NBC Aires A.D. The Bible Continues, Follow Up to The Bible Series

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NBC is airing a mini series called A.D. The Bible Continues. Picking up where The Bible left off, this new 12 episode series focuses on the events that took place following Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The first episode, which premiered on April 5 (Easter day!), covers Jesus’ crucifixion, and the confusion felt by many over the events surrounding His death. Episode 1 also covers the time between when He died and when He rose again, winding things up with an angel rolling away the stone from the tomb. It hits the main highlights, as well as a number of the details, of what Scripture says took place.  In addition, it gives us a glimpse as to what might have been going through the heads of some of those who played a part in the story.

There is some use of poetic license to add drama and build suspense (for example, some of the scenes and dialogue didn’t come directly from the Bible, though they were centered around the story line set forth in God’s Word). However, the first episode of A.D. The Bible Continues presents the story of the cross quite accurately, in a way that engages without detracting from the main message – what our Savior did for us.

It’s exciting to see Bible stories coming to life on public tv! This world DESPERATELY NEEDS the message of the gospel, and television can and should be able to provide another avenue for them to receive it. In the midst of all of the tv shows and movies to be found that are filled with bad language and negative content that send the wrong message, it’s really cool to see a series that draws attention to God’s Word!

Have you seen the first episode of A.D. The Bible Continues? Do you plan to tune in and watch the rest of the series?

Relentless Love

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Even though Easter’s over, the message of what Christ has done for us applies to and affects our daily lives! Check out this poem about our Savior’s work at the cross.

Relentless Love

The Son of God stood in man’s place,
Silently suffering human disgrace.
Falsely accused and condemned by self righteousness’ spite,
He was the One who would save us from sin’s merited plight.
The crown they presented the King consisted of thorns.
Wholly undeserved were the stripes which for our sake He bore.
Abused and tortured, nails pierced through
His hands and feet to make all things new,
For He esteemed nothing too great of a price
To rescue the perishing, to give them life.

The Son of God nailed to the tree –
God’s grace displayed for all to see.
Man’s sin weighed upon Him, yet they stood and scoffed
As He gave up His life for them there on that cross.
Criminals hung both left and right,
People taunting at the sight.
Despised and scorned, rejected, betrayed –
All part of the price He paid.
He bought back man at a high cost.
He gave His life to ransom the lost.

The Son of God knew the time had come
To lay down His life as a gift of love.
Darkness clouded over the sky.
“It is finished!” came the Savior’s cry.
He breathed His last, head bowed low.
The veil was torn so all would know
That there was nothing to stand between them and God any longer.
At the cross, His relentless love for us proved itself stronger
Than any sin we commit, than any wrong that we’ve done.
To save and redeem us, God sent His own Son.

Do You Believe?, and the Most Important Question

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(Note – Do You Believe? is rated PG-13. It contains some violence, and addresses a number of more grown up topics. For a thorough review and breakdown of the movie and its content, visit http://www.pluggedin.)

Featuring Newsboys’ hit song “We Believe,” the movie Do You Believe? brings us face to face with a very important question – “Do you believe in the cross of Christ,” and if so, “what are you going to do about it?”

Do You Believe? tells the story of 12 different people from various walks of life, each dealing with their own set of circumstances, who share one thing in common – they must each answer in their own way the question given above. For the pastor and his wife, as well as a couple that has lost their daughter, it means taking in struggling people the Lord places in their paths. For others, it means taking the step to either commit or more fully commit their lives to Him. Some must take a risk to stand up for and live out their faith. At the end of the day, however, they all discover that God is ready and willing to meet them right where they’re at.

The question the movie asks – do you believe in the cross – is the most important question we’ll ever answer. This one choice – to place our trust in Jesus, and accept Him as our Savior – both settles where we will spend eternity, and also has a life-changing impact on us here and now. If you believe in Him, then you are a child of God, with the right to have a close, intimate relationship with Him that will extend on into eternity. Refusal to receive Christ is THE ONE AND ONLY thing we do that prevents us from someday living with Him forever.

Once we have accepted Christ, God wants to use us to impact others for Him. As the movie shows, He can do so in a variety of ways in each of our lives. What’s important is that we are willing to listen to His voice, and allow Him to lead and guide us.

How will you answer the question the movie presents – the most important one you’ll ever be asked? “Do YOU believe in the cross of Christ,” and if so “what are YOU going to do about it?”

You Are His!

You Are His!This week’s memory verse is Isaiah 43:1. It tells us not to fear, because God has redeemed us, and summoned us by name, and we are His.

We have been redeemed. At the cross, Jesus paid the price to save us, and set us free. In Him we have redemption – the forgiveness of all of our sins (Ephesians 1:7). He bought us back at a high cost. Now we can have a relationship with the One who made us!

God has called us by name. He knows who we are. He is familiar with all of our ways (Psalm 139:3). He has numbered the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)! He cares about each of us individually, and He has a plan for each of us. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are for our prosperity, not our harm – to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)!

You are His! Wherever you go, God is with you. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then He is your Heavenly Father, and you are His child. No mistake that you make, no failure on your part, can change that! None can pluck you out of His hand (John 10:28)!

Fear not. You have been redeemed and summoned by name. You are His!

Life More Abundant

Life More AbundantThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.

John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.

When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.

Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?

A Letter From God, Part 2

A Letter From God, Part 2

 My Beloved Son Or Daughter,

Do you know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:19)? You were created in My image (Genesis 1:27). You display My splendor (Isaiah 61:4) to the world around you!

Out of all the people on the earth, I know and love you individually. I know when you sit down, and when you arise (Psalm 139:2). I have numbered each hair on your head (Matthew 10:30). I am familiar with all of your ways (Psalm 139:3). You are Mine (Isaiah 43:1) – someone whom I so love that I gave My Son for them (John 3:16).

You need not be afraid to draw near to Me, for My Son took your place at the cross, so that you could be made right with Me (2 Corinthians 5:21). There’s no sin you could commit that My grace doesn’t far exceed (Romans 5:20). Know this, and approach My throne of grace with freedom and confidence (Hebrews 4:16)!

When I look at you, I see My Son’s perfection covering you. In Him, you have been perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:14). You don’t have to earn right standing before Me, for I have clothed you in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). I have done this not because of anything you have done, but because of what My Son has done for you.

I have chosen you (John 15:16). I have lavished My love upon you, and called you My child
(1 John 3:1). Know that in My eyes, you are cherished, valued, and treasured.

May You Begin To See Yourself As I See You,

Your Heavenly Father

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It’s All About You!

It's All About You!A little while back, when I was out shopping, a tag attached to an item from the clothing line of a character from a popular tv show caught my eye. The tag had on it the words “It’s All About You!” Looks like Hollywood has discovered something that we as Christians often just pass over!

How many of us have had somebody at some point say to us “It’s not about you?” We say these words with good intentions, as a reminder to give God the glory rather than ourselves, but in the process, we often forget that with God, it is all about us! Watch this video clip, and discover how God really has made it all about you!

He Gave His Life So You Could Be Free

He Gave His Life So You Could Be Free

Yesterday was Memorial Day – a day devoted to honoring those who have fought for our country, and given their lives for our freedom. Just as on Memorial Day, we remember those who have laid down their lives in our defense, so should we remember and give thanks to the One who laid down His life for us at the cross, each and every day.

We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). In and of ourselves, not one of us are righteous (Romans 3:10). We can do nothing to save ourselves. Jesus knew this. He knew that the only way for us to have eternal life was for Him to come and give His life for us. He did so willingly. He demonstrated the greