We are given power…

“… we are given power to meet the demands and the needs that are waiting for us in the ministry yet to come.

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

 Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm by “Caveman Chuck” Coker

Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, a photo by “Caveman Chuck” Coker on Flickr.

I always think the power must come from me.  I’m doing this, aren’t I?  But no.  Things go much better if I look to Him for the wisdom and the power.

Favourite Movies – Ben-Hur

The classic epic on faith.

Amazon.com: Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Edition: Movies & TV.

This is one of my all-time favourite movies.  I watch it at least twice a year – at Easter and Christmas.  And it amazes me how many Christians I’ve met who have never seen it.  I clung to its message even when I was farthest from being a Christian myself.

I’ve heard that people say “It’s called ‘Ben-Hur: A Story of the Christ’ and it isn’t about Christ at all.”  I can’t understand that.  It’s about God’s will working in the world, about turning the other cheek, about the incredible force of Our Lord when He turned His attention on a man.  It’s about faith.

 

The greatest force…

“The greatest force in the world today, without a doubt, is love. And yet it is the kind of power that does not threaten or break apart or destroy; it gathers and heals. … So the dove is an apt symbol of the new life our Lord came to teach.”

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

 

Holy Spirit by h.koppdelaney

Holy Spirit, a photo by h.koppdelaney on Flickr.  Used under Creative Commons Attribution License.

The power of love is something each of us can own and claim.  It is there for us regardless of our class, job, strength, health, intelligence.  We can claim the dove and do His work, in our everyday life, by the little things as well as the big.

Hebrews 13:5

Hebrews 13:5

Just finished this prayer piece which I began in June. It’s 11″x14″, stitched using metallic threads and black napped thread which looks like velvet.

Hebrews 13:5 Closeup

I hope this closeup shows the silver metallic threads embellishing the background canvas, and the metallic threads I used to stitch the design.