November 22, 2017 Ezekiel 42-44; Mark 11:27-12:12

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We Are More Alike Than We are Unalike | Kim Chipman

S~ Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. Proverbs 22:2 (NIV) (**sometimes the reading just doesn’t speak to me, so I go to the Proverb of the day)

O~ I’m often reminded how much more we have in common as humans than not. There was a commercial that ran during the last Olympics that I particularly love highlighting a poem by Maya Angelou…

I truly believe this to be true.

A~ But sometimes I forget. Rich, poor, educated or not, black, white, brown, yellow, every single person from every corner of the earth…the Lord is the Maker of them all. And He loves us ALL “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Some people catch a real hard break in their life. Some look like they have it all together. Some are arrogant. Some are quiet. Some are crass. Some are delightful to be around. Some notsomuch. You made them all, and You love them all so very much.

This can help me when I’m dealing with challenging people. Help me to see them through Your eyes.

P~ Lord, help me to see others the way You see them. Help me to remember that humans have much more in common that not. I love You…help me to love others well.

Be Holy | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness!  The entire top of the hill where the Temple is built is holy.  Yes, this is the primary law of the Temple. Ezekiel 43:12 (NLT)

O~  God described the Temple.  Rooms here, rooms there, entrance here, entrance there.  Some rooms and entrances were set apart for the priests to store grain offerings, for their use.  The priests even had garments that they wore in the Holy place that they had to remove before they entered the public parts of the Temple (vs14).

Holy—exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness; having a divine quality.

A~ This reminded me of the verse that says be holy for I am holy, so I googled that and this came up:  1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy for I am holy.”

I am set apart. My body is the Temple.

P~  Thank you, Father, for your word that instructs me in how to be holy. Help me to live this way and bring you honor. I love you.

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