Posts Tagged ‘salvation

31
Jan
13

Because

This morning as we were getting ready for the day, the radio was playing in the background.  Usually, it is background noise and I am not consciously aware of the talk or the music playing.  However these lyrics sung by Celine Dion (written by Diane Warren) caught my attention:

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

I am not sure who the song is about or if it is a general reflection on as Huey Lewis sang, “The Power of Love.”  As I heard it this morning, I immediately thought about the love God has for me. Look at the chorus line by line:

  • You were my strength when I was weak: “My power is made perfect in ipad 015weakness.” 2Co 12:8
  • You were my voice when I couldn’t speak: ” . . . but the Spirit intercedes fir us with groanings to deep for words.” Rom 8:26
  • You were my eyes when I couldn’t see: “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” 2Co 5:7
  • You saw the best that was in me“But God shows His love for us while we were 
  • still sinners . . .” Rom 5:8
  • Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phi 4:13
  • You gave be faith ‘coz you believed: “Greater love has no one that this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
  • I am everything I am Because you loved me: “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1Jn 4:10-11

Thank you God for your love and your grace.  Thank you for loving me and by love leading be to be more than I could be without you. In Jesus’ name . . .

In Christ Alone,

Scott

25
Jan
13

A Personal Post

God is great!

God does wonderful deeds!

God still works in the lives of men.

The Word of God is still powerful!

At 8:30 this morning, I had the privilege of assisting Bill Kosmus in his obedience to the Gospel.  Bill is retired and is facing health issues, but his heart is pure and now his soul is clean by the blood of Christ.

I saw something special when I asked if he believed that Jesus was the Son of God.  You could see his faith written on his face as he fought back tears.  Tears of joy that God would save Him, tears of sadness that Christ had to die.  Tears of joy that now he has eternal life, tears for answered prayer.

God is great!

- Scott

02
May
12

Full Coverage

Many years ago I came across a leaflet entitled, “Eternal Life Insurance Policy.”  Since then a few other versions have temporarily crossed my desk.  I am sure that if I searched the desk in my study at home and the one at the building and I looked in the right filing cabinet, I would find a copy of one of those policies.  I bring this up because I found an old clipping from a bulletin this morning that had a poem by H. H. Hover that reminded me of these policies.

Full Coverage

I have an insurance policy

Written in the blood of the Lamb,

Sealed by the cross of Jesus,

Redeemable wherever I am!

The Company will never go bankrupt,

It is bonded by God’s promise true;

It will keep every word of its contract,

Exactly what it says it will do.

I don’t have to die to collect it,

No premiums do I have to pay;

All I do is to keep God’s promise

And walk in His holy way.

No collector will ever come calling,

It was paid on Calvary’s tree;

It insures me for living and dying

And for all of eternity.

Jesus says, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly, (John 10:10).”  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).”  “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rev 2:10).”

Are you covered by Christ? – cf. Gal 3;26-27.

- Scott

18
Apr
12

******s Anonymous

When I was a much younger minister, a young person I attempted to help spiritually, had a battle with an addiction. This young adult tried to fight their addiction, but ended up needing help, beyond what I or the church leaders could provide. With their parent’s guidance and the help of local counselors they checked into a clinic in a distant state. Along with other guidance this young person endured a 12 Step Program. At that time in my life, I knew about Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other similar programs, but I did not know the 12 Steps. When this young person returned from the program, they brought me a copy of their 12 Steps. You may be familiar with them or maybe not. The more I look at these the more I realize the wisdom of these steps and how we as Recovering Sinners can benefit from some form of application. I propose the following “Twelve Steps of Sinners Anonymous:”

  1. Admit I am powerless over sin and that my life is unmanageable on my own (Rom 3:10-23).
  2. Understand that there is a power greater than myself that can and is willing to restore me to sanity (righteousness) (Heb 11:6).
  3. Make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God in Christ (2Co 5:17).
  4. Make an fearless and moral inventory of myself (2Co 13:5).
  5. Admit to God, myself, and to another person the exact nature of my sinfulness (Jas 5:16).
  6. Be ready for God to remove all the defects of my character (2Cor 5:21).
  7. Ask God to remove these defects (Luk 13:3, 5, Act 3:19).
  8. Make a list of those harmed by my actions and be willing to make amends (Mat 7:12).
  9. Make direct amends to these people whenever possible (Mat 5:23-26).
  10. Continue to take personal inventory and promptly admit and when I am wrong (1Jo 1:7-10).
  11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact and relationship with God, praying for His wisdom to help us in times of need (Heb 4:15-16, Jas 3:17).
  12. Having a relationship with God in Christ that heals our sin-sick soul, I make effort to carry this message to others who struggle with sin in their lives (2Ti 2:2; Matt 28:18-20).

What do you think?

- Scott

14
Mar
12

Saved to What?!

A video blog this morning.  I did not feel like keyboarding.

16
Nov
11

I am a Christian

A friend of mine, Trey Morgan, posted the following statement on Facebook yesterday morning. I agree with this statement 100%. This statement stayed with me through the day yesterday and all morning. I find the fact that such a simple statement can be so profound. Here is what Trey posted:

“I’m not a Christian, nor do I go to church, because I’m strong and have it all together. I’m a Christian because I’m weak and admit I need a Savior.”

As I continued to reflect on this quote, many scriptures came to my mind. I remembered the words of Jesus, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:3). I recalled the words of God to Paul in 2 Cor 12:9, “. . . My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” And I also remembered Paul’s words in Rom 5:6, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Dear Father,
Thank you for your compassionate grace to your creation. Thank you for loving us and risking Your life in Your Son for our salvation. I know that we, I know that I, disappoint You. I know that my weaknesses often prevent me from being the person I should be for You. But I know that You love me and provide a way for me to become righteous not by my strength, but by the Power of the death, burial, and resurrection of Your Son. Thank You Father for the Savior. Thank You for the Gift of Your Grace. I declare my need for You as Your child in Christ. In Jesus name . . .

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Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossways Bibles a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission, all rights reserved.

15
Sep
10

What We Can Know

There are many things I do not know.  There are many topics I lack enough knowledge about to comfortably join in when those topics are in conversation.  Regretfully, I sometimes speak and show my ignorance.  But there are some things I know and some things I think we can all know.  Here are four:

1. As children of God we know that there is a permanent dwelling for us in heaven. 2Cor 5:1  For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2. As God’s sons and daughters, we know that God is able to bless us through the storms of life.  Rom 8:28  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

3. We know that we are no longer our own, but now belong to the One who died for us, so now e live for Him. Rom 6:6  We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

4. Although we do not know what exactly we will be like in heave, we do know that we will be like Him and with Him eternally. 1Jn 3:2  Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

These are only four of many things God says we will and can know.  Take time today to look up “we know” in your Bible.  What a blessing God gives in providing us confidence by knowing Him whom we believe, and knowing that He is able to keep His promise to us.

- Scott

30
Jul
10

Aliens in Need

Here is an offering inspired by the current and ongoing immigration battle in our nation.

- Scott

© July 30, 2010

Aliens in Need

Alien, poor, helpless, in need;

From poverty they long to be freed.

A people blessed by God’s grace;

Can in turn bless the whole human race.

Of the United States I do not speak;

Nor of Mexicans who freedom seek.

These thoughts are of eternal altitude;

Where Jew and Gentile both owe gratitude;

To the Savior providing salvation free;

For ALL ALIEN sinners like me.




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