Often I hear people say that the two don't mix.
Sometimes the two words and concepts simply clash, or do they?
People reason that when you impose justice you need to drop mercy.
Well, I just dont know but I really am bothered by this thought.
I really wonder, and these two concepts leave me thinking so often in my life.
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http://rachaelbenson.com/ My ideal writing job would be to work for a company who writes Bible lessons for kids. i'd love to write for the awana ministry but they don't have any online writing jobs available.
I also have a youtube channel but no webcam. Other people filmed me doing lessons in Awana.
I can't wait to get a new computer with a built in webcam.
Jewels in a Heavenly Crown; What Will Yours Look Like?
“The Lord their God will save his people on that day
as a shepherd saves his flock.
They will sparkle in his land
like jewels in a crown.
How attractive and beautiful they will be!”
Recently, when I did some health screenings at my gym, I just found out that I might have osteoporosis. Normally, doctors wouldn’t worry about that at my age, but I have cerebral palsy. This means I have limited mobility and I’m on seizure medication that steals calcium from my bones. I may have to go on medication for osteoporosis. I have to have some tests done to have it confirmed. My aide, Jessica, and I are working on weight bearing exercises in my walker to help me stay strong Some of the challenges for me when I walk are to keep my head up and chest out.
In order to help me to remember to have good posture, Jessica put a necklace on me and told me that as I was moving, she wanted to be able to see the necklace. My head was burying the necklace, every few seconds! I know what to do in my head, but getting the right message to the right part of my brain is not easy. Everything takes time.
As I worked so hard, it reminded me of how I want to walk into heaven. The Bible often talks about how those who are true Christ followers will get a crown of rewards. Have you ever thought about what your crown might look like? How have you served the Lord and honored Him with your life? If it was time for Judgement Day right now. would Christ embrace you into His arms and say you sparkled like a jewel for Him? Often, our trials in life make us grow and become more like Jesus. It’s our trials that help us learn more about God’s goodness and appreciate Him more. Instead of grumbling through our trials, we should ask, “Lord, what are you trying to teach me through this? How can I sparkle for you?” That’s when the world really becomes curious about the hope of Christ.
Even in tough times, help me not to grumble, but instead help me to sparkle like a jewel, so that I may reach others for you, bring a smile to your face, and earn my reward in heaven.
Author’a Note: I write this blog and share this experience out of love for my other friends who have physical disabilities. I was 27 when i discovered I had osteopenia, which is the start of osteoporosis. I’m now 35. I find out if it has progressed on Monday July 30th at 3. The only reason the doctor did the test is because my mom asked for it. However, I’m not going to let it get me down! “Danger” is going to stand up and fight! If you have a physical disability such as cerebral palsy, and are on medications, talk to your doctor. Early intervention is the key in making sure it doesn’t get worse! You have to be your own advocate!
Well, I thought I was true blue christian
Only now I realize
Running straight into friction
Killed my opinion
Into thought I sank
Now I squall!
Going to the One
Only He can give truth guidance
New old guideline reminders
How to change my actions
And think and do the right way
True love forgives
Auction off revenge
Tutored in God's Word
Instructional mental video
Only He can give
New ways, yet very old
FORGIVE AND FORGET
order my steps
Grace and mercy
I choose Yours
Views a released emotion
Evenly straight...thoughts and actions.
Call to Salvation
A WRITTEN SERMON
Finished: THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018
J. A. DOZA
“I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown”-Revelation 3:11
I want to look at this verse in two senses. First, that every individual believer who professes Christ Jesus as their savior, should indeed be waiting for the King’s return. In the second sense, when Christ says “I am coming quickly,” this is a call to every individual who has not accepted the Lord Jesus as their saviour. This is a call to all men and women, for the believers this is an assurance that Our King of Kings will return! He will not leave his beloved people, indeed one day we will be able to rest our head on Christ’s bosom. However to the sinners this is a call of repentance! For behold the Lamb of God is coming quickly and to exact his judgements upon this earth.
