Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 22, 2008

circinate vernation

"The fiddlehead, or circinate vernation,
unrolls as the fern matures and grows
due to more growth in the inside of the curl.
At this stage it is called a crozier (after the shepherd's crook)
or fiddlehead (after the scrollwork at the top of a violin)."
- taken from Wikipedia

Once we accept Jesus Christ as our savior
we begin to grow from the inside out
and slowly unfurl... maturing in the spirit...
as we grow toward the light.
It is also interesting to point out the reference to a crozier.

"The traditional explanation for the form of Western croziers,
beyond the obvious reference to the bishop
as a shepherd to his flock,
is this:
the pointed ferrule at the base
symbolizes the obligation of the prelate
to goad [gently and with sensitivity] the spiritually lazy;
the crook at the top,
his obligation to draw back those who stray from the faith;
and the staff itself
his obligation to stand as a firm support for the faithful."
- taken from Wikipedia

Isn't it all our obligation (a command directly from God)
to be shepherds for each other...
even to those who are given a position of authority
and offer us instruction and guidance?

"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
Carry each other's burdens,
and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing,
he deceives himself.
Each one should test his own actions.
Then he can take pride in himself,
without comparing himself to somebody else,
for each one should carry his own load.
Anyone who receives instruction in the word
must share all good things with his instructor.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
The one who sows to please his sinful nature,
from that nature will reap destruction;
the one who sows to please the Spirit,
from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all people,
especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
- Galatians 6: 1-10 NIV

"Dear friends, since God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
- 1 John 4:11,12 NIV

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