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Oozing Faith...

January 3, 2017

    The Hall of Fame manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda once said, If you cut me, I'll bleed Dodger Blue." He epitomized the organization and was so dedicated to the team that no other allegiances would ever sway him from Los Angeles. 

    The other day our son visited and brought with him a glass jar of chocolate milk. I hadn't seen a glass container in quite a while. As I looked closer I was in for a pleasant surprise.

Hillside dairy obviously operates a business with defined principles. They also make sure everyone who buys their product knows it. 

*Farm Fresh 

*Grass Fed 

*Humanely Raised 

*Community Owned 

*Environmentally Sensitive Practices 

 ****"Love Your Neighbor As Yourself"****

Liked the last part as much or more than the first five points of their business creed.

 

We're three days into 2017. How are you doing? Are you struggling to define and live into New Year's resolutions? Have you either set your sights too high and won't be able to hit the target or did you under aim and will not realize any meaningful success? How about your creeds to live by, do you have those firmly in place. Do people know who you are and what you believe after having been around you for a while?

    If you were to be cut, what would you bleed? Would people see grace, forgiveness, and mercy oozing out of the wound? Would people sense you were filled with Jesus Christ and His love? If you have received Jesus and His saving grace, then you are a new creation filled with God's goodness and holiness.

     "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, NIV)

    Be bold in your convictions and in your faith. Let people know by your grace-filled life that you have Jesus in you. Let Him out!

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