Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Summer Flowers"
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Jesus Paid it All For Us

Max Lucado

Back in our elementary school days, my brother received a BB gun for Christmas. We immediately set up a firing range in the backyard and spent the afternoon shooting at an archery target. Growing bored with the ease of hitting the circle, my brother sent me to fetch a hand mirror. He placed the gun backward on his shoulder, spotted the archery bull’s-eye in the mirror, and did his best Buffalo Bill imitation.

But he missed the target.

He also missed the storehouse behind the target and the fence behind the storehouse. We had no idea where the BB pellet flew. Our neighbor across the alley knew, however.

He soon appeared at the back fence, asking who had shot the BB gun and who was going to pay for his sliding-glass door.

At this point, I disowned my brother. I changed my last name and claimed to be a holiday visitor from Canada.

My father was more noble than I. Hearing the noise, he appeared in the backyard, freshly rousted from his Christmas Day nap, and talked with the neighbor. Among his words were these:

“Yes, they are my children.”

“Yes, I’ll pay for their mistakes.”

Christ says the same about you. He knows you miss the target. He knows you can’t pay for your mistakes. But He can.

God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. - Romans 3:25

To be saved by grace is to be saved by Jesus, not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus Himself, who will sweep into heaven anyone who so much as gives Him the nod.

If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. - 1 John 1:7

God didn’t overlook your sins, lest He endorse them. He didn’t punish you, lest He destroy you. He instead found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner.

Jesus took your punishment, and God gave you credit for Jesus’ perfection.

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday's Words - Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; 
The righteous man runs into it and is safe."

- Proverbs 18:10 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday's Thought - Father's Day

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 I always look forward to the warm spring, and occasionally hot, weather which leads up to Father's Day and then the summer every year. For me, it is a time of mixed emotions. I am happy and excited for the winter weather to be gone and the time I spend outside whether in the garden or walking my dog, yet, I am a bit sad as "Father's Day" approaches and my father went to heaven a few years ago.

I didn't inherit my outdoors and gardening skills for my father, though he taught me about lawn maintenance and curb appeal and he was always willing to help me with outdoor work like installing birdhouses on cemented posts, repairing the fence, it was his forte.

However, he taught me to love music and all of its greatness. He often said that  "Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture" playing when I decided it was time to enter the world.  Later he would share music of the Classical Greats like Mozart, Back, Beethoven and Haydn. When I was growing up, he always had some type of music playing around the house.  He loved to listen to the easy listening elevator music, classical music, Southern Gospel, and hymns on albums, cassettes and later CD's.

Dad received a Music Education Degree from Trevecca Nazarene College and used his skills to write many songs, some of which were published, lead choirs, lead congregational singing and sing solos. Whenever something "big" was coming up, like a solo, he would practice for weeks ahead of time. When I grew up and moved away, he would always invite me to hear him sing in the Christmas or Easter Cantatas.

My father was the son of a Nazarene Pastor. He was brought up in a Christian home so he taught these values to me.  These were the greatest gifts my father ever gave me.  We went to church, we prayed together as a family, and read the Bible.  He never waivered in his faith regardless of the situation or what was going on in the world or even the church he attended. Most of all, he wanted to be sure I would make it to heaven when I died so he shared God's Plan of Salvation with me.  As a result, I became a Christian and followed Christ.

One thing I noticed about my Dad over the years, he was always laid back and never let anything bother him. He had a calm spirit which I learned later in life that it had quite a bit to do with his Christian faith.

I am thankful for God's blessing me with a father who loved me enough to share God's Good News with me.

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