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Jerusalem From Above

Vicki Andree Books

When my husband and I traveled to Israel for the research for my book, On Our Own In Jerusalem, we loved taking tours and exploring the Old City alone.

The first picture I took from the Citadel looking toward the mount of olives.

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This photo is a view of the Dome of the Rock.

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In today’s featured video, one can view of Mount of Olives, the Old City, and Old Jerusalem Train Station. Watch as a guide describes a walk on the walls around the Old City to observe the Tower of David and a close view of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.  You can also see the excavation of an ancient road with exits and remains of ovens and old stones.

Click here to view, it is worth the trip.

Enjoy.

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Christ United Methodist Church, Brookhaven, PA

Christ United Methodist Church, Brookhaven, PA

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27 NKJV).

The Message says it this way: “But now you have arrived at your destination: by faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.”

Wearing an adult faith wardrobe doesn’t have much to do with clothing. It’s our spiritual wardrobe that needs examining. We have a new way of looking at things. Putting on Christ is our effort to be more like Him. The more we learn about Him, the more we understand what to put on and what to take off.

One thing that may have to change is the way you talk. Words are powerful and should always be used in an edifying way. Forget the coarse language and jokes that we used to listen to. We’re putting Holiness on and there’s no room for profanity or gossip. Read the words in red in your Bible and begin to speak like Jesus does, comforting, direct, honest. He never minced words and neither should we. This may be a new thing, but we can learn it.

Put on compassion. Stop and listen when people talk. Are they asking for your help? Do they need Jesus? Take time to listen. Put on gratefulness. We must be thankful for all He has done for us. Put on humility, Micah 6:8 gives us a clue: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

And the miracle is that you have been given these garments. You can be encouraging, compassionate, and humble.

This is day seventeen of a forty day devotional, The Miracle Of You. Click here for more information.

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Apostolic Christian Church, Rockville, Connecticut

Apostolic Christian Church, Rockville, Connecticut

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26 NKJV).

You are God’s child through your solid faith in Jesus. Now what do you do? How do you live the faith life? There cannot be a simple answer for this, and yet there can be. You pray—lots! You study the Scriptures, His love letter to you. You never forsake Him. You never deny Him. Sometimes you might defend Him, even though He doesn’t need defending. He is very capable of taking care of Himself. Defending His Word is another matter.

One of my colleagues at the office suddenly broke out swearing, using the name of Jesus to express his frustration at his computer. He saw me standing there and stopped.

His face reddened and he said, “Oh, I’m so sorry.”

I must admit that I was offended, but I wasn’t about to let him off so easily. So I said to him, “I’m not the one you offended. Take it up with Him.”

As a child of God I cannot help but be offended when someone uses Jesus’ name to swear. It happens more and more these days. My purpose in responding the way I did was to get the man to stop and think about what he had done. I don’t want people to talk about my Father that way. I asked the Holy Spirit to take care of it.

When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter drew his sword and fought for Jesus. Jesus stopped him. Usually God doesn’t want us to start a fight for Him. But I think He want us to always be willing to defend His name.

Here’s the miracle. God is your Father. He will grant you the wisdom and humility to know when a teachable moment has presented itself.

This is day sixteen of a forty day devotional, The Miracle of You. Click here to find out more.

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Obscure Mission

Vicki Andree Books

        My father left this planet in 1991. As we sorted through the things he left on earth we found this piece that he wrote. I love it and the fact that he wrote it. I would like to share it now and I hope you enjoy it.

Obscure Mission

By Delbert Myers 

          There is an operation taking place in this country which although not by any means secret is so obscure that it is virtually unnoticed by our fellow citizens.  In fact, this operation to some extent reaches the furthermost areas of the earth and for all practical purposes is undetected.  A team already in the field must sponsor an individual selected to participate in the venture.  In fact, the individual must learn his role from projects with others engaged on the mission.  In short, it is on the job training for the individual until he progresses to the higher levels…

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