Summing it all Up

In just a matter of hours Tiranafest will commence.  There will be thousands of Albanians that will hear the gospel for the very first time.  Pray with us that God’s spirit will rain down upon that assembled body and open the hearts of those attending.

Last evening I was reading 2 Corinthians 4-6 (The Message) where it summed up life so well and how this truth needs to be heard and felt in the hearts of those attending the Tiranafest.

“Our firm decision is to work from this focused center:  One man died for everyone.  That puts everyone in the same boat.  He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look.  We looked at the Messaih that way once and got it all wrong, as you know.  We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore .  Now we look inside, and what we see is gone; a new life burgeons!  Look at it!  All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.  God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.  God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.  We’re Christ’s representatives, God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.  We’re speaking for Christ himself now:  Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.  How? you ask.  In Christ.  God put the wrong on him and who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.”  (Paul, the apostle)

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