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Bucket lists

A lot of people have what they call a bucket list, a list of things they want to accomplish during their lives. If you are a Christian you don’t need to make a bucket list; God has already made one for you.

The Bible tells us that we are saved by God’s grace and not by anything we do.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

We are not saved by our works but we are saved to do the work that God has assigned us.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

In other words, God has prepared for each of us a bucket list of things that he wants us to accomplish during our life.

There have been many times when I have failed to do the work that God has given to me, and I am certain that that is true of others. We need to ask ourselves whether our failure prevents God from accomplishing the work he meant to do through us. The answer to that question is found in the book of Esther. God allowed Esther to become queen of Persia. When an official named Haman plotted to destroy the Jews Esther’s cousin Mordecai told Esther she needed to go to the king and ask for his help. When she expressed fear about doing this, here was what Mordecai said to her.

Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:13,14)

If we fail to do what God wants us to do, that work will be done by someone else, but we will suffer for our failure to obey. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul describes what that suffering will consist of.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it.

Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 

If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

Our salvation is the result of God’s grace and not the result of anything we do. If we are not faithful in service we won’t lose our salvation, but we will lose the reward we could have gotten.

Living under grace

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Living under grace

by Diana

We live under the law of grace, but we have sin defined so that we have loving boundaries in place. There is freedom in boundaries that help us uphold healthy standards. Healthy standards help for healthy individuals, families and societies. Read the rest of this entry

Grace

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Grace

by Chris Perry

I was at the grocery store this morning and heard a loud crash and something shattering. Being nosy, I walked towards the sound and saw some people whispering and looking back to the end of the next aisle. When I walked down that aisle, I saw an older lady had hit a shelf and many things had fallen to the ground and broke. She was kneeling on the floor embarrassed, frantically trying to clean up. Read the rest of this entry

The grace of God

Here is something I read on Facebook.

The grace of God

by Joshua Arnold

Sometimes our heads get so clouded by our circumstances and failures that we lose sight of the grace that God has worked into us, and in poor judgment we conclude that we have no grace at all, and never did in the first place.
This is cruel, and this is foolish.

We become like a person that’s tearing their house apart to find their phone, all while their phone is in their hand the whole time. Just because they didn’t see it, it doesn’t mean they didn’t have it. Read the rest of this entry

Moses and Aaron

God appeared to Moses and told him he was chosen to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.  Moses was reluctant to undertake this assignment and began raising objections.  He began by asking why he had been chosen for the job.

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  (Exodus 3:11)

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Baptists and Catholics

Here is something I read on Facebook.

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Baptists and Catholics

by Levi Smith

I implore you to take a moment to read these thoughts….👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

For as much as some Baptists crush the Catholic Church, they sure have adopted a lot of their methods.

• Catholics believe in papal authority, which declares that the Pope has full, divine power over the Church and can exercise this power unhindered.
• There are Baptists that believe that their Pastor holds full, perfect, authoritative say so over all things spiritual and can exercise his power unhindered.
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The source of our righteousness

Here is the intorduction to Psalm 18.

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 

(David celebrated his deliverance from the hand of his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  Even though Saul had often tried to kill him, David apparently didn’t consider him an enemy.)

David begins the psalm by describing past troubles when his life seemed to be in danger.  He called to God for help and God rescured him and gave him victory over his enemies.  He said that God delivered him because of his righteousness. Read the rest of this entry

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