Archive for March, 2017

The man on the cross

Posted: March 30, 2017 in The man on the cross

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Why is the cross painted so roughly? Some crosses are shiny gold or silver with diamonds and pearls embedded in them. It was the roughest of wood, full of splinters that caught the human flesh upon it. It was put together by a carpenter, with little care, and little pay for his work. They nailed a carpenter on it, a carpenter who cared dearly and who paid a terrible price for sin.

The soldiers rammed the cross into the hole, dug our in the rock hard earth. Every bone rattled out of joint, as the King of the Universe began the payment for the sins of His people. He hung there halfway between earth and sky, in such unjust agony for those who hated Him.

“Father forgive…” this His victory cry. No hate was ever found in Him and no harshness of judgment. He was suspended there to absorb the multitudes of sins in our debt, and to bear the appalling, punishment for our cruelty.

“It is finished” the Lamb is slain and the blood is spilt and we are forever free… He has bought us with His precious blood- royal blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Who would not bow to Him? If this is the payment of my debt, how can I think I can pay it myself?
If this is love, how can I live this life?
If this is the requirement of a holy God, how will I ever enter in?

We are dead in sin without our Lord Jesus.
We inherit the place of the lost without Him.
We have no hope in this world or the next.

Lord, I give my life as a sacrifice of praise to you. Cleanse my rottenness and the sin that dwells in me. Make me who you intend me to be and I humbly obey… keep my eyes fixed on the man on the cross that I will never forget what I owe….

Christine Petric

Posted: March 25, 2017 in Christine Petric

Painted mugs

Posted: March 18, 2017 in Painted mugs

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Forgiveness

Posted: March 18, 2017 in Forgiveness

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Can you quietly think of a time when you had to forgive someone…?

Can you think of a time when someone had to forgive you….?

Peter, a disciple, asked Jesus, how many times do I forgive my brother or sister when they offend me? Should I forgive 7 times?

Jesus said, 70 X 7 = 490….  That is a lot of times!

What Jesus is saying is that it is not just 490 times, but countless times..! We are to firgive every single time….!!

Then Jesus told a story to show us why we need to forgive….

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Why is it so important to forgive…? Because GOD forgives us of our huge debts…

So, if another person does you wrong, you must forgive them.

Jesus said…. Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

That’s serious!! If I don’t forgive the person who has wronged me, God will not forgive me..!!

We might say, well, its not my fault that the person did me wrong. Why is it up to me to forgive? That’s not fair….!

NO this is too hard for me..!! I cant do it….

Many people have been in this situation. The hurt is so bad, and person was so hateful and cruel, it seems impossible to forgive.

Well, it is impossible for you to forgive, until you yourself have known the amazing love of God and the joy he gives when you know he has forgiven you. If you have really known that in your life, you will not want anything to take that away, or to stop you being close to God.

Why I don’t want to forgive….

  • We don’t want to forgive because often we don’t appreciate how bad our sins are to God.
  • I don’t want to forgive because the other person deserves bad punishment and hell.
  • I don’t want to forgive, because it is quite nice sometimes to criticize the other person’s sins and it is not as bad as my sin. We harbour illwill towards the other person, and sort of gloat about it…

Why I need to forgive….

  • God will not forgive me unless I forgive the person who hurt me.
  • If the person is really bad and has done something really seriously bad, I must for give them too.

WHY? Why does God say I have to do this.? Because God knows, when you for give that person, really and truly, you will know Gods deepest blessings in your inner person. You will move close to His heart, and He will show you wonderful thing about himself that you would never know, if you just keep the unforgiving spirit.

If I don’t forgive, then I am harbouring the worst sin. If I think about what Jesus did for me, and I don’t deserve it, then how can I hold things against other people? Jesus suffered in agony on the cross for me. He did it out of love for me and was not willing that I should perish. This should be my attitude to others.

This sin of un-forgiveness is what spoils our whole world, and I need to give it up and repent from it.

When I forgive and am forgiven, there is peace with God.

Basic: Prayer

Posted: March 11, 2017 in Prayer

Command 4

Posted: March 3, 2017 in Command 4

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How do we spend our time as young people?
How do adults spend their time?
Work takes up most of our time…

God knows what we are like, even though we don’t know ourselves.
The ten commandments are given by Him for our good.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
On the seventh day, do no work…”

 

Christians meet together on that day, to praise God, learn from the Bible, and pray together.

This day of rest is a picture of a wonderful day that is coming when Christians will be together in heaven with Jesus. This is called the eternal rest.

No work, no chores, no need for money. Everyone will be free form sin and will rejoice to be there. with Jesus.

Are you ready for that day? Are you still rushing around trying to get the most out of this world? This world will pass away one day, and it will bring in another eternal kingdom, where sin is gone, death and sickness are gone, and those who trust in Jesus will be forever free.

All that those people of God will do is only full of enjoyment, peace and rest.

When you are tired of work- think about what God offers you in Jesus, and ask Him to give you that rest and peace with Himself….

 

The worth of a soul

Posted: March 1, 2017 in The worth of a soul