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Two months ago today, I became a youth director again. I moved from Arizona to Houston, Texas to minister to young people. These past two months have been extremely busy, but encouraging. I love the church I am at, and I have the pleasure of working with amazing students. Over the past two months I have grown in my faith, and it wasn’t a bunch of huge experiences, it was a few little things.
One of those little things came during our Jr. High mission trip. After arriving at our destination, we were informed that we would help run an after school VBS for kids in La Feria, TX. The first day was amazing! Our students did a great job working with the kids of La Feria and we were excited to go back the next day. Upon our return to the church, we found a woman praying in Spanish. Now, I am not a Spanish speaker. I took Spanish in high school, but what I learned, long ago, exited stage left. One word I do know is “gracias”. As we entered the small church the contrast between the brightness of the sun outside, and the dimness of the sanctuary was enough to make my pupils shrink quickly. As I regained my sight, I saw the woman praying. With tears in her eyes, and pain in her voice, she prayed. The whole conversation was in Spanish, but the word I heard over and over was, “Gracias”. I could tell that she came before God with a heavy heart, and knowing the area, she probably did not have the same luxuries most of us have. Even though she was visibly shaken by life, she never stopped thanking God. That changed me!
I have a lot to be thankful for. I have an amazing wife who loves me. I have a wonderful family that has supported me. I have a church family that has been nothing short of a blessing to my wife and I. I have a Savior who took on my sin, and gave me his righteousness, so that I could live with God for eternity. I have a lot to be thankful for, and that little thing I learned reminded me to always be thankful.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV)
Never stop being thankful, as I strive to do the same.
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Well, it has been a long time since I have posted on my blog, and God willing, I will be able to post more frequently. Since I have been away from the keyboard, I have done a lot of reading, listening, and learning. Recently, I just finished R.C. Sproul’s book, The Truth of the Cross (As I am writing this it is FREE for Kindle). I really enjoyed the book because it highlighted some truths about Jesus death that I needed to know. It also was great because it cost me nothing to read it! Anyway, something Dr. Sproul wrote struck me profoundly when he after he discussed our need to be perfect in order to be in the presence of a holy God:
We try to get around the helplessness of this situation in modern culture by declaring that everybody deserves a second chance. -(Kindle Locations 226-229). Kindle Edition.
Today, many churches are talking about how God is the God of second chances. You may be asking, “What’s wrong with that?” And that is a great question. The problem with a second chance is that for corrupt and sinful human beings a second chance would be futile. It is pointless for a holy and righteous God who knows everything to give fallen people a second chance because they will inevitably mess up again. A second chance doesn’t save anyone, it only provides another opportunity to fail. If the standard for being with God forever is perfection, a second chance from God doesn’t equal perfection. Sproul follows his statement with these words:
My response is, “Who says so?” Does justice require that everybody get a second chance? A second chance is grace. It is mercy. Grace and mercy are never deserved. So it is nonsense to say that everyone deserves a second chance. But even if that nonsensical, hypothetical condition were true, what good would it do us? How long ago did we use up our second chance?
Sproul highlights the problem with second chances. We, sinful human beings, will eventually blow that second chance. A second chance from a holy God may be gracious and merciful, but it makes no sense because God also knows that we will trade that second chance in for rebellion.
What you and I need is not a second chance, but a savior. A savior that is perfect, holy, and upright in the sight of the Father. We need a savior that can take our place and stand on our behalf before the Creator of heaven and earth. Thankfully, there is a Savior. His name is Jesus and he is the only one that can save.
For our sake he made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. -2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV
The only way to God is righteousness. You don’t need a second chance, you need Jesus!
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I have heard a lot of people say that gay people can’t change. Well, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield’s testimony refutes that view. Here is her story found on the Authors on the Line podcast (23 minutes):
Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient to forgive anyone’s sins…that includes you!
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