Bought by the Blood

March 27, 2009

A letter to my daughter

Filed under: Colossians,Fatherhood of God,Jesus Christ,parenting — cubsfan1980 @ 5:34 pm
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For those of who read my facebook and follow me on twitter you know that there is a high likelihood that my precious daughter will be born today, if not today then sometime this week.  In light of her impending birthday I wanted to post a letter that I wrote to her earlier this week.

9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks [4] to the Father, who has qualified you [5] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:9-13

Dear Miya,
How are you? I was reading the above passage from Colossians and it is true, that since the day that we heard that you were growing in your mother’s belly we have been praying for you.  It is our desire for you to know our Heavenly Father’s will for you to glorify Him and to understand His calling on your life.  Please know that nothing will please us more than you walking in a manner worthy of the Lord and bear fruit for Him as you grow in your knowledge of Him.  We have prayed that God will strengthen you in the womb and sustain your little life.  It is also our prayer that you will be strengthened spiritually to be a light in a dark world.  All this is possible because of Jesus Christ who through His death has qualified you to do all things by His grace.  Because of His atoning work on the cross you can be delivered from the domain of darkness and have an eternal inheritance and a place in God’s Kingdon, by believing in Jesus who freely offers you redemption and forgiveness of sins.

Jesus is the most important person to your mother and I.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

No one else besides Jesus do we truly long to meet as much as we long to meet you.  You are so special to us and you cannot even imagine how excited we are to be your parents!  It will be so neat to see you born and get to hold you for the first time.  At the hospital we will probably do nothing but stare at your adorable little face.  You will be so blessed by your nursery that we have for you here.  It has a sweet little birdy theme that you will absolutely love. 

I am looking forward to discipling you and having tea times together.  I will snuggle you and shower you with love until another man comes into your life.  We want to protect and guard your heart and promise to model our Heavenly Father’s love and care for you.  As you grow up your mother will be your best friend and I will be your prince charming.  We will have so much fun going on daddy dates together.  It will be super neat to watch you grow and mature into a Proverbs 31 womans.  Your mom has been doing a great job carrying you in her womb and she will be a fantastic example for you to follow. Please come soon little girly.

We love you,
Poppa

March 24, 2009

The 37 states of America

Filed under: Abortion,pro-life — cubsfan1980 @ 10:23 pm
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Thanks to legalized abortion the combined popluations ofNevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota, and Minnesota have been wiped out.  That is as if there was never any Native American population.  To do the math, that is approximately 48 million children. More than 6,400 die every day, one approximately every 20 seconds, 1 out of every 4 who would have been entering school in 2002 These statistics are courtesy of PL Booth

Homosexuality and the Gospel

In my last blog post I asked the rhetorical question about justification for abortion.  Abortion is one of the easiest sins to stand up against because even without Scriptural truth speaking out against it there is still no reason to accept this as a way of life.   Although many opponents to abortion lack compassion, the pro-life movement truly is one of compassion as it seeks to save both a child’s life and a mother’s soul.

An area of truth that I find harder to stand-up against is that of homosexuality.  When you take out the voice of Scripture it seems like a reasonable lifestyle to a secular culture.  How do I tell those that I know are homosexual that their lifestyle and relationship is wrong if all they are living for is this world?  What compassion can I offer if that is the way there made and have no hope to change in the Gospel?

I was listening to the Focus On the Family Daily broadcast this morning and a mother was talking about her wayward son who currently is in prison.  The last time she hugged him is when he told her he had to sleep underneath a bridge that night as he was on the run from the law.  The mother could have let him sleep at her house or provided a way out, but tough love required that their must be consequences for the son’s actions.

Listening to this story gave me a picture of what speaking  out against homosexuality should be.  It should be a loving act because there are consequences to pay for sin.  Even if those consequences are not realized in this life, they will be realized when God comes to judge the world.  The reality of the matter is that there are many consequences in this life such as STD’s and relationships that will not last and missing God’s design for marriage.  If I truly love those that I know who are homosexual I will speak the truth in love.

