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  1. chuckkralik.com

    This is my Christian devotional blog.
  2. Big Words - Justification

    “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24, NIV). “Justification” is another big word in the Christian faith. It is a judicial term meaning that someone who has done something wrong is suddenly declared innocent. In Christian theology the term “justified” means that we, as guilty sinners, are proclaimed righteous before a God who is perfect and just. Justification can be discussed in a couple of different ways. We can say that universally Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross bought forgiveness for all people. In this regard, every sin of every person has been paid for by the shed blood of Christ. This truth, however, does not mean that all people are eventually saved. Only through faith in what Jesus has done does a person lay hold of this precious gift of God’s grace. Simply put, Jesus died to remove the soul-staining sin of each of us. But this gift must be received by faith. May God lead each of us to believe this truth and so receive the gift he freely offers.
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    Hi, Cathy. Welcome to the group!
  4. Big Words - Incarnation

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” (John 1:1,14, NIV). “Incarnation” is one of the big words of the Christian faith. It simply means that God, in Jesus Christ, took on human flesh and lived among us. This is a precious mystery, that we would witness both God and man, divinity and humanity, simultaneously in the Christ, a mystery that means everything concerning God’s redemptive act and our subsequent salvation. Like any of the big theological words, however, there is danger in misrepresenting the doctrine of the Incarnation. This is not some mere mathematical formula, cold and calculated. Rather, the Incarnation is one of the sweetest truths of the Christian faith. It is God’s unconditional love wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. It is God’s mercy and grace put on display on the cruel device of a cross. It is God’s power bursting forth from a vacated tomb. The Incarnation of Jesus is the realization that the Creator cares for his creation so much that he chose to become one of them.
  5. Big Words - An Introduction

    Christian theologians use some pretty big words to describe God and the work he does in the lives of people. Terms such as “incarnation”, “justification”, and “sanctification” are all meant to make sense of a God whose ways are higher than our ways and whose thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:10). Mere words, no matter how big they are, will always come up short in describing the Divine. Still, these big words bear considering. In my upcoming series of writings aptly entitled “Big Words”, we’ll look at some of the theological terms used to describe God. Together we’ll study the meanings of such words and what they have to offer toward our understanding of God. I hope you’ll join me in considering these “big words” of the faith. Thanks, as always, for reading!
  6. Newbie

    Hello! I've been part of the group for about two months or so. I think you'll really like it here. Best wishes!
  7. Favorite Verses - Proverbs 3:5-6

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV). Contemporary science teaches that the human heart is made-up of muscular tissue. Like other muscles of the body, the cardiac (heart) muscle stretches and contracts, reacts to outside stimuli, and can be exercised. Throughout much of history the heart has been further portrayed as the center of human emotion. Love and passion, therefore, are said to spring forth from the well that is the heart. The author of this third chapter of Proverbs, most likely Solomon, tells us to trust in God with all our heart. Such trust is faith, which the Bible defines as “…confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). As we confidently trust in God and his promises, we have hope and assurance, not in what we can see, but in the divine mysteries of our LORD expressed most accurately through Christ. The Christian cannot rely on his own limited understanding concerning the character and promises of God. God, however, reveals himself to us through Scripture. The Holy Spirit informs, enlightens, and makes our paths straight.
  8. Favorite Verses - John 3:16

    “ ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’ ” (John 3:16, NIV). John 3:16 has rightly been called “the Gospel in a nutshell”. It is truly the meat of the good news message of what God has done for us in Christ. We are told here that God loves the world, meaning all the people in the world. Too often we minimize the impact of these words. We can accept that God loves most people. But all people? This means that God loves the vilest of human beings, that God is passionately in love with murderers and sex traffickers, that God loves even those who will never love him back, that God loves someone like you and someone like me. Yes, God loves the world. Try this exercise. Put your name in place of the word “world” in the verse. Also insert your name where it says “whoever believes in him”. In my case, the verse now reads “For God so loved Chuck that he gave his one and only Son, that Chuck shall not perish but have eternal life. This little exercise personalizes the meaning of this powerful verse. Don’t ever think that God’s love doesn’t extend to you. God loves you so much that he was willing to give his very best to save you. Jesus faced the cruel agony of the cross so that you could have a crown of life. Believe what John 3:16 says, and share it with someone today!
  9. Favorite Verses - Micah 6:8

    “ ‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’ ” (Micah 6:8, NIV). God spoke to his chosen people of Israel through a series of prophets. Micah is often referred to as one of the twelve minor prophets, not because he is any less important than the major prophets, but because his writing is less voluminous and intended for a more specific audience. God used Micah to command the Israelites to do three things: “ ‘…To act justly…’ ”, “ ‘…to love mercy…’ ”, and “ ‘…to walk humbly…’ ” (Micah 6:8, NIV), and he expects the same from us. God knows that, when we practice justice and mercy and walk in humility, we model God’s very own heart as we live with one another before a world that is watching. Like the often rebellious Israelites, we, by nature, are not always just, merciful, or humble. Still, God equips us to be more like him, and he forgives us when we fail. In fact, Jesus lived, in complete obedience, up to each of the Heavenly Father’s righteous commands and died to free us from our sinful disobedience. He satisfied justice for us, taking our sins to the cross. Time and again, Jesus chose mercy in dealing with each of us. And Jesus was the ultimate example of humility, becoming like us in order to save us (Philippians 2:5-8). So, “ ‘…act justly…’ ”, “ ‘…love mercy…’ ”, and “ ‘…walk humbly…’ ” (Micah 6:8, NIV), and live into the heart of God.
  10. I'm New & Thrilled To Be Here...

