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Where ALL Are Welcome

posted Jan 21, 2018, 2:02 PM by web feat   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 2:54 PM ]
In these troubling times, it's easy to forget that God created and loves us ALL. That He so loved the world - ALL the world - that the ultimate sacrifice was made so that we might all know and love each other as ONE family, where ALL are welcome. Once the Jews were considered the holy people, and the rest of us unwanted outsiders. But God sent His son to Jesus:

He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody...

...Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.

That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. [From Ephesians 2 -Eugene Peterson's "The Message"]

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