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The Ultimate Hero

Romans 5:6-8  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is a television show beginning, soon, called Heroes. It will depict dangerous situations in which ordinary people, with extraordinary abilities display heroic acts of courage. I don’t know what the stories will be, but in my opinion

The Purple Heart…

Neighbors rescuing others from car wrecks, burning buildings, near drownings…

Citizens speaking out for the downtrodden; for the homeless…

Missionaries giving their lives as they are persecuted for sharing the Gospel…

The surf boarder who turned around to rescue his friend and competitor from a shark…

Firefighters…

These are worthy of the term heroes.

But, nowadays, I am saddened and disheartened when I hear of people that are getting credited in the media as modern day heroes. Some of them are people who are speaking out in favor of social issues that are against the values that our country—and our God—have held sacred in past generations. 

It seems, as a society, we have turned our backs on Christian values. Behaviors that were once seen as sin, are now being glorified. And, along with that, the definition of heroes has slowly eroded, too.

The dictionary defines a hero as “a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: example “a war hero.”

I think most of us might agree that the ultimate hero is Jesus. He is that—and so much more—. In the flesh of a man, he displayed courage as he walked this earth. He was mocked, spit upon, misunderstood, and crucified.

He is a hero of the highest order: Savior of all mankind from the consequences of sin.

He gave his life for his friends AND his enemies.

Only a real hero would do that.

Only a Savior named JESUS.

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He Is AWEsome!

Jeremiah 2:19b- “Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me,” declares the Lord Almighty.

When we were growing up, Friday nights were always teen nights at our church in Tempe, Arizona. A very nice couple sponsored our group called KS&KD (Kings Sons and Kings Daughters). They were there every week come rain or shine. Even when they might have rather been having time together as a couple or a family. Even when they might not have been feeling particularly well. Even at times when they just might have been tired and wanted to have an evening to rest.

Looking back, I realize just how remarkable this couple was, how much they gave, how much we learned from them, how much we depended on them.

You see, we expected them to be there. We expected that our youth room would be unlocked at 7:45. We expected enjoyable and meaningful activities. We expected

You get the picture.

We weren’t bad. We were just kids who had become used to the way things were… predictable. The truth is they were always there. They never left us standing in the cold, waiting. They never forgot to bring delicious snacks. They always prepared a great lesson.

They taught us. They played with us. They prayed for us.

We grew comfortable with them. We loved them—but we probably took them for granted. 

I suppose that’s how it is, sometimes, when someone who is always there for you is…you guessed it…ALWAYS THERE.

And that’s how, if we’re not careful, it sometimes is with God.

Our creator, Savior, healer, and sustainer—the One who provides rainbows and sunsets, soft brown bunnies and ocean breezes—the one who is responsible for all of the good and beautiful things we enjoy can be taken for granted in the sense that we are used to Him always

Being There.

That’s why I think that Jeremiah 2:19 always brings tears to my eyes and and I drop to my knees. For me, it is one of the saddest verses in the Bible.

Why?

Because it reduces the way we view our Mighty God.

Psalm 103:2 warns us not to forget all of his benefits and Revelation 2:4 cautions us not to forget Him, our “first love.” Because when we forget just who He is, we no longer have awe of Him!

We should worship Him for all He does and provides, but we need to also worship Him for His greatness, his power, for who He is.

Praying you have a blessed day,

Brenda 

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Grace vs. Works

Romans 11:6– And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

One of the most popular songs of all time is Amazing Grace.

We say Grace before our meals.

Grace is a very popular girl’s name.

Philip Yancy wrote a book called, What’s So Amazing About Grace?

 I am a member of Grace Church.

Grace. What does that word mean?

Simple. It is undeserved merit.

It would be like me winning The Pulitzer Prize.

When we accept Jesus as our savior, God showers grace upon us. That is, he confers on us undeserved merit, or forgiveness of our sins.

We don’t deserve this merit, this forgiveness. We cannot work for it. It cannot be earned. That is why it is called grace.

Some people believe that by doing good works, they can earn a right standing with God. But, when you read Romans 11:6, we see that God is telling us that works is the opposite of grace.

God did not have working your own way to heaven as a part of his plan. No, he planned to give us a free gift of eternal life through his son, Jesus.

Why would he have sent Jesus to the cross to die if he planned to have you work for your salvation? What kind of loving father would have done that? That would mean that Jesus suffered and died for nothing!

But, that’s not how it happened. Knowing we could never earn our place in Heaven, he saved us by HIS GRACE through faith in Jesus Christ.

The next time we sing Amazing Grace, may we do so with a thankful heart—one that truly understands that this undeserved merit was not made possible by good works that we may have done, but by the greatest act of unconditional love that this world has ever witnessed.

Brenda

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