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The Unpaid Debt

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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When I was a teenager (which dates me quite a bit) there was a popular song entitled, “He Paid a Debit He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. Crum. The essence of the lyrics was to share about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He did this to save us and to bare our penalty before God. The punishment that we all deserved was paid in full by Christ’s death on the wooden tree. This act of grace affords us the opportunity to be free from the consequences of our sins.

jesus on crossAnother aspect of this song is that we owe a debt to God but there is no way we can ever repay it and neither does God expect any payment. The price was paid in full that first Easter so that we can live with Him eternally.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” I Peter 3:18 Christ’s ultimate purpose was to bring you to God. He is just waiting for us to come.

Following is a video of the song, “He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” sung by Conrad Fisher. Listen to the words and reflect on that great debt that was paid because He loves us so much.

He Paid a Debt

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The Easter Formula

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Even though I survived years of Math classes in school, I never really enjoyed them. I especially hated those classes where you had to find some unknown number in an equation or put some real life problems into equations and solve them.

I have recently seen an equation of 3 nails + 1 cross = 4giveness. This appears on T-shirts, bumper stickers, ornaments and jewelry, just to name a few. I believe there is even a Facebook page.  I am so glad I know that this equation was solved many years ago by Christ’s death on the cross. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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jesus on crossChrist’s crucifixion was a slow and painful execution on a wooden cross where He was left to hang until he died. Those three nails, one in each hand/wrist and one through both feet were made of heavy, probably square, iron material, 7-9 inches long. What a painful experience. Hallelujah, He did it all for us!

The 3 nails plus the 1 cross allowed us to be forgiven. Let’s reflect on the price Christ paid that we could have forgiveness of our sins. The Easter formula was a love expressed beyond any other.

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My Easter Tribute

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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I wrote an Easter skit many years ago that was published in the Standard Easter Program Book, Standard Publishing Company, (1994) entitled “My Easter Tribute”.  The essence of the skit states that no matter what age you are there is something you can offer as a tribute to God.  What a great price He paid for our sins by His death and resurrection on the cross!

What can you bring?  Even though the skit is broken down into several generations and I only give one example of each age group, you must decide for yourself how you will pay tribute to our Lord and Savior not only during this special season but also throughout the year.

A little child is usually so expressive in showing love to others. This would be a good time for a youngster to let Jesus know how much they love him by singing the song, “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”.  This can be done during the week leading up to Easter.  Even though they may not fully understand the magnitude of His death and resurrection, they can be taught of His love for them.

It is usually during the teenage years that a young person begins to develop his/her talents.  What a better way to utilize their talents than by ministering to others in a church setting.  As God gifts them, they can be taught to give Him the glory for what He has gifted them with and ways to use their talent(s) to please Him.

Young mothers are rather limited in time due to demands upon them by their family and friends.  They are cooking, cleaning, running errands, going to school events and generally keeping the household functioning.  Whew!  I am sure they must get exhausted.  I am tired just thinking of all the things I had to accomplish as a young mother.  This is a good time for a mother to stop and reflect on God’s goodness and determine to spend whatever time can be squeezed out of a day for Godly things.  A young father, as well, is busy with earning a living for the family and must pause once in a while to contemplate God’s care for his family and give of his limited time to God.

God deserves our praise.  What better way for a middle-aged adult to offer a tribute to God than by a continual offering of praise.  Your strength may be limited but praising our Lord is a way to express gratitude.

Perhaps as a Senior adult you cannot bend your arthritic knees to kneel or you cannot stand for extended periods of time. No matter what position you choose, offering prayers for other families in service to the Lord (e.g. missionaries, pastors) is vitally important.  What an important tribute.  God will reward your faithfulness.

We triumph today in His resurrection victory – Christ’s triumph over the grave!  When the stone was rolled away it proclaimed to all doubting men that in Christ all things live again. This truth reaches down throughout the ages to every generation and touches each of our hearts even today.

What tribute will you offer?


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