Month: June 2016

Let Us Reason Together

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Let us ponder these words, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:1899700751_ba2c959857_o

 

I like this invitation to “come”! Imagine yourself in the place of an unwanted person. Perhaps you’ve lived a life in a gang. You’re weary of the lifestyle. You want out, but there’s so many “strings attached”! The members in the gang ridicule you and threaten you, and you find no acceptance with them. Yet, others know your history and give you a wide berth. Neither does your criminal record speak well of you. You’re one sorry mess! Your sins are “like scarlet…like crimson”! All around you is rejection, shame, and guilt. Perhaps you feel lonely, a little scared, and…oh so lost! Then…you hear a voice of quiet, comforting authority, saying, “Come.”

 

“Yes, but don’t you know who I am,” you respond? “Don’t you know all that I’ve done?”

 

“I do,” says the voice.

 

The Stranger’s arms are open wide! His eyes filled with compassion and love, and repeats in soft words, “Come now, let us reason together.” And then those amazing words of pure grace! “Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

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Bought With a Price

Christian LifeThe Gospel

 

 

The Word of God is plain, “You were bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

 

We know that when a person makes a purchase of an item, that it now belongs to them. Why? They paid the price required for that item! Now, s8472094439_573dfdb572_kome items are cheap, some expensive, and others beyond our reach to buy!

 

Yet, why does the Bible say that people are “bought with a price,” and what is the “price” to purchase people? Also, what is the result of being purchased? Let us look at these three points now…

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Whose Regulating Your Life?

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This is an area that many professing believers struggle with! They know that sin is not right. They don’t want it in their lives any more. Y26962168122_ec126be131_ket, it seems they can’t get the upper hand on it! You may say, “But I should love more. I should show more kindness. I should be more self-controlled.” So what happens? Do you grit your teeth harder and make a determination to do better? Do you pray to the Lord to give you the ability to live like you should? Then, after all of this, do you only find yourself frustrated because of ongoing failure to perform as you feel you ought to? Then please keep reading, for there is hope!

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Who Qualifies for Salvation?

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We all know that our life  here is not forever. Yet, what lies beyond? Some say nothing, but most say that we continue on in some fashion or another. Many will admit that there is a holy God and that something must be done about our sin. The big question is, what? What must be done about our sin in order to be reconciled to our holy God? Are there any qualifications that must be met? Is there something God is asking of us? The answer may surprise you!6394785643_fafa2f3926_b

 

First, we all know very well that we live in a world that sets high expectations for us! When we go to school, we are pushed to get high grades, other
wise, we face the wrath of our teachers and often parents! At home, those over us are pressuring us to behave, to be good, or else! In business, we are pressed hard to perform and move up in the ranks! Sports figures are expected to surpass their competitors! If we want to get a certain job, we must have the qualifications for that particular job! Everyone it seems, has expectations for us to perform to the best of our ability! So, are God’s expectations of us the same? What qualifies “me” for salvation?

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The Able Shepherd

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Not all of us have had the opportunity to watch how a shepherd watches over their sheep. Think of it, though. Whose job is it to keep the sheep safe? Is it up to the sheep1788574346_0a546b257e_bto steer clear of crags, thorn bushes, fierce animals, to find green pastures, and quiet waters to drink from, or is it up to the shepherd? Well, it is the shepherd who is responsible to watch over the sheep. It is the shepherd that is to care for them and provide what is needed. Let us then think about another, the greatest Shepherd. A Shepherd who watches over His own sheep.

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About to Kill Himself

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The earth shook, the walls quaked, and the poor jailer’s heart nearly stopped! An earthquake had rattled the prison wherein Paul and Silas had been chained. The quake ha3875753688_84272d5854_bd been so severe that the doors of the prisons had come undone and the prisoners had become freed! Now, the jailer knew full well, if the prisoners had indeed escaped, as he thought, that he would be hauled in front of the law, be humiliated and then executed. Therefore, “He drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.” (Acts 16:27) Then…

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