Proclaiming that homosexuality is a sin is only a partial truth.  The ultimate truth that they need to hear is of their fractured relationship with God  and that they need to turn from ALL sin, chiefly unbelief, and believe on the atoning death of Jesus and live a life that reflects that.  Speaking out against homosexuality, or any sin for that matter, cannot be done apart from the Gospel.  The truth of the matter is that without the Gospel we are all in the same boat as homosexuals.  This is a story that I posted on my first blog from the life of Rich Mullins

I remember one time Beaker and I were hiking on the Appalachian Trail, and he met some friends of his, so I walked into town.  It was about a five-mile walk from the campsite down the trail…,down into town.  And when I got there I went into a restaurant and I was having a steak, and this guy started talking to me and we had this great conversation.  We were having a good time, and he said, “Hey look, it’s dark and it’s five miles up to your campground. Why I don’t I drive you up there?”

And I said, “Hey, Great!”

And so we got in his car, and just as we pulled out from under the last light in that town, the guy said, “You know what, I should probably tell you that I am gay.”

And I said, “Oh, I should probably tell you that I am a Christian.”

And he said, “Well, if you want out of the car…”

And I said, “Why?”

And he said, “Well, I’m gay and you’re Christian.”

I said, “It’s still five miles and it’s still dark.”

Then he said, “I thought Christians hated gays.”

I said, “That’s funny, I thought Christians were supposed to love. I thought that was our first command.”

He said, “Well, I thought God hated gays.”

And I said, “That’s really funny, because I thought God was love.”

And then he asked me the big one. He said, “Do you think I will go to hell for being a gay?”

Well, I’m a good Hoosier, and I puckered up to say, “Yes, of course you’ll go to hell for being gay.” I got ready to say that, but when I opened up my mouth it came out, “No, of course you won’t go to hell for being gay.” And I thought to myself, Oh my God, I’ve only been in New Hampshire for one week and I’ve already turned into a liberal! What am I going to tell this guy now?

Then I said to him, “No, you won’t go to hell for being gay, any more than I would go to hell for being a liar. Nobody goes to hell because of what they do. We go to hell because we reject the grace that God so longs to give to us, regardless of what we do.”

None of us accept the grace of God on our own, but we need the Holy Spirit to regenerate us so that we can hearts to love God.  We need Jesus if we are to be right with God.  We need Jesus if we are to live lives that please God.  God’s grace is offered freely through the cross and homosexuals and heterosexuals both are needy sinners that need to come to the cross if they want any hope of being saved.

“Our position on homosexuals is that they need Jesus. Our position on heterosexuals is that they need Jesus. Our position on married people is that they need Jesus. Our position on single people is that they need Jesus. Our position on fornicators is that they need Jesus. Our position on virgins is that they need Jesus. Our position on tall people is that they need Jesus. Our position on short people is that they need Jesus. Our position on right handed people is that they need Jesus. Our position on left handed people is that they need Jesus. Our position on young people is that they need Jesus. Our position on old people is that they need Jesus. Our position on Chevy drivers is that they need Jesus. Our position on Ford drivers is that they need Jesus. Our position on mac users is that they need Jesus. Our position on PC users is that they need Jesus. Our position on country/western fans is that they need Jesus. Our position on hip-hop fans is that they need Jesus. Our position on football fans is that they need Jesus. Our position on basketball fans is that they need Jesus. Our position on rich people is that they need Jesus. Our position on poor people is that they need Jesus. Our position on educated people is that they need Jesus. Our position on uneducated people is that they need Jesus.” – Mark Driscoll

Random Thoughts from Stand For Life

Filed under: Abortion,Octo-Mom,Planned Parenthood — cubsfan1980 @ 2:57 am
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A website that I recently discovered that I want to peruse more is prolifeblogs.com I came across this one post that I found pretty insightful.  My thoughts are in italics.

Random Thoughts from Stand For Life

1. There is widespread outrage that Nadya Suleman gave birth to eight babies that she can’t financially support. But there’s no outrage from the masses that 4,000 babies are killed every day in this country in the name of abortion.  I don’t have any concrete opinions about the Octomom, because she doesn’t seem authentic or level-headed, but only looking for publicity.  You can check out We The Posterity for some good thoughts on her. Think what you may of her, but you have to admit, the media and the culture does have a total bias when it comes to issue of life.

2. There’s one demographic group that would vote 100% for the pro-life candidate, if they could – the conception to nine-month people group.  We don’t hear their scream in the womb, but if we did, it would be deafening.  If we could hear their cries then how could we not vote for life.  Because they don’t have a voice no one can hear few stand up for them.  Why do you not stand up for the innocent being slaughtered?  What if no one stood for the slaves or the jews?

