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Be Holy?






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Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:15-16, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy.” Are you holy? Do you picture yourself holy? I know I don’t but throughout the Bible, I am told I am holy or to be holy, For me, I picture the disciples as holy. Paul was holy. Mother Theresa was holy. Me, holy?

Why is it important for me to be holy and how do I become holy? We are told in Hebrews 10: 14 that “…by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” All who has accepted Christ as their Savior is holy. When you look at the definition of holy it might not fill you with quite so much trepidation. Holy means we are “set apart”. Am I set apart? Yes. I am not of this world but belong to God; Jesus Christ is my brother. I pray every morning for ones to see His light in me. I know I am becoming more and more like Him who made the ultimate sacrifice for me.

Maybe part of our problem with considering ourselves holy is the way we perceive holy people act. It becomes easier for us when we understand to be holy is to be God-centered not self-centered in all we say and do.

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Laminen-The Glue of our Body




I received this as an email today. I was so impressed by it I did my own research and found this to be true. As a result, I felt this was too good not to post.

A doctor wrote:
A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio…and I was BLOWN AWAY!
I want to share what I learned….but I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want. I will share anyway.
He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is…how He spoke the universe into being…how He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire…etc. etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) ….and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God’s handiwork. I remember so many times thinking….’How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???’
Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart…how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

And then I lost my breath.

And it wasn’t because I was running my treadmill, either!!!

It was because he started talking about laminin.

I knew about laminin. Here is how wikipedia describes them: ‘Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue.’ You see…..laminins are what hold us together….LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell.. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn’t know is what laminin LOOKED LIKE.
But now I do.

And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)….

Here is what the structure of laminin looks like…AND THIS IS NOT a ‘Christian portrayal’ of it….if you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see… (see picture at side)
Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!
Amazing.

The glue that holds us together…ALL of us….is in the shape of the cross.

Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.

‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things HOLD TOGETHER. ‘ Colossians 1:15-17.

Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool.

Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very
LITERAL standpoint, we are held together…one cell to another….by the cross.

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin ‘glue’ would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!!

” Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing who holds the future.”

I wanted you to know and to undertstand that YOU are being held together by the cross of Jesus Christ! His love! His forgiveness and His marvelous power!

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Romans 4:7-8 NIV “Happy are those whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sins are pardoned! Happy is the person whose sins the Lord will not keep account of!” Good News Bible, New English Version.

Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” NIV Bible

Without the empty tomb the above would not be true. As my pastor stated today, “Don’t let the rocks of guilt, or shame, or the busyness of life, fall back across the tomb imprisoning you inside ever again.” The empty tomb has freed us forever. We have Easter to reassure us that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39, NIV.

ALLELUIA!! JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY!!

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Sacrifice




Sacrifice

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Today Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice because His Father and Himself loved us so much. I scream and howl in pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer. After I cut my finger with a knife or piece of paper, I hold it as though its been sliced in half. Yet, Christ was so eager to show His love for us, He slid Himself up on the cross and held His hands out to be nailed to the cross. This He did willingly for you and for me. Lord, help me to do for You as willingly as You did this for me.

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT DIE BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. John 3:16.

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Rainbow Springs Falls

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This last Sunday we celebrated with jubilee, palms, and great Hosannas the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Tomorrow we remember with a mixture of sadness and confusion the crucifixion of our Lord. We ponder how in one short week ones could go from praise and adulation to shouts of “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”.

I like to think I’m very different than those people who yelled “Crucify Him!” But am I? Would I have been overcome by the furor of the crowd? Have there not been times in my life when I’ve been so angry and upset with Jesus that I could have yelled “Crucify Him!” Or would fear have overcome me like it did Peter, have I not denied knowing Christ? There are those times, not so long ago, I didn’t want ones to know how much I love Jesus. What happened to the other ten disciples during these last days of their Friend’s life? Where were they?

I don’t think it was just Peter who denied knowing Christ. Maybe when Jesus cried from the cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they are doing” He wasn’t just talking to the masses but to His followers who left His side to suffer alone. If I had been there, how would I have reacted?

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