“From Sacrifice to Sovereign: April 2021 Scripture Writing Plan” 4/03/2021 Written by Elihu Anderson for “Elihu’s Corner”

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SCRIPTURE WRITING PLANS

From Sacrifice to Sovereign: April 2021 Scripture Writing Plan

March 31, 2021Elihu

Each week, Christians around the world observe the Lord’s Supper. We are served small portions of unleavened bread and grape juice which symbolize Jesus’ body and blood offered for our sins. Because we do this on a weekly basis, it has the potential to lose its impact on our hearts.

One of the ways in which I try to stay focused during those quite moments is to read about Jesus’ sacrifice. Isaiah 53 is one of my most treasured passages because it not only talks about what Jesus did, but why he did it.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53.8, ESV

Isaiah reminds us that Jesus had the flesh practically ripped off His back, not because HE did wrong, but because WE did. Jesus had nails hammered into His body for MY sins. HE carried the cross to bring US peace with God. HE was humiliated because WE humiliated ourselves.

Being so far removed from the brutality of Roman executions, it is possible to lose sight of all Jesus suffered. May we never forget. This is why we are called to share the gospel with others, so that each time we relate the power of His sacrifice, we do not forget the cost of our own sins.

I hope you will join me this month as we write our way through the prophetic passages of Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, concluding with the triumphant verses in Philippians and Thessalonians. Because Jesus died, we are at peace. Because He rose, we have hope!

To download a printable PDF list of this month’s plan, click the link below!

April 2021 Scripture Writing Plan DOWNLOAD

If you have never participated in a scripture writing plan, here are some ideas to get you started: How to Use Scripture Writing Plans.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“It is Finished” 4/02/20201 “God’s group” bruce r. mills

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        (revised from 3/25/2016)

 

“It is Finished”

Luke 23:46…  And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.   (NKJV)

Today, as we think about the death of the most important Man (fully human, and yet fully God) to ever walk the face of the earth… We can see beyond this mournful day with excitement, because we know the outcome of what Jesus’ death on the cross means for Christians’ today…  Because Christ rose from the dead almost 2000 years ago this Resurrection Sunday, Christians everywhere have a hope with-in them, that they too will have a new glorified body that will rise up and meet Jesus in the air, at the future time of the Rapture…1 Thessalonians 4:14-18

Whether you believe in the Rapture or not…doesn’t change what Christ did for us on the cross…

As I write about the day Jesus Christ was crucified, we need to look at all 4 of the Gospels (MatthewMarkLuke, & John), to piece together this most important and historic event…  These 4 Books of the Bible reveal all sides of Jesus Christ…the Christian’s Lord, their Master, and their Savior…

This sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was predicted way back in the O.T. in…

Isaiah 53:12b…  Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.  (NKJV)

This prophecy from scripture was fulfilled, as we read this, in…Mark 15:28…  So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.”  (NKJV)…as Jesus was placed on the cross at Calvary between 2 robbers…  Jesus Himself predicted this fulfillment of the scriptures, during what we now call “The Last Supper”, in…Luke 22:37

Only the Book of Luke provides the scripture about the grace Jesus gave to the one thief, even as Jesus hung there Himself on the cross to die…  This for me, is biblical proof that being baptized in water is not a requirement to be saved…  This thief knew he was a sinner deserving of death… He knew Jesus was going to be with His Father…and by faith alone, he asked Jesus to be saved…

Luke 23:42… Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when

You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”  (NKJV)

We see Jesus’ fully human side when He cried out this to His Father, in…

Matthew 27:46 (and Mark 15:37)…  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  (NKJV)

Jesus was near death, and feeling not only tremendous physical pain, but also the abandonment of His Father; as God’s wrath was poured out on Christ, as the substitute for the sins of those that put their faith and trust in Him…  This is at the very heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as Christ took on the past, present, and future sins of those that are imputed with Christ’s righteousness, as they are justified by God’s grace at the time of salvation…

2 Corinthians 5:21… For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJV)

We see Jesus’ compassion for the thief that He pardoned…but we also see Jesus’ love and concern for the well-being of His mother Mary…only found in the Book of John

John 19:26-27… When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.  (NKJV)

This disciple that was given charge of Jesus’ mother, was the Apostle John…John 21:24

And lastly…we see Jesus as Lord, with total control of His own death…with the last spoken words before Jesus dies on the cross, in…

Luke 23:46… And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.  (NKJV)

The Bible reveals that it took 6 hours for Jesus to die on the cross…  This was a relatively short time, as my research shows that death from some Roman Crucifixions took up to 2 or 3 days… The Book of John, reveals that shortly after Jesus was satisfied that His mother would be taken care of…He said this… “It is Finished”, in…John 19:30

The fact that Jesus was speaking with a “loud voice” right up until the end, suggests that He was still not near death as a mortal man…but Jesus decided Himself (as Lord), that He had accomplished all that His Father had asked of Him, and then “He breathed His last.”

