Why Did Jesus Die?

We know well the story of Jesus. For those of us who are followers, His death and subsequent resurrection is the most important event in our lives. The lord’s death is the payment for our sins. Our sin problem was a problem we couldn’t solve on our own. Ephesians 2:8-10 tell us, “by grace are you saved through faith and not of yourselves it is the gift of God.” Romans 5:6-8 says,”for when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man would dare to die, yet for a good man some would dare to die. God showed His love to us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for the ungodly.” Jesus died because we could not pay the sin payment. Christ had to die that we might live. As a result of grace given freely to us God paid the debt we could not pay. We could never do enough to earn our salvation. This is a gift given by the Lord to those who put their trust in His promises. Jesus died that we might be saved.

Thirty Four Years Ago

It was a rainy day in Kentucky, 34 years ago today, when God blessed my life with a child. That day will always stand out in my mind, October 24, 1980. I had waited patiently as this child was three weeks past its due date. Back in the day one could only guess whether the child would be a boy or girl. The child God brought into my life that day was a boy. His name would be Kevin. God would bless that little family with a daughter two and a half years later. She would be called Karla. These children filled my heart with pride and continually brought smiles to my face. I prayed for them every day. I asked God to bless them in two ways. I asked first that God would use them to serve Him. I asked second that God would bless them with a mate who would make them happy and their families complete. God answered both prayers.

The memories these children left keeps my heart swelled with happiness and pride. The only wishes I have are that I could be part of shaping their childhood all over again. Unfortunately this isn’t in the realm of possibility. The days are gone, even the photos are gone. Yet one of the blessings God gives are the precious memories that live on in our minds.

To both of my children I say thank you for everything. I want to thank you especially for the five beautiful grandchildren you have given to me. I can say with total confidence the seven of you, my children and grandchildren, are indeed special blessings From God. I couldn’t be prouder of any of you. To all of you I say thanks for everything.

To Kevin I say happy birthday! Your a great son. To both my children, and to my grandchildren you are everything a father and grandfather could want.

Dad (paw paw)

Old Testament Denominations

Originally posted on Who Told You That:

The American College Encyclopedia Dictionary defines the word denomination as “a religious sect”.  There were many groups who fit this definition during the time Jesus lived on the earth as man.  The prominent two were the Pharisees and the Sadducees.  There were many others besides these two.  One must conclude that denominationalism is not exclusively a modern day event. 

These denominations thought their beliefs were correct.  Each claimed to be following the Word of God while holding to varying and distinct views.  One would suppose that when the Christ came He would have set them straight on the evils of denominationalism.  If one had held this idea he would have been mistaken.  When Jesus came to earth He went about His Father’s business.  As he did His Father’s business he made life better for those who sought Him.  He healed the sick, raised the dead, and fed those who were…

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Thirty four Years Ago

It was a rainy day in Kentucky, 34 years ago today, when God blessed my life with a child. That day will always stand out in my mind, October 24, 1980. I had waited patiently as this child was three weeks past its due date. Back in the day one could only guess whether the child would be a boy or girl. The child God brought into my life that day was a boy. His name would be Kevin. God would bless that little family with a daughter two and a half years later. She would be called Karla. These children filled my heart with pride and continually brought smiles to my face. I prayed for them every day. I asked God to bless them in two ways. I asked first that God would use them to serve Him. I asked second that God would bless them with a mate who would make them happy and their families complete. God answered both prayers.

The memories these children left keeps my heart swelled with happiness and pride. The only wishes I have are that I could be part of shaping their childhood all over again. Unfortunately this isn’t in the realm of possibility. The days are gone, even the photos are gone. Yet one of the blessings God gives are the precious memories that live on in our minds.

To both of my children I say thank you for everything. I want to thank you especially for the five beautiful grandchildren you have given to me. I can say with total confidence the seven of you, my children and grandchildren, are indeed special blessings From God. I couldn’t be prouder of any of you. To all of you I say thanks for everything.

To Kevin I say happy birthday! Your a great son. To both my children, and to my grandchildren you are everything a father and grandfather could want.

Dad (paw paw)

Could It Be?

