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i’m going to post something today so that katie has something to read

this semester is almost over, and the only real word to describe it is “whirlwind”
and what i think i’ve realized, and what is bringing me steadily closer to God is that i am such a blessed earthen vessel
…which, really, isn’t different from anyone else, except that maybe i’ve finally made that realization

i got to talk to russ today, and he said that gcc folks are atypically arrogant… i’d say we’re a pretentious bunch who feel impervious to the rest of society; haven’t quite managed to be in the world but not of it (we’re either in it totally, or not of it at all), but there’s a few who somehow get it and stop feeling their own opinion really means much

the biggest thing i got from staff seminar is this:

eph 2:11-13
therefore, remember that formerly you who are gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. but now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

i’m a gentile… i don’t have a choice. i’m from german, english and dutch descent, i’m a protestant through and through, and have no authentic jewish blood in me. which means simply that had Jesus decided not to die for me – had God decided not to sacrifice His son for atonement – i’d have nothing.

i would not even have God

so for me to think i’m worth anything outside His redemption work is one of the biggest rejections of the Cross

i’m an earthen vessel, blessed beyond what i deserved

as a postscript, it’s 5 degrees in erie

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