Do you ever feel like you’re different from everyone else? Today, Jeff invites us to marvel at the reality that each person is unrepeatable and a unique masterpiece of God’s creativity and love.
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“God has the ability to create billions of people and no two are the same.”
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
We belong to Jesus
And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to entrap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it.” And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.”– Mark 12:13-16
The Stuff of Eternity
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal, and we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics with this in mind.”– C.S. Lewis
“He seems to do nothing of Himself which He can possibly delegate to His creature. He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye… Perhaps we do not fully realize the problem, so to call it, of enabling finite free wills to coexist with Omnipotence. It seems to involve at every moment almost a sort of divine abdication. “– C.S. Lewis
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”– Hebrews 12:1-2
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”– 2 Corinthians 3:18
“We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.”– Alexksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used or using anything that is meant to be worshiped.”– St. Augustine
Esau traded the holy for the common, the eternal for the temporal (Gen 25:27-34).
Hebrew 12:16 calls Esau immoral and profane. A profane person is one who for the sensual gratification or amusement of the moment gives up that which is spiritual and unseen; to be careless of that which is holy, so as to snatch the present enjoyment, in short, practically not to deem anything holy at all, if it stands in the way of present pleasure.
“Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.”– Thomas a Kempis
Scott Wesley Brown: “Things”.
Things upon the mantle
Things on every shelf,
Things that others gave me,
Things I gave myself,
Things I’ve stored in boxes
That don’t mean much anymore.
Old magazines and memories
Behind the attic door,
Things on hooks and hangers,
Things on ropes and rings,
Things I guard that blind me to
The pettiness of things.
Am I like the rich young ruler-
Ruled by all I own?
If Jesus came and asked me,
Could I leave them all alone?
Oh Lord, I look to heaven,
Beyond the veil of time,
To gain eternal insight
That nothing’s really mine
And to only ask for daily bread
And all contentment brings
To find freedom as Your servant
In the midst of all these things.
For discarded in the junkyards,
Rusting in the rain,
Lie things that took the finest years
Of lifetimes to obtain,
And whistling through these tombstones
The hollow breezes sing
A song of dreams surrendered to
The tyranny of things.
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Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.
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