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Public entry Real Power
March 28, 2019 @ 04:40:39 pm
1 Corinthians 4:20 - For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. - We all like to have power and usually the more the better, but what kind of power we want and our motivations are what interests God. It doesn't always seem like it, and sometimes they even suffer for their faith, but those who know Jesus Christ have real power. As God says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 - power is made perfect in weakness... This may not sound right to us, and not how we would do it but is the way God wants it, so we can rejoice about our weakness. As he says in Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. It's a good thing for us that his ways are not like our ways or he probably wouldn't have sent his son Jesus to die for our sins. I doubt if any of us would do that but he did because his kingdom is not a matter of talk.
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Public entry Illustrations
February 28, 2019 @ 05:27:49 pm
Isaiah 1:18 - ...“Though your sins are like scarlet,they shall be as white as snow;... - A fresh blanket of snow is the whitest thing I can think of, it has long been a symbol of purity and cleanliness. And in old testament times scarlet was popular because it was one of the firmest of dyes not easily washed out. God uses these two illustrations to tell us about our sin and what he will do about it. This scripture is clearly a prophecy about the coming savior Jesus Christ revealed to Isaiah about 740 BC. All of us have inherited our ability to sin from Adam when he decided to disobey God in the garden of Eden, as we are told in Romans 5:12 - Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—. Only Jesus Christ can take away all our sins and faith in him will make us as white as snow.
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Public entry Do It Yourself?
January 25, 2019 @ 02:46:05 pm
Galatians 2:21 - I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! - At the time this scripture was written Jewish religious leaders were (and still are) telling their followers that they had to obey the old testament law in order to be saved. The old testament law is a set of "rules" on how to live given to the Jews by God in the old testament. Most everyone knows the Jewish religious leaders have always rejected Christ because he preached a different message than they were and didn't fit their idea of what the Savior would be like, so when the Bible says that Christ freed us from the law they reject that too. They're convinced that the works of their own hands will save them because they obey the old testament law. Unfortunately some Christians have been taught similar things in their churches today, that their own works can save them if their good enough . It is our natural way of thinking to believe that God will save us because we aren't so bad and have done more good things than bad. But if this was actually possible for us to do it would not have been necessary for Christ to come here and die for our sins. He could have stayed in Heaven with his father and completely avoided a lot of trouble due to us. As the Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:9 - He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace...-We are called to do good works, not for salvation but in order to serve God and please him. If we try to save ourselves by our works we are refusing God's free gift of salvation.
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Public entry A New Beginning
January 03, 2019 @ 05:38:04 pm
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! - A new year is often viewed as a new beginning, and we can think of ourselves as having a new beginning if we have come to Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote 2 Corinthians about 55 a.d. probably when he was in Macedonia, and in 5:17 notice that Paul says "has come," "has gone" and "is here," he never uses the words "might come," might be gone," or "might be here." It's a done deal for those in Christ because of what he did for them on the cross. He paid for all our sins and promises us eternity in Heaven as his free gift to us if we have faith in him. Ephesians 2:8-9 says - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. Despite our feelings and what we may have been told, we can't work our way to forgiveness and eternal life, we can only rely on Christ for that. We need to have faith in him in order to be a new creation.
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Public entry Gone Fishing
September 05, 2018 @ 03:19:39 pm
Matthew 4:19 -“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” - When Christ picked out his disciples he chose a few who were fisherman, and made a simple analogy about them. He told them that they would be sent out to fish for people. That was a good analogy because that is basically what the people who spread the gospel do. When someone is "caught" by Christ it simply means that they accept him as their only lord and savior and will obey his commands. Christ sent many people out from different occupations to fish and while they were all important they needed power from him to succeed (John 15:5 - ...apart from me you can do nothing.) Whatever station we have in life we can serve Christ even if it's something different than fishing.
