Posted by: jamsco | April 16, 2014

Application for April 19-20, 2014 :: Romans 5:8

…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

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While we were still sinners. While we had given him nothing. While we were separated from him and worthy of death because of our rebellion. That’s where we were when Christ did his saving work.

Yes, that’s love.

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Posted by: jamsco | April 9, 2014

Application for April 12-13, 2014 :: Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10

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If you ever wanted an anti-works save-yourself passage this is it.

How many different ways could Paul say the same thing?

Hmmmm, someone might think, how will I be saved?

“By grace” – getting a good that I don’t deserve
“And this is not your own doing” – it’s not what you did
“it is the gift of God” – Salvation is given to you, not bought by you.
“not a result of works” – it’s not what you do
“so that no one may boast” – if it was something I did, I could brag, but it’s not.
“For we are his workmanship” – God did the work that created us
“created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” – all the good that we do, it is because God chose for us to do them.

God made a way for us. We don’t have to do it ourselves. Hallelujah!

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Posted by: jamsco | March 31, 2014

Application for April 5-6, 2014 :: Ephesians 2:6-7

… and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:6-7

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It’s more good news.

We get to be raised up.
We get to be where Jesus is.
We get to experience the infinite grace of God’s kindness towards us.
For ages.

And all because of what Jesus has done fore us.

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Posted by: jamsco | March 23, 2014

Application for March 29-30, 2014 :: Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved

Ephesians 2:4-5

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So after last week’s bad news, This is the good news. And Paul is gracious and makes the good news text significantly longer than the bad news.

And of course it begins with “But God”. Bad news, bad news, bad news and then “But God”. And then good news, soul-saving news, grace showing news.

We were dead, but now we have been made alive.
We were lost, but now we have been saved.

Because of the Love with which he loved us.

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Posted by: jamsco | March 23, 2014

Application for March 22-23, 2014 :: Ephesians 2:1-3

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Ephesians 2:1-3

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This is the bad news. The very very bad news. Let’s list them

We were dead.
Following the Prince Of the Power of the Air
We were among the sons of disobedience.
We were living in the passions of our flesh.
We were children of wrath.

If you want to be on the winning side, the side of God, this is as far away from that as you can get. When we are born, we’re all accursed – separated by our own passions from God.

This is the bad news. It’s a good thing that God didn’t leave us here. But that’s next week.

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Posted by: jamsco | March 11, 2014

Application for March 15-16, 2014 :: Psalm 100:4,5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100:4-5

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The last verse of Psalm 100 is very redundant isn’t it?

Steadfast
Endures
Forever
Faithfulness
To All
Generations

This is what any thoughtful being would want in a God.

So what the Psalmist calls us to do should be instinctive:

Enter his gates with thanksgiving.
Enter his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him.
Bless his name.

It makes sense to do all of this for a Lord who is good.

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Posted by: jamsco | March 3, 2014

Application for March 8-9, 2014 :: Psalm 100:1-3

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100: 1-3

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There are exhortations here. There is also information we need to know here.

Let’s move through it backwards.

He made you. You are his. He is God.

So what should you do?

Serve God! Move towards him singing.

That’s right – it’s a commandment to sing.

But does it matter if you can sing well? No.

God accepts Noise. Joyful Noise.

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Posted by: jamsco | February 26, 2014

Application for March 1-2, 2014 :: Acts 5:29

Acts 5:29

“We must obey God rather than men.”

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A very short verse. Very simple. Very foundational. If you obey someone else while disobeying God, you are idolizing the other person.

If we put other people before God, then they are our new gods. Have no god before God.

You worship God by obeying Him.

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Posted by: jamsco | February 17, 2014

Application for Feb 22-23, 2014 :: John 10:27-30

John 10:27-30

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

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It has been said that if Jesus wanted us to remember something, he stated it more than once.

When we’re in a safe place, the first thing we wonder and fear about is, will I always have this refuge? Or is my security temporary?

Jesus wants it to be clear: No one can take you out of the hand of God. “No one will snatch them out of my hand”
“No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

No one.

This is good news. This is news I want to hear. This news makes me want to follow Jesus. And the good news is that when I follow Jesus, I am following his Father.

Into eternal life.

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Posted by: jamsco | February 12, 2014

Application for Feb 15-16, 2014 :: Proverbs 3:11-12

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

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There is an implied truth that corresponds with the overt truth spelled out in this passage.

The stated truth is that we should consider it good when we are corrected by God, because it shows that he loves us, just like a father.

But the implied truth is this – A father who loves his children will discipline them.

Those of us who are parents should remember both of these truths.

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