Does the Bible contain a “pattern” for how the church of the Bible should look? Is the primary duty of Christians to reproduce or restore the church of the first century? We look at these two questions and one might ask, “What do these question have to do with Christianity? The honest answer is very little.
Sometimes we miss the point of how Disciples were to be known. Men tend to emphasize the things we can see. We can piece together a verse here and a verse there and construct in our minds eye a pattern man can use to determine faithfulness. If you fit the pattern we have pieced together we will accept you as faithful Christians. If you miss some part of our pattern you won’t be known as faithful. Maybe you won’t even be recognized as Christian.  We further allow ourselves to have a say in who is faithful by making  a law that one must hold to the “restoration principle” to fit into the faithful category.
The Lord said his disciples would be known by their love. How did we manage to move from the point the Lord said would allow us to be recognized as His disciples to where we are today?
Love is hard to measure. It is hard to see inside a heart. Could it be that we invented laws so we could say, “See I am faithful I hold to the pattern!” It wouldn’t be the first time man has thanked God he wasn’t as other men.

Now That We Are Sinners……….

Before God created the world and all that is in it, God had a plan to solve our sin problem.  God’s plan to make sin payment was a gift God freely gave to man. God tells us, all are sinners and the wages for those sins is death.  This is the simple fact, without God’s grace, there is no hope for man.  We can do nothing  to pay our sin debt short of spiritual death.

There are two occasions in our life when relationship with God demands payment for our sins. First, prior to our initial forgiveness at salvation, we need payment for our sins.  Second, after we are saved, we need sacrifice as we continue to sin. Without that initial sacrifice and without a continued sin payment  we would be lost.  Please understand there is nothing man can do to earn forgiveness for sin.  Forgiveness is from God’s hand and at His discretion. Payment is made by the Lord’s sacrifice and forgiveness is given at His determination.

There are certain truths we must accept:

  • It is about forgiveness.  Everything in our lives revolves around the fact of forgiveness.  The last thing taking place this side of eternity will be judgment.  Where we spend eternity will be determined by forgiveness.  Either we will be in the blood and consequently have forgiveness or we will be outside the blood and have no hope.  Understand this truth, forgiveness is the only thing that matters.  Everything is about forgiveness.
  • We don’t get to decide the terms.  Jesus stiffest condemnation was directed toward those who might have seemed to be the most Holy.  Jesus condemned the Pharisees strongly.  The primary problem was connected with the fact that this group made salvation very difficult by requiring man to keep rules God did not make.  Today we tend to judge the worthiness of our fellow Christians in regard to forgiveness.  To borrow a phrase from president Obama, “That is above our pay grade.”  We don’t get to make the rules.  We don’t get to determine who gets forgiveness and who doesn’t.  We aren’t the keepers of the salvation gate.  We aren’t able to determine what constitutes repentance and what doesn’t.  We aren’t the football playoff committee, we don’t get to determine who is in and who is out.
  • All sin is damning.  We tend to determine grades of sin.  Your sin is bad and I can’t fellowship you. My sin isn’t really all that bad.  God will turn His head in my case.  Why is it we tend to see  the sin of others as bad and we see our own sin as something less?  The truth is all sin separates us from God.  We believe God tends to ignore the little white lies, the gossip, the divisive attitudes, judging the sins or maybe the repentance of others.  At the same time we usually see the really serious, condemning sins as being those committed by others.   We might well borrow the prayer of the Pharisee, “I thank you Lord that I’m not as other men.”

Think through this, without God’s grace all would be lost.  God is looking for a way to save all men.  In fact it is God’s desire that none should perish.  Salvation is in God’s hand and by His determination.  Rather than condemning all who understand or conduct themselves differently than we believe they should, let’s do all we can to serve God with thankfulness. Wouldn’t it be great if we sought peace and unity?  Let’s live each day as our last, doing all we can to love God and our neighbor with all our heart and soul.  Salvation isn’t based on our goodness, it is based on who God declares righteous.

Like An Old Friend

In June of 2012 I suffered a stroke.  As a result many things have changed.  Some were obvious and some were not so obvious.  One of the things that happened was simple, but  has bothered me a great deal.  After my stroke I had trouble accessing this blog.  In fact after late 2012 I could not access it at all.  Today, as I was sitting at my desk, it came to me how to get into this blog.  It was like an old friend had suddenly shown up again.  I never cease to be amazed at the good things God does for us when we need it most.  Welcome back old friend and by the way, “Who Told You That?”

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