Ozark Christian Living

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Stored Up

April 7

  "For we are HIS workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS ..."  Ephesians 2:10


"They are staffed with self-made men not ashamed to admit it."






You would think that GOD becoming man, for no other purpose than to fix what we broke in sin, would be a most humbling thing; but eternity will prove that most never give second birth a second thought.  "And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."  What a blessing to comprehend the necessity of, and then come under the reconstruction of HIS redemption; yet whole tracts of humanity are content to let their living soul perish eternally, apart from the workshop of HIS grace.

"In the beginning ..." GOD created us in HIS image; but when sin took our breath away, HE incarnated HIMSELF in our image.  "For HE hath made HIM to be sin for us, WHO knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of GOD in HIM."  That is inexplicably profound!  By virtue of Bethlehem and Calvary, the saved are salvaged, and littered into the shop of HIS grace.  There, with the Storefront drapes wide open, the MASTER works the makeover of sanctifying the saint HE has saved: "That in the ages to come HE might shew the exceeding riches of HIS grace in HIS kindness toward us through CHRIST JESUS."

Beware of Five and Dime religious stores which market their cheap wares as made in Heaven.  They are staffed with self-made men not ashamed to admit it.  Inside, the window shoppers of the world are sold a bill of goods which will all be for naught on the day their bill of sin comes due.  "Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, ..."

But if you are HIS workmanship, go ahead and be: "confident of this very thing, that HE which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of JESUS CHRIST:"

For Love of Country
Henry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)
(Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New York City)
"The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water ... Galilee makes beauty of it ... it gets to give ... the Dead Sea with the same water makes horror ... it gets to keep."

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