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Living For Grace vs Living For Pleasure

Just do whatever feels good and doesn’t hurt other people. Good advice, right?

No. That is horrible advice. Like, really bad.

Don’t be tricked into putting the pursuit of pleasure before the pursuit of obedience. Learn to imitate Jesus, rather than people around you. Grace cost Jesus everything. Truly living by grace will cost us too. That’s a fact. But it’s worth it.

“But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.”

All of us face times where we have to choose between living for grace and living for pleasure – make sure you know in advance which one is really going to give you the life you want.

Read Romans 5v15 here: http://bit.ly/1owfk5H

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Wisewords From Yoda – Part 4

Wisewords from Yoda – part 4: Luke (to Yoda): ‘I can’t believe it.’ Yoda: ‘that is why you fail.’

We see crosses everywhere – on walls, jewellery, tattoos… The symbol of the cross has become so common that it often loses its significance. Even vampires in movies aren’t afraid of crosses anymore!

Do you need to press the refresh button on your idea of what the cross cost Jesus? What it should cost us? Your being rescued bears eternal consequence and value. It cost Jesus everything.

‘For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’. 2 Corinthians 5v21 (ESV)

Read the rest of 2 Corinthians here – http://bit.ly/1nsxBib

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New Creation

I used to get really bummed with myself every time I felt like I messed up. It was like I had a standard I thought God expected of me (or I expected from myself?) and every time I missed it, I liked the person I was less and less.

Reading 2 Corinthians 5:17 changed that, though – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, and the new has come!”

If I’m now ‘in Christ’, it’s not just me I’m getting bummed at – it’s the new person Jesus died to make me to be. It didn’t really sit right with me to be criticising that.

I think Jesus wants to make us all into new people, so that we don’t have to feel like I did anymore – pushing into that idea really changed my life and the way I see people around me. Maybe it can for you, too.

Read 2 Corinthians here: http://bit.ly/1gHW80J

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Jesus On The Cross

Today we remember Jesus dying to bring us back to life again. Here’s something from Luke, John and Paul to read and pray with while we watch with the others at the foot of the cross…

‘So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.’

‘Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.’

‘It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.’

‘When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.’

John 19:16-18, 28-30, Luke 23:44-46, Colossians 2: 13-15

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