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Sean and Brandy Karpf

"It Was an Answer from God"

Army Staff Sergeant Sean Karpf and his wife, Brandy, were desperate for help when they arrived this year at Samaritan Lodge Alaska for a week of Biblically based marriage enrichment through Operation Heal Our Patriots. Their relationship was on the ropes, as they had struggled for years with various challenges, especially from Sean's combat injury. Sean, who received a Purple Heart after losing part of his left leg to an IED in Afghanistan, and Brandy both paid close attention in chaplain-led marriage classes and enjoyed wilderness excursions together.

They soon realized they needed God at the center of their lives and marriage. Brandy recommitted herself to growing in Christ, and Sean received Him as Lord and Savior and was baptized in Lake Clark.They also publicly rededicated their marriage, alongside five other military couples.

“This trip saved us,” Brandy said. “It was an answer from God.”

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Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Mark 10:9

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A Prayer to Let the Lord Lead
By: Chelsey DeMatteis

"For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you." John 13:15

Something I’ve found deeply enjoyable about growing older is watching the things that come to fruition that God has knit in my heart. You know, the things that make me, “me” and you, “you.” The “me and you” that was formed in our mother’s wombs. God created all of us with individual gifts, quirks, and personalities to show us the vastness of the God we serve. Within this reflection, I’m stunningly aware of how sin broke His perfection and why we needed a Savior.

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Hebrews 1:7-9 (Daily Verse and Comment)

  Hebrews 1:7-9

(7) And of the angels He says:
“ Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.” (8) But to the Son He says:
“ Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
(9) You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.'

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The statement in verse 7 puzzles us because it is a figurative expression capable of a couple of interpretations. It is a near-quotation of Psalm 104:4, “Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire,” which does nothing to help our understanding. It may help to recall that angels can rightly be understood as messengers. The verse can thus be translated into a more understandable statement, that God “makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.” The New International Version and other modern Bibles render it similarly.

Most expositors resolve the issue in this manner. They believe that, since the chapter's purpose is to expound and glorify Jesus as immeasurably superior to angels, the “messengers” and “servants” should both be identified as angels, not different kinds of created things. Therefore, they are both angelic creations though pictured as little more than elemental spirits that do their Creator's bidding. The Son, however, remains exceedingly higher and greater than they, for He is the One who created them and sends them on their errands.

This solution to verse 7 fits hand-in-glove with verse 8, which presents Jesus as possessing a throne and a kingdom: “But to the Son, He says: ‛Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.'” Compared to the Son's throne, kingdom, and status as Creator, the angels are doing relatively minor work, being sent by the Son to do various chores. Jesus continues to be exalted, and the angels, though honored for faithfulness, are shown in subservient positions.

Verse 9 carries the exultant praise yet further: “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” Not only is righteousness the norm where He reigns, but He loves it, while at the same time hating sin. In terms of character, Christ is undivided. The Father then addresses His Son directly as God, stating that, because He has done this, He receives a superior anointing, marking Him as worthy of higher praise than others.

— John W. Ritenbaugh

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”

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God of wonder, how awesome are Your deeds! You spread out the stars with Your righteous right hand and fill the seas with creatures of all kinds. You shape the mountains and the valleys, filling the earth with green grass, flowers, and trees. We marvel at the glory of Your creation.