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November 20, 2019

Counting Blessings | Middle East update | The End of Babies?

As Thanksgiving approaches, Carmen is counting blessings – starting today with Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

She asked, rhetorically, “what are my spiritual blessing in Christ?” 

  • Freedom from the penalty of sin in death and freedom from the power of sin in life
  • Forgiveness and a reconciled relationship with the Father
  • Righteousness before the Judge
  • Resurrection from the grave
  • Life abundant here and now and eternal forevermore
  • Adoption into the family
  • A seat at the table
  • A room with a view
  • A mansion, a robe and a crown
  • Unlimited all-access pass to the Father
  • Imputed righteousness
  • A mediator with the Judge
  • A mentor for the journey
  • An ever-present help in times of trouble
  • And all the riches of His glorious inheritance with all the saints

 Every spiritual blessing in Christ…

  • The gifts of the Spirit…
  • The fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faith, Gentleness and Self-control
  • The protection of the Father
  • The name of the Son
  • The power of the Spirit
  • The mind of Christ
  • The unity of the Spirit
  • The bond of Peace
  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Discernment
  • The privilege of being Chosen, Called, Cultivated, Challenged, and Commissioned
  • A life that is filled and more importantly, a life that is fulfilled

Every spiritual blessing in Christ…

  • Grace: amazing, prevenient, pervasive, persistent, all-sufficient grace
  • Hope: endearing, enduring, encouraging, enlightening, enveloping, inviting hope
  • The honor of being called a child of God
  • Citizen and ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven
  • Representative of the Prince of Peace
  • Co-heir with Christ
  • Minister of reconciliation
  • Light of the world
  • A disciple with dignity, distinction, direction, and a life that endures forever and ever
  • Marked as Christ’s own forever, bearing into the world the name that is above every name 
  • The gift of perfect love that casts out fear.

Carmen talks today with Drew Griffin of Providence Magazine about Congressional threats to the independence of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), changes in U.S. position on Israel’s expansion of settlements in the West Bank, and the protests in Iran due to the crippling effect of U.S. economic sanctions.

Then Peter Kapsner and Carmen discuss babies – or really fertility rates – and the worldview implications of who is having kids and who is not (and why).


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