Identifying your passion is a matter of figuring out what drives you, what pulls you, what captures your imagination. It's almost as though you can't help but give it your attention.

God has a passion for the renewal of life and the reconciliation of all God has made. When a person gets close to the fire of that which drives God, it can set that person aflame.

Be careful now as you spend these next moments with God. It is altogether possible that you will feel a holy heat.

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The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

John 2:18-22

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Two months ago in Somers, Connecticut, the historic 172-year-old Congregational United Church of Christ burned to the ground. A centerpiece on Main Street since 1840, the building was gone in less than half an hour.

No temple of wood or brick lasts forever. Sooner or later it will fade away.

But what if God wanted to give us a new kind of temple? Jesus is God’s temple, made not of wood or brick, but of flesh and blood. He was crucified, but God raised him up — “rebuilt the temple” — in three days. Now anyone can come to him and be on holy ground.

Julie Pennington-Russell

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Jesus, thank you for being my home. Even though everything around us will fade — every church, every family, every friendship, every vocation, every dream — you will always be our home. Thank you for that gift. Amen.

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Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
Let us give thanks,
By which we offer to God an acceptable worship
With reverence and awe;
For indeed our God is
A consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:28-29

Julie Pennington-Russell

Julie Pennington-Russell is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia. She lives with her family in Atlanta. If you’d like to connect with Julie, you can find her on Facebook.

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