Week 44   Day 7

 

            we are people of faith 

            but sometimes our faith is 

                        feeble

                        fragile 

                        fleeting 

 

            we are like the disciples who came to Jesus 

            asking him to increase their faith 

                        and the Lord told them about a mustard seed 

                                    so small it can hardly be seen 

                                    so ordinary it could be tossed away 

                                    so little as to be insignificant   

 

            we do not want a faith like a mustard seed 

            but rather a great and grand and visible faith 

                        the kind that people take notice of 

                                    powerful 

                                    passionate 

                                    persevering 

 

            our Lord knew about seeds and resurrections 

            that what you plant is a tomb from which new life grows

                        plant the seed 

                                   nurture it

                                   watch and see  

 

                                                            ---rus

 

 

 

                                                 HOPE

Whenever a seed sprouts, it is an example of resurrection.

                                       I Corinthians 15

 

    3 I delivered to you that which I also received:  that Christ

died for our sins, 4that He was buried, that He rose again the

third day, 5and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 

6After that He was seen by over five hundred at once.  7He was

seen by James, then by all the apostles.  8Then last of all He

was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

    9 I am the least of the apostles, and not worthy to be called an

apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  10By the grace

of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not in vain.

    12Now how do some among you say there is no resurrection? 

14 If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your

faith is also empty.  20But Christ is risen from the dead, and

has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

 22As in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

    35"How are the dead raised?  With what body do they come?" 

36Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 

37You do not sow the body that shall be, but mere grain--

perhaps wheat.  38But God gives it a body as He pleases.

    39All flesh is not the same, there is one kind of flesh of men,

another flesh of animals, another of fish and another of birds.

    40There are also celestial and terrestrial bodies; but the glory

of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 

41There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and

another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another.

    42So also is the resurrection of the dead.  The body is sown

in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.  43Sown in dishonor;

raised in glory.  Sown in weakness; raised in power.  44 It is

sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

    50Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor

does corruption inherit incorruption.  51Behold, I tell you a

mystery:  We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--

52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. 

The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible,

and we shall be changed.  53For this corruptible must put on

incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54Then

shall be brought to pass the saying, "Death is swallowed up in

victory."   55"O Death, where is your sting?"  56The sting of

death is sin.  57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ.  58Therefore, be steadfast,
always abounding in the work of the Lord.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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