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Daily inspiration and Birth verse for April 29:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Daily inspiration: Lord, today let me thank you for all the trials and difficulties that I did not have to suffer. I may not know what they are, but I am certain that You have never given me more than You and I together are able to handle.

Daily Scripture & Reflection: But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son. Galatians 4:4

A Time to Think: Beauty is God's handwriting. –Charles Kingsley, English clergyman and author

A Time to Act: Stop a moment, cease your work and enjoy the day.

A Time to Pray: Lord, keep me true to the beauty with which You created me.

Birth verse for April 29: But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV

PrayFit Devotional: Even If It’s Dirty; Apr 28, 13; Read: Matthew 28

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” –Matthew 28:19

There was something in the water yesterday. Twenty-five people were baptized in the late service alone, with more in both the early service and evening service to follow. Oh my friends. One by one, their stories of how they came to know Jesus were read. One woman had a learning disability and yet she learned the most important thing in life. Another man was being baptized one year to the day of a traumatic brain injury and he needed special assistance throughout. And even though I was a weeping mess, none of them hit me quite as hard as did the images from the prison ministry.

Perhaps much like yours, our church has a state-of-the-art mobile baptistry, equipped with viewing window and dual enter and exit staircases. Each person that was baptized was greeted with a warm towel as they walked into the open arms of loved ones. It’s always a beautiful service. But then on the big screens we saw images of inmates being baptized in trash cans and dumpsters; each man raised out of that dirty water only to be thrown the same prison-issue shirt they had taken off minutes earlier. A grim reminder that they were still bound by bars for the crimes they’d committed. Isn’t that a picture? Guilty inmates turned prisoners of grace.

You know, because there’s power in the blood, there’s just something in that water. Even if it’s dirty.

Question: Have you committed your life to Christ? If so, have you taken the step of obedience of baptism? I remember when I was baptized by my sweet preacher, Rev. Henry Powell. Not before or since have I ever felt “so clean,” if that makes sense. I’ll never forget it. And neither will you. Much like we talk about how our approach to health — not how we look but our heart toward health — is a way to praise the Lord, baptism is a way to publicly profess your faith. There is something in the water.
–Jimmy Peña
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