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This is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for the First Church on the Net:

WHY JESUS CAME AS A CARPENTER

"The Lord appeared to him in the past, saying: 'I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt... Again you will... go out to dance with the joyful" (Jeremiah 31:3-4)

The life of Jesus is seen in many ways in Scripture, but one thing we donít pay much attention to is His work as a carpenter. His coming in this fashion was no mistake. If you look closely at His life, you can see Jesus was always building and restoring the lives of His disciples.

Remember for example how Jesus taught His disciples about servant hood? Then He reinforced that concept even deeper into the life of His disciples by washing their feet, as we see in John Chapter 13.

Long before Jesus, Jeremiah spoke about this building up of people, which He did when He was on earth, and is still doing today.

The Scripture for this devotional is addressed to Israel, but place your name where I have inserted the parentheses - God loves you just as much as He loves anyone who has ever lived:

"The Lord appeared to (insert your name) in the past, saying: 'I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt... Again you will... go out to dance with the joyful" (Jeremiah 31:3-4)

As a disciple of Christ in the twenty-first century, Jesus wants to build and/or restore your life to what it once was; to what it should have been, all this time. The question is, will you let Him? He wants to draw you out from dwelling on that trial in your life that you are trying to conquer in your own strength. Will you let Him? When he talks of the idea of again being "joyful," it simply means He wants to restore your life regardless of what you may be facing. The question again is: Will you let Him?

Spend time with Him in prayer, both speaking to Him and listening as well. Get to know Him. God only wants your best and if you are a believer, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. So, allow Him to take your life and build you into a monument for His glory; allow Him to love you in a deeper way, and finally, allow Him to make all things new in and for you, now and forever.

Thank you for reading this.

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You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Mountain time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

In addition, there is a telephone fellowship each Monday at 6 PM, Mountain time.

You can telephone Pastor Timothy at 602-539-7628.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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