Savoring My Passage - the monthly journal of A. C. Gray

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Savoring Every Moment
Arbreux Retrospective
L'Abri Retrospective
April 2010
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June 2010
August 2010*
September 2010
November 2010
Christmas/December 2010
February, 2011
March 2011
Moments of Reason
April 2011
Newspaper Readers



“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland… Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.”  Hebrews 11:13,14,16


     The pendulum swings inexorably into another year.  A page in time’s grand album turns; it is for me a crisp, clean, clear page, unscratched, a bright hope-filled blessed new beginning.  Chuck Missler has helped me to fathom anew the Christ who lived even in the book of Genesis. “In the beginning God”…. in the Trinity acted to create the world and all things in it; “Let us make man in our image,” wrote Moses in the beginning pages of the Torah, under the direction of the Holy Spirit.  “The book of Genesis is more about Jesus than it is about creation”, writes Missler.  This became a theme St. Paul would repeatedly trumpet in his letters.  The perspective one discovers of Jesus Himself being there in the beginning is a needed counterpoint to the modern mindset that would relegate Christ to a distant past.  However, the wise intellect stretches to grasp the riches laid up hereafter for all those who are joint heirs with Jesus.  E. Stanley Jones reminded his readers that royal blood flows in the veins of those who follow this Christ of the Holy Book.  How blessed to begin the New Year bathed in the wealth and security of discipleship as the media portrays Europe in economic chaos, America mired in hopeless debt and runaway spending, and the Middle East on the brink of nuclear holocaust.  James S. Stewart in a sermon, The Cross as Power and Wisdom has offered a prescription for the global despair: “Here is the cross, history’s blackest crime – and history’s brightest hope.  Here is the most atrocious tragedy ever enacted—and it is precisely this which has become the supreme assurance of the sovereignty of God.   They gave Him a cross, and He made it a throne.  They slammed every door against Him, and flung Him outside the city gates to die; and that very act has lifted up the gates of the universe to let the King come in.  They thought they had hunted God to His doom, not knowing that it was God who was tracking them down.  He reigns....  ‘We preach Christ crucified, the power of God’ – the one power big enough to take a grip of the world’s desperate situation, and defy the gates of hell, and give it a fresh start to humanity.  If only the world today would align itself in His victory...”   

Up and Away

      “For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.   T. S. Eliot


“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year.   It is that we should have a new soul.”   G. K. Chesterton


"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

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