Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trust the Cross

My dog Salty knows he isn’t supposed to get into the trash. But let the house be human free, and dark side of Salty takes over. If there’s food in a trash can, the temptation is too 
great. That’s what happened the other day. I got mad, but I got over it. I cleaned up the mess and forgot about it. Salty didn’t! He kept his distance. When I finally saw him, his tail was between his legs, 
his ears drooping. He thinks I’m mad at him. He doesn’t know I’ve already dealt with his mistake.

Somewhere, sometime, you got tangled in garbage…and you’ve been avoiding god. You wonder if you could ever feel close to God again.The message of his torn flesh on the cross is — you can. The door is open. Don’t trust your conscience. Trust the cross. You’re welcome in God’s presence!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

from He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Eternal Choices

God gives eternal choices, and these choices have eternal consequences. Isn’t this the reminder of Calvary’s trio?  Ever wonder why there were two crosses next to Christ?  Why not six or ten?  Ever wonder why Jesus was in the center?  Could it be the two crosses on the hill symbolize one of God’s greatest gifts?  The gift of choice. The two criminals were convicted by the same system.  Condemned to death.  Equally close to the same Jesus.  But one changed and one did not.

You’ve made some bad choices in life, haven’t you?  You look back and you say, “If only I could make up for those bad choices.”  You can.  When one thief on the cross prayed, Jesus loved him enough to save him.  When the other mocked, Jesus loved him enough to let him.  He allowed him the choice. And he does the same for you and me.

Then (the thief) said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23:42-43

from He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado

Monday, April 14, 2014

Every sin has a price. Every sin leaves a mark, scars, diminishes you, hurts someone, costs something. If you think about it, you realize it’s true. Every time you sin, you have diminished yourself, or lost something, or cheapened a relationship, or marred your heart in a permanent way. You or someone else pays a price for every sin.
Every time you lie, you diminish yourself in some way. Your character is less. You have lost something. When you have an affair, even ...if you never get caught, you have cheapened your marriage, you have marred your heart in a permanent way. When you pull up porn on the internet, even if it’s completely anonymous and free, its not free. That other person had to be degraded to provide that image. She paid a price that has a domino effect in everything else she is and how others treat her and how she views herself. And you were part of that.
When there’s a price to something, it doesn’t just go away. It must be paid. Jesus paid that price by sacrificing himself. There was nothing worth more than himself, so that’s what he gave. It gives you a sense of the awful cost of our sin, and the incomprehensible depth of his love.
1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

The Bible says he carried our sins away. They are gone. Scriptures talk about those sins being carried from us as far away as the east is from the west. It says God casts those sins to the bottom of the ocean; He puts them behind his back where no one will ever see them again. They are buried in the grave.
We are forgiven! We are free! We will live forever! That, Saints, is what we will celebrate this Easter Sunday. It is the love that pays all debts and heals the world. Nothing is more worthy of our praise and worship. I can't wait for Sunday!

-from Scott Franks on 728b Facebook page