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God—Redeemer of Brokenness

How wonderful that God uses evil to bring about good! There’s the familiar story of Joseph’s being sold into slavery in Egypt and rising to power second only to Pharaoh. He told his brothers when they feared retaliation that what they meant for evil, God meant for good (to save many people alive).

In Jonah 1, God sent a violent storm on the sea where a Phoenician ship carried a disobedient prophet Jonah. In Jonah 1:16, the sailors, who before had worshiped “local” gods, made sacrifices to the living God and vowed to serve Him.

Christ on cross-1-- Clickart    Behold the cross! God took the evil of the crucifixion of His innocent Son and used it to redeem all of humankind. He laid all of our sin on Jesus so that all who believe in Jesus the Christ (Messiah) will be forgiven of their sin and will have eternal fellowship with our triune God.

The believing in and receiving Christ begins the everlasting life with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And along the way, I see God redeeming the brokenness in my life, using what others mean for evil and even my own failures for my good and His glory.

Indeed, God causes even the wrath of man to praise Him (Psalm 76:10a).

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In Remembrance of Jesus

last-supper_Andy Oldham       Among some other papers, I found a small spiral-bound notebook that belonged to my dad. It will be handy for quick notes of needed groceries, reminders, and prayer requests. When I use it, I’ll think of Daddy. Actually I do many things which remind me of Mama and Daddy, who have already passed into God’s presence.
Maybe that’s something like taking communion. Jesus said His disciples should eat the communion bread and drink the cup in remembrance of Him. When I take the bread and wine/juice, it reminds me of what Jesus has done for me in taking my sins to the cross. It also makes me remember His resurrection and His soon return to take God’s children home.
Revelation 22:12 “Look, I [Jesus] am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.”
He comes, and His reward is with Him. Oh friend, be ready!
Isaiah 55:6-7: “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
(Both Scriptures New Living Translation)
(Picture courtesy Andy Oldham: https://andyoldhamphotography.wordpress.com/ )

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Life Now and Later

I just finished reading another excellent sermon by Pastor Tom: ARE THERE “EXTRA” REWARD IN HEAVEN? (https://revth.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/are-there-extra-rewards-in-heaven/) I highly recommend the sermon.
It reminded me of a book I read a few years ago–LIVING AS IF HEAVEN MATTERS by David Shibley. The subtitle of the book is “Preparing Now for Eternity. It helped me start living more purposefully for Jesus. I got the book from the author’s website (http://davidshibley.com/), but it is probably available from Amazon or other book dealers.

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Link to Sermon Glorious Adventure

http://www.sermoncloud.com/grace-bible-church/glorious-abundance/ This sermon by our pastor Randy Huddleston was especially meaningful to me. One thing he points out is that God is so generous and kind that He invites everyone to share His eternal kingdom–anyone who desires may come and drink of the living water He offers. But we come and drink on God’s terms, not our own. We “wash our robes” in the blood of the Lamb. Again, it’s God’s way not our own way.

That invitation reminds me of a song I’ve heard Carroll Roberson sing: “Without Him.” Here are the lyrics:

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be

Songwriters
LE FEVRE, MYLON RAE

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From Jesus to You

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Behold I go to prepare a place for you,
So where I am you may be too.
And since I go to prepare that place,
You can know that I will come for you.

The beauty of the Father’s mansions—
You will see, none can compare.
The fellowship around His table
Will fill your soul with richness rare.

I am the door to life eternal.
I am the way, the truth, the life.
Come through me. I gave My life for you.
Turn from the darkness. Come to the light.

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WHY DOES JESUS HEAL?

Excellent sermon by Pastor Tom.

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Healing in this life, or making this life better somehow, is ultimately meaningless unless we respond to Jesus in faith. Jesus is focused on the eternal person, the spiritual person. That’s where his priority is, and I think that is where our priorities should be also.

