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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)

TITLE: The God of Repeat
By Emilou Ilagan


Since the foundations of the world, our Heavenly Father has been pursuing, wooing, and establishing an intimate love relationship with mankind. Time and again, He longs and desires for us to love Him back.

We have a relational Triune God- Father, Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. His character and attributes are love, grace, and righteousness manifested and demonstrated at the sacrificial death of His one and only Son on the Cross to save the world from sin, sickness, death, and hell.

In the Genesis account, the first couple Adam and Eve were tempted by the enemy and fell into sin. Since then, man was separated from God needing a way, bridge or better yet a Savior . In the Old Testament times, God chosen Abraham to become the father of many nations and his grandson Jacob (meaning cheater) later on became Israel (prince of God), the nation God chosen out of all the nations on earth where his redemptive original plan will take in full effect.

The Israelites and the majority of the Bible characters repeatedly committed idolatry with the heathen gods, disobeyed the laws and commandments of God, and turned their hearts away from God. However, God repetitively forgave, cleansed and covered their sins, loved, and accepted them out of His lovingkindness and compassion.

God's love is unending, limitless, infinite with no boundaries transcending time, space, and matter. He is perfect, flawless, omni-scient, omni-potent, and omni-present.

The foreshadowing and the prophecies in the Old Testament happened in the New Testament when Jesus Christ was born to live to teach the world about God's kingdom, winning souls for God, healing sicknesses, casting demons, changing hearts, transforming lives and revealing God for who He really is. Jesus is the exact enfleshment and representation of God Himself.

In our current day and age, God never changed a bit. He repeats what He has done since Day 1 up to the present. His unconditional love remains for He is Love Himself. We also kept repeating the same mistakes of our ancestors thousands of generations ago but God's love, power, blood, name, and mercy are enough to cover and cleanse us permanently from all our since once and for all.

Come to think of it, whatever happened before continues to happen now. Everything merely repeats itself. God initiates love and we reject Him. He chases after us again and we think of Him a bit and return halfheartedly until something will just happen in a wink of an eye just when we least expect it.

After God's continuous prodding, tugging, and calling us back to His heart, finally we reached a point that we hear Him clearly and accept His offered love and join our spirits and hearts and entire beings to Him.

But, take heart. Our pains, disobedience, and struggles will end and in Revelation, the last book of the Bible, everything is ending gloriously to those who responded lovingly, wisely, and faithfully to God's repeated, unconditional love in the history of the world and mankind. But to those who keeps repeating their sins and rejecting God, the ending is not good.

Are you now ready to accept God's love for you? He is just there, waiting for you, believing in you that one day you will say YES to Him.

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C D Swanson 01/31/13
I so enjoyed this piece with a powerful message.

God bless~
Allison Egley 02/01/13
I, for one, am VERY glad that God is a God of repeats! :) There are some great reminders in here. Nice job.
lynn gipson 02/02/13
I finally realized the longing inside of me all my life was God longing for me to come to Him and love Him, late in life but better late than never! Great message here and very well done.

God BLess, Lynn
Cheryl Harrison02/02/13
I enjoyed your entry and the message it contained.

"In our current day and age, God never changed a bit. He repeats what He has done since Day 1 up to the present."

This is so true, just as it is true that we seem to never change. We repeat our disobedient behavior, but praise the Lord he repeats his mercy and grace.

Thanks for writing.
Noel Mitaxa 02/03/13
Very clear, comprehensive and positive challenge.
Danielle King 02/03/13
This is a good entry for the topic. You summed everything up well.
Bea Edwards 02/03/13
I liked the way you presented the topic. Well thought out and explained. Thank you for this precious reminder of his repetitive wooing.
Richard Hicks02/04/13
I must say, God's great love is worth repeating over and over again. Very good reminder for us all. Keep on writing!
Myrna Noyes02/04/13
I'm so glad God's mercies are "new every morning" and that He never tires of forgiving us and drawing us to His heart! You have a very clear and well-thought-out message here!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/05/13
You make some great points in this piece. It really made me stop and think and that's always a good thing.

I did spot some tiny errors like God chosen should be god had chosen or God chose. Also omnipotent is one word, though perhaps you were trying to show that omni means all; omniscience is all knowing, omnipotent is all powerful, and omnipresent means all the time.
By using the hyphen it did emphasis the all part of each word.

You're so right that as humans we mess up again and again. What wonderful news it is to know that Jesus is the answer to salvation. Nicely done.
Alicia Renkema02/05/13
There were some grammar issues, but what a beautiful message contained in this piece for all to ponder. Your piece reminded me of a verse in Ecclesiastes that says, "There is nothing new under the sun." As one writer already noted, we keep repeating our sins while God through Christ just keeps repeating His grace toward us. Praise be to God! Blessings to you...
Loren T. Lowery02/06/13
This is like reading an open journal - words expressing a journey and discovery. One of my favorite lines: "He chases after us again and we think of Him a bit and return halfheartedly until something will just happen in a wink of an eye just when we least expect it." So, so true!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/07/13
Congratulations for placing 7th in level three and 30 overall!