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The woman

Posted: October 21, 2015 in The woman

The WAY of the CROSS

Posted: October 17, 2015 in The WAY of the CROSS

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Mark 8: 34-38

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

What attitude you take to Jesus is of vital importance. There is no one else like him. He is unique. He is the eternal God. He has the keys to death and hell.

He paid the price for sinful people to be redeemed, to buy their souls from the forfeit. Those who trust in him are certainly saved, and eternity is theirs.

But the text remains.

Jesus says. “if you want to be my disciple, you must deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me…”

What will you put in the place of Jesus in your life?

What thing or person is equal to him?

What is worth the forfeit of your soul?

That’s why God says, people who turn from his offer of mercy are foolish…. Its madness and a blindness and a self-hatred thing.

Trust Jesus. You will not be sorry.

Whatever cross he requires of you, he will make it possible to bear, and with ultimate joy. Imagine the joy of being an overcomer…!

And best of all, he himself will draw near to you… I cannot tell you what that is like… You have to come yourself for that…

Keep us from evil…

Posted: October 7, 2015 in Keep us from evil...

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What counts as evil and not just bad?

How do we recognise evil?

Human beings tend to grade sins according to what we think is very bad, or just mildly bad. Murder is very bad and therefore evil, but a small lie, is not serious to us, and therefore just a “white lie.” All the judgments we make are subjective and are only our particular point of view. There seems to be no absolute standard to judge by.

There is a list of wrongs set out for us in the Old Testament, which never change, as they are God’s standards for our thoughts, words and behaviour. But even these are judged by us, according to our personal belief, our family upbringing and society we live in.

Surely lying is not that bad… No one get hurt it seems, and it can often help other people from hurt. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lying is a complete lack of respect for the other person and a face-saving method of covering over wrongs. Is it evil?

A definition: evil is a state of mind and heart that accepts wrong and excuses wrong for selfish ends.

Evil is hurting others and excusing the thought, word or deed for our own benefit.

All wrong is evil, not just what we consider to be the extreme varieties of wrong- doing. The human heart gravitates towards it and often doesn’t even recognise it at all.

We are in a predicament. Evil invades my thoughts, determines my words and plays out in my behaviours. I cannot escape it.

There is only one remedy for this moral disease- the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only he is able to forgive it all and take away the desire for it and drive evil from us.

Let us run from evil and pursue goodness.

Evil is not neutral. It grows and becomes a powerful force in our lives.

Only he can give us a taste for rightness, and the longing to be better, to be right in God’s eyes.