I can only imagine what Jesus’ disciples were thinking at the time of Jesus’ death…  And I have to believe Satan, and everyone else who wanted to see Jesus dead, were rejoicing at the moment Jesus breathed His last…  But  we know with 20/20 hindsight through God’s written Word, that there was a happy ending to this sacrificial death of Jesus, so very many years ago…

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your only Son to suffer and die on the cross…so that those You grace with salvation, who come to Christ through saving faith alone, may be given eternal life with You…Ephesians 2:8-9… I pray Father, that this Holy Week ends with many people seeking Christ to become their personal Lord and Savior [See 1. Below for a gospel presentation]; as well as those Christians who re-dedicate their lives to You, as they realize once again what Jesus did for all Christians’ on the cross…  I thank You and praise You now for all You have done; and for the many blessings that are still to come for all of Your obedient children…  I pray for lives to be eternally changed by You this day, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

References:

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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“A Prayer for Easter Sunday” 3/31/2021 Written by Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH”

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A Prayer for Easter Sunday

ByKeith Haney

MAR 29, 2021

Dear Heavenly Father,

This is the week we have waited well over a year to celebrate in person. We look forward to being in Your house this Easter. But for many, this year will be hard. There are many distinct faces in the church that reflect some faces there the first Easter. You have many who approach East like the Apostle John.

John races Peter to the tomb and beats him there because he is younger. When the beloved disciple got to the tomb he did not go in, he just looked, and he saw the linen cloth depressed down like a cocoon emptied. He saw the headpiece here, and he reflected on that. And he believes the message that Christ is Risen! It fills him with joy. He approaches this Easter with unbridled joy and unwavering faith.

But you will have the Peters in Your house this Sunday, the doubters. Simon Peter runs to the tomb, but unlike John, he needs to take a much longer peek into Jesus’ last resting place. Peter walks in. He takes a good hard look at the evidence and comes away even more confused. He did not believe. We need to give Peter a break here. He is facing a ton of doubt. He struggled to accept the power of the resurrection.

To be clear, Peter heard the same promise of the resurrection of Jesus. Like the beloved disciple John, he examined the same evidence. Peter came away with a strange emotion. He came away joyless. Maybe you can relate to what Peter is experiencing. Peter maybe you. You know you shouldn’t have doubts, but you do. For other believers you know, faith seems to come quickly to them. Not so for you. For you, faith is a struggle. You are bombarded with far too many questions. Faith just doesn’t seem logical to you. You look at the resurrection and while others react with shouts of Christ is Risen you are thinking in the back of your mind, but did he?

And finally, you will have a lot of Mary’s in your church on Sunday. For many, you are seeing Easter through the eyes of grief. And not just any grief, faith blinding grief.  The pandemic has cost you more than months of isolation.  Far more than lost birthdays, July 4th celebrations, it has cost you loved ones.  This past year has cost you employment, relationships. The grief is so thick you can’t see the Savior standing in front of your face. You know alleluias should be shouted from your lips, but you can’t form the words.

Easter shouts to the very ends of the earth that Jesus is raised from the dead.  This compassionate Savior comes back with his scarred arms reaching out to Peter, to Mary, and all of us who are struggling with doubt.  The Savior comes back to all of us blinded by grief and loss.  And he brings a simple yet powerful message of forgiveness and restoration. You are not alone, you will never be alone again.  For I am with you.  My rod and my staff comfort you.  And I will be with you always, even to the end of the age. In the name of the Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“True Freedom” 3/31/2021 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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True Freedom

 

God’s will is exactly what you and I would always do if we knew all the facts. This is why the full knowledge of the truth leads to godliness, which is true freedom. Freedom is defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.”  That’s why freedom cannot be defined as doing whatever you want. I’m not free to do whatever I want while enslaved to some corruption in my soul that holds me to lies and keeps me in bondage.

