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12/10/2016

 Daily Devotions

 Daily Devotions Podcast

 Truth In Real Life

 Truth In Real Life Podcast


Jesus Is the Only Valid Way to God

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)

The little spotted brown dog leaped up through the open doors of the bus and made himself comfortable in the seat across from Sam. Sam almost fell out of his chair! Shocked, he tugged at his mother's sleeve.

"Mom! Where's this dog's owner?"

"I don't think his owner is around, Sam. I think he got on all by himself!" Mom seemed a little surprised, too.

The little dog was very well-behaved, Sam thought. He was sitting with his paws together, and he didn't bark at all. As the bus rolled on, the little dog stared out the window or sometimes looked over at Sam.

"He's riding for free, Mom. We had to pay for our bus fare."

"You're right, but I don't think that the bus driver really cares. Now, if this dog were a human, then he would have to pay in order to ride the bus."

The dog was looking at Sam now, and it made him a little nervous, so this time he leaned closer to his mom and just whispered. "What would happen if we tried to get on the bus without paying like that?"

"Well, Sam, I think the driver would have to ask us to get off the bus – he might never even let us get on in the first place."

"Oh!" shouted Sam, so loudly that both Mom and the little dog seemed to jump a little in their seats. "It's like getting into heaven, isn't it?"

"I'm not sure what you mean, honey."

"My Sunday school teacher was teaching from John 14 about Jesus being the only Way, the Truth, and the Life."

Mom looked at Sam thoughtfully, and even the little dog seemed to be listening attentively.

"Yeah, Mr. Beecher said something about getting 'admitted' or 'let in' to heaven. He said that Jesus is the only Way God can let us into heaven, because we're not allowed to get there on our own."

Mom nodded. "That's true. We're not allowed to, and we're not able to, either." She pointed at the little dog seated across from them. "This dog is smart enough and quick enough to hitch a free ride on the bus, isn't he? But we don't have the freedom or the ability to wash ourselves clean enough of sin. We can't even buy our way into heaven with a ticket. We just have to trust Christ to take us there. His righteousness and power are enough to cover for all that we don't have. Jesus Christ is our only 'valid,' or 'acceptable,' way of gaining entrance into God's heaven."

"So that means that I have to trust and obey Jesus, because He is the only One Who can help me come to God, like it says in John 14." Sam smiled over at the little spotted dog. "I bet he didn't know he was going to help explain a Sunday school lesson to me today."

As the bus came to their street, Mom and Sam stood up. As they walked toward the door. Sam reached out his hand to pet the dog's head. "Good dog!"

Through Jesus Christ, and only through Him, we can gain entrance into God's heaven.

My Response:
» Do I really believe that Jesus Christ is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life?
» Am I tempted sometimes to trust in my own good works or my own understanding to help me please God?
» How can I show by my life that I am trusting in Christ's righteousness and power to help me?






Truth In Real Life

Frances Ridley Havergal

“I committed my soul to the Savior, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment.”

Frances Ridley Havergal was born in England on December 14, 1836. Her father, William Henry Havergal, was a well-known and well-respected hymn writer. She would grow up to be much like her godly and talented father.

From an early age, Frances was well-educated. She learned to read at age 3, began memorizing the Bible at age 4, and wrote her first poetry at age 7. As a teenager, she memorized entire books of the Bible, including Psalms, Isaiah, and most of the New Testament!

Her father encouraged her to write hymns and sent her to study in Germany when she was 16. While in Germany, she devoted her life to Jesus Christ.

Frances wrote 71 hymns in the English language, including “Like a River Glorious”; “Who is on the Lord’s Side?”; and “Take My Life, and Let it Be.” She also wrote the music for some of her hymns, and her father wrote the music for others.

Frances Ridley Havergal and Fanny Crosby – two of the most famous women hymn writers in history – were contemporaries, which means they were living at the same time. Although they never met in person until they reached heaven, they were friends and pen pals. Frances once sent this poem to her friend Fanny:
Dear blind sister over the sea –
An English heart goes forth to thee.
We are linked by a cable of faith and song,
Flashing bright sympathy swift along
One in the East and one in the West,
Singing for Him whom our souls love best.

Are you using the gifts and talents and opportunities God’s given you? Do you use them for yourself or for His glory? Do you value God’s Word? Have you ever learned a Bible passage just because you wanted to?

Psalm 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.


Description of God

Greater than Solomon
Matthew 12:42 – "The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here."

 

Question & Answer

Q Is obedience to the 1st commandment taught in the New Testament, too?

A Yes. For example, Jesus Christ Himself teaches it: Matthew 4:10 – "Then saith Jesus unto him, 'Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."'"

 

BIG Christian Word

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is one of two ordinances (commands) that Jesus gave believers to do together with other believers in a church setting. The Lord's Supper is also sometimes called "communion." The Lord's Supper is a meant to be a sign that believers remember Christ and how great it is to be united with Him (and His sinless record) because of Who He is and what He has done. When they eat the broken bread at the Lord's Supper together, it symbolizes the wounds that Jesus took on for sinners, and when they "take the cup" (drink), it symbolizes His blood, which was poured out on the cross for sinners. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 – "And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, 'Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.' After the same manner also he took the cup [drink], when he had supped, saying, 'This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.'"