No Condemnation For Those Who Are In Christ

No Condemnation For Those Who Are In ChristThis week’s memory passage from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 8:1-2. These verses declare that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, for the law of the Spirit of life has set us from from the law of sin and death.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Stop and think about that statement for a moment – NO condemnation. If you are in Christ, then even when you mess up, there’s no condemnation. Even when you make a mistake, there’s no condemnation. Even when you fail in some area you’ve failed in dozens of times before, there’s still no condemnation for you, for you are IN CHRIST!

Why is there no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ today? Because the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death! We are no longer under the old covenant of the law, with its regulations that we just aren’t able to keep, that condemn us at every turn. We are under the new covenant of God’s grace, under which His Spirit – the Spirit of life – lives within us!

Always remember that if you are in Christ, there is no condemnation for you. The law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death!

True Wisdom

True WisdomWeek 25 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was
1 Corinthians 2-6. These chapters continue one of Paul’s epistles to the church at Corinth.

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 states that if we think we are wise by the standards of this age, we should become “fools,” in order to actually become wise. It goes on to state that the world’s wisdom is foolishness in God’s sight.

The world has many mindsets and ways of doing things that are considered wise by a majority of people, that really end in disaster and heartache. Many follow the wisdom of the world, only to end up at a destination that is not what they had in mind. They discover that the world’s wisdom truly is foolishness.

The only true wisdom is the wisdom of God, which He gives liberally and without reproach to all who ask (James 1:5). When we do things His way, we may appear foolish to others, but in reality, we are saving ourselves from the problems that arise when we follow the world’s foolishness as if it were wisdom.

Let’s resolve to seek after true wisdom – the wisdom of God, which He is more than willing to give us – rather than following the wisdom (or rather foolishness) of the world. Let’s do things His way!

You Don’t Have To – Part 2

You Don't Have To - Part 2You Don’t Have To . . .

  • believe everything you hear without stopping to consider whether or not it’s the truth. Sometimes, this world tries to tell us things that aren’t really true. Just because you hear it doesn’t make it the truth. Always ask the Spirit of Truth to guide you into all truth (John 16:13).
  • feel condemned every time you mess up. Romans 8:1 says that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Today, you don’t have to experience a constant sense of condemnation, because at the cross, Christ was condemned in your place!
  • worry about the opinions of others. As long as you are doing the right thing – doing what God wants you to do – don’t worry about what others think of you. After all, if God is for you, who can be against you (Romans 8:31)?
  • watch or listen to things that don’t reflect your values as a believer. Some songs, while having a catchy beat, contain lyrics that aren’t very edifying. Some movies and tv shows, while possessing an engaging storyline, include some questionable content, as well. Just because something’s popular doesn’t mean that you have to watch or listen to it. If it doesn’t line up with the kind of thing
    Philippians 4:8 says that you should be thinking about, you may want to rethink your choice of media.
  • always be worrying about situations in your life. Instead, cast all of your cares upon the Lord, believing that He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22). Trust that He will work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)!

Which of these do you need to break away from? How can you begin to do so today?

Summer Playlist, Part 2

Summer Playlist, Part 2Here are some more songs to include in your playlist this summer!

  • Eye On It by TobyMac
  • Wherever We Go by Newsboys
  • Ready Or Not by Britt Nicole
  • Wake by Hillsong Young and Free
  • My Rescue by Stellar Kart
  • Can’t Shut Up by Anthem Lights
  • God’s Great Dance Floor by Chris Tomlin
  • I Feel So Alive by Capital Kings
  • Live With Abandon by Newsboys
  • Me Without You by TobyMac

Which of these songs do you like the most? What Christian music have you been listening to lately?

God Will Supply All Your Needs

God Will Supply All Your Needs This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Philippians 4:19. This verse says that God will supply all our needs, according to His riches and glory in Christ.

What are you in need of today? In what area(s) are you lacking? Claim God’s promise of provision. His Word says that He will supply all your needs, and all of His promises are yes and amen in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20)! God is not a man, that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). His word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). Know this, and be confident that your needs WILL be met!

Did you know that because you are His child, God delights in providing for you? As our Heavenly Father, He loves to see us enjoying His provision. He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His people (Psalm 35:27). He wants us to know that He gives good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11).

Bring your needs before God, trusting that He will provide all that you lack. Know that as your Heavenly Father, He wants to bless you. Receive His provision today!

Summer To-Do List Cont.

Summer To-Do List Cont.Here are some more fun things to do this summer:

  • Go on a hike with family or friends.
  • Be sure to spend some time in the pool!
  • Cool off with an ice cream cone. Or better yet, invite some friends over, and make ice cream sundaes!
  • Visit the beach (if you have one near you).
  • Summer is a great time to purchase fruit in season. Make and enjoy a fresh, healthy fruit salad!
  • Have a mini “staycation” – clear your calendar for the weekend, and just spend time relaxing and having fun with family!
  • Take pictures of whatever you are doing throughout the summer – vacations, outings, or just pics of everyday life – and make them into a slideshow of summer memories!

Which of these activities do you plan on doing? What’s on your summer to-do list?

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Trust In What Christ Has Done

Trust In What Christ Has Done

Week 24 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Romans 13-16, and
1 Corinthians 1. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, and begin one of his epistles to the church at Corinth.

