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We adore Thy Cross O Lord

 Latin text Antiphona Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine et sanctum resurrectionem tuam laudamus, et glorificamus ecce enim propter lignum venit gaudium in universo mundo. Psalmus Deus misereatur nostri, et benedicat nobis. Illuminet vultum suum super nos, et misereatur nostri.  English translation Antiphon We adore Thy Cross, O Lord and we praise and glorify Thy holy Resurrection for behold by the wood of the Cross joy has come into the whole world. Psalm May God have mercy on us, and bless us may He cause the light of His countenance to shine upon us, and have mercy on us.

Which direction are you traveling?

Life is a journey that is going somewhere!  As you progress on life's journey, it is God's intention for you to become closer and closer to God--to the extent that you long to be with Him.  Paul uses this terminology:  "I'm torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me (Philippians 1:23)." However, when we are not intimate with God--growing deeper with our relationship with Him--we lose focus of the end goal--being with Christ Jesus. Here is a road map of a choice.  The most significant question you will answer today is this:  What is your direction of travel? Prov 11:19 Godly people find life----evil people find death

Rules or relationship? Law or Grace?

How you picture or envision God will answer the above question. If 'your' God is a tyrant, an overlord, a dictator--an arbitrary leader--then you are stuck with law and rules.  This 'god' above all things is to be feared and trembled around.  Obey this 'god' or die.  Obey this 'god'--or he will get you!  He will hang you.  He will chase you around and make your existence miserable. If 'your' God is a loving, caring, giving, serving, forgiving Father then you will be looking at relationship and grace.  Jesus puts it this way: (John 14:21-26 NLT)  21 * Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them.”   22 * Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”   23 * Jesus replied, “All those