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Cleansed Hearts

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I wonder, is your heart 4266283238_401d102b93_opure? Have you been freed from the controlling power of sin in your life? Or are you still plagued by sin’s vice like grip on your life? Are you held captive by sinful things in your life? Things like watching movies filled with violence, sexual immorality, and vengeance? Are sinful habits still master over you? Do you ever feel like, “This just isn’t working”? Perhaps you’ve thought the answer is trying harder to be a good person. Yet, as hard as you try, you just seem to flounder and fail the more! There is an answer for this! There is hope indeed! For God says He, “Cleansed their hearts by faith.” (Acts 15:9)

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That I May Gain Christ

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Saul of Tarsus, a man with quite a history! One who  was, “foremost” of sinners. This, despite the fact that, “As to righteousness under the law, blameless.” (Philippians 3:6, 1 Timothy 1:15)

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Though Saul of Tarsus thought to be serving God by his life, God stopped him in his tracks and asked, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4) No doubt, Saul was a very misguided person! Here, Saul, as a law-keeper, thought he was serving the Lord! Yet, to the absolute contrary, he was the “foremost” of sinners! What a shocking revelation to Saul! It took a lot for God to get Saul’s attention! As it is recorded, “Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand…” (Acts 9:3-8) Yes, Saul was zealous for the law, but very misguided! He was a religious fellow, filled with the pride of self-achievement!

 

So, how could it be that Saul, a man who was “blameless” “under the law,” could be so lost?

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The Rich Ruler

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We find in this accou9401235010_8cf980077b_knt a rich man with a question for Jesus, “Good Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Now, it will become quickly apparent that Jesus
has serious issues with this fellow’s question! For who is good? And, is it possible to “do” something to inherit eternal life? Let us see how Jesus responds…

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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

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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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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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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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Words of Comfort

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The tough reality is that we don’t live in a very nice world! Things happen that can really be a challenge to our system! Relationsh5691334593_986de7cc8b_oips aren’t always as we envisioned them to be. Our health can suddenly take a turn for the worse. Our safety could be in jeopardy. For some, things can get downright ugly! Yet, amidst all this chaos, Jesus makes us this offer, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) Isn’t this wonderful? “Rest,” offered by One who says that He is “gentle and lowly in heart.” I wonder, have you found “rest” in your life? Or are you struggling along, trying desperately to hold it all together? Let us now see how we too, can have “rest.”

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Entering The Temple

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Solomon’s temple10807400715_4bd16e43c2_z, what a great marvel it was! Now, back in the origin of the earthly temple it was called the tabernacle, and it was nothing to look at! That is, if you looked on its outward appearance, yet, inside it was filled with splendour! We find that the tabernacle was the mobile version and the temple would be a stationary version of the same. Yet, what was the purpose in God having the Israelites construct something so impressive and elaborate? Why all the attention to every detail? It seemed as if God were setting up a massive illustration in order to teach us all some very fundamental lessons! Let us see what God might have to teach us then…

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Good News of Great Joy!

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First of all, the word “gospel” means “good news.” So then, what is this “good news” that we find proclaimed in the pages of God’s Holy Word? Well, we know that Paul the apostle took the proclamation of the gospel extremely seriously! For he wrote, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16) We also should know to take the gospel in a most earnest fashion ourselves! For it is also written, “When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10) Yet, we also read, “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’” (Luke 2:10) So then too, this word from Paul, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-8) Clearly, God jealously guards the proclamation of this one true gospel, this good news! So what is this “good news” that one must “believe” to be saved, or otherwise face the “vengeance” of God?! What is this, “Good news of great joy that will be for all people”? Let us take a look…

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