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The Master Carpenter

  • Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joses, Judah, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?' So they were offended at him. Mark 6:3 WEB.

    Wood, I grew up around it. My Dad was a carpenter for fifty-five years. I helped him at times, so there was a lot of carrying, sawing, nailing, and pulling splinters from my hands. Since then, I've always enjoyed building things. I find carpentry a valuable skill in our life every day, and I am thankful for those years that I spent working with him.

    Dad always started the project by picking the right lumber. He was meticulous. Dad would go through the whole pile to find one piece that was straight. Then he would take that piece and cut it to the perfect size, fit it into place, nail it down, and then smooth the rough edges out with sandpaper. Sometimes He would use clamps and patiently bend the wood to create an arched doorway. It was a lot of work, but the end result would always be beautiful.

    The Lord Jesus Christ worked as a carpenter, and He takes the rough and shapes it into something polished. He will search through thousands of people until He finds the right one. He will draw you to Himself (John 6:44) and cut away your past baggage (2 Corinthians 5:17). He will fit you into the body of Christ (Colossians 3:15) and nail you to your own cross (Galatians 5:24). Then He breaks out the sandpaper and goes after those rough edges. The first part of being drawn to Him is pleasant, but some of the rest aren't, especially the cutting, nailing, and sanding.

    To accomplish this, He will often place people in our lives that help shape and smooth us. Of course, we hate those irritating people and would like to avoid the friction and the scraping. Yet, we can't see our own rough edges without them. It's natural to want to separate from the friction, but you will retain the roughness that God is trying to smooth out if you do that. And He may bring coarser sandpaper next time. You can and will get through this. When He is done, you're going to be a smooth work of art, handcrafted by the Master Carpenter.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the grace to endure the things I face. Help me love those around me and to be nice. Please set a guard over my mouth and help me represent You in a positive light. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6) ~ If you are in need of prayer, we and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen!
Jun 11
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Narcissi Salas, Thank you for sharing the beautiful song with us, I will share that song with my son in law….. he speaks Spanish ❤️
Jun 12
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

God bless yes. It is a beautiful praise gospel, hopefully he can look it up on YouTube and check it out.

Jun 13
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!!

Jun 11
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you Jesus ! Amen!

Jun 11
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, I'm so grateful you have blessed me.  Thank you .. Amen

Jun 11
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Day 

Jun 11
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jun 11
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 11
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father thank You for loving me

Jun 11
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busseedited: Jun 11

Again the Lord shows up.

 

I was just praying last night about some irritating person that has been in my life for the past several months and telling the Lord how badly I want to RUN! 

I have my answer:


no running

I need to stay put

help me Lord!

Jun 11
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all your love.We love you. Amen 

Jun 11
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

This message spoke to me today. I need to have more grace and forgiveness for the difficult people around me. Father, I pray You help me with this. Amen!

Jun 11
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for all your doing in my life today I love you

Jun 11
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jun 11
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Truly understandable analogy, Pastor Dion, reminding me of my work building guitars. God is soooo patient! Lord, give me the grace to endure the things I face knowing they're Your tools. Thank you. Amen

Jun 11
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Jun 11

Boy! Did I have some rough edges.I'm so glad that God has patience. He has worked with me and shown many Miraculous things in my life and the life of others. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS MERCY, GRACE & FORGIVENESS.

Jun 11
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus Christ to reshape us as we go through this journey, help us to be as You wants us to be and do what is needed for our wellbeing. In Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Thank you Pastor, a great devotional. We need the Lord to take away all of our roughness from our lives. God bless you both. Amen. 

Jun 11
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfieldedited: Jun 11

Very interesting! I just read an article touting Kathie Lee Gifford's book ( written in collaboration with a rabbi) .Apparently this rabbi believes Joseph and Jesus were actually stone masons rather than woodworkers. Trees were scarse in Nazareth but rocks were plentiful. Huh.

Jun 11
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

This really resonates with me. My grandfather was a carpenter also. Sometimes it is hard dealing with people in our lives that cause us to be stressed or hurt but yes God is working on us at all times. Thank you for your wonderful lesson!

Jun 11
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen Amen Amen 

Jun 11
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 11
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord 

Jun 11
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

This reminds me of a beautiful spanish Praise-Gospel song, "El Alfarero" (The Potter):

Un dia orando le dije a mi Señor
tu el alfarero y yo el barro soy
moldea mi vida a tu parecer haz como tu
quieras asme un nuevo ser.

Coro
Me dijo no me gustas te voy a quebrantar
y en un vaso nuevo te voy a transformar
pero en el proceso te voy hacer llorar
porque pr el fuego te voy hacer pasar

Quiero una sonrisa cuando todo va mal
quiero una alabanza en lugar de
tu quejar, quiero tu confianza en la tempestad
y quiero que aprendas tambien a perdonar










One day praying I told my Lord
you are the potter and I am the clay
shape my life as to your will, do as you like
with me, make me a new being.

Chorus
He told me I don't like you I'm going to break you
and into a new cup I'm going to transform you
but in the process I'm going to make you cry
because by the fire I'm going to make you pass

I want a smile when everything goes wrong
I want a praise instead of
you complain, I want your trust in the storm
and I want you to also learn to forgive
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