This is how Paul started his letter to Titus:

From Paul, God’s willing slave and an apostle of Jesus, the Anointed One, to Titus. I’m writing you to further the faith of God’s chosen ones and lead them to the full knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, which rests on the hope of eternal life. God, who never lies, has promised us this before time began. (Titus 1:1-2 TPT*)

First, note that Paul was a “willing slave.” He was willing because he understood true freedom, which made him more free while in a dark and damp Roman prison that he was writing from than his Romans captors who held the keys to his cell. Second, notice that it’s “the full knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness,” not the other way around. When we encounter the truth, sin and the lies we believe about ourselves, God, and others, have no more power over us. This is why experientially knowing the truth makes us truly free. On that note, both of the following translations say something important to say to us about true freedom.

32 For if you embrace the truth, it will release more freedom into your lives.” (John 8:32 TPT*)

32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV*)

As I embrace the truth, I experience more freedom. This is the progressive nature of freedom. When I receive revelation of the truth, I’m made free, which is the transformational nature of freedom. This transformation is quite different than simply being set free. This truth makes me an unprecedented species of being!

17 Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new. (2 Cor.5:17 TPT*)

The Greek word for “new” here is καινός (kainos), which means “new in species, character, or mode, novel, unheard of, unusual,  renovated, better, of higher excellence. ”Beloved, there is no one like you in human history! Not Moses, Abraham, David….they, and all the other heroes of the faith, were amazing men and women of God who overcame great obstacles with great faith. But here’s the thing: they didn’t have the indwelling Spirit in them 24/7 like we do!  They fought the good fight with their old nature. You and I belong to “a better covenant made with better promises” (Heb.8:6). It’s no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. And I now live by the faithfulness of Jesus whom God placed me in heavenly places with Him! That’s what it means to be a new creation! True freedom comes from living according to our intended design. As I’ve said many times before, truth is a Person. Jesus IS the true blueprint for our design and the truth about God. He defines God and who we are in Him.

1:18 Until this moment God remained invisible to man; now the authentic begotten, the blueprint of man’s design who represents the innermost being of God, the son who is in the bosom of the father, brings him into full view! He is the official authority qualified to announce God! He is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God in us. (John 1:18 MIRROR *)

Paul also tells us in Titus that this revelation of the truth, rests in the hope of eternal life. We know that eternal life does not mean living forever in a place we go to when we die. Eternal life is God’s own life in Christ. It’s experiencing His life, now, and forever. Eternal life exists wherever God’s life exists, regardless of whether you’re in heaven or on earth.

Eternal life means to know and experience you
    as the only true God,
    and to know and experience Jesus Christ,
    as the Son whom you have sent. (John 17:3 TPT*)

And when we experience eternal life in our relationship with Christ, we experience true freedom. This is why He came.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal.5:1 NIV)

Beloved, there’s no substitute for the real thing. Don’t accept the counterfeits that give you the temporary illusion of freedom while putting you in bondage. And remember, we know how to walk in this freedom because Jesus is the way and He is the ultimate truth that leads to true freedom that rests in eternal life—His life in us.

Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too. (John 14:6 TPT*)

* All emphasis added.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

 

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

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“Skinned Knees and Old Sins” 3/30/2021 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Skinned Knees and Old Sins

POSTED ON MARCH 20, 2021 BY BETH ANDREWS

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When I was a kid I hated to skin up my knees and elbows. Of course, there was the pain of the injury, but what was even worse to me was the bandage. Mom would plaster one of those plastic adhesive strips with a gauze square to my body part and it would sit there all day, gluing itself securely to my wound. Actually, the bandage itself was not the problem cause we had those cool ones with cartoon characters printed on them. What I dreaded was when the bandage had to be replaced at the end of the day. My mom didn’t believe in coddling me so it came off with one swift jerk. Oh, the pain! Oh, the wailing! It’s a wonder those wounds ever healed because they were constantly being reopened and irritated.

Some of us treat our past like my mom treated my poor knees. We constantly rip off the bandage and reopen the wound. We agonize over our failures and sins over and over again. We pick at the wounds of yesterday and make them bleed and hurt, and we experience the pain as if it was new and fresh. I know. I’ve relived my past a thousand times. Every foolish decision. Every moral failure. Every sin. And the wounds bleed and never heal.

