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Monday, August 1, 2011

Colebrook Road Produce Stand in Lancaster County, PA
Colebrook Road Produce Stand
We enjoy supporting our neighbor's produce stand around the corner from our home and visiting with our neighbors. It's nice to see the family working together.

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"Debt Crisis Solved!"

"When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross" (Colossians 2:13,14).

Here in the USA we have been hearing a lot about debt. I understand that this situation is true in many countries regarding government debt. Ours is now at a startling figure of 14 trillion dollars and rapidly rising which is over $46,000 for each citizen. So, my family's share of the national debt is nearly $140,000.

Our politicians are hashing out ways of dealing with it and a big deadline looms tomorrow. The situation is so dire that although I am not being apocalyptic I have virtually no faith that there is a political solution out of this mess.

However we have a far greater debt problem regardless of where we live. Ellis Crum penned the lyrics of a song that describes the sin dilemma that each person born into this world deals with:  "I owed a debt I could not pay".  It's an overwhelming debt that leads to a hopeless situation.

I am of course speaking of sin's debt. So many live in ignorance and denial of this debt but it is a debt that every single human must deal with now or later. In fact it is a far more serious situation than the national debt of any country or the personal financial debt of any individual. How we deal with this debt has eternal consequences.

But I am pleased to share today that upon study of the Holy Scriptures a full payment has been made! It is in fact the very heart of the gospel (Good News). "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit"
(1 Peter 3:18). The certificate of debt has been canceled out. The stamp on the certificate of the redeemed reads, "Paid In Full".

So how do we respond? First we believe by placing our faith in Christ and receiving His free gift.

Then we declare verbally and through our life, "Jesus Paid It All, All to Him I Owe!"  In view of God’s mercy, we offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him, which is our spiritual act of worship. (See Romans 12:1)

Modern songwriter Graham Kendrick wrote this,
Amazing love, O what sacrifice,
the Son of God, given for me;
My debt He pays and my death He dies,
that I might live, that I might live.

While some 300 years ago Isaac Watts wrote,
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, thank You for solving my debt problem by dying on the cross for me. I owed a debt I couldn't pay but, because of Your great love for me, You paid in full the debt of my sins. You made me alive together with You, having forgiven me all my transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against me. Your love is so amazing and so divine that it demands my soul, my life, my all.  In view of Your mercy, I offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to You, which is my spiritual act of worship. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"He Paid A Debt"
 Video  Jon and Rachel Cardwell

"Amazing Love"
 Video  Graham Kendrick

"Amazing Love"
 Video   Lou Fellingham

"Not Guilty Anymore"  Video  Aaron Keyes Brooksyne enjoys this song.  It has a powerful message!

"When I Survey The Wondrous Cross"  Video  Kathryn Scott

"Lord, I Lift Your Name On High"  Video  

"Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing"  Video  Chris Rice

"Jesus Paid It All"  Video  Kristian Stanfill

Debt clock: This is an amazing site that constantly updates. By the time you read this the figures I used in the message will be obsolete!

In our area I recently heard another one of those "man's solutions". A fad among the youth, especially in the inner city is wearing their britches down to their knees (also known as saggy pants). A plan was recently proposed by a school superintendent to purchase belts for the students at a cost of nearly $5,000.00 (as if they will actually wear them). There are many examples of foolish and wasteful spending at all levels.

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Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and I make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and to prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."

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