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Patsy Paterno
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Christian wife and mother, Artist, businesswoman, collector of odds and ends, hmmm, when I have more time I will add to this list!
Christian wife and mother, Artist, businesswoman, collector of odds and ends, hmmm, when I have more time I will add to this list!

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"They were to seek God, yes, to grope for Him and perhaps eventually to find Him- though He is not really far from any one of us." Acts 17:27

These were Paul's words as he addressed the Council in Athens. He was saying that they already had an altar "To an Unknown God", and Paul wanted to make Him known. He used an interesting word, "grope", which means to feel their way toward. Men, even in ancient times, had some glimmerings of God's story.

Many Chinese Christians believe that one of the Magi came from China. The chief astrologer at the court of the Han Rulers at the time of Christ's birth disappeared for two years. This was after he discovered what the Chinese call the "king star".

In 2002, many stone engravings in the artistic style of early Christian times, depicting the Bible stories were discovered in ancient tombs in 20 intact Han tombs. In the book, "Discovery of Genesis" by C. H. Kang and Ethel Nelson, they wrote that the original meaning of several Chinese characters show Biblical stories and principles.

Also, legends about creation, a worldwide flood, and a family that was saved in a large boat have been handed down through generations, not only in China, but in most cultures around the world! Over the years, John Morris collected 200 of these stories from the Middle East, South America, the Pacific Islands, etc. But the clearest story with the most detail comes from the Bible. When we read from the Bible, we get the story from God Himself, the way He wants us to know what happened, the way He wants us to know HIM!

Yes Lord, may we seek You and find You, not in any convoluted way, but straight to the source of truth.

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"They were to seek God, yes, to grope for Him and perhaps eventually to find Him- though He is not really far from any one of us." Acts 17:27

These were Paul's words as he addressed the Council in Athens. He was saying that they already had an altar "To an Unknown God", and Paul wanted to make Him known. He used an interesting word, "grope", which means to feel their way toward. Men, even in ancient times, had some glimmerings of God's story.

Many Chinese Christians believe that one of the Magi came from China. The chief astrologer at the court of the Han Rulers at the time of Christ's birth disappeared for two years. This was after he discovered what the Chinese call the "king star".

In 2002, many stone engravings in the artistic style of early Christian times, depicting the Bible stories were discovered in ancient tombs in 20 intact Han tombs. In the book, "Discovery of Genesis" by C. H. Kang and Ethel Nelson, they wrote that the original meaning of several Chinese characters show Biblical stories and principles.

Also, legends about creation, a worldwide flood, and a family that was saved in a large boat have been handed down through generations, not only in China, but in most cultures around the world! Over the years, John Morris collected 200 of these stories from the Middle East, South America, the Pacific Islands, etc. But the clearest story with the most detail comes from the Bible. When we read from the Bible, we get the story from God Himself, the way He wants us to know what happened, the way He wants us to know HIM!

Yes Lord, may we seek You and find You, not in any convoluted way, but straight to the source of truth.

http://patsypat.blogspot.com
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"You must bear witness as well..." John 15:27

This is one of a long list of instructions that Jesus left with the disciples before he was taken away to be tried and crucified. What does "bear witness" mean exactly? When one is called to be a witness in a trial, we have to tell the truth to the best of our ability. But when Jesus said we have to bear witness on his behalf, it is not just a matter of proclaiming to one and all that we are a Christian. The most important part is living as a Christian in the power of His Spirit.

I may write everyday about the Bible, but that would be totally worthless if my friends, my family, our employees, my helper Lucy, see that I do not practice my faith! The Christian's life is the world's Bible, someone said.

Lord, may I bear witness to Your saving love and the victory You won for us. May we live the life You have called us to, not just on a Sunday, or in our church, or prayer meeting, but always, whether there is someone who sees or not.

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"You must bear witness as well..." John 15:27

This is one of a long list of instructions that Jesus left with the disciples before he was taken away to be tried and crucified. What does "bear witness" mean exactly? When one is called to be a witness in a trial, we have to tell the truth to the best of our ability. But when Jesus said we have to bear witness on his behalf, it is not just a matter of proclaiming to one and all that we are a Christian. The most important part is living as a Christian in the power of His Spirit.

I may write everyday about the Bible, but that would be totally worthless if my friends, my family, our employees, my helper Lucy, see that I do not practice my faith! The Christian's life is the world's Bible, someone said.

Lord, may I bear witness to Your saving love and the victory You won for us. May we live the life You have called us to, not just on a Sunday, or in our church, or prayer meeting, but always, whether there is someone who sees or not.

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"You must bear witness as well..." John 15:27

This is one of a long list of instructions that Jesus left with the disciples before he was taken away to be tried and crucified. What does "bear witness" mean exactly? When one is called to be a witness in a trial, we have to tell the truth to the best of our ability. But when Jesus said we have to bear witness on his behalf, it is not just a matter of proclaiming to one and all that we are a Christian. The most important part is living as a Christian in the power of His Spirit.

I may write everyday about the Bible, but that would be totally worthless if my friends, my family, our employees, my helper Lucy, see that I do not practice my faith! The Christian's life is the world's Bible, someone said.

