This past weekend my church showed a skit about grace by the Skit Guys. It captured the emotions of Peter when he saw Jesus for the first time after Jesus had risen from the dead.
The significance of this meeting was that Peter had denied Jesus while he was dying to pay for his sin. He had promised to stand by Jesus through thick and thin and as soon as things got scary he couldn’t stick to his beliefs and he lied that he did not know Jesus.
6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[a] Father.”7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Wow read that a few times! Like a pastor of mine once said if that doesn’t light your fire then your woods wet.
This passage tells us we are no longer slaves! No longer bound for hell! No Longer Lost! No longer living in Bondage! Those things are exciting in its self and I haven’t even gotten to the best part!
Jesus Thank You, You Love me So
I wander away , and cause much woe
I get all dirty in the mud of the world
But you rejoice at the return of your little girl
You pick me up and welcome me home
you clean my feet from my last roam
You gently discipline, put me on the path that’s right
Stay beside me as I go through life
Thank you Jesus, my great savior
oh for that day we meet in Forever
that glorious day, when I see your face
and stand with you in that glorious place
Thank you Jesus for what you did for me
for coming here and saving me.
Suicide. When we hear this word, a lot of us (including me) like to skip over it because it’s either a word that we don’t want to think about, or just simply know how it feels to be involved in the thought process or knowing of someone who has made that drastic life choice. Statistics tell us that this is a serious situation that cannot be taken lightly. In Washington State, statics read that 10 in 24 young adults between the ages of 10-24, every week 2 of them commit suicide. 2!!!! Every single week! I don’t know about you guys, but this disheartens me. The fact that innocent people are taking their lives for whatever reasons, makes me re-evaluate how I treat people in life and how I, as a christian, are encouraging people in everyday life. I recently had a encounter with the word “suicide” and this is the story behind it.
As Christians we often take it on ourselves to call out our brothers in “Love”. We point out that they have fallen into sin to help them out. But, is this always appropriate?
What Does God have to say about this?
I have often had fear time to time about what I would do if faced with death. Would I relax and realize I would soon be home with my savior or would I be panic stricken and cling to this life with all I had.
I would like to hope that I would be that “Super Christian” who would have grace and know that things were going to be ok.
Have you ever been at a party where two rival sports fans are present? When ever two intensely passionate people have something to argue about the meeting is often explosive, tension filled, and awkward to be around.
One of the things I used to struggle with most was the fact that I was forgiven. God had already forgiven me, no matter what.
Since I felt the Lord and I shared a close relationship, I thought he understood my actions and accepted them as such. I thought that he knew I planned on marrying my boyfriend (we are no longer together); I thought he knew I did those things out of love, not lust. However, God, no matter how much he loves the sinner, HATES sin. However, I was taking my forgiveness for granted. The bible tells us not to think this way.