1 Corinthians 1:30 says that Christ has become for us wisdom from God – our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

We are in Christ. Our identity is found in Him. Our relationship with God, and our standing before Him, is based not off of anything that we have done. It is based off of what Christ has done for us. God doesn’t accept us because we have done enough good things, or are good enough people. He welcomes us as His children because we believe in His Son, who gave His life for us.

Our righteousness and holiness don’t come from ourselves. We haven’t done anything to earn our own redemption. Christ is our righteousness. He is our holiness. In Him is our redemption. Let’s learn to trust in what He has done for us, rather than our own efforts, in our relationship with God!

Summer Movie List

Summer Movie ListLooking for some good movies to watch this summer? Check out these suggestions!

(The movies on this list were carefully selected content-wise, and are all rated PG or G with the exception of Flywheel, which I couldn’t find a rating for. However, it’s always a good idea to use discretion in movie watching, and in selecting a film suitable for your audience.)

Family Movies

  • The Parent Trap (Disney version, starring Lindsey Lohan) – The Parent Trap is all about twin sisters who hatch a plot to get their parents, who are divorced, back together.
  • Cloud Nine – After finding out that she isn’t as good at snowboarding as she originally thought, Kayla Morgan (played by Disney’s Dove Cameron) will stop at nothing to prove that she has what it takes to win at the Fire and Ice competition!
  • Game Plan – A big-name football player discovers that he has an eight-year-old daughter when she shows up at his doorstep. Now, he must make the transition from #1 player to #1 dad!
  • Quints – An only child faces major adjustments when her mother gives birth to quintuplets.
  • Hotel For Dogs – Two children need somewhere to hide their dog to keep him a secret from their foster parents. They discover an old hotel where some strays are living, and get the idea to turn it into a place to bring puppies who would otherwise be sent to the pound.

Teens and Adults

  • Grace Unplugged – Starring AJ Mickalka as Gracie Trey, this movie tells the story of a young adult’s struggle with wanting to live life her own way, chasing her own dreams.
  • The Ultimate Gift – Jason Steven’s grandfather dies, and leaves him the ultimate gift – an inheritance that entails far more than he bargained for.
  • Flywheel – This dishonest car dealer hits a low point in both his career and his family life, causing him to turn to God. He determines to do things God’s way, embarking on a journey full of ups and downs.
  • Facing the Giants – When the head coach for Shiloah Christian Academny is faced with near defeat in various areas of his life, a new coaching philosophy and outlook on things completely changes his life!
  • Fireproof – Catherine and Caleb’s marriage is falling apart at the seams, when Caleb’s dad convinces him to try the 40-day Love Dare challenge. Can their marriage be saved? Or is it doomed to end in divorce?

What is your favorite move? Which of these movies have you seen? Which of them do you want to see? Which of them do you like the most?

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Courageous, Snake King, and a Father’s Role

Courageous, Snake King, and a Father's RoleThe movie Courageous, produced by Sherwood Pictures (the creators of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof), is all about 5 dads who form a resolution to be the kind of men and fathers God created them to be.

When Mitchell the police officer’s daughter is killed in a tragic car accident, he is faced with the question of what kind of father he was to her, and what kind of a dad he is being to his remaining son. After studying Scripture, he drafts a resolution that proclaims who he wants to be as a man of God and the leader of his family, and asks 3 of his fellow officers, as well as another friend, to hold him accountable. They decide to take the resolution as well, and do so during a ceremony in which their families participate. The rest of the movie details the triumphs and failures of these five men when the rubber meets the road and their resolve is put to the test, as well as the lessons they learn along the way.

My favorite scene is when two of the police officers and their friend Javier are on their way out to lunch, and they get a call about a gang member who was arrested, that they need to pick up. Not knowing what to do about the fact that Javier is already occupying the back seat of the squad car they are driving, they form a scheme to fool the gang member by having Javier pretend to be a dangerous member of the “Snake King” gang.

Rated PG-13, some of the movie’s content is more appropriate for older audiences. It’s a great film with an awesome message on the role of fathers, and the affect they have on the lives of their children. It also demonstrates that despite a tough background or difficult circumstances, you CAN get back up and rise again. It sounds a call for men to arise and fill the role God designed for them to fulfill.

All That He Has Done For Us

All That He Has Done For UsThis week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 53:5. This verse states that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, that the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and that by His stripes, we are healed.

Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities. Sin must be punished, and Jesus took our sins upon Himself, suffering the punishment that we deserved. Through the giving of His life for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins once and for all.

When we do something wrong, we experience this feeling, deep down, that someone must pay. It’s hard for us to truly be at peace when we are plagued by condemnation, guilt, and shame over failures. God wants us to rest, however, in the knowledge that the chastisement for our peace was upon Christ – that He has paid the price for each and every wrong we have ever committed, or ever will commit. Knowing this, we can experience the true peace that God wants us to walk in.

By Jesus’ stripes, we are healed. He purchased our healing. He bought back our health and wholeness. With every lash He bore, sickness and disease met their end. Because of what He has done, all manner of illness and infirmity has no right to remain on our bodies. The stripes that He bore guaranteed our health and healing, if only we will receive them.

Jesus did all of this for you and me. Through His death, He paid the price for our sins, for us to experience peace, and for divine health and healing to be ours. Let’s give thanks to our Savior for all that He has done for us, and walk in all that He has provided for us by giving His life on our behalf!