Archives for December 2014

God’s Gift

imagesAll scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets. 

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is important to remember John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:17 continues: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

When I read John 3:16, it is difficult for me to fully fathom the spiritual depth of what God did for you and me. I have two grown children whom I love dearly. It would be difficult for me to sacrifice either one of them to the world to die for your sins and mine so that we could have eternal life. And yet, this is what God did when He gave his only begotten Son to die for us. Jesus Christ, knowing full well the pain and suffering that he would have to endure, made a free will decision to die for us so that we could have salvation through him and the remission of sins. Romans 5:6b declares, “In due time Christ died for the ungodly.” 1 John 4:9-10 states:  “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation [full payment] for our sins.”

In the Garden of Gethsemane, it must have been pure agony as Jesus contemplated his impending crucifixion. Jesus prayed to God, his heavenly Father: “Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Mathew 26:39).  At this point, the disciples were all asleep and not one of them was awake to stand by Jesus or to  comfort him during this time of great distress. Jesus’ second prayer to God was: “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done” (Mathew 26:42). Jesus was obedient unto death to do the will of his Father. The consequences of his obedience are profound. The effects of his life, death, resurrection, and ascension continue to reverberate today.

Those who choose to accept Romans 10:9-10, means that they are born again and have eternal life. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” In addition to eternal life, we also have remission of sins. Romans 3:24-25 states: “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [payment] through faith [believing] in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

If eternal life and remission of sins isn’t enough, being born again by accepting Romans 10:9-10 means that we received the gift of holy spirit and have the ability and power to operate nine manifestations of holy spirit: speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith (believing), workings of miracles and gifts of healings. Jesus Christ proclaimed in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Jesus Christ is now sitting on the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Romans 8:34). We are called by God to walk in the steps of Jesus Christ. One of our sonship rights as a born-again believer is the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).  We are to reconcile men and women back to God and to share what is freely available as a result of believing Romans 10:9-10. From a heart of love, not coercion, we share what is freely available to anyone who chooses to believe. It is always a free will choice whether people choose to believe or not. Jesus Christ did the hard work for us. We have the easy job.

God’s abundant blessings to you and your loved ones during this holiday season!

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Clarion Review

This intelligent book weaves classical philosophy and literature into an understanding of how the Bible reveals the nature of God.

In Biblical Solutions for Daily Living: Developing a Vital and Personal Relationship with God, Aleta You, PhD, provides a well-researched and accessible guide for practical uses of the Bible. Through personal testimony, prose, and exercises designed for additional study, You successfully demonstrates the importance and relevance of the Bible for everyday life. You begins with a personal narrative. At an early age, she starts on a quest to understand the nature of God. As an adult, she studies philosophy and different religions and also faces
personal challenges. Through these experiences, she comes to the conclusion that the Bible is a gift provided by God to understand God’s true nature. In the text, You presents this argument with support in the form of scripture.

Subsequent chapters describe the attributes of God, the competition between good and evil on the personal and spiritual plane, the importance of the Holy Spirit, and the usefulness of the Bible for good health and creating a mind/body balance. All of the chapters include personal testimony at the beginning and end, as well as a set of thought-provoking questions and a list of biblical passages for further exploration. You also seamlessly weaves in her understanding of philosophy and the classics to exemplify her points.

Biblical Solutions for Daily Living provides a comprehensive analysis of a complex text. You points out that many people feel the Bible is important yet have not read it; as such, the purpose of her book is to encourage biblical literacy. You includes biblical passages from the Old and New Testaments, drawing inspiration from Psalms, Proverbs, and the Gospels and addressing the Book of Revelation. All of the information is presented in well-organized sections.

Though the volume’s language is accessible to a broad audience, its message is specifically for evangelical Christians and others who believe that the Bible is the inerrant word
of God . . . A level of biblical understanding and an appreciation of the Bible are prerequisites for fully embracing You’s arguments.

You presents the culmination of her spiritual journey to form a personal relationship with God. Biblical Solutions for Daily Living provides the tools necessary for the formation of a
spiritual practice including biblical study. Clergy, lay leaders, and Bible study facilitators will consider this book an important resource.

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