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February 12

 "Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again."  John 3:7








"HE was confrontational because of what hung in the balance."








The cross of CHRIST is the single, most marvelous event, ever conceived in the heart of GOD.  However, the significance of the crucifixion is not intended to marvel us with unintelligent wonder.  The world holds only two kinds of sinners: the honest one who agrees with GOD about his sin, repents, and is born again; and the dishonest one who scoffs at a bloody SAVIOR, trusts in his own merit, dies, and goes to Hell.  JESUS always commanded the situations HE encountered with this type of urgency and candor.  HE was confrontational because of what hung in the balance.  "Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?" ... JESUS queried Nicodemus.  Taking the liberty to paraphrase I think our LORD to suggest: 'Come on now, stop playing stupid, you know you will never get to Heaven as you are'.  In another incident, JESUS informed the religious crowd heckling HIM that they were of their father the Devil and were guilty of his deeds by virtue of their heritage.  Dear friend, in layman's theology, the badness of sin requires the boldness of truth!  As ambassadors of HIS, I wonder that we have allowed ourselves to be marveled into a corner, by a world in denial.  Sinners then, in their arrogant marvel, apply our tact as a balm to quiet their noisy consciences ... and in GOD'S sight, we are complicit in their smugness.  Thinking ourselves wise, we have become fools; and all the while the great commission entrusted to us has become for all practical purposes, the great remission.

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"  The damning doctrine of original sin, that is that man's eternal DNA was corrupted through disobedience, is the nucleus of Scripture.  "... the life of the flesh is in the blood"  The blood supply of man, created in GOD'S image became tainted; and only a total transfusion is able to save the patient terminal in sin.  "Much more then, being now justified by HIS blood, we shall be saved from wrath through HIM." 

This maxim, though anonymous to me, is pertinent to today's thought:

  • Those who are born once will die twice.

  • Those who are born twice will die but once. 

GOD forbid you go to your grave buried with one birth certificate.

"JESUS answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GOD."

For Love of Country
Ronald Wilson Reagan
(40th President of the United States)
"The time has come to turn to GOD and reassert our trust in HIM for the healing of America ... our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal ..."

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