All Saints Day

This Wednesday is All Saints Day and unless you are from a Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican background you may not have ever celebrated this day or thought much about it. Without getting into all the history, the basic premise of the day is sound. On this day, we remember all  those who have come before us who have shaped our faith. We remember and we thank God for them.

So as to stir your memory ...here is an exercise you can do...

Start by asking...
Who of his Saints did God use to bring you into his Kingdom? 
Who shared their faith with you? Who mentored you?  Who prayed over you? 
What church and what tradition informs you understanding of biblical truth?
What modern writers, thinkers, or pastors have shaped your understanding of God? 
What ancients writers, thinkers of pastors have shaped your understanding  of God?
       REMEMBER AND THANK GOD

Now go back further:
Think about the early church - the apostles and leaders teaching,  witnessing and sharing what Christ had deposited in them.
Think about the earliest Christians...practicing & sharing  their new faith.
Think about the generations  of Christians that followed, each one passing the faith on to the next.
Think about all the key leaders God raised up in every generation to lead and pastor his flock.
         REMEMBER AND THANK GOD

Now go back further:
Think about the patriarchs,  the judges, the kings, the prophets, the priests, and the Psalmists - all embodying what faith looked like in their day.
Think about the scribes, the copyists, and the teachers of the law who faithfully transmitted the Torah.
         REMEMBER AND THANK GOD

Hebrews 12:1 - "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

Grace and Peace,
Brad Swope

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