- The Father sent His holy Son to be a perfect sacrifice on our behalf. In other words, Jesus Christ took our sin upon Himself and died on the cross in our place. By trusting Him as our Savior, we receive His forgiveness and are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17). From then on, our Father sees us as holy, perfect, and welcome in His presence. ~Charles Stanley
What a Day!
In the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.…the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52
When the Montgolfier brothers first demonstrated the possibilities of flight with their hot air balloon in 1783, they sent it aloft without passengers. It traveled higher than five thousand feet into the sky and stayed up for ten minutes. There was much discussion about taking humans into the air, but no one knew how the altitude would affect them. King Louis suggested experimenting with prisoners, but the brothers instead sent up a balloon with a sheep, a duck, and a rooster. The trio survived the flight with no ill effects, and on November 21, 1783, the first human flew into the air. The man, Pilâtre de Rozier, did just fine—though he later died in a balloon accident over the English Channel.
One day soon…
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God’s sovereignty will always be offensive if you don’t love Him.
The fact that God is God, not merely a helpful spiritual sage or positive force of moral light we are free to access when useful, the fact that He is rightful ruler of everything and everyone everywhere is very unwelcome news to those who do not treasure Him.
We have a very man-centric ethos in this 21st century Western culture. God, if He exists, is the Benevolent Validator of all that I want to do and be. He is as soft and as malleable as I need Him to be. If I desire something He (or She or It) must of course approve. Affirm. Celebrate. Because God is love, and of course love is celebration of all I desire. Which is to say God is whatever I desire.
And into this pagan mess sounds the Gospel of Jesus…
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One of the most under appreciated aspects of Biblical Christianity is that it restores a sense of wonder about the world. A Divine Author, good and beautiful without end, spoke this universe into being.
Everything there is to perceive, the smell of moss and crunch of leaves in an Autumn forest, the cascade of sunlight over grass on a Summer sunrise, cumulus clouds and pelicans and babies and comets, all of it came at His Word.
And all of it points to His heart.
We don’t live in a random universe. Nothing is random. That itch in your ear a minute ago wasn’t random. Everything is providence and story, everything is being worked together to shed light on the unimaginable beauty of the God who is there.
The Bible describes this world we live and move and breathe in as a creation. It is a purposeful tapestry that…
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