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A New Word

for me.

Eucatastrophe 

A eucatastrophe is a sudden turn of events at the end of a story which ensures that the protagonist does not meet some terrible, impending, and very plausible and probable doom. The writer J. R. R. Tolkien coined the word by affixing the Greek prefix eu, meaning good, to catastrophe, the word traditionally used in classically inspired literary criticism to refer to the “unraveling” or conclusion of a drama’s plot. For Tolkien, the term appears to have had a thematic meaning that went beyond its literal etymological meaning in terms of form. In his definition as outlined in his 1947 essay “On Fairy-Stories”, eucatastrophe is a fundamental part of his conception of mythopoeia. Though Tolkien’s interest is in myth, it is also connected to the gospel; Tolkien calls the Incarnation of Christ the eucatastrophe of “human history” and the Resurrection the eucatastrophe of the Incarnation.  source

Acts 4: 33 And with great ability and power the apostles were continuously testifying to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace [God’s remarkable lovingkindness and favor and goodwill] rested richly upon them all.  source

Question

11 Loved ones, I urge you as strangers and sojourners to keep away from the fleshly cravings that war against the soul. 12 Keep your conduct honorable among the Gentiles. Then while they speak against you as evildoers, they may—from noticing your good deeds—glorify God in the day of visitation.   I Peter TLV source

Question. If we speak, if we sing, if we dance,  if we drink, if we eat, if we entertain ourselves, if we clothe ourselves LIKE the people of the world – Hollywood, Washington, New York, Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago — all the HOT SPOTS of the world, how can we enjoy the reward of obedience to  this WORD?

How can we call ourselves unspotted by the world? James 1:27

Don’t misread me please. This is NOT a list of don’t(s). It’s a glorious invitation to BE. Be different. Be favored. Be odd, even!  Be so above normal that people suspect you have been with JESUS.

Acts 4: (TLV) 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and figured out they were laymen without training, they were amazed. They began to realize that these men had been with Yeshua. source 

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