Month: May 2011

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Sitting along side a family member as their body takes their last few breathes was a sad and yet amazing experience. My father in-law was a quiet though hard-working man. Fahr’s disease causes calcium to build up in the brain stem and gradually takes away the victim’s voluntary muscle control until after many years even the eyelids won’t close and swallowing is no longer possible. But dad was always determined to do as much as he could with what he had. At the stroke of 9pm his breathing stopped while his children and grandchildren were gathered around his bed. His battle for this life was over and he gently fell asleep awaiting the next stage of his life. For 80 years his old body had been the vehicle of his growing and learning spirit. His faith in Jesus made his spirit live. His faith was simple and not confused with complex theological stuff. Jesus died on the cross for his sins and the rest was pretty much academic. In the last days of his life he loved going to church even when it meant being carried in his wheelchair up long flights of stairs and sitting was very painful. He…

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Understanding Salvation

It’s probably the most important word in the English language and yet the meaning of the word, “salvation” is elusive though simple. In the most general sense you could say it’s a means of rescue from some serious consequence. In the most important sense salvation is the means of entering into life. Our Creator uses His Spirit, the Holy Spirit to help us realize that we need His salvation in order to live, not just breathe and exist, but to gain that vital connection with the One that made us. Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and sup with him and he with Me.” So first, you must hear Jesus’ voice. That is, be able to listen to His teaching, respecting who He is and realizing it is He who created us. Then we must open our lives to Him and believe Him. The Holy Spirit comes to “convince the world of sin, of righteousness and judgement to come.” If you think you are “good enough”, you are imposing your standards on your Creator, or you don’t realize that you are a creature, made…

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