God . . . is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord. -1 Corinthians 1:9 (TLB) The question remains, “How can God be just,mdash;that is, true to Himself in nature and true to Himself in holiness,mdash;and yet justify the sinner ” Because each man had to bear his own sins, all mankind was excluded from helping, since each was contaminated with the same disease. The only solution was for an innocent party to volunteer to die physically and spiritually as a substitution before God. This innocent party would have to take man’s judgment, penalty, and death. But where was such an individual Certainly, there was none on earth. There was only one possibility. God’s own Son was the only personality in the universe who had the capacity to bear in His own body the sins of the world. Only God’s Son was infinite and thus able to die for all.
In life God Blesses His children with talents and gifts which we don’t always use for his Glory. God gives us full Blessings that we don’t fully appreciate sometimes. These Blessing may be a healthy baby, a great spouse, a wonderful caring Church, a roof over our heads, food, a job and good health. God gives us opportunities to help people with family issues, their personal salvation, and a sympathetic, caring, compassionate ear concerning their health issues for example. We just have to give just a little of our time. We should always remember that the apple looks good on the outside but sometimes it may have a worm inside! We have to look for the small hole in the apple to see what is really inside. In people we also have to look for that small entrance into their soul. In people that worm may be depression or unhappiness, loneliness, fear, etc; So take time to talk with people and give them a chance to share themselves. “Even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story!” A person’s life may be full of sunshine today but lots of rain tomorrow. They didn’t need you while it was sunny, but now they need you while their life is gloomy and full of rain and full of depression. Don’t leave behind the opportunities that you have been given. Don’t leave anything behind including the half eaten donut!
May God Bless!
Richard had grown up as an only child not having the opportunity to share his adventures or misadventures if you will with a sibling. There was no playing with a brother or sister pretending as Daniel Boone to fight the Indians away from the Fort called Boonesboro.There was no pretending to ride the western range as the Lone Ranger with your faithful sidekick Tonto or Tontolina if it happened to be you sister that you were pretending with! So an only child still uses his imagination even if it is to use his dog as his sidekick. Life still has to be explored and conquered! As children grow into adults there is so much peer pressure and influences whether it be good or bad. Individuals seem to not be able to distinguish the difference between an acquaintance or a true friend. There are so many people who get into situations and need a visit or a kind word or maybe some financial assistance at this low moment in their life and there will be a true friend or family member who will go out of their way and stick by them and do whatever it takes to be supportive of them even though that friend or family member may be a little strapped of time or finances but they will still do whatever it takes. The people that were thought to be friends don’t seem to exist at this time even though you beg and plead with them to no avail. Now when you have pulled yourself out of the valley you want to return to whom you thought were your friends and once again you want to accept what they want to bestow on you as what you and they believe are tokens of their friendship. It takes more than money to be a true friend! Friendship and love of family goes much deeper! It has been said that ” a cow never gets it’s tail too high that it doesn’t need it at fly time”! Think about it, and realize who your real treasure is and search your mind and soul and reflect on who has really been at the Fort protecting you from the valleys and desperations of life. Isn’t it only right that you repay their love for you and share at least a little of yourself?
Also think of this in terms of your relationship with Jesus Christ! Hasn’t He always been there for you even when you slipped into the valley? Spend time with your real friends and family and spend some time with the Ultimate Friend and Family Member your Lord! Why not even visit His House some Sunday?
. . . unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. -Revelation 1:5 Blood is mentioned 460 times in the Bible. Fourteen times in the New Testament Jesus spoke of His own blood. Why Because by the shedding of His blood, He accomplished the possibility of our salvation. He paid the penalty for our sin and redeemed us. The penalty for our sin and rebellion is death; Jesus stepped out and said, “I’ll take that death.” He voluntarily laid down His life and took the penalty we deserve. That’s what the cross is all about. The blood of Jesus Christ not only redeems us, it justifies us. Being justified means more than being forgiven. I can say, “I forgive you,” but I can’t justify you. But God not only forgives the past, He clothes you in righteousness as though you had never committed a sin. Yet it cost the blood of His Son on the cross. Billy Graham
In April 1866, crates of nitroglycerin were shipped to California to aid in blasting through a mountain to create the Summit Tunnel. One of the crates exploded at the Wells Fargo office in San Francisco, killing fifteen people. Nitroglycerin is an effective explosive, but highly unstable. Yet in another form it’s an effective treatment for heart disease and one of the oldest drugs used in the prevention of heart attacks. What power is unleashed when two elements — nitric acid and glycerin — come together! When the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible combine in a believer’s mind, there’s an explosion of power, and the mixture somehow strengthens our hearts. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to “be filled with the Spirit.” Colossians 3:16 says to “let the Word of Christ dwell in [us] richly.” Both passages promise the same results — singing, thanksgiving, and power in our relationships. These parallel Scriptures suggest there are two active agents working to help us achieve a renewed mind — the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Combine these dynamic agents in your life today. The Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sundial by moonlight. D. L. Moody
What a Great Day! How the Lord can Bless and surprise! I was off work today and it was my wife’s birthday. At Church we were so surprised to see our grandson Andrew who is eleven years old come forward during the invitation this morning. Wow what a birthday surprise for my wife! Andrew gave his heart to Jesus at a time that we will always remember which is on his Grandmas birthday. The signs that the Lord puts into our lives to remind us of our Blessings is amazing. It’s just like the beauty that He puts in our lives such as flowers, trees, birds, rain, rainbows, etc; events such as Andrew giving his heart to Jesus! You see in my family some other coincidental circumstances are that my grandfather’s birthday and our granddaughter’s birthday is also on my wife’s birthday! Also Andrew was born on the day that my mother passed away. The Lord brings one Home and sends in another little Angel into the world to deliver His Blessings!