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Public entry Doing Good
August 08, 2018 @ 04:50:22 pm
Galatians 6:10 -Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.- It's common for us to do good for people we know and help them if we can, and we may even help and do good for the occasional stranger. We are told here that when we have the opportunity we should do good to everyone. But how often (myself included) have we ignored someone who needed good or help because we were pressed for time or it wasn't our problem or something similar. We're very good at thinking up excuses not to do something. Sometimes we're the ones who need someone and then most of us accept very few excuses. The Lord God does good and helps people all the time, sometimes without them even knowing it. His greatest act of goodness was when he sent his son Jesus to anyone who will accept him as their savior. God didn't have to save us but he wanted to do good for all people because he loves them.
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Public entry The List (Reposted from 2010)
July 02, 2018 @ 02:43:07 pm
1 Timothy 1:15 - This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" - and I am the worst of them! This Bible verse makes me think of a list that contains the names of everyone (sinful man) who will live, now lives, or has ever lived on the earth, and mine is the very first name on the list, because I should regard myself as the worst sinner of all. We can all think of someone that we think is worse than ourselves and we all like to think that we're not bad people and that if we lead a good life, that will be enough to save us. But the Bible says otherwise. Jesus came to save us, because no matter what we try, we can't save ourselves. This doesn't seem right to us because of our sinful nature that we inherited from Adam and Eve. Jesus' merits and his sacrifice on the cross alone take away all our sin and reconciles us to God. And he does this as a free gift to us, and not because of anything we have done, because we are loved by God. It is difficult for all of us to think of ourselves as the worst sinner, but then we should remember 1 Timothy 1:15 and have faith in Jesus Christ.
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Public entry The Right Stuff
June 01, 2018 @ 02:30:20 pm
Titus 2:1 - You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. - Remember the movie "The Right Stuff"? That's what we all need. We like our churches, we have friends there and may have been going there for years and might even help run it and maintain it. We should be going there to hear God's word and worship him, if not our church has become a social club, no matter what we call it. As Christ says in Luke 14:34 - “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? - It all started with Moses in the old testament with the building of the tabernacle, which was basically a tent so it could be carried during travels. Later when permanent structures were needed they were called temples, and today we live in the age of the church. The reason the church (the called together ones) was established by God was so people could come and hear his word which now contains teaching about his son Jesus who became our Savior, that's the right stuff, and if our church isn't teaching that we should see that it does or get out of it.
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Public entry The Main Ingredient
April 27, 2018 @ 01:21:20 pm
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. - When we're in a checkout line at a store we have faith that when it's our turn at the register we'll get done and get to leave. And when we turn the radio on we might not know how it works but we have faith that it will. But how's our faith in God? Like most mine gets weak at times but then God strengthens it. Easton's Bible dictionary defines faith as - in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true. Its primary idea is trust... - In the new testament of the Bible the Apostle Paul has many positive things to say about faith, my favorite is 2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we live by faith, not by sight. - He's saying that we have faith even though we don't see God at this time. Paul needed to teach people about faith in Christ for salvation because the Jewish religious leaders of his day were wrongly teaching people that they had to obey the old testament law that Jesus freed us from and that the works of their hands would save them. We can go to church, help people in our community and things like that every chance we get, but if we don't have faith in God he is not impressed because we're just going through the motions to him. He wants us to have other qualities like forgiveness, charity, mercy, etc. but faith must come first and faith in his son Jesus as our only Savior is foremost with him.
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Public entry He Is Risen! (Reposted from 2011)
April 04, 2018 @ 10:52:09 am
Matthew 28:1-6 (New International Version) - 1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. - What a day that must have been for those two women on that first Easter morning. They got up at dawn to check on the grave of a friend, which was the custom of that day, certain that their friend Jesus was dead and in his tomb. Instead they found the tomb open, Jesus gone, an angel of the Lord who looked very frightening sitting there talking to them, even an earthquake. Something like that could screw up your whole day. But this is the way God chose to announce that his son Jesus had risen from the dead just as he said he would, and probably few believed him then just as today. Come on, Jesus rose from the dead after three days? YES! We can be sure it's true because God tells us about it in his word. It was part of his plan to provide salvation for all mankind, to cleanse us from sin which he takes very seriously. Jesus became the one sacrifice that could forgive the sins of anyone who follows him and accepts his free gift. This Easter season we should all remember that.
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