I. I want to look at what Christ says next, “Hold Fast what you have.” Dear brothers and sisters in Our Lord Christ Jesus, what are we to hold fast too? Well I shall name but a few marvelous things our God from on High has given us, and this is why we should hold fast to them. Let me remind you of the times when you could not find peace, do you remember the days when your soul could find no peace or assurance when you felt like a enemy to God? But the day when Christ gave you peace, how your soul was refreshed and how you felt so at peace. Yes yes that peace is what God has given you through Christ Jesus! Hold fast to that peace. Or do you remember the times when your very life was in danger and death seemed so close? But somehow God by his right hand delivered you? Yes yes that protection is from God. Hold fast to the Lord’s protection. Or do you not remember the day when your life seemed so dead, but the Lord gave you his living waters? Yes yes, hold fast to the Living waters! The things you have from God are numerous!! We may not realize this, but every promise and blessing is ours through Christ! Yes yes hold on to your inheritance from God. Do not forsake the things you have from God. Let me remind you of one more thing which God has given us, and we should never ever forsake this great treasure which God gave us. He gave us his only Son, his very child. This child’s name is Jesus Christ…. God gave us something which means everything to him, if you were to ask God what is the most precious thing you admire God, He would answer my son in Whom I am pleased with. Hold fast to Christ! He is your peace, He is your protection, He is your very salvation, Oh do not give away that blessing. But hold on to Christ Jesus! The reason I am hammering this point is simply because there was a fool who once gave away his blessings from God. Let me remind you of a man who gave away his inheritance, his name might sound familiar to some of you. His name was Esau, Look in the book of Genesis 25:29-33.
“When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a shallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
How many times are we like Esau? We are quick to turn away from God without realizing it. We sell off the blessings to simple stuff, for a moment of satisfaction we are quick to sell ourselves to slavery! Let me remind you of another case where we ought to hold fast to Christ. Look at Peter when he walked out into the waters. He was walking on water, then death approached Peter and his faith wavered. Do not fear death my friends. Do not be like Peter with his little faith or Esau who sold off his birthrights! Hold fast of what Christ hav given you
II. Now what is this crown which Jesus speaks of? “so that no one will take your crown.” What crown is it? Well this crown is a symbol of what every believer receives when he comes into Christ. This crown is the very symbol of God, this crown is our inheritance! It is the life which we receive from Jesus, it is the freedom which we receive from Jesus, it is the forgiveness which we receive from Jesus! Oh what a precious crown every believer receives. Hold fast to it and let not the enemy steal it from you. Rest assure in Christ as your only salvation and he will defend you.
III. I want to finish up with this last point. As I said in the beginning that this verse is for the believer and sinner, for both were alike at one point. Both were enemies of God, however there was a point in which the believer returned. There was a point in the believers life where he or she realized that their inheritance was taken. Maybe some of you feel like your inheritance was taken, or that you do not have assurance in Christ. Or perhaps you have lost faith in Christ Jesus, whatever your stance with God is I want to encourage you to not lose faith. I want to share one last story, Jesus Christ speaks of this parable in the gospel of Luke.
The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.” So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living….So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country and he sent him into his fields to feed swine….but when he came to his senses, he said “How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying of hunger!….but I will get up and go to my father….so he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off. His father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him….And the son said to him, “Father I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.”
Praise God almighty. How many times have we wandered off? How many times have we gave our inheritance to the world by living a loose life? If you are living in a far off country away from the father, do not despise life. There is hope, for Our God is forgiving. He is there waiting for our return, waiting to place a robe of favor on our backs. He is there waiting to place the sandals of sonship on our feet. He is there waiting to put a ring of authority on our hand. He is there waiting to celebrate with the fatten calf. Dear Friends we serve a forgiving God! He only waits for our return and all we have to do is rest on the bosom of Christ Jesus. If you have lost the inheritance, now is the time to return. For behold the lamb of God is coming! Hold fast to the crown of life, Glory to God. AMEN.