Lenten devotionals: day 19

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Much as I love old churches this devotional is not about a physical building but the church of God, the collection of saints.

This church is not confined to four walls. This church exists throughout the world and is continually praising God as the earth turns each day.

This church has a solid foundation, built on the truth of Christ as Lord and saviour. A family, of different races, tongues, ages, sexes, social standings and culture. A fabulous gathering of different abilities, talents, preferences, problems, difficulties and concerns. A wonderful collection of people needing trust, healing and forgiveness. People that share and encourage and grow together.

Although we sometimes act according to our human weakness, we allow the divine to meld us together. We prayerfully invite the comforter to breathe His life breath in our midst and await His restoration eagerly when the bride will be united with Christ.

This church is you and me.

One in Christ

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[d] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[e] the Spirit.

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