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Jesus is Calling - November 12, 2018

Have you ever traveled to a place of significance and had a thank-you prayer in the actual spot a memorable event occured? Jacob in Genesis 28 had a memorable God-intervention moment. Jacob had tricked his father into believing he was his older brother, Esau, so his father had given him the birthright blessing. When Esau heard, he was furious and vowed to kill Jacob. Assuming the worst, Jacob fled for his life.

The first night of his journey he had a dream of a stairway from heaven to the earth with angels ascending and descending on it. Before continuing on his journey, he named the place Bethel; verse 16 describes, "When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, 'Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.' " More than twenty years later, God called him back to Bethel for worship and dedication. So many emotions swept over Jacob as he remembered all God had done for him since that day when his life seemed so uncertain.

In the same way, God calls us to return. Sometimes it is a call to give thanks (such as the one leper who was cleansed), or it is a call to return to the place where we first made a commitment, or it is a place of rest in His promises that "God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns" (Philippians 1:6, NLT). Always, Jesus is calling. His life makes a difference for us, and His life through us makes a difference

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