The National Association of Blind Veterans


Chaplain's Corner

Brother Jeff Bradshaw
Chaplains Corner August 13, 2018
"Greet one another with a holy kiss. (Romans 16:16)"
My 12 month old granddaughter who is walking around now has begun to share kisses with everyone.  She kisses the dog's back. She kissed my wife's head the other day as my wife was sitting next to her. She likes to kiss her mommy too. She attempts to do a mouth kiss at times which is pretty funny
The book of Romans shares that we have the freedom and grace to make our own decisions and the perfection of Christ to guide us home to God the Father. In this life, although there is sin and evil, our freedom under grace and perfection under Christ gives us a great reason to be thankful and to pass on our thankfulness through hugs and kisses as the Apostle Paul has instructed us to do in Romans 16:16.
Thinking on this, this morning I saw a couple in the Publix parking lot from church I hadn't seen in some time (I changed churches) putting their groceries in their van. They were acting like my wife and I do from time to time, having a little disagreement as they did this chore. I hurried over to them and gave each a hug and said "the peace of Christ" to them as I hugged them. I believe that captures the gist of this verse  It changed the whole dynamics in that moment.

Chaplains Corner July 13, 2018
The Spirit of Sonship(Daughtership)
"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:15-17)"

The glory of God will be demonstrated as many shall be resurrected in Christ when He returns. "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise them up at the last day. (John 6:40)” Only the Holy Spirit can supernaturally place our hope in this end times event. This hope moves us beyond the fear of death to looking forward to eternal life with our Risen Lord. Our salvation comes NOT from our works but from the gift of God imparted to us through the Spirit of sonship (daughtership).  As we take hold of the freedom from sin our adoption by the Father has brought us in Christ; we begin to see God’s perfect love covering us and leading us to live as Jesus lived, for others. Always remember as we deal with those who are difficult to love that God loves ALL people (John 15:10) and wants us to love one another.  Even Jesus as He was crucified, prayed for His enemies on the cross.  Seek the glory of God and submit to His Spirit of sonship (daughtership) in these divisive times.

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