6. Liberals rarely discuss any issue, especially the life issue, without attacking the person (ad hominem argument). Anybody who does that, deep down knows that they are on the losing end of a logical debate.  I would love to hear a justification for killing another human life.

7. Ninety-nine percent of the people in the pro-life movement will never be well-known, but they are the most important. They might be someone counseling in front of a Planned Parenthood or maybe just parents who support their daughter and convince her to have the baby.

March 23, 2009

The Valleys of the Torah

I am doing a read through the Bible in a year plan.  One of the hardest parts of plans like this is the middle of the Torah with Numbers and Leviticus.  These are probably two of the hardest of the books of the Bible for my soul to be fed by.  I am about halfway through Numbers right now and recently came across Numbers 11 which has been one of the highlights of the book for me.  As I find more time to blog I definitely want to point our more highlights from these two books.  For now, here are some of my gleanings from Numbers 11.

Numbers 11
V. 1 Complaining is a serious sin that as it shows lack of gratitude for all that God has done in our live.  When we complain we state that God is not good.

V. 2 Prayer is effective.  The Lord’s angered was tempered by Moses prayer.  If we are confident in the sovereignty of God, then that fuels our ammunition for prayer that God hears and answers.

v. 6 The people looked to food for strength instead of God.  They had a small of view God and did not believe that He could strengthen them.  This is the opposite of Daniel and his friends when they were taken into captivity by the Babylonians and neglected the meat knowing that God would nourish them and give them what their bodies needed.  By trusting God they were able to be strengthened more than those who had the choicest diet.

v. 10 As God was angry about the people’s sin, Moses was displeased also.  That which makes God angry should make me angry.  I should NEVER try to justify sin.  It is compassionate thing to be angry about sin because it will make me speak out against sin so that people can see where they are displeasing God so that they can repent and come back to Him.  If I am ever doing something to anger I would pray that others would have God’s heart and gently restore me.

v.17 God does not want Moses to carry this burden alone, so God tells Moses to pick people who he wants to receive more of the Spirit so that they can encourage him through prophesy.  The people who receive the Spirit are not hand selected by a leader, but the Spirit has been poured out on all who believe.  Since I’ve been saved I should earnestly pursue prophecy so that I can encourage others.  I should also be praying for other believers so that they can be receiving an outpouring of the Spirit in greater and more powerful manifestations.

v.23 Although the people are ungrateful for all the Lord has done for them, He still decides them their request for meat.  Ironically, God promises to give them meat until they are sick of it.  Moses, being the leader that he is tries to calculate and figure out the logistics of God giving the people that much meat.  God tells Moses “Is the Lord‘s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.” If He can bring all the plagues to pass and part the red sea, then he can surely give the Israelites an overabundance of meat.  I have no need to doubt God’s provision in my life.

How I am so quick to be like the Israelites.  My natural reaction to tough situations is to complain instead of being filled with gratefulness for all that God has done for me.  I can easily be proud and self-reliant and not be as quick to prayer as I should be.  If I am viewing God as I should then prayer will become more of a natural inclination of my heart.  God needs to be my strength and where I place my hope and trust.  I need to have the same mindset in regards to sin as God has and hate it with the same passion that he does.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your grace and mercy that sent your Son to die on the cross for my sins.  Thank you that even though I did nothing to deserve this blessing you have shown my such amazing steadfast love.  You continue to shower me with blessings and give me more than I desire.  Help me never doubt your provision.  As I see your provision enable me to enourage other.  Fill me with your Spirit so that as I live in community with others I can tell of your wondrous deeds and who you are.  Mold my heart to be like yours, let me hate sin as you do so that I can grow in my love for others and guiding them in repentance.  Use prayer to draw me closer to see you and see you better.  Make my vision of you enlarge allow me to see all that I have in you so that I can grow in my trust and desire for you.  Let people see in a difference in me because of your Spirit that fills me.  As I walk in you let my heart overflow with gratitude.  You are my portion and lot, my heart will always be satisfied with you.  Amen!

March 21, 2009

All those against abortion raise your hand

I recently posted this video on my facebook profile.  At the blog RealChoice they have testiomony from an abortionist about why many aborted babies have a detached arm. I have pasted a portion of it below

Question: Do you consider an arm, for example, to be a substantial portion of the fetus?

Carhart: In the way I read it, I think if I lost my arm, that would be a substantial loss to me. I think I would have to interpret it that way.

