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Jesus is the exact representation of the Father (Heb 1:3). Banishes any fear that the Father is more stern, or less receiving than the Son.
Sam Allberry

(Source: onfireforgod)

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This morning we as the church gather to remember the one who is our all in all. We gather to recount the gospel, the depth of our need and the all-sufficiency of our Savior.

And I’m really excited about that.

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
    our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
    for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.

…What shall I render to the Lord
    for all his benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

(psalm 116)

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stunned ///

Struck from within, my soul leaps
Alive at the noise of the rustling
of the Spirit’s wind through my ribcage
I breathe, involuntarily - I have never been able to breathe on my own
But now the oxygen is drawn into my chest
- the work of God;
and his face is majestic.

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Let me write the songs of a nation – I don’t care who writes its laws.
Andrew Fletcher

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We know that we cannot go to God but that God must go to us in inconceivable grace, otherwise we have waited in vain and would lose our life. We can do nothing else but watch and wait, which means enthusiastically, totally taken up, deaf toward everyone who would make us confused with doubts, blind to every force that comes between us and that future of God. Only one thing is of importance to us. We want to see God; we want to hear God; we want to receive God; we want to know God; we want to serve God. We want inconceivably nothing else, in any case nothing like we want God.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “On Being People Waiting for the Lord.”

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Let my religion be more obvious to my conscience,
  more perceptible to those around.
While Jesus is representing me in heaven,
  may I reflect him on earth,
While he pleads my cause, may I show forth
  his praise.

The Valley of Vision