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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Romans 5:6 (Kember print)
Kember Scripture Print

"Christ Died For The Ungodly"

Message summary:
The recognition of our own powerlessness is critical in accepting the true gospel. We don't need a little extra help, we are dead and need spiritual resurrection.

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"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6).

You thought I was worth saving
So you came and changed my life
You thought I was worth keeping
so you cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
so you sacrificed your life

Walter Kember
For many years I have appreciated and shared about the Scripture prints prepared by Walter Kember, a Canadian, who saw his mission in making calligraphed prints of Scripture verses, placing them in a simple 11x14 wood frame and freely distributing them. Many years ago I made a separate web page (see below for link) about his ministry and periodically receive an email with a photo of a Kember print.

It seems like I have most of the variety of Scripture verses he worked with but yesterday received the daily Scripture verse which I had never seen on a Kember print. It was from Brian, a man who lives in neighboring Lebanon County, here in Pennsylvania. He wrote, "My father has numerous Scripture mottos that he got from Walter Kember (he stopped at Walter's home in Ontario in the 1990’s and visited, very encouraging testimony and work)."

So today let us give consideration to this simple verse. "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6).

J. Vernon McGee
In my early days of following Christ I listened to Bible teacher J. Vernon McGee, who's been with the Lord since 1988. He had a teaching ministry called "Thru The Bible" for many years and can still be heard online. You never had to guess who was preaching if you turned the radio on and he was speaking, as his southern preacher's voice very similar to Billy Graham's, was distinctive.

He told the story of a young boy down South who wanted to join a church. So the deacons examined his spiritual knowledge. 

They asked him, "How did you get saved?" His answer was, "God did His part, and I did my part." They wondered if there was something wrong with his doctrine, so they questioned him further, "What was God's part?" He said, "God's part was the savin'." "And what was your part?" the deacons asked. The boy answered, "My part was the sinnin'."

Now, that's good theology! Essentially the boy was stating, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6).
This is good news for each reader today. No, it's not new news. It's the old, old story of Jesus and His great love and His sacrificial death on the cross. We are all powerless apart from the work of Christ. This is true for all of us concerning our sin and separation from God. We simply can't pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. We can't be good enough. We can't earn God's favor.
"Christ died for the ungodly."

The recognition of our own powerlessness is critical in accepting the true gospel. We don't need a little extra help, we are dead and need spiritual resurrection (see Ephesians 2:1-10).

But with current events in mind, as we write this, we consider another dimension to powerlessness. An amazing aspect of God's character is His interest in the powerless. And as His redeemed children we reflect His character when we value the powerless. We have seen and experienced this and it's an outstanding dimension of God's supernal love.

The blessings of our salvation are outstanding and we encourage you to focus on one phrase from the daily text, "Christ died for the ungodly." Do you believe that today? We sure do, with deepest gratitude to our omnipotent (all powerful) God.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer: Father, there is nothing we can do or say to merit salvation. It is a gift freely extended to all who believe because Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. He washed our sin stained garments with the blood He shed on Calvary’s tree. Thank You, Father, for accepting Christ’s blood as a complete payment for our crimson stains inviting us to stand before You in garments white as snow. What a relief and unspeakable blessing it is to know that we have a place in heaven reserved for all eternity because of Jesus. It is in His name that we give You praise and thanksgiving. Amen.

Yesterday our friend Dorothy Schmidt shard a story with us: "I've been able to look back on my memory with Billy Graham. His last crusade in Philadelphia I was invited to be up on the platform at the stadium. We had special parking, Jim [Dorothy's husband] went up in the stadium to sit and I was met and taken down to the dugout where we would be praying. My prayer partner was Reggie White, another wonderful experience. We were all down on our knees, Billy Graham, other members of the team - what power in that room as prayers were lifted up. Then to come out of that dugout, out on the field and across to the platform in front of thousands of people, brought tears to my eyes! At the end of the evening to see God’s power and so many decisions for Christ, God working through Billy Graham’s life was so evident, Praise the Lord!

Note from Stephen: I attended that crusade one night in the old Veteran's Stadium so I it's possible that I was in attendance the night Dorothy was there.

  Candied pecans
Candied Pecans

From Brooksyne: I really enjoy giving nuts a coating of "sweet" and "crisp" and came across a new recipe I really like, only four ingredients and the nuts. Here's the recipe. Pecans are called for which are excellent but I coat mixed nuts as well. If you don't care for the cayenne, skip it or substitute cinnamon. I only use 1/8 t. cayenne or cinnamon and its plenty. If your mixed nuts are already salted lessen the salt. If you don't have kosher salt use ground sea salt or plain salt. I don't endorse blogs usually but Once Upon a Chef is an excellent blog for those who enjoy cooking or baking in the kitchen with many reviews and comments. Mixed nuts and pecans come in large quantities and are far less expensive in places like Sams, BJ's and Costco.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Such Love"  Video   The Couriers. The Couriers are an older group that some of our old-timers may recall. They actually began in the late fifties at the same Bible College we attended.

"Tell Me the Old, Old Story"  Video  The Scottish Festival Singers

"Worth"  Video 
Jason Crabb

Kember Scripture Prints

"Thru The Bible" with J. Vernon MGee

His teaching on Romans 4,5  Video 

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