Question: And then what happens next after you remove the arm? You then try to remove the rest of the fetus?

Carhart: Then I would go back and attempt to either bring the feet down or bring the skull down, or even sometimes you bring the other arm down and remove that also and then get the feet down.

Question: At what point is the fetus…does the fetus die during that process?

Carhart: I don’t really know. I know that the fetus is alive during the process most of the time because I can see fetal heartbeat on the ultrasound.

This is the process for dialation and extraction, the type of abortion done during the 2nd trimester.  This is chilling to read, the doctor even admits that the fetus is an actual living human. Would we be more shocked if he said that he used a gun.  At one point does the doctor not have a problem ripping the arm off of another person.  He admits that it would be a substantial loss for him.  What about for an infant that was born alive?  Our society is far too humane to kill babies that are born alive.

Or maybe I’m wrong.

March 18, 2009

I owe it all to God

Filed under: Colossians,cross,John Piper,Passion of Jesus Christ,Quote — cubsfan1980 @ 12:34 pm
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And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14

If I were to create a greatest hits of verses from every book of the Bible, the above verse from Colossians would definitely be listed.  In the process of salvation I contribute nothing.  I am dead in my trespasses and God is the active agent.  Without Him intervening and working, I would be dead.  I did not have good deeds that He could use to justify me being saved, the only basis I have for my justification is in Christ completed work.  My faith is in Him and what He has done, trusting in His perfect obedience and righteousness that is transferred to me.  He died on the cross so that He could take on my sin and have it nailed it to the cross, so that I can be raised in Him.   I love what John Piper says about this passage from chapter of 7 of “The Passion of Jesus Christ.”

There is no salvation by balancing the records. There is only salvation by canceling records. The record of our bad deeds (including our defective good deeds), along with the just penalties that each deserves, must be blotted out—not balanced. This is what Christ suffered and died to accomplish.

The cancellation happened when the record of our deeds was “nailed to the cross” (Colossians 2:13). How was this damning record nailed to the cross? Parchment was not nailed to the cross. Christ was. So Christ became my damning record of bad (and good) deeds. He endured my damnation. He put my salvation on a totally different footing. He is my only hope. And faith in him is my only way to God.

Three components of mission and the Christian Life

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled  in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. – Colossians 1:21-23

There are three components to faith that Paul states is essential if we are in Christ.  I was struck by this as I meditated on the above verses this morning.  Paul states what I was and what God has done for me.  After that is a litmus test for what it means to have assurance.  I want to be ready for Christ return and not to take the gospel lightly.  That means that I am called to be stable and steadfast with hope in the gospel.  Those phrases seemed kind of nebulous, so I’ve tried my best to break it down.

Stable

A stable faith is one that is without doubting.  It is firm amidst trials and uncertainties.  A stable faith has a singular focus on the truth of God’s character and does not get distracted or enticed by false doctrines and pleas to the flesh.  If my faith is stable then my life will reflect this by not being hypocritical, but by walking in wisdom and earnestly seeking God, so that I may walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel.  An unstable faith does not walk in a straight path, but wobbles like a drunkard with no clear vision and prone to fall.  I need a stable faith to go through the narrow gate, by having my faith be stable I am able to make through it the hard patches and find life and the benefits of the cross.  One of the components of a stable faith is drawing me outside of myself and seeing the needs of others.  I will see them as being like I was before I received Christ, how I was on sinking sand and my world could crumble at any moment.  When I have eyes of compassion like Jesus I will see that there is a world of hurt that is yearning for a shepherd.  As I grow in my faith I see a harvest and desire to labor for the Gospel.  I want those that are perishing to know the stability that I have in uncertain times.  I do not doubt that what I have is what the world is yearning for and to truly love my neighbor is to tell them about the redemption that is offered at the cross.

James 1:5-8 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Matthew 7:13-14  “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Matthew 9:36-38 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Steadfast

God’s ultimate purpose is to make me like Jesus.  As I read Luke nine I am amazed at Jesus’ steadfastness to go to Jerusalem where he will bear the cross and die for the sins of many.  I need that same steadfastness in carrying my cross and daily dying to self.  I should rejoice in suffering as that allows me to an opportunity to know Christ more fully and shine the gospel to a world that is in the dark.  I need to embrace trials and circumstances that test my faith as that will make me steadfast with the final result of conforming to Christ who is perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  To be steadfast is to be immovable, my calling is to take Christ to the lost, in this I must be steadfast, knowing that my labor is not in vain.  In my mission I need to rooted and anchored, knowing that I empowered to do it by the Holy Spirit.  I am not to view anything as a higher priority for this is the mission of Christ and I am to be steadfast in carrying the forth the work that He has started and has promised to complete.

