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The Full Gospel Restores All Creation

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“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1:19-20

The Gospel–the Good News–reconciles, heals, and restores ALL creation

While creation care as a ministry may not be as widely recognized as other Christian causes, it is nevertheless profoundly important.  In fact, it is an essential part of the Gospel.  The Gospel (the “Good News”) heals, reconciles and restores ALL things.  This includes ALL creation.  As Colossians 1:19-20 reminds us, God works through Jesus “to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”

The call of discipleship brings us together to express, fulfill and live out the Good News. Not only does God call us to speak forth the Gospel, but also to fulfill, realize and live out that Gospel in all we do.

Thanks for being part of an exceptional cadre of Christ-followers whose hearts and eyes recognize the truth of the full gospel, who see the need to care for creation and who recognize protecting the climate as an essential part of caring for creation.

Dear God,

Thank you for opening our eyes and hearts to recognize creation care as an essential part of the Gospel and of Christ-following discipleship. Thank you for blessing us with faith in you that embraces your gift of creation.  May your Holy Spirit empower and sustain us to preach the gospel always, even using words when absolutely necessary.  May we find time, energy and faith to intercede on behalf of your gift of creation and the livable climate we all – rich and poor alike – need to survive. May we intercede not only through word and deed but through action and relationship. May we protect and preserve the climate.  By doing so may we also protect and preserve the least of these, the poor and disadvantaged, most damaged by thoughtless abuse of creation and the climate.