How we got here

Occasionally I like to remind myself how I got here.

So I trace my steps from my godless birth in Adam  to my intimate eternal relationship with Jesus Christ that I enjoy every day. I had little to do with creating the intimate relationship. In fact God did it all.  my entire participation in his process amounted to accepting the gifts he freely gave me.

We all have a similar biography.  Read Ephesians chapter 2 and you’ll discover that Paul seems to have captured our story there.

From death to life

 our life in Christ

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

We were dead in our trespasses and sins but God crucifed his only son on the cross so you and I could be free from the life of sinners forever.

Our old self crucified

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin—

“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ on the cross so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” That does not mean we will never sin again. It means that forever we are free from the control of sin foreveFor if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!r. Sin no longer has power you control our lives. So God takes away our old self,our old life of sin away from us.

He freely gives his life to us

For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the life of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Romans 5:10

Now He lives his life through us

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

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The Shoes of Peace Aren’t Flip-Flops

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Do you have a big but?

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If only . . .

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The Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves — NOT!

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Our Authentic Follower’s Do-Not-Do List

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Love Is Kind

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Saints Or Sinners Scriptures

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About A Cure For Zombies

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Don’t Fish Off The Balcony

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See How They Run

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God’s Resume. He’s Looking For Work.

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Jesus Loves Homosexuals

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EL I Wish All My Readers Were Dead

No. That’s not a misprint. I wish all of you were dead.   WAIT!  Before you unsubscribe to my blog in disgust, please keep reading.

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Big Bad Mr. “IF”

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Understanding Grace

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Preparing For Your Calling–God’s Blessings

This is the fifth post in the series
By AmandaBeth, Guest Blogger And Author

Preparing For Your Calling — God’s Blessings

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

—2 Timothy 2:20

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Elephant In The Room

Posted October 10th, 2012 by John Ed Mathison

Elephants have always fascinated me.

I recently saw a cartoon which showed a pastor and a deacon standing in front of the congregation. You see a lot of people, but there is a big Continue reading →

Saint, Not Sinner

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Reflecting His Wisdom

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.

When Paul wrote his two letters to the Corinthians, they were blending into the sinful, pagan culture around them. They were so corrupt, in fact, the word “corinthian” became a term outsiders used to describe folks that were Continue reading →

How Big Is Your But?

Some buts we hardly notice. Some are the size of an 800-pound gorilla in the room. Others remain the same size no matter what we do.  Some buts change Continue reading →

Santa Claus And Satan

At Christmas we sing a song with our small children about Santa Claus coming down the chimney with presents on Christmas Eve. The song warns the  kids to watch out, don’t cry and don’t pout. Later in the song we tell these naive little peeps that Santa knows all about them, when they’re asleep, when they’re awake and when they’ve been good or bad.

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What Do You Believe?

Preface to the “Who Are You?” BLOG SERIES.

During our “Who Are You” series we’ll challenge you to consider this question a lot: What do you believe?
Will you believe what you think about yourself and God? Or will you believe what God says about Himself and about you?

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There’s no such thing as a “good” Christian.

I overheard a lady on a commuter van talk about one of her friends who was helping a needy family from her church. The Lady claimed, “She was just trying to be a good Christian.”

Many well-intentioned Christians spend lots of time, energy and resources trying to be good Christians.

The truth of the matter is, however that good Christians just don’t exist. The Bible doesn’t teach that at all.  Believing that Christians are somehow good is a lie straight from satan. Evil people with no conscience can do good things and help little old ladies across the street and buy Girl Scout Cookies, give money to the poor and donate to charities.  Doing good things for others doesn’t make anyone a good Christian.

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