1. Erica C.
    December 12, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    Perfect bedtime story (literally reading winding down in front of remnants of the Adventy Chat fire. Thanks for taking the time to share, Erin. Look forward to the follow-up (and Bible quiz answer).


  2. Elizabeth
    December 13, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    Wowee, what a beautiful picture of humble service…and yours, too, Erin, as you took the time to be with him, and also to admit you didn’t know the address of the verse. Thanks for sharing this story.


  3. TimL
    December 13, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    “I’m sorry to say that Google often knows the Bible better than I do” – Me too. In fact, the below quotes are from Biblegateway.com:

    Romans 6:16-21?
    Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

    I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life

    John 8:31-36?
    To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

    Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


  4. Erica C.
    December 13, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    This story gently offers a moment for reflective conviction Where are some simple areas–perhaps often neglected ones–where I could grow in faithfulness? Upon receipt of customer queries? Interactions with grumpy office mates? What are the menial tasks in my day that looked at through the lens of God’s plan could be a subtle ministry of care and regard to those around me?

    May we all grow in the beauty of such humble faithfulness and look a little bit more like the one who has the “appearance of jasper and carnelian.”


  5. Mary V
    December 14, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    what a sweet story. How often do we need the right word but fail to ask God for it?


  6. Rachel Hoppe
    January 12, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful example of Practicing the Presence of God.


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