Build the walls to your life carefully. A strong foundation in Christ, on the Solid Rock of Ages. And when the storms of life come, and they will come, and the shaking right to the very foundation occurs, your home (your life) stands firmly upon the Truth of that Foundation, (Christ) that will not be moved. (2 Timothy 2:19-21- The Firm Foundation of God in Christ).
Making Desciples is NOT just about making "new converts" or babies. Make babies after your faith in Christ, however that is NOT ALL that the parent is responsible for. Bring the child to maturity and to become a responsible adult and a true reflections of the parents life. Desciples introduce new believers to life in Christ, then carefully with daily instruction, joyfully impacting their lives to the point of adulthood in Christ.
Olives: The first time the Olive appears in the Bible is after the flood when Noah checked to see if the water had receded. When the dove returned with an Olive branch in her mouth, Noah knew that the water has receded sufficiently and life had begun anew. Genesis (8:11, 21). Pure Olive oil was the fuel source for the lighting of the golden Menorah in the Temple and was also used to anoint priests and kings as part of their initiation. One lesson we can take from Olives is that just like an Olive only yields oil when pressed, so too, when we are pressed between the millstones of life, our best selves often emerge when we rise to the occasion to meet life’s challenges
Seeds that are planted may appear insignificant when planted, and may be considered small, but when they are cared for, watered with the sun shine providing light and opportunity, a gift of life is surrendered from the soil that springs to the glory of God the Father and the thanksgiving of His people. And so are the seeds of Faith sown from need providing hope and encouragement to the sower.
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