Live a Life Worthy of the Gospel

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I Then Shall Live

I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child, and I am not afraid.
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother,
The law of love I gladly will obey.

I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion,
I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I’l dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationship demands commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.

Your kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
Your hallowed name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.
Amen, Amen, Amen.

(Words by Gloria Gaither to Jean Sibelius’s “Finlandia”)

I have posted this before, but it seemed appropriate to the subject matter.

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It is a given that Paul-like EGW and countless others-claimed to be a fan of Jesus.

What has not been determined-and that which will not be known until the 2nd Coming-is if, upon his return, Jesus recognizes any of them as his disciples.

Also yet to be established is whether or not Jesus is a fan of any of the contradictory and often counterproductive work billions of people claim to have done on his behalf.

IOW, whatever it might mean to live a life worthy of Jesus’ gospel is now-and perhaps forever will be-TBD.

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