Posts Tagged ‘salvation’

Grace vs. Performance

“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” – Jude 1:24-25 Once you become…

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When You Need Hope

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was…

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He’s Alive!

“So, the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.” (Matthew 28:8-9) He is alive! Make no doubt about it; Jesus is alive! On this day, we celebrate His…

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Do Not Refuse the Invitation

“The wedding is ready…”  (Matthew 22:8) Jesus told a parable comparing the kingdom of God to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.  The king sent out servants to call all those who had been invited to come but they refused.  Then he sent out other servants to persuade the invitees to…

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It Is Finished

“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the…

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Unashamed of My Hope

“Sustain me according to your word that I may live. And, do not let me be ashamed of my hope.”(Psalm 119:116) The word of God is living and powerful.  It is our guide for life and our answer to all of life’s perplexing questions.  It reveals to us the hopelessness of our life mired in…

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I Am Innocent!

“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said, ‘It is your responsibility!” (Matthew 27:24) Pilate’s responsibility to his Roman government was to keep the peace in the…

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Desperate For Deliverance

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.” – Psalm 18:2  Desperation is not a feeling most people want to claim. On the contrary we have a tendency to be so desensitized to our sin that we don’t realize how badly we need the presence and forgiveness of God. It often takes extreme…

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The Simplicity of Salvation

“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done…

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