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Unworthy

I was reading this morning in Genesis 32 (following my Bible Reading Plan :-)) when these words captured my attention (recorded as spoken by Jacob when he was returning from Padanaram to Canaan and anticipating an encounter with his brother Esau):

I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; (Gen 32:10a)

Dear Lord, I thank and praise You for Your wonderful mercies towards me, a sinner undeserving of Your love.  Yet, You loved me enough to send Your Only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to die on the cross, paying the penalty that was owed for my sins.  Though I am unworthy myself, You make me worthy because I am in Your Son as my life is hid in His.  Thank You for saving me and opening my eyes to Your wonderful mercy and truth.  Amen. ~Andy

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (Rev 5:9)

I was given this CD for Christmas.  This song is one of my favorites:

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Christian Studies

 

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Carnal Christian?

Could the walks of a disobedient and worldly born-again child of God and an unsaved person look similar? Could someone lose his or her salvation because of being disobedient to God?

For years I have dismissed the concept of a “carnal Christian” and those who proclaimed belief in Jesus Christ but acted fleshly or whose lifestyle did not meet my expectations of a “Christian lifestyle.” My perspective is changing after studying the early parts of the letter known as 1 Corinthians and written by the apostle Paul.

To read the entire essay titled “Carnal Christian?”, click here.  You can also find it on our Studies page.

Thank you to my Christian brothers J and T for their review, comments and encouragement regarding this study.  I love you guys. ~Andy

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in Christian Studies

 

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The Modern Message

We didn’t intend to review books on our site but felt impressed to share this with you.

I (Andy) am reading a book authored by Ray Comfort and titled God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life: The Myth of the Modern Message.  I am a little over half way through the book and have found it to be engaging, relevant and convicting.  Mr. Comfort presents some overwhelming statistics to support his position.  Some of these statistics reveal that upwards of 90% of professions of faith do not result in any lasting conversion.  He asserts that the modern evangelistic message of coming to Jesus for personal fulfillment fails to effectively convert the soul of the sinner.  Rather, the Law of God must first be preached to convict the sinner of his guilt.  Then, upon conviction, the sinner will understand and appreciate the grace of God through the cross of Christ.

I can personally attest to this conviction upon my own soul that occurred over seven years ago in December 2003.  I felt the weighty burden of God’s judgment through the commandment and His hand was pressed heavy upon me.  Only when I bared my soul and confessed and repented from my sin against Him did I truly appreciate His amazing grace.  I hope to sometime share my personal testimony in greater detail on this site.  Anyway, the questions that I am wrestling with is “what gospel message am I relaying to the people around me everyday?” and “do I truly have love in my heart to reach the lost?” Very convicting indeed…

If you are interested in learning more about the purpose of the Law of God (or the Mosaic Law since it was given through Moses), please see the essay titled “Law and Grace” on our Bible Study page.

If you are interested in learning more about Ray Comfort and his materials, visit http://www.livingwaters.com/ and http://www.wayofthemaster.com/.  To learn more about the book, visit here.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Christian Studies

 

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