Dear friend, if you have been to the cross and claimed Jesus as your Savior, everything that haunts you from your past – every sin and failure – has been covered over by Christ’s blood. They have been forgiven and they are gone. The Bible says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). The east is eternally separated from the west, the two directions will never meet. God has eternally separated the sins and failures of your past from you. He will never make you face them again.

But you’ve got to let them heal. You’ve got to stop reopening those old wounds. You are “a new creation in Christ; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Let the old sinful you go, Beloved, and embrace the new you in Christ.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Our Help and Shield” 3/29/2021 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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Our Help and Shield

25ThursdayMar 2021

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Reading: Psalm 115
(Verses 9-18)

All you Israelites, trust in the LORD—
he is their help and shield.
House of Aaron, trust in the LORD—
he is their help and shield.
You who fear him, trust in the LORD—
he is their help and shield.
The LORD remembers us and will bless us:
He will bless his people Israel,
he will bless the house of Aaron,
he will bless those who fear the LORD—
small and great alike.
May the LORD cause you to flourish,
both you and your children.
May you be blessed by the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
but the earth he has given to mankind.
It is not the dead who praise the LORD,
those who go down to the place of silence;
it is we who extol the LORD, both now and forevermore.
Praise the LORD
 (NIV).*

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Reflection
As a sharp contrast to placing our trust in the lifeless idols of this world, Psalm 115 calls us to place our trust in God. Today’s reading begins with a threefold call to trust the LORD. All you Israelites, trust in the LORD—he is their help and shield. House of Aaron, trust in the LORD—he is their help and shield. You who fear him, trust in the LORD—he is their help and shield.

For those who are logically minded, there is a simple equation or formula at work here. Trust in the LORD results in help and protectionhe is their help and shield. Our trust or faith in God brings a response from Him. The LORD’s response is both active and passive. He provides help; He intervenes by actively assisting us. From personal experience I know the LORD has been my help. In the nick of time, He has provided words of knowledge and wisdom. He has been my constant guide. When needed most, He has opened the windows of heaven and poured out blessings. He has sent help in various forms, and in ways too numerous to mention.

But the LORD is also our shield. He protects us from the slings and arrows of the evil one. He shields us from the enemy’s attacks, whether it is from physical harm and disease, or spiritual attacks that undermine our faith through faulty reasoning or deceptive philosophies. The LORD is our sure defense. We can draw strength from this promise: He will bless those who fear the LORD—small and great alike.

Response: Father God, I trust you to be my help and my shield. Keep me safe from the evil one. Thank you for all your help through the years. You have been faithful to keep your word. Amen.

Your Turn: Can you think of instances when God has helped you? What has He shielded you from recently?

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“This Sunday at Church: Forgive others” 3/28/2021 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “THE DOMAIN FOR TRUTH”

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MY TREASURE BOX" : BIBLE QUOTES: COLOSSIANS 3:13

 

Written by Pastor Jim Lee forThe Domain for Truth” @  https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com  

             

Original post @ https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/this-sunday-at-church-forgive-others/

 

This Sunday at Church: Forgive others

March 28, 2021 by SLIMJIM

 

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Forgive others.

 

Ephesians 4:32 states: 

Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

 

In a few weeks I will be preaching on this passage.  I can’t wait for that.

But the meaning is clear.  We are called to forgive.  Forgiving others is not easy.  But God also gives us grace to obey.  Not the second half of the verse gives us the motivation for obedience: “just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.“

We are forgiven.  Forgiven by God.  That is amazing.  The cost of course is Jesus.  Jesus dying on the Cross for us!

Being involved with church means interacting with sinners that God has redeemed; it would be naïve to think one won’t be hurt by someone and one need to forgive them.

In fact sometimes it feels God uses the church to teach us more about forgiving others than anything else.  In such a situation look towards Christ.

This post is important and I imagine the other “Sunday” posts would be hard to do if we don’t first forgive others.  Thanks for reading!

