Friday, January 30, 2009

Salvation: it's about a relationship, not a religion.

When my grandmom died, we went to Virginia for her memorial service, and while there did a little sightseeing. One of the things we visited, was the house my sister was born in (that's her and hubby), and I was saved in at the age of four.

I usually was allowed to sleep though the service, and I woke up for the end...and the preacher was giving the plan of salvation, and mentioned during the invitation that you could not be saved until you knew you were a sinner. Well, I really really wanted to be saved...but what could I do? I was NOT a sinner!! (this is a four year old's mind) Only one thing to do..I'd better get to sinning. And quick!

We lived on an old farm/cattle ranch, and we had to pass through cow gates to reach our home. At each one, my mom would turn to me and say "Now you stay in the car! I'll be right back", and go open the gate, drive through, and lock the gate again. Well, I thought this was the perfect chance to become a sinner!

I stepped out of the car..and right into a cow patty! My mom was furious, took me home, spanked my bottom, and sent me to my room. It was bugging her that I was not crying, but seemed pleased to be punished, so she crept up the stairs to spy on me. I was kneeling by my bed, telling Jesus I was a sinner, and would He please wash away my sins and save me so I could go to heaven?

Well, my dad brought me down to the couch, and explained things to me, and talked about a lot of big words like "redemption" and "transgression" that I can clearly remember not understanding, but although I can't remember much of my childhood, I remember details about that day like the color of the fabric on the couch where I got saved, November 24, 1974. Baptized the next Sunday night in church.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." - John 3:16-20

"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." - Romans 10:8-11

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Roe Vs. Wade - Jan. 22 - Remember

ROE v. WADE. Decided January 22, 1973
"...the blood of the innocent on their hands..."
Wars, poverty, abortions, starving children, pain, broken homes, abuse and hurt. Jesus can save. God can forgive.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

KJV Devos thoughts

Today's Bible reading at makes me think about the tithe. I have heard many things online from those who do not believe tithing is for Christians, or who do not give to their church on a regular basis. However, in today's reading in seems so clear to me what the tithe is for...not a "jewish law", but a principle that transcends one time period or one group of people. That principle is found in this passage: "Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, ...that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always."

The passage goes on for some time, but this thought is then related: "that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them."

The thoughts I bring from today's passage are that the tithe is God's way of training us to fear the Lord, and put Him first. When we do, it clears the way for Him to then bless us as obedient children, and to take pity on us when we are in trouble, because we fear Him. As a mom, I can relate to this thought. Sometimes just my children submitting to a rule, makes me have pity on them and softens my heart to their needs and even their desires. Sometimes I think the reason God set up humans to procreate the way we do, is so we can see firsthand how He sees our relationship, and understand just a little the way He deals with us.

I also like the way the reading ties into Psalm 103:13-22.