Do you fully realize what it means to be…
Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)?
Precious to God (Isaiah 43:4)?
Cared about since your conception (Isaiah 46:3)?
God’s child (John 1:12)?
Jesus’ friend (John 15:15)?
Chosen by Jesus (John 15:16)?
Loved dearly by God (John 16:27)?
Free from condemnation (Romans 8:1)?
A temple—a dwelling place—of God’s Spirit(1 Corinthians 3:16)?
Redeemed and forgiven of all your sins(Colossians 1:14)?
If we can recognize who we are in Christ Jesus, we will never doubt our own worth.
This short devotional was in my inbox this morning and I thought the subject very fitting and worthy of sharing.
The following is from Love Worth Finding Ministries.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
Helen Keller was born blind, but she had vision. A reporter asked Miss Keller, “Is there anything worse than being born blind?”
“Yes,” she said, “It is to have sight and no vision.”
Do you have a vision for your life at the threshold of a new year? On New Year’s Day, I review the goals for my life. These are spiritual, relational, intellectual, physical, and financial goals. I pray over these and ask for God’s will to be done in each one. I hold them in an open hand and ask that God would give me wisdom as to the direction He wants for my life. I don’t want to be a man without vision. I don’t you to be one, either.
Begin to think about some goals you would like for your life. Pray and seek the Lord’s face as you ponder the future.
What excuse are we waiting for to be better people, better Christians?
By Charles Foster
Did Jesus of Nazareth really die upon a cross and then rise again after three days in the tomb? That is the question that Charles Foster seeks to answer in a fictional courtroom trial. The trial may be fictional, but rest assured the arguments and evidence are based entirely on fact. These are the arguments that occur right here in our world between the non-believer and the believer. With exhausting detail, Foster brings to the light, every intelligent (and a few not so intelligent) and relevant argument against the resurrection. X (the prosecution) lays out his argument thoroughly, and then Y (the defense) counters each point argued by X by offering argument and evidence to disprove X’s conclusions and support the resurrection. This is the general format for each chapter. X opens against the resurrection and Y responds in support of the resurrection.
Foster, a barrister, uses all of his lawyerly skills to present an unbiased examination of the evidence – from both perspectives. He is not afraid to expose every “contradiction” in the resurrection story with skill and convincing argument. Then, just as convincingly, he dismantles the prosecution’s case – point by point. Foster’s goal? To either prove or disprove the resurrection of Christ.
If you are easily offended by suggestions that Jesus of Nazareth was/is anything but the Son of God, if you have a difficult time hearing arguments that essentially negate the divinity of Christ, then this book will probably offend you. Foster, pulls no punches in the examination of the arguments. He does not water down the comments by X in order to be non-offensive. He maintains a true voice for both sides throughout the book. However, if you are interested in an honest examination of the facts from an intellectual standpoint, then you are in for a treat. Foster manages to keep the book interesting and well paced, for a quick and intriguing read. In the end, you may find that your faith is stronger and you are better prepared to discuss the resurrection with dissenters.
Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.