    Hi, Kaneya. Welcome to the group. I'm glad you're here!
  11. Just Joined Again

    Welcome to the group, Yvonne. We're glad you're here!
  12. Favorite Verses - John 1:1

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, NIV). Echoing the words found in the Genesis Creation account, the Gospel writer John declares that Jesus was present “In the beginning…” (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1, NIV). Long before the man, Jesus, took his first steps upon the planet, he existed. In fact, Jesus’ existence is eternal. He is, “ ‘…the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End’ ” (Revelation 22:13, NIV). Still, Jesus did not view his deity as some sort of divinely appointed privilege, nor did he employ it in the form of a holy power trip. Instead, Jesus lowered his standing and took on the bodily form of a man (Philippians 2:6-7). John uses the name, “the Word”, to describe Jesus and his mission. Truly, Jesus is the incarnation of God’s announcement of grace to mankind. Jesus is mercy personified. Two-thousand years ago, our Heavenly Father took the great message of his love for us and placed it in a manger. Jesus, “the Word made flesh” (John 1:14), lived a perfect existence as a man and died upon a cross to take away our sins. God’s “Word” for us today is that we are forgiven and free.
  13. Favorite Verses - 1 Peter 3:18

    “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18, NIV). Suffering is often synonymous with sacrifice. The sacrificial systems of the Old Testament involved the slaughter of animals as a way of atonement for the sins of the people. The offering-up of one’s livestock was not only emotionally burdensome, but a financial sacrifice. The limitation to these sacrifices was that they had to be repeated time and again, because people continued to sin. The author of Hebrews makes a statement similar to that found in the verse above, that “…Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many…” (Hebrews 9:28, NIV). “Many” doesn’t imply that Jesus’ sacrifice atoned for the sins of some, or even most, people. Rather, “many” means that Jesus’ death paid for the sins of all people. Further, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was a “…once for all…” sacrifice (Hebrews 7:27, NIV). It doesn’t need to be repeated again and again. Jesus died, “…the righteous for the unrighteous…” (1 Peter 3:18, NIV), so that we as sinners would live eternally. We are declared just and stand redeemed before him. What great news this is for each of us!
  14. Favorite Verses - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

    “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NIV). There’s an old adage that says, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” (author unknown). The inverse of this statement, then, might be “The road to Heaven is paved with sorrows and troubles.” The passage above, from Paul’s second letter to the Church at Corinth, would seem to support such a statement concerning the connection between Earthly sorrows and Heavenly rewards. For Paul and other Christians, “…light and momentary troubles…” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NIV) could mean a variety of things. Certainly, the Christian must navigate the day-to-day struggles that all people deal with. But, the Christian must also face persecutions of all kinds. Throughout the ages, Christians around the world have paid the ultimate price for their faith, giving up their temporal lives for their eternal destiny. Don’t misunderstand. The Christian doesn’t gain Heaven because he has lived a good life or even because he has faced a valiant death. Our salvation is entirely based upon Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Still, the Christian life is one marked by trouble. I want to leave you today with two verses that speak to the issue of Earthly sorrows and Heavenly rewards. Jesus told his disciples, “ ‘…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world’ ”(John 16:33, NIV). Paul shared a similar sentiment when he stated, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18, NIV). We live, and we die, in Christ. Glory awaits.
  15. Armor Of God - The Sword Of The Spirit

    “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13, 17, NIV). In this series of writings, we have looked at what Paul refers to as the “...armor of God…” (Ephesians 6:13, NIV). We’ve discussed “…the belt of truth… (v. 14)”, “…the breastplate of righteousness…” (v. 14), “…feet fitted with the gospel…”(v. 15), “…the shield of faith…” (v. 16), and “…the helmet of salvation (v. 17). The Christian stands equipped and opposed to the Enemy with each of these powerful pieces of equipment. Today’s piece of armor is “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (v. 17). We are not meant to be only on the defensive side of things. Filled with the very Spirit of God and armed with God’s holy Word, we not only stand against the Devil, but we attack him. We cut to the heart of injustice. We strike where there is poverty and need. We stand tall with the weak and marginalized people in our society. We seek to destroy all that is evil. God’s Spirit, who lives in us, is alive and potent. Paul once shared that “…the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power…’ (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV). Further, God gives us his Word which will constantly keep Satan reeling. We have the truth on our side which includes the Gospel message of God’s love for us. We are declared righteous and are saved because of what Christ has done for us. Our faith makes us strong. We stand already victorious in the face of Satan and evil. So, battle on, protected by and armed with the armor of our God.

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