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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
August 13, 2005

God, mark us with grace
     and blessing! Smile!
The whole country will see how you work,
     all the godless nations see how you save.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
     Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Let all far-flung people become happy
     and shout their happiness because
You judge them fair and square,
     you tend the far-flung peoples.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
     Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Earth, display your exuberance!
     You mark us with blessing, O God, our God.
You mark us with blessing, O God.
     Earth's four corners - honor him!

Psalm 67 (Message*)

Our God is a God for all peoples. We don't have a God for us, and different Gods for other people groups. This may seem elementary, but there are many confused about this.

God's grace and blessing should be visible in all believers. All peoples should be able to see it, accept it for themselves and praise God for it. All believers should share the vision of the psalmist here.

I recently was e-mailed by a person in a country where it is dangerous to worship Christ openly. This person felt lonely in the spiritual journey and was reaching out for support and encouragement. I get the opportunity to provide such support over the Internet, and rejoice in that. Be open to however God may provide you to be a vehicle for His grace and blessing to others, whether far away or near.

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

©2005 Friends in Christ, Inc.

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