Save the World

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

 

—John 3:17

 

It was through Jesus that I was saved.

God sent Him so that I might be saved.

It is through Jesus that you may be saved.

God sent Him so that you could be saved.

The question is, do you believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God?

 

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In the Midst of Trouble

Do you remember the accident you didn’t have?
How about the time the thieves decided NOT to break into your home?
Do you recall the day your doctor didn’t prescribe the wrong medication?
Or the time the poisonous snake in the woods didn’t bite you while you were hiking?
You don’t remember those things because they never happened.
The protection of God–we are not always aware of it, but it doesn’t mean we are not right in the center of it.
Sometimes we are guided away from danger without recognizing our circumstances.
We may feel an intense urge to leave a place or to go to another–finding later that we avoided catastrophe.
God will never leave us.
He is in control over all things.
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Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life. —from Psalm 138:7
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The Message

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

—1 Corinthians 1:18

 

My husband and I drove to a quiet place up on a bit of a hill.

As we sat looking at the scenery, we could see a tall cross in the distance.

The cross is a reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us.

Some will believe.

Some will not.

What about you?

 

 

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The Same

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

—Hebrews 13:8

 

 

There is a metal cross placed in my yard.

It was a gift from a friend.

Whenever someone visits me and notices the cross, there is no mistaking what it represents.

Jesus loved us when He gave Himself for us on the cross.

He loves us today and He will always love us.

 

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Your Brother

My husband’s brother died today.

Having lived with a diagnosis of cancer for the last several months, this was an expected event.

Even though it was expected, our family could not really prepare for what it would feel like when that moment came.

Sadness.

Grief.

Thankfulness.

Love.

At dusk this evening, my husband wanted to drive to a nearby area and take a walk.

As we did, we noticed the tall cross that stands on the property of a local church.

I stopped for a moment to photograph it.

A flood of emotions comes bursting forth when the finality of death is before us.

Yet, there is hope.

Hope brought to us by Jesus.

In the eleventh chapter of John, there is the account of Jesus’ conversation with a woman named Martha, who had just experienced the death of her brother, Lazarus.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

–John 11-21-27

My husband’s brother will rise again.

He continues to live by having believed in Jesus.

Do you believe?

 

 

 

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While We Were Still

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I heard the song for the first time playing in the background while at a restaurant tonight.

Not recognizing it, I listened more intently to the lyrics.

Being a love song, the main idea was that the singer wanted more than anything to just be “somebody” to the other person.

As I listened, I began thinking that I was already “somebody” to Jesus.

In fact, you are, too.

We do not have to hope and hope or worry and wonder if we are important to Him.

We don’t have to work at impressing Him in order to be noticed.

We don’t have to sink into sadness if we learn that He really doesn’t care, after all.

That won’t ever happen, because He will never stop caring about us or offering us His love.

His love will remain constant.

It is up to us to respond to that love.

He suffered and died for us on the cross because we were “somebody” important to Him.

Somebody worth dying for.

Somebody worth offering eternal life to.

Never forget—you are somebody to Jesus.

Who is Jesus to you?

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
—Romans 5:8

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It is God’s Power

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It had been rainy and overcast for several hours.

As night was approaching, I remembered that I needed to run a quick errand to the store just down the road.

On my way back home, I passed a familiar sight.

A church that sits quietly on several acres of land by the highway has a very tall cross erected on the property.

Towering above the treeline, it can be seen from miles away.

Looking at the cross as I drove by, I noticed that the white sunset glow was the background behind it.

I decided to turn my car around and go back to photograph it.

The white cross is a reminder of Jesus to those who see it.

For some, it may not have any special meaning.

To others, it is a representation of all that life is, now and for eternity.

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For the message about Christ’s death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God’s power.

—1 Corinthians 1:18

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What Shall I Do?

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While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

—Matthew 27:19-25

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There is a question that every person must ask themselves.

It is simply this—

What shall I do, then, with Jesus called the Messiah?

Will we believe in Him and His gift of eternal life?

Or will we refuse to acknowledge Him as the Son of God, leaving His gift for us behind?

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Lifted Up

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Jesus had this to say:

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.”

Jesus is the Son of Man. He was speaking about Himself.

He knew that He was going to be lifted up on a cross.

He knew that He would be paying the price for all our sin.

He knew that anyone who believed in Him and accepted this gift would have eternal life.

He knew that if you believed, you would live forever with Him someday.

If you believed.

Many people pass churches where crosses are fully visible.

They walk or drive past reminders of the love of Jesus.

He knew that if you believed, you would live forever with Him someday.

If you believed.

And now, the most important question—

Do you believe?

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God Cleared a Path

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As we walked out to the shore, the moon was almost directly overhead.

The waves were glowing as its light fixed a glowing beam upon them.

We were gathering at the ocean’s side to have a time of worship and prayer.

A wooden cross had been placed in the sand.

It was a meaningful time of reflection.

A time of quiet before God.

Walking down the shoreline, we followed a path marked out for us.

It led right up to where the cross was standing.

God cleared the path to Him through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Is it time that you followed the path and made your way to the cross to find forgiveness?

It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to him—all things in heaven and on earth—for Christ’s death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his blood.

Colossians 1:20

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Christ’s Triumph at the Cross

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A few weeks ago, a church very close to my home erected a white cross on their property.

Several stories in height, it towers above everything.

It would be very difficult for anyone to miss while driving down the road.

A reminder to all, it speaks silently of the sacrifice that Jesus made in order to pay for our sins.

We need only accept His payment and repent, asking for forgiveness as we purpose in our hearts to live for Him.

I recently purchased a song that I had heard on the radio.

Part of the song’s message is:

               There’ll be days I lose the battle
               Grace says that it doesn’t matter
              ‘Cause the cross already won the war*

Sure, I will make mistakes sometimes.

So will you.

God is willing to forgive us when we do.

Jesus has already won the war over the destiny of those who love Him.

When we find that we have displeased God in some way, (sin) we must seek His forgiveness, get up, and move on—

move on toward the path He has laid out for us that day.

You were dead in sins, and your sinful desires were not yet cut away. Then he gave you a share in the very life of Christ, for he forgave all your sins,  and blotted out the charges proved against you, the list of his commandments which you had not obeyed. He took this list of sins and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.  In this way God took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin, and God openly displayed to the whole world Christ’s triumph at the cross where your sins were all taken away.

—Colossians 2:13

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