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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
"The cross we carry is never as heavy as the chains from which we were freed."
"No Cross, No Shield, The Big Problem"
Message summary: The world may indeed believe "no cross, no shield, no problem".
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"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18). "You have also given me the shield of your salvation" (2 Samuel 22:36).
Here in Pennsylvania, as in many states, for many years we had a major health insurance provider known as Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In fact it was our health insurance for most of the time when we lived in Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1993. In 2001 Blue Cross/Blue Shield experienced some financial difficulties and split off to become two separate companies, which is the case to this day in our state. We have Highmark Blue Shield (which happens to be our present health insurance provider) and Capital Blue Cross and now they compete against each other! For 2019 I am leaning to using Capital Blue Cross.
Back in 2001 when they were having problems a rival company used an interesting slogan to advertise for new customers. One large highway billboard ad declared, "NO CROSS, NO SHIELD, NO PROBLEM".
Well that sure got me thinking. That seems to me to be the attitude of many to a vitally more important cross and shield.
The cross is the historic Christian symbol, reminding us of what really happened on an old wooden cross nearly 2,000 years ago, when Jesus Christ died as a substitute for our sins. But to many at that time, to many throughout the ages, and to a multitude of people today it's a message of foolishness. They scoff at the notion. But for those of us who are being saved it is indeed the power of God! "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18)
The shield, although not as common as the symbol of the cross, is nevertheless used in Scripture to describe our salvation. David wrote in one of his songs to the Lord, "You have also given me the shield of your salvation". It's interesting to me that the root Hebrew word used in this passage for salvation is "yesha'", which is also the root word for the Name of Jesus.
The world may indeed believe "no cross, no shield, no problem". But from the perspective of "the redeemed" man's failure to glory in the cross and to appropriate the shield of salvation is a very big problem. Today join me in thanking God for what took place on the cross and for the shield of our salvation.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"The Christmas Cross" Video DeWayne Climer An interesting song and message.
"The Power Of The Cross" Video Gold City
"Chain Breaker" Video Zach Williams This is a very moving song and video. In our chaplain work discussions regarding various addictions are such a common topic that effect many. I heard a man last week tell me his son's wife died of an overdose on heroin/fentanyl. Her last post on social media before she died was "I am as high as kite".
here. Dave is a chaplain with Transport For Christ, a ministry that has chapels with chaplains at truck stops.
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