then heaven. Rather, it is vertical, so that all humanity exists on the earth and under heaven. The reason this is important is that heaven is not just a place we go when we die. Heaven is also a place that gives meaning and order to the earth that sits beneath it. — M. Craig Barnes

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. … And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. (Revelation 21:1, 22-26, ESV)

If within us, we find nothing over us, we will succumb to what is around us.                                                                                         —P.T. Forsyth

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20, NIV)


Gliding

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In your faith walk, you’re either climbing or sliding. There’s no such thing as gliding.

                                                                                    — Brian Moore

Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1, NLT)

Holiness is a dynamic thing, a matter of motion. There is no static balance in the spiritual life. We’re either moving toward God or away from Him. — David Roper

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14, NIV)