Posts tagged redemption
Posts tagged redemption
… that saved a wretch like me
When you get lost ….
Romans 9:25-26 ESV
As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
“And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
I like the way these verses are paraphrased in The Message translation: “Hosea put it well: I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved. In the place where they yelled out, “You’re nobody!” they’re calling you “God’s living children.”
“I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies.” Since, as Paul writes in Romans 3, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and “There is none righteous, no, not one,” that means all of us. Even the one you think is so perfect that you can’t measure up. The one whose very “perfection” is the excuse you use to keep on sinning.
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John 11:41-44 NKJV
We’ve all seen the meme that says something about praising God in the hallway when He hasn’t yet opened the door, but why? Why should we praise Him when our miracle seems further away than ever, when each day of waiting and hoping brings more pain, more tears, more vulnerability, more wounds?
Why? Because God honors that kind of crazy faith with miracles that lift us up and carry us forward. When we love Him with abandon, He answers speedily and decisively, in ways that shock everyone but us, because we’ve already thanked Him for the miracle. Even if we haven’t reached our goal, we know we will soon.
And even though we’ve already praised Him, the very fact that He’s brought us closer to our goal makes us want to praise Him all the more. What was dead will be made alive. Praise Him in the graveyard of your broken dreams and darkest fears — and count on the miracle.
This intriguing DIY video from Constant Change Bluegrass pairs their performance of Ralph Stanley’s “Let Me Walk, Lord, By Your Side” with footage from the classic film, “Sergeant York”.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Please pray that David and R accept Jesus as their Savior.
Thank you and God bless!