Posted by: jamsco | October 14, 2014

4-42 Application for Oct 18-19, 2014 :: 1 Peter 3:18

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For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit

1 Peter 3:18

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Before:
We were not able to go to God because we were unrighteous.

After:
We are being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. We have been brought to God.

The Means
The righteous Christ’s suffering.

There was no other way.
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Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures

1 Corinthians 15:1-3

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The Gospel -
It was preached to you: By others who love Christ
You received it: You did not earn it
You stand in it: It’s all you have
You are saved by it: This is your only way to God
It is of first importance: Know this above everything else

And what is the Gospel?
“That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures”

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Posted by: jamsco | September 29, 2014

4-40 Application for Oct 4-5, 2014 :: Romans 6:23

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For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

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Here is the gospel, as clear as can be. And like all gospel verse, it’s bad news/ good news.

We have earned death. That’s what we deserve. We should consider what it would mean for us if that were the end of the story.

Thank God for the next word, however: But …

But the free gift – that’s almost redundant, isn’t it. It’s as if Paul wanted to make a point. There is a gift – and it’s free. And what is it – what is this gift? It better be better than a toaster if it’s going to counter the very bad news at the beginning of the sentence.

It is. “Eternal Life”: a way of escape from death.

And what (or Who) is the means for this escape? Christ Jesus our Lord.

So it’s very bad news, the worst news we could imagine countered by the grace and mercy of the best news any being could receive.

Have you accepted this free gift?

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Posted by: jamsco | September 26, 2014

4-39 Application for Sept 27-28, 2014 :: Jeremiah 9:23-24

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Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

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There are two kinds of people: Those who feel wise, mighty and rich and those who don’t.

For those who do feel those positive things, this is humbling. Because if we feel wise and powerful, we want to boast about it. But those with more wisdom can see that our wealth and power are nothing compared to God. We should be boasting about God.

For those who don’t feel wise and powerful, this passage can be encouraging. Because the poorest and least powerful human can seek to know God, and boast in Him.

And we move towards wisdom if we move towards the traits that God says He delights in: steadfast love, justice, and righteousness.

So move towards those things and boast in who God is.

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Posted by: jamsco | September 17, 2014

4-38 Application for Sept 20-21, 2014 :: Proverbs 26:20

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For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Proverbs 26:20

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Here’s some good guidance towards living in peace with other people. And we know it to be true: If people would not say unnecessary negative things about other people there would be a lot more peace in our churches, our family, our workplace and our homes.

Take it heart and let it be a reminder to you today.

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Posted by: jamsco | September 8, 2014

4-37 Application for Sept 12-14, 2014 :: Revelations 2:10

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Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Revelation 2:10

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I think these words are meant to warn us and then encourage us.

It is sobering to hear that Christians will suffer. It’s frightening to hear that some of us will be through into prison and that we’ll experience tribulation and the testing doesn’t sound like fun. Neither does “until death”.

But here we are commanded to not fear these times. And what will get us through the very dark days? The promise of a crown of life. A crown placed on our head by the God who created us.

God commands us to be faithful – all the way to this crowning. Pray that God will help us to be faithful during this journey.

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Application for August 9-10, 2014 :: James 1:17

Posted by: jamsco | September 2, 2014

4-36 Application for Sept 6-7, 2014 :: James 1:22-24

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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

James 1:22-24

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It’s pretty easy, isn’t it, to read your Bible, not really consider the fact that it is God’s Word, and then go about your day as if it didn’t really matter what His Word said.

So we don’t do. We hear the words, but we don’t act on them. This, of course, is very foolish. If a king (or a president, or a CEO) said something directly to us, we’d remember it. We’d probably allow it to change our actions.

But this is not a mere human talking to us. It’s the God who created us.

We should act like that’s true.

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Application for August 9-10, 2014 :: James 1:17

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I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Psalm 27:13-14

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The Psalmist has faith. He believes. He knows that God will take care of it – the dark issue, the frightening time, the evil-doer’s action.

You can believe this, as well. Be strong. Take courage. Wait for the LORD.

You will see the LORD in the land of the living.

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Application for August 9-10, 2014 :: James 1:17

Posted by: jamsco | August 20, 2014

Application for August 23-24, 2014 :: Psalm 27:4

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One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

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The Psalmist is single-minded in his desire. He wants to see God. He wants to be with God. He wants to commune with God. He wants to see God’s beauty.

Everything else is less important. Everything else is worth not if he can’t have this one thing that he asks for. To be close to God.

May be we all have such single-minded passion

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Application for August 9-10, 2014 :: James 1:17

Posted by: jamsco | August 11, 2014

Application for August 16-17, 2014 :: Psalm 27:1

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The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

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It’s good to be on the right side. It’s comforting to be on the safe side.

Our God is here described as the LORD, a light, a means of salvation and a stronghold. This is who we want to worship. And if he is with us, why should we ever be afraid?

Choose Him, follow Him, worship Him.

And then fear Him and only Him.

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