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Planting Gardens in Prison: Why We Labor for Shalom Now
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Planting Gardens in Prison: Why We Labor for Shalom Now

Even though we know we can't usher in God's kingdom, we're still called to establish order, beauty, and abundance in this life.

The beauty of Cape Town, South Africa, can only be appreciated when viewed from the sea. Rising from of the waters of the South Atlantic, the city's layers build upon each other—colonial stone structures along the coast, then glass and steal ...

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WAYNE MCDANIEL

October 09, 2012  3:31pm

This is a beautiful and hopeful essay that reminds us that some good can be grown in the most unlikely places thru faith in our Creator who patiently works in our hearts. A practical way to accelerate the growth of Jesus in us is to return to the practice of the early church - the dialogue that Paul practiced (Acts 20:7) and encouraged among the Corinthians, 1 Cor. 14:31. Joel(2:28-9) and Malachi(3:16) foretold it. Speaking our faith grows & clarifys it(Eph.4:15-16). The common good is expressed by a common voice, discerned by the faith community, 1 Cor.14:29. The priesthood of ALL believers, 1 Pet.2:9, has been ignored too long. The desire to direct others, Lk. 7:32, 9:49-50, comes from our relentless pride, not the Spirit of God. We should admit the Lord's love for diversity in his garden is much greater than ours, and that a clergy-laity format hinders his growth in us. 2 Cor. 4:13. wayne7282@gmail.com

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