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To download, right click on the link (or do whatever you do on a Mac) and save it to your computer: Download Matthew Part 30

 Matthew #30 . Matthew 9:1-8

This time, we will take the incident with the paralyzed man and his friends. Mark and Luke include the detail that the paralytic man’s friends couldn’t get him through the crowd, so they lowered him from the roof to set him in front of Jesus. Once again, there is no reason to assume that this contradicts Matthew. Matthew often omits details supplied by Luke…

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WHY DID JESUS SAY THE WAY WAS NARROW?

Excellent message by Pastor Tom. Reminds us that Christianity is all about Jesus–relationship with Him, surrendering to Him. It’s “not about earning points with God or bettering yourself, or peace, or making the world a better place” although these things may result from following Him. The important thing is knowing Jesus, trusting Him, obeying Him.

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Sometimes it feels hard to be a real Jesus-follower when so many others seem to get by just fine ignoring most of what he said, and even call themselves Christians while doing it. But Jesus told us right here that that is how it would be.If we claim to be followers of Jesus, it seems only right that we don’t dispute what he said.

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To download, right click on the link (or do whatever you do on a Mac) and save it to your computer: Download Matthew Part 23

Matthew #23 . 7:12-29

Matthew 7:12 deserves honorable mention, but it isn’t my intention to preach an entire sermon on it. Jesus said:

In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets. (Matt 7:12, NET)

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God’s Saving Power

cross w- world N America    Psalm 67:2 “May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.”
John 14:6 “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (Both quotes New Living Translation)
Yes, Father, Your saving power is Jesus crucified and raised to life. Through His shed blood, I can approach Your throne of grace, covered with His righteousness. There I can receive mercy for my faults and failures, as well as help for each day’s living. You’ve made us who believe in Jesus Your children and Your representatives. Thank You. Please help us represent You well and to make You known to people everywhere. Amen.

Thoughts on John 6:44-47
Jesus says in John 6:44 that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws the person. However, in verse 45 He says that the Father draws everyone who hears and learns from Him(the Father). Then in verse 46, Jesus says no one except He, Himself, has seen the Father, so apparently people can hear and learn from the Father without seeing Him directly.
Indeed the Father has been revealing Himself through nature, through His interactions with people and through His Word throughout history. Then at the right time, He revealed Himself through Jesus. Those who receive and believe Jesus have abundant, eternal life through Him.
 Eternal, loving Father, thank You for revealing Yourself to us. Please open our ears to hear Your voice. Thank You for placing all our sin on Jesus at the cross. Let me live only for You today. Let me have the humble mind in me that was in Christ Jesus in all my interactions with others. Amen.

(See also Hebrews 4:16, John 1:12, II Corinthians 5:20, and Philippians 2:5)Gospel of John icon

 

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Psalm of a Booklover

cat w-books--dover    Books are treasures. Books are friends.
But if you want real life that never ends,
Come to Jesus, the one true Word
He’s the greatest news you’ve ever heard.
He’s God with us, come as a man.
He lived to fulfill His Father’s plan.
On Calvary’s cross, He took our sin,
So we can have true life that will never end.jesus-christ-w- crown in glory--purple-other colors

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Wonderful Day

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Wonderful Day!

Oh, what a wonderful day that will be
When the face of our Jesus we see.
Then like Him we will always be.
Oh, what a wonderful day!

Oh, won’t you come and share it with me?
You can if on Jesus you will believe.
Come, let’s head to heaven. How happy we’ll be!
Oh, what a wonderful day!

Sometimes I dream of that blessed day
When our Lord will come and catch us away.
Yes, even now, let us walk in His Way.
Oh, what a wonderful day!

O grave, where’s your vict’ry? Death, where’s your sting?
For Jesus has risen and conquered all things,
And those who believe Him forever can sing
Praise to His wonderful name.

Oh, what a wonderful day that will be
When the face of our Jesus we see.
Then like Him we will always be.
Oh, what a wonderful day!

(© Tricia L. Opitz 2007)

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