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Overruled!

Gavel p275 Serif Gallery    “God overrules human sin for His glory and the ultimate good of mankind.” –from the devotional booklet “Our Daily Bread,” 11-19-14, note on Genesis 50:15-21.
I love it that God overrules sin for His glory and our good! I can just see a courtroom. Mr. Sin stands up with an objection to good and right. But God is the judge. The gavel comes down, and God, being far more powerful than sin or Satan, says with all authority, “Overruled.” Then God proceeds to bring good out of the evil. (Romans 8:28—“ And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” New Living Translation)
God (through Paul) tells us to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). As we do, we’re being like our Father God. So I want to pray the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi which says:
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
“O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”

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THE COSTLY, FREE GIFT

One of the things Pastor Tom talks about here is the fact that the cross is JUSTICE for sin. “Jesus, by his suffering, has endured what sin deserves–all sin. …You can’t just…say ‘it doesn’t matter.’ You can’t say, ‘You’ll make it up next time you’re re-incarnated.” Nor can you say, “Do your best, and God forgives the rest.” No, sin must be accounted for. Justice must be done. Excellent sermon.

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God’s grace is free to us, but it was not free to Him. It was very costly. It is free in the same sense that a diamond is free to the girl who is getting engaged. It is freely given, but it cost the giver a great deal. And like the diamond engagement ring, it is offered not just as a trinket, but as an invitation into a lifelong relationship that will change the course of our future forever.

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LIFE FROM DEATH

On Good Friday, we remember the crucifixion of Jesus – how we was killed by torture on a Roman cross. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate his resurrection – the fact that he…

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Closer to God

Priest with scroll    “And they will know that I am the Lord their God. I am the one who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the Lord their God.”
(New Living Translation—NLT)
How wonderful You are, Lord! You desired to live among Your people, so You brought them out of Egypt and told them (through Moses) about the regulations for worship and how to prepare the tabernacle and ordain the priests.
    You desire to live among us Your people today. Let us understand clearly Your requirements for closeness with You so we will always live in Your presence. Amen.
So what does the Lord require of us? Consider Micah 6:6-8.
Micah 6:6-7 (my synopsis): “What can we do? Offer yearling calves, thousands of rams, rivers of olive oil? Or maybe sacrifice our sons to pay for our sins?”
Micah 6:8 (NLT) “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
In Matthew 23:23, Jesus says that justice, mercy, and faith are the “weightier matters of the law,” or as the NLT puts it, “the more important aspects of the law” [more important than tithing, for example]. Then He says, “…You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” (Matthew 23:23b NLT) If faith corresponds to walking humbly with God, then the verse in Matthew reiterates the thought of Micah 6:8. And since we can’t walk with God unless we believe Him and listen to Him, perhaps faith could indeed correlate to walking with the Lord.
 Loving Father, thank You for wanting us close to You. Please teach us to act with justice, love mercy, and humbly walk with You. Amen.

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Infusion

God, You are King and Lord forever, entirely just and true, worthy of all fear and awe. Yet You are love. You call us into Your presence, made righteous by the blood of Jesus. You, Yourself, paid the dreadful price for us to be totally forgiven. Royalty infused with love! How great You are, eternal King!

You are almighty Creator. Nothing is too hard for You. You have made everything, and it is but the work of Your fingers! You are Lord over all, and still You are personal. You count the hairs on our heads. You invite us into intimate fellowship with You. Awesome power and personal care—infusion again! How great You are, mighty God!

Psalm 62:11-12 “…Power, O God, belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is yours….” New Living Translation

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