The area where Christ was crucified was not originally inside the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem. But as the city grew, was attacked, destroyed & rebuilt, the walls expanded. This is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the area identified as the site where Christ was Crucified & buried. The care of the church is handled by 6 denominations: Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Roman Catholic , Coptic, Ethiopian and Syriac Orthodox churches.
But if you are Christian, there is only one Church, and Christ is the Head (Colossians 1:18).
We are many denominations (and non-denominations) because God expresses Himself in a myriad of glorious ways. But, we are one Body: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.“1 Corinthians 12:5-7
God Bless you all
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Disillusionment is a good thing if it makes you susceptible to the truth.
Think about that for a minute.
No longer under the illusion of whatever is distracting you from truth.
I’m not saying it doesn’t hurt us or cause us to be off-kilter for awhile when what we thought was true turns out to be a lie.
The difficult part is accepting that what we believe isn’t true…or truth.
Some people never accept truth or facts. It’s too hard for them to change…
…or admit they were in error…
…or that they believe a lie. Then pride gets in the way and they stay…deceived.
We all get to choose.
The Apostle Paul faced that same choice. He believed he was doing God’s work by imprisoning and killing the followers of Christ. After all, he knew God. He was a Jewish man. And not just any Jewish man, he was a Pharisee , educated in The Law and a strict adherent to the same Law.
That was until those same Christ followers prayed for him and God intervened in Saul’s (Paul) life:
“As he (Saul/Paul) was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
“And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:3-6
Saul, later renamed Paul, was faced with a choice: continue to hold on to his pride, position and tradition or accept that what he believed might not be true.
Thankfully for us, and for himself, he made the right choice. He made the decision to embrace the truth of Jesus, who is Truth, lay aside his own worldview and become a disciple of Christ. And the rest is history.
As you read the scriptures for yourself, and you come across something that is directly the opposite of what you believe, be willing to let go and grow in the truth of God’s word. And don’t be afraid to ask Him questions or voice your doubts or concerns. The Holy Spirit is a wonderful and creative teacher. He knows what will help you understand and believe.
“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” ~ John 8:31-32
There is a theme running through different words I’ve read the past few days: staying close to the Father. This encouragement from God through Marsha Burns fits perfectly with my last post on 11.23.20
November 24, 2020
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS
When you are overwhelmed and undone, take the time necessary to commune with Me. Do this regularly for the sake of sanity. Take a breath and release all tension and stress as you rest in My presence. Come to the place that is above and beyond the worries of the day. Be at peace.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”