John 3:17

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“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

This is another verse that continually blesses me.

It’s good to be reminded sometimes that Jesus came to save us and not to condemn us. For me, this is especially important. I always get bogged down thinking that God is like humans. A lot of people that I have encountered in my short time on this earth have just put me down and held my transgressions against me. Because of this, it’s been extremely easy for me to think that all people and even God is like that. But our God is not like that. Our God forgives completely. God’s forgiveness and mercies are new each day no matter what we do. This has been the biggest blessing to me because trying to become a better person has not been easy for me, but I know that God will finish the good work that He started in me because the Bible tells me so. I hope that my testimony will be a blessing to everyone to whom I tell it.

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Revelation 21:4

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“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”

This verse makes me want to cry (in a good way!) because it is so beautiful. This verse signifies the immense and complete hope that we have in Christ. This verse states that God is going to wipe away the tears of His people! Imagine the God of the entire world comforting you and wiping away your tears…what could be a better feeling? The comfort that God brings just from His word is unlike anything man can give to you. So, to actually be in His presence which would already be fulfilling in itself, would just be an emotional overflow in the very best way.

No more death — No more grieving from the passing of loved ones because we will already be in heaven with them.

Neither sorrow — All sufferings will be washed away

Nor crying — There will only be happiness

Neither shall there be any pain — Have you ever just had pain in your body? A constant pain? Imagine it gone…

For the former things are passed away — Everything bad that you have ever done or that has ever happened to you…even all the good things, all gone and replaced with better days.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this verse with you guys because it blesses me every time I read it.

Verses of the Day — Colossians 1:13-14

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Hey guys!

Today’s verses read, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians is a great place to start if you are seeking to learn more about who God is and what that means in terms of who we are. In this chapter, Paul is thanking God for the people in the church of Colossae because of their love and hope. He tells them that he has never stopped praying for them. He then takes the time to describe the Son and talks about how the people are now reconciled for God’s purpose. Paul ends by talking about his own labor’s in the church.

I love these two verses because they show how powerful God is. Let’s talk about the words “dominion of darkness”. That’s powerful. In this instance, dominion is used to mean “an often oppressive force”. This means that God saving us from this is not something to be taken lightly. The Bible says that we were slaves to sin, which is the darkness that the verse speaks of (Romans 6:20). The fact that God can save us from that shows His great power and gives us reassurance that His dominion is good and greater than any other. This part of the verse also speaks to the light that God is and that we must shine out from within ourselves. Because God’s light is so powerful, it was able to defeat the darkness. We also have that light because we are adopted children of God. This means that we should not be afraid of any darkness or sin because God has already given us the ability to conquer it.

The verse says that God rescued us and brought us to a new place in the kingdom of His son. This shows His care for us. The word “rescue” has connotations of grace, love, and care all of which God has for us. He loved us enough to rescue us and bring us under the wing of His son in whom we have redemption. Rescuing someone from death…if that’s not love, I don’t know what is! 

Redemption is another important word in this text. It indicates a release from not only the doom of sin, but also the guilt of sin. With God’s forgiveness, we have no need to feel guilty from the bad things we have done. His forgiveness is complete, so we can simply move on and be better people. In our world today, complete redemption is rare if not impossible to find. This speaks to the perfection of God. He is not like humans.

So, how can we use these two verses in our daily lives? We just have to remember that God rescued us and that in His son we have complete liberation from the guilt and doom of sin. If we keep those two things in mind, we will have the peace that God is always willing to give us, if we just tap into it. Not only will we have peace, but we will become better people, because when you don’t have guilt weighing you down, you are free to start doing the right thing. I hope this helps all of us become better Christians.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.

On Being a Christian in College

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That’s right, guys. I’m in college. In fact, I’m only 18 years old. But I love the Lord and that’s all that matters.

Being a Christian in college is quite a difficult accomplishment. However, I have managed this far. How did I do that? Well, I found a fellowship on campus. And without them, I never would have grown closer to God at school with all the temptation. But with them, I got closer to God and got a group of friends that I can rely on whenever I need someone to pray with, read the bible with, or just laugh with. The group I joined is called InterVarsity and they have, in short, been a tremendous blessing to me.

Every Tuesday, we have small group meeting. In small group, we have a student leader and he or she guides us through talking about the bible and how it relates to our lives and any personal issues we may be going through. Small group is great because it allows you to get personal and as a result, you get this amazing bond with your small group members.

Every Thursday, everyone comes together to sing and worship in our large group meeting. In large group, we have a speaker along with several worship songs. This gets everyone in the mood to serve God and after a ling week at school, it’s the perfect release. Let me tell you, when you’re young, there’s absolutely nothing like looking around you and seeing your peers happily and eagerly worshipping the same God that you serve. To know that other young people follow God and want to be on fire for Him is just the best feeling.

So, if anyone in college is reading this and your school has InterVarsity, I encourage you to get involved. I promise you, it will change your life!

~Xena Callaham
Do better. Think better. Be better.

Santification

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Three Iron Nails

Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us . . . sanctification
1 Corinthians 1:30

The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfections of Jesus Christ are imparted to me, not gradually, but instantly when by faith I enter into the realization that Jesus Christ is made unto me sanctification. Sanctification does not mean anything less than the holiness of Jesus being made mine manifestly.

The one marvellous secret of a holy life lies not in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfections of Jesus manifest themselves in my mortal flesh. Sanctification is “Christ in you.” It is His wonderful life that is imparted to me in sanctification, and imparted by faith as a sovereign gift of God’s grace. Am I willing for God to make sanctification as real in me as it is in His word?

Sanctification means the impartation…

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