Obeying God and the Cross

 “However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:”  Deuteronomy 28:15    We either obey God completely, or we don’t at all.  It’s that simple.   “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Jesus once said in the Gospels.     When we don’t follow the Lord’s commandments, we are under the curse.   All of us.   So you might be thinking, how than are we safe?  The cross, of course.   Certainly, most definitely Christ died for me.   Certainly, he died for you.   Christ died for God, more than anything.   “Before we can look at the cross as something for us, we have to look at it as something done by us.”  – Rev John Stott  The question, I guess is are you with Christ, or are you not?

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Birdville vs Prosper and what to look for this season

The Birdville Hawks (Varsity) football team start out their season on the road at Prosper tonight at B.W. Durham stadium.  The Hawks are favored to win the game, but not by much according to a source.  The main concern throughout the season for Birdville will be their defense, as they lost most their starters in graduation (they do have four returners).   Perhaps their biggest loss is  super-star running back Xavier Turner, but don’t worry they still look to have a loaded offense.   Look for Turner’s back up running back, Isiaiah Durate to have no trouble carrying the load this season, and a matured, developed senior quarterback in Will Hayward.     On paper, the Hawks seem to have what it takes to be the favored front runners in district play.    

Kickoff is at 7:30 P.M..   The Hawks will be wearing white in tonight’s game.  Please stay tuned for further updates on tonight’s game on the blog. 

Why is Jesus the only way to salvation?

The question today in society, often seems to be “Why is Jesus the only way to salvation?”  As usual, our society has it all wrong. The question, you see isn’t why is there only one way to salvation? The question should be “How is there any way for us?”  All of God’s love you will ever experience is found in his sacrifice: that he sacrificed to us his only Son that whoever should believe in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)  God didn’t have to do it, but he choose to.  He choose to, because he himself is love (1 John 4:16)   God created us that we might have fellowship with him, but ever since the fall and the times of the Old Testament, we have been limited in being able to walk in that light.  Jesus’ sacrifice for us is ultimately what makes us right with God, through Christ and his cross we are able to walk in that light and experience the way God made it to be.   The question I have to ask you, now is why.. Why is there a way that we who stand guilty before a holy and righteous judge?  Jesus Christ, the Son of God himself lived the life none of us can live and ultimately, he died the death we deserve.   Tell me now.. How is there a way?  

The cost of NOT following Christ

I think I may know why we are lukewarm. I mean besides the obvious natural born sin nature thing, I think it’s that we focus on the wrong things even at church.  Take the ministry for example: Even when preaching a sermon, the focus tends to be the wrong one.  Take discipleship, for example. It seems to me, when the idea of the sermon is to encourage following Christ, most pastors preach it from a more negative view.  Maybe if we switched the idea around, and made it about the cost of following Christ, we make it the cost of not following Christ. I feel like this is more Biblical, because it doesn’t suggest that following Jesus is a bad thing, maybe you interpret it differently though, but to me it just seems to put  a negative view on following Christ.  If switched, the focus could bring forth more Biblical truths.  The question we have to ask ourselves at the end of the day isn’t why should I preach/follow Christ, rather why shouldn’t I?    When we ask why we should, we are putting into question the supreme worth of knowing Christ, which surpasses all does it not?