In my life, and especially in my Christian life I’ve had a lot of conversations that revolve around Christianity. I’ve, way too often, had conversations that don’t glorify God or impart grace to the hearer but I’m thankful that God is growing me to understand Him better and He continues to refine me.
I’ve thought back on a conversation that I had years ago that involved following Christ and Christ-likeness. It’s an interesting conversation and one that goes like this. “I’ve been told before that you should strive not to just follow Christ but to be like Christ.” I’ve given this some thought over the years and I sort of get where this is going and you know what? I agree. We should strive to be like Christ.
However we need to back up for a moment. We can’t strive to be like Christ unless we have first followed Him…
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And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Today was a special day not because of anything I did but because of what God did. He is the reason for all things and He has purpose in all that He does and all occurs because of Him. But today was special and He encouraged me and the others with me on this day in an extraordinary way.
Today is Thursday and it’s the day we go to Iowa City to the Emma Goldman Abortuary. This is one of two clinics in Iowa City that take the lives of unborn children and snuff them out before their time. They murder these little precious souls before they have an opportunity…
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In looking through some photos from 2011, I noticed that the photos I made one morning were different from most sunrise photos I have taken. I thought some readers might enjoy seeing this. Click on the image for a larger photo.
We know that Jesus utilized the evening cool and the early morning in His ministry.
32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons.
33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he…
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“These are the people who are coming out of the terrible suffering.
They have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb …
The Lamb in the center near the throne will be their shepherd.
He will lead them to springs filled with the water of life,and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:14,17).
The Lord Jesus Christ – “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) – is our Saviour and our Shepherd. He forgive our sins, and He leads us on to His eternal glory.
The Wednesday Word: Redeeming Blood
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Redemption in the ancient world was not a religious idea, but rather a commercial one. Redemption was a term that specifically dealt with the act of buying a slave from the slave market in order to give him freedom. The term used for ‘redemption’ in our text is ‘apolytrōsis’, which carries with it a notion of liberation by the paying of a price. Christ’s amazing blood was the price paid, and it liberated us from the destruction of guilt and wrath.
To further understand biblical redemption, we should look at three other words associated with it in the New Testament. These words show us 3 distinct aspects of this great truth. The three words are,
This is a word which…
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