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This is Good Friday

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Friday, 02 April 2010

For years I considered Easter to be one of those - meh, religious - holidays that could come or go and I wouldn't care either way.

Then, one day, I got it.

I got that God humbled himself and was born into this fallen world as the man Jesus. He lived our lives, suffered our sufferings, toiled as we do - only he did it without falling short of God's standards...he lived it perfectly. He taught others who God really is and how He desires to reconcile every man, woman and child back to Himself.

Good Friday.

Jesus allowed the very people who should have worshipped him to instead beat, torture and slay him in the most horrific way. He died, sufficiently paying the wage of sin for all mankind. He was sealed inside a tomb for three days then lifted himself from among the dead to prove that he is who he says he is - and will do whatever he says he will do. All who humbly seek Him will find Him and all who cling to Him are justified to spend forever with Him.

Amazing.  Now that I get it...I can't get over it.

Go, meet with God this Good Friday and I pray you all a blessed Easter!

 

The Gospel Challenge

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Wednesday, 04 October 2006

Are you offended by the Christian gospel?  Does it make you mad or, at the very least, uncomfortable?  Good!   I say "good" because that means He is calling you...you just haven't realized it as yet.  Did you ever wonder from where that visceral reaction is coming?  If you don't believe, why should you care? 

If you're like me, you hate it when somebody asks, "Do you know where you're going when you die?"  You know who they are, right?  Evangelical Christians!  Like, who are these people, anyway, to presume that their way to God is the only way to God?  And the way they talk about their God, you'd think they've actually had Him over for High Tea! 

What is Heaven, anyway?  If it means sitting around in a white robe, playing the harp and preening my wings all day for eternity, well, they can have it.

Humor me.  For the sake of argument, pretend there is a God.  Further pretend that this God is exactly who the Christians believe He is.  You might say, "Great, so?  What kind of God would turn away a good person?"  I mean, you're basically a good person, right?  Sure you are.  Most of us are. 

The question is, does our good make us good enough to live forever in the presence of a completely Holy God?  

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Drifting Falling, Floating Weightless

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Wednesday, 17 May 2006

It’s been awhile since my last post on Genesis, so let’s get back in the groove with a brief review. 

Remember, as the population on Earth increased, so did violence.  After the banishment of Cain from Eden, and the birth of Seth to replace Abel, we were given a genealogy of both lines -Cain’s and Seth’s - and learned that Cain’s line was becoming quite independently successful and in no need of any God, thank you very much.  Conversely, and perhaps in response to the increasing evil around them, Seth’s line does call on the name of God. 

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The First Dysfunctional Family

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Wednesday, 19 April 2006

Since we’re on the subject of the first dysfunctional family, let’s throw in a pinch of sibling rivalry.  You probably know families like this – maybe your own.  Did you ever wonder how two kids can be raised by the same parents yet develop opposing values?

 

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Paving the Road to Destruction

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Tuesday, 04 April 2006

I’ve never been a supporter of capital punishment, so I was glad to see God simply banish Cain.  But I had to wonder, what about ‘an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth’?   That concept is introduced a little later.  First, God has something really, really BIG planned. 

Before we talk about Noah… a lot of time passes since Cain killed Abel (until the flood, people enjoyed a nearly 1000 year life-span) and the human population grows rapidly.  Cain has kids and his great-great-great-grandson is named Lamech. 

 
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