Sunday Collectives 11/16/15 – 11/22/15
This is a great question, a common one, and yet one that can cause much confusion when answering. The confusion comes from a heart that is really having difficulty grasping the words of Christ when He said “It is finished” (John 19:30).
In a world where the sentiment exists that there is no such thing as a free ride, it is indeed hard to grasp that the grace (favor) God gives each of us, to come and accept Christ as our Saviour is freely given, requiring nothing more from us. When every day we must work to achieve, we must meet someone’s expectations of us or some of the burdens we often bear.
The Holy Spirit is not an essence or an entity. He is a person just like the rest of the Trinity. Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is indeed God. He is the agent for impartation of the new life we now have in Jesus Christ. It is through the Holy Spirit that we find that the gift of salvation is applied and secured to each of those who have placed their faith in the sacrificial payment of Christ.
In the book of Acts Peter tells Ananias that Satan had filled his heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and that he had not lied to man, but to God. Paul said in Second Corinthians, not only do we worship the Father and Son, but the Holy Spirit. Then, in First Corinthians Paul attributes to the Holy Spirit the ability to know all things as God does.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved
for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14
I remember as a kid how excited I would get when the box of 64 crayons would come out. All those different colors and my mind racing at what I could draw with them.
I often wondered what it would be like to have double or triple the amount of crayons. Oh the mind of a child. There were days I would color so hard that the crayons would break.
By Barry Werner
The story of Deborah is one of courage, singleness of purpose and quiet confidence in God’s revealed will. As a prophetess, Deborah led Israel with the strength and wisdom that came from a deep relationship with God. Read Judges 4.
Israel faced an intimidating enemy. Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, had 900 iron chariots and other armaments heavy enough to crush any and all of Israel’s weapons. From a human point of view, Israel didn’t stand a chance. Deborah did everything right in calling the people to battle. Under her guidance, the people supported the plan and turned out an army. The entire army, including commander Barak, grew stronger under her leadership.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” –Colossians 3:1-4
I’m not sure how my friends and I had come to the topic of what life was like at eighteen, but I do remember my answer and I’ve given it some thought since then.
As a retired landscape architect and artist who designed pools, outdoor rooms, unattached buildings, patios and driveways, I had the opportunity often depending on the homeowner’s budget to work with many real and artificial things. In fact, in design and architecture there is one word often seen and heard, the term F-A-U-X, meaning fake, often used.
It can be anything from a real stone, or clay pot, or one painted that way, to finishes on the house that seem real, but are often no more than styrofoam. You can also see this term used in other things like clothing, shoes, jewelry, so forth…