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The other day my wife heard a somewhat amusing story about a pastor and his struggling church,and she thought I might want to pass it along via the blog. I thought it made a pretty good point and I hope you will agree.

Seems a church was struggling to make ends meet, and the situation had caused the pastor to inquire of the Lord as to why this was. The Lord responded and said “you are in the church business, but I am in the redemption business. If you will get in the redemption business, I’ll take care of your church business”.

Sometimes we get caught up in things and situations, and in doing so we forget who is really in charge and what is important. Some call this majoring in the minors, and that sounds about right.

The thing is, we all do it to some degree. It’s hard not to when you’re struggling to get by or are trying to figure a way out of a seemingly impossible situation.

It’s in these times however when we need to take a step back and remember that God is our Helper. We are not alone and have no reason to doubt or fear because God is with us.

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.   Psalm 9:9

We have the assurance that we can trust in Him and that he will not forsake us. Our job then is to be about the Lord’s business. Or as my Pastor likes to say: “let go and let God”.

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,then these other things will be given to you. Matthew 6:33

If we are faithful to do that, to be about our Father’s business, he then is faithful to “supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory.”  Philippians 4:19

Be blessed!

Ron

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What’s so good about Good Friday?

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A lot of people ask that question at this time of the year. Just this past Wednesday a lady asked me “why do we call it good, and where did the name ‘Good Friday’ come from”?

The second part of her question was a bit difficult to answer because there is no clear cut, definitive answer to the question. At least as far as I’ve been able to understand. I have been able to locate both Protestant and Catholic descriptions of how the name Good Friday originated, and personally I don’t think it matters in the least.

Regardless of its origin, the name Good Friday is exactly what it is. Yes, it marks the day that we commemorate the brutal torture and subsequent murder of the innocent Jesus. It also marks the day that mankind was freed from the bondage of sin.

Good Friday is the culmination of God’s redemptive plan to restore what was lost in the garden of Eden. From the original sin until Jesus’s last breath on the cross, man was held in the bondage of sin, unable to free himself through good works and sacrifices.

It took a spotless lamb, in this case the sinless Lamb of God to break the chains that held humanity captive. Jesus offered Himself once, for all time, upon the most cruel of torture devices in order to pay our sin debt in full.

It was a debt that you and I could never pay on our own. There was only one payment acceptable that would turn away the wrath of a Holy God; the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

What’s so good about Good Friday?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.   Romans 5:6-11   emphasis mine

That’s what’s so good about Good Friday.

Thank you Father, for the plan of salvation. Without it I would be lost for eternity, and I would never have known that I could be loved so greatly.

Ron

 

 

Good Friday And The Debt I Could Never Pay

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Sin. Atonement. Payment. Retribution. Debt. Sacrifice.

All of these words and so many more are what I think about today.Truthfully,I think about them every day.Fact of the matter is I came into this world a sinner though I personally had committed no sin.I was a sinner by default all because of one decision by one man many thousands of years ago.When Adam decided he should be in charge of his life and not God, it set into being a force that neither he nor any other human since could handle on their own.A force more powerful then any weapon ever devised by the most brilliant minds.A force that if left unchecked could eventually cause the demise of all civilization.The force of SIN.

We don’t talk much about sin any more in the church.It makes people uncomfortable.It forces us to reflect upon our own spiritual condition and more times than not we do not like what we see.We can’t have people in the church feeling bad about themselves now can we?After all,church is supposed to be a happy place where happy people say happy thing to make others even more happy.Kind of like the church advertisement I saw in the newspaper that said “we promise you will never hear any mention of sin in our services for we want you to be encouraged and lifted up,not burdened with guilt”.

Yet there was a day some 2000 years ago when guilt had to be dealt with.Sin had to be paid for.Your sin and mine.The blood of bulls and goats could never do more then temporarily postpone sin until the following year.Yet postponement wasn’t the answer,only a brief respite until the cycle began again.There had to be a better way,a way that once and for all SIN would be eradicated.That way was Jesus.

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

You see,God had an answer for sin and that answer was His only Son,Jesus Christ.Born of a virgin He was destined to be the payment that sin demanded.He and He alone was chosen to bear the guilt of our sins,a weight that you and I were crumbling beneath.A debt we could never repay.The atonement that a Holy God required.The perfect,sinless sacrifice offered upon a Roman cross.

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Beloved,it’s because of Good Friday that you and I have been redeemed from the curse of sin.Because of what took place nearly 2000 years ago I am free,and from where I sit on the front row I am humbled that Almighty God would love a sinner like me so much that He would give His only Son to pay my sin debt.Praise God…praise God…praise God!!

Be blessed this Easter,

Ron