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Public entry A Single Sacrifice (Reposted from 2009)
August 02, 2019 @ 02:05:35 pm
Hebrews 10:11-18 (ESV translation) And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. With these words from the Bible God tells us that his son Jesus Christ has made the only sacrifice for our sins that he will accept, and the only one that can forgive all the sins of anyone who comes to faith in him. He also tells us that because of the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins, it is no longer necessary to perform the animal sacrifices that were done at God's direction in old testament times for the sins of those people. Jesus became the only sacrifice that could take away sins because the animal sacrifices, though important, could not. God also tells us in these verses that he will not remember our sins and lawless deeds anymore because of Christ's sacrifice. When we have faith in Christ we can be sure that he has paid for all our sins with his death and resurrection.
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Public entry Pass Me That Crutch
July 01, 2019 @ 03:29:32 pm
Hebrews 13:6 - So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” - More than once I've heard unbelievers say that Christians use "religion" as a crutch. I think that's the whole point of being one, because the entire human race is sinful and can't do anything on it's own to please God and needs a crutch. Like Christ said in John 15:5 - ...apart from me you can do nothing - Even Christ was completely dependent on his father while he was here. Weakness is considered undesirable in most Earthly "wisdom", but God considers it a good thing for us. As the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9 - ... I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me - . When God sent Christ to save us he provided a "crutch" to anyone who wants to use it.
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Public entry Fools Rush In Where Wise Men Fear to Tread
May 31, 2019 @ 03:44:54 pm
1 Corinthians 1:18 - For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing... - All over the world there are Christians and all over the world there have always been people who regard the gospel as foolish, but the scriptures say we are foolish if we don't believe in God Psalm 14:1 - The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”... - They think this way because Earthly "wisdom" supports them, but the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we live by faith, not by sight. - Unbelievers like to point out that bad things continue to happen to believers, they usually don't know 1 Peter 4:12 - Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. - But why show them this? They wouldn't believe it anyway. All we can do is reach out to them with God's word and hope they have a change of heart and not regard it as foolishness.
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Public entry Problems
April 30, 2019 @ 04:22:43 pm
Acts 14:22 - ...“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,”... - A lot of people seem to think that it will be smooth sailing after they become Christians, but that's not what the scriptures say. Some might even give up and say "why bother"? This is understandable, and I often feel the same way. But then I go back to remembering the Apostle Paul who wrote much of the new testament. After he became a Christian he traveled widely promoting Christianity and had big problems, many of which would dwarf ours, almost everywhere he went. As we are told in 1 Peter 4:12 - Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you -. Even Jesus had some troubles when his father sent him here to be our Savior.
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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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