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Colossians 1:24-27 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Not Shifting from the hope of the Gospel
Consider the Christian life being a manual car with three gears.  Those three gears are works based legalism, hedonistic license and hope in the Gospel.  We have no need to shift gears, but we are called to have our hope firmly in the Gospel and to live our life in that direction.  I do not go out and share the gospel with everyone I met and hand out tracts religiously as if my salvation depended on that.  My hope for salvation is not based on how many people I share the gospel with or how many people come to faith because of me.  Also, I do not take the attitude that someone else will proclaim the Gospel and sit back and do nothing.  It is my honor and joy to have the privilege to proclaim the King of Kings and what He has done for me by bringing me into relationship with Him.  This is not a task I view begrudgingly, but it is a task I don’t deserve and am amazed that I am honored to have such a high calling.  I do not take part in the great commission because I am saved.  I can’t help but to take part in Christ mission because of the hope I have in the gospel and my desire to see others have that same hope.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 10:15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Lord, make me sobered by the reality of what will happen to those who don’t know you and increase my faith to tell them of Christ atoning sacrifice.  Give me faith to go out and proclaim your gospel and confidence in your Spirit to soften the heart of the unregenerate.  Make me steadfast in the mission you’ve called me to.  I cannot do this on my own and need your help.  Let my hope in the Gospel be my motivation for sharing Christ love.  I want His grace sacrifice for me motivate me to tell others of His good news.

March 17, 2009

Entering into worship

This morning as I was spending time with Jesus I was reading in Isaiah 45 and was brought before the throne of the Lord above with a clearer of who He is and His calling on my life.

5 I am the Lord, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me,
6 that people may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7 I form light and create darkness,
I make well-being and create calamity,
I am the Lord, who does all these things.

The Lord, who is thrice holy, that reigns and is enthroned with majesty and splendor in Heaven has equipped me to know Him.  He is truly self-sufficient and has no need for me.  I can add nothing to Him and he gains nothing from being in relationship with me.  I can not bring a sacrifice that will cause Him to gain anything new, but He has sacrificed His Son on the cross so that my sins may be paid for and I can be brought from death to life.   There is no one like Him with such fathomless grace and mercy.

He desires for all people to know Him.  In His patience, He has forebeared with the sins of the world so many may repent.  He has displayed His character in creation, so that many may see His glorious attributes.   There is not one inch of creation that is not His.  From the east to the west there is none that can compete with Him.  He is the only thing worth living for.  He has created a world with many mysteries and marvels to lead us outside of ourselves and see that one greater than us has created all of this.

Light and dark do not just exist, but those are created things.  The wealthy and the poor are not that way because of chance or pulling themselves up by their boot straps, but by God’s directing as He is sovereign over all things.  He does all things and we are called to come to be empty vessels to be used by Him.  If we see God as He is, then we should align our goals and visions to be the same as His.  To live a life of worship involves a continual dying  to self so that can live for the next world and the kingdom that is to come.

He will ask “who will go?”  I will say “send me” because He has equipped me to go.”

He will say “Who will go” and I will say “send me” because He has given me joy, life, health, hope and peace.

He will say “who will go” and I will say “send me” because someone else answered the call and they told me of His love for me, which led me to repent and believe.

He will say “who will go” and I will say “send me” because I would still be dead in my sins and if someone had not followed the call to bring the gospel to me.

He will say “who will go” and I will say “send me” because there is none like Him and no  higher calling that I can serve.

March 7, 2009

I will always need Jesus

Filed under: grace,J.C. Ryle,sin — cubsfan1980 @ 1:42 am
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“Finally, if by the grace of God we really understand the glorious truth that sinners are those whom Christ came to call, let us take heed that never forget it.  Let us not dream that true Christians can ever attan such a state of perfection in this world, as not to need the mediation and intercession of Jesus.  sinners we are in the day we first come to Christ.  Poor needy sinners we continue to be as long as we live, drawing all the grace we have every hour out of  Christ’s fullness.  Sinners we shall find ourselves in the hour of our death, and shall die as much indebted to Christ’s blood, as in the day we first believed.”

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