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

 

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

 

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“God’s Mercy and Compassion” 3/27/2021 Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend

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Psalm 145 - David's Praise Psalm

Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend  @  https://www.facebook.com/louis.mize

 

“God’s Mercy and Compassion”

It is because of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed; because his compassions fail not. v.23: They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

Lamentations 3: 22-23

I can’t speak for anyone else, but as for me, when it comes to mercy versus justice, I choose mercy. You see, I am very, very thankful that God doesn’t give me what I deserve. If I got what I deserved, I would not have woke up this morning. But God’s mercy and compassion never cease to exist, because He IS God. He desires to forgive, and He desires to bless.

And God wants men to come to Him by faith. When we do that, we experience the wonderful grace and forgiveness of our Heavenly Father. That forgiveness and grace is made possible because of the sacrifice that Christ offered up in the form of His shed blood for our sins.

This morning I got up a little later than usual. We are living in stressful times and days. It may be that it will get worse before it gets better. But each day that God allows us to live, we ought to be very thankful for His mercy and compassions. Because without those amazing attributes and desires of the most High God, I would be no more.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Garment and the Gospel” 3/26/2021 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “THE DOMAIN FOR TRUTH”

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Written by Pastor Jim Lee forThe Domain for Truth” @  https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com  

             

Original post @ https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/garment-and-the-gospel/

 

Garment and the Gospel

March 25, 2021 by SLIMJIM

Clothes is a one trillion dollar industry. The Bible is not so-other worldly that clothing doesn’t matter. Acts 9:36 even stated an early member of the church was a maker of garments. And the theme of garments in Scripture points us to God’s grace.

Hebrews 1:11 and James 1:23 makes the observation of how garments is temporary and so is our life. Zechariah 3:3-4 tells us how even a High priest name Joshua who was spoken of highly elsewhere is a wretched sinner where in a vision he wore filthy garments that symbolizes his sinfulness.

If you ever been embarrassed with what you wore and the condition of your clothes you can relate to Joshua! Yet God also says we can be clothed in righteousness and have a garment without shame in Revelation 3:5 and 3:18. This is from God but it is costly. Costly not to you but Jesus the Savior. He died on the Cross. While being crucified His clothes and last garment was taken from him according to Luke 23:34. He died naked and humiliated, mocked and shamed. He bore our shame fully and died for the sins of those who would trust in Him.

Trust in Him. This is the message of the Bible. This is the message I want to preach.

 

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

 

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

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“The Cross” 3/25/2021 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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The Cross

MARCH 23, 2021

 

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree”

 

Galatians 3:13 (NIV)

 

About thirty years after His birth, Jesus was crucified on a cross. It was a tragedy. The most advanced religion of its time united with the most powerful empire of the day to execute the only perfect man who’d ever lived.

While the Romans and Jews played their iniquitous parts, the crucifixion was ultimately a drama choreographed by Christ. The Gospels hint that He was overseeing the whole affair. Christ knew the fate that awaited Him – knew He was born to die. From His birth, His destination was Jerusalem and His destiny the cross. Even when death approached, He called the shots. With supernatural restraint, He allowed every lash of the whip, tolerated every taunt and lie, and endured the agony and ignominy of execution on a tree.

The cross may be one of the cruelest forms of punishment known to man. If Jesus had died for our sins during the French Revolution He would have faced the guillotine. In Nazi Germany, He would have been herded into a gas chamber. And in other places or times, He would have died by lethal injection, the electric chair, shooting, beheading, drowning, stoning, or being hanged.

The cross had a restricted usage. It was reserved for murderers, slaves who revolted, and for crimes that challenged Roman rule. During Jesus’ time, Roman citizens were beheaded, not crucified – the cross being considered a vile and repugnant form of death. The Roman philosopher, statesman and orator, Marcus Cicero, said, “The idea of the cross should never come near the bodies of Roman citizens; it should never pass through their thoughts, eyes or ears.”

By dying on a cross, Jesus never spared Himself. He literally went the whole stretch. In so doing He became “a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). Yet the cross, rather than being an instrument of doom, is a searchlight penetrating the surrounding gloom . . . routing evil and darkness and becoming a symbol of hope. For at Calvary, Christ “disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

Once an implement of death and torture; the cross, transformed by Christ, is now an icon of life and optimism. By giving up His life on the cross, by being “for all time one sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:12), Christ took away the wall of enmity that separated us from God. Through Christ the cross is now the hinge to the door of salvation. What a reversal!  This is the Gospel! The cross has become a key event by which we reckon our relationship with Him.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

 

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you “ON FIRE” for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

 

 

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