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How Good are You?

I keep seeing quizzes on Social Media that get you to answer a few questions and based on your answers will tell you things like:

  • What 1980 power ballad was written for you?
  • Which movie star is your doppelganger?
  • When will (How will you) you die?
  • Which cartoon character are you most like?
  • Are you a sinner or a saint?

I did not create an interactive one on any of the quiz sites, but I have an old fashioned style one.  Answer the following 9 questions with: “yes (y)”, “a few times (ft)”, or “no (n).” I will tell you how to score the test at the end.

How Good are You?

  1. Have you ever committed murder?   y    ft    n
  2. Have you ever been drunk / high?    y    ft    n
  3. Have you looked at pornographic material (magazines, online, or so-called soft porn in rated R movies)?  y   ft   n
  4. Have you taken anything (gum included) with out paying for it?   y    ft    n
  5. Did you ever cheat on a test in school?    y    ft    n
  6. Have you ever broken a traffic law?    y    ft    n
  7. Did you ever mistreat someone?    y    ft    n
  8. Have you ever used opprobrious language?    y    ft    n
  9.  Have you ever lied?   y    ft    n

For every “yes” (y) give yourself 0 points. For every “a few times” (ft) give yourself 1 point. For every “no” (n) give yourself 2 points.

Score Key: Anything less that 20 points and you are not good enough to make it to heaven on your own.  I hear you saying, “There is only a total of 18 points available.  No one can score 20 points!”  You are correct.  Not one of us can make it to heaven on our own goodness.

In the words of frustration from Paul, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24).

We all need God’s grace through Christ’s blood (Eph 2:8-10).  We all need the forgiveness that comes from God (Eph 1:7-10). We reach that blood though a faithful union with Christ’s death (Rom 6:3-6; Gal 3:26-27). Then Christ’s perfect score become our score as we live in Him and for Him, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21).

-Scott

If you would like more on how to become a Christian just ask.

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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

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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

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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

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******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

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Saved to What?!

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

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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.

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