Monday, November 21, 2011

The Ultimate in Regifting

Okay, we’ve all done it at some point in our lives. I know I have, even though I can’t recall the specific incident or incidents right now. You receive a gift that is nice, but it’s just not you. It’s too nice to just give away, and you feel guilty returning it to a store. Soooooooo, you keep it.  After some time passes, you realize it’s too nice to keep in your closet, so you wait for the opportunity to pass it to another home. This is a great idea; unless at some point, the original gift somehow makes it back to the original giver of the gift. “So, Donna, didn’t I give you one just like this last year? Were you able to use it? Where did you put it in your house?” Oops.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could take those gifts that we really love and regift them yet keep them at the same time? Instead of giving what doesn’t really work for us, we could share the gifts most important to us while also holding on to them.  Doesn’t make much sense, does it? But we can.
The best gift I have ever received is God’s love. I can regift His love to others while never losing it myself. This Christmas season, try regifting the best gift you have ever received.  Regift God’s love, grace, and mercy to others.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Gospel Truth

What is the Gospel?

God loves you, so . . .
On the cross Jesus died, because . . .
Sin had separated you from God, so He . . .
Paid the price for your sin to give you . . .

So what do I do with this gospel?  Acknowledge four things:
1.       Your sin – All have sinned, and no one is “good enough” (Romans 3:23)
2.       The penalty for sin is death, but God has a gift for you (Romans 6:23)
3.       God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay your penalty (Romans 5:8)
4.       You Receive this gift by Believing that Jesus died and rose again and Confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord (Romans 10:9,10)

Only Christ provides the way of reconciliation to God.  If you want to know more, email me or leave a comment.