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100% Forgiven!

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iStock_000026100334SmallSometimes when we do not live up to others’ or our own expectations we can become very discouraged. Under the Old Covenant we were made righteous by our actions. If we obeyed all of God’s law, then we could be pleased with ourselves and if we failed we would be despondent for falling short.

The Bible said that God found fault with the people and that He would make a new covenant (Hebrews 8:8). He did this through Jesus Christ’s perfect life, death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Now we become righteous through our believing, not our actions (Romans 3:30). We can enter into this great exchange and give Jesus our sin, failure, sickness and pain and receive His righteousness, joy, health and well-being. We also remain righteous through believing and not through our actions (Galatians 3:3).

When we enter this relationship with the our Heavenly Father…

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Creative Excellence

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All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen. 1:1 (KJV). I looked at the Moon through a telescope recently, and I didn’t see the “man in the moon.” But I did see God–that is, I saw convincing evidence of God’s design and creative excellence.
There were no shadows across the moon that night; the moon was “full.” I could see one whole face of the entire sphere, brilliantly white. Craters were visible too; the telescope’s powerful magnification brought it all up close and beautiful.
To believe that our solar system, let alone the infinite universe beyond, came into existence as the result of some cosmic accident stretches my imagination too far. What I saw through the telescope confirmed my faith in a world created by an omniscient, benevolent, Supreme Being.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 30

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“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as has been planted!”
Matthew 13:18-23 (NLT)

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