Lord, may I bear witness to Your saving love and the victory You won for us. May we live the life You have called us to, not just on a Sunday, or in our church, or prayer meeting, but always, whether there is someone who sees or not.

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"...you do not belong to this world." John 15:19

What did Jesus mean when He said that we do not belong to this world? Sometimes I see myself as a pilgrim traveling with other pilgrims on the way to the Promised Land. Each year takes me closer and I can't wait to reach our destination. We are just passing through with our borrowed time, and possessions. The only thing we can take with us to our home country are the relationships we've made here.

My brother in law has been talking about Pres. Marcos' gold treasure and all the amazing stories about it. Marcos may or may not have found Yamashita's gold bullions, but he certainly did not take it with him when he died! Neither can we take our jewelry, the money in the bank, our nice clothes, the cars, our business, our home.

Lord, may I spend time with You, so I may get to know You and Your heart. May the things that are important to You be important to me too. And may I invest in relationships here on earth, the only investment I can bring to heaven.

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"...you do not belong to this world." John 15:19

What did Jesus mean when He said that we do not belong to this world? Sometimes I see myself as a pilgrim traveling with other pilgrims on the way to the Promised Land. Each year takes me closer and I can't wait to reach our destination. We are just passing through with our borrowed time, and possessions. The only thing we can take with us to our home country are the relationships we've made here.

My brother in law has been talking about Pres. Marcos' gold treasure and all the amazing stories about it. Marcos may or may not have found Yamashita's gold bullions, but he certainly did not take it with him when he died! Neither can we take our jewelry, the money in the bank, our nice clothes, the cars, our business, our home.

Lord, may I spend time with You, so I may get to know You and Your heart. May the things that are important to You be important to me too. And may I invest in relationships here on earth, the only investment I can bring to heaven.

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"...you do not belong to this world." John 15:19

What did Jesus mean when He said that we do not belong to this world? Sometimes I see myself as a pilgrim traveling with other pilgrims on the way to the Promised Land. Each year takes me closer and I can't wait to reach our destination. We are just passing through with our borrowed time, and possessions. The only thing we can take with us to our home country are the relationships we've made here.

My brother in law has been talking about Pres. Marcos' gold treasure and all the amazing stories about it. Marcos may or may not have found Yamashita's gold bullions, but he certainly did not take it with him when he died! Neither can we take our jewelry, the money in the bank, our nice clothes, the cars, our business, our home.

Lord, may I spend time with You, so I may get to know You and Your heart. May the things that are important to You be important to me too. And may I invest in relationships here on earth, the only investment I can bring to heaven.

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"Love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12

From chapters 13 to 17, Jesus gave His disciples His last words to them. Verse 13:1 reads "Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and return to His Father. He now showed the disciples the full extent of His love." He washed their feet like a slave, and then He gave them His last precious words because He knew He would soon be parted from them.

"Love one another as I have loved you," He said. "There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends...I no longer call you slaves or servants because a master does not confide in his servants." How important is it to lay down our lives for our family and friends, our brothers and sisters?

Yesterday, we held a creative workshop where the participants embellished a recycled bottle doll with paper cut outs. Some really went all out with their curling and twisting hair. When I saw the work of one mother, I said, "Wow! That's a masterpiece!" She put all her imagination and creativity into her doll. Her skirt was like those of the queens of the past, ballooning out, and her hair was rising high above her like a proud peacock's tail. The mother said she had not been out of her home for a long time. She was homeschooling her children and her friend revealed to us that she had a countdown to this workshop. I asked her why they decided to homeschool their children. I can't imagine the love, sacrifice and commitment that would require. She said, "Don't imagine!" and explained that it was because she wanted to give her kids a good foundation.

In giving His disciples all those instructions, advice, wisdom in the 3 chapters of John, before being betrayed, Jesus wanted to give us a good foundation to live our lives. Love one another as I have loved you, He said. Love, sacrifice and commit yourselves to each other.

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"Love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12

From chapters 13 to 17, Jesus gave His disciples His last words to them. Verse 13:1 reads "Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and return to His Father. He now showed the disciples the full extent of His love." He washed their feet like a slave, and then He gave them His last precious words because He knew He would soon be parted from them.

"Love one another as I have loved you," He said. "There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends...I no longer call you slaves or servants because a master does not confide in his servants." How important is it to lay down our lives for our family and friends, our brothers and sisters?

Yesterday, we held a creative workshop where the participants embellished a recycled bottle doll with paper cut outs. Some really went all out with their curling and twisting hair. When I saw the work of one mother, I said, "Wow! That's a masterpiece!" She put all her imagination and creativity into her doll. Her skirt was like those of the queens of the past, ballooning out, and her hair was rising high above her like a proud peacock's tail. The mother said she had not been out of her home for a long time. She was homeschooling her children and her friend revealed to us that she had a countdown to this workshop. I asked her why they decided to homeschool their children. I can't imagine the love, sacrifice and commitment that would require. She said, "Don't imagine!" and explained that it was because she wanted to give her kids a good foundation.

In giving His disciples all those instructions, advice, wisdom in the 3 chapters of John, before being betrayed, Jesus wanted to give us a good foundation to live our lives. Love one another as I have loved you, He said. Love, sacrifice and commit yourselves to each other.

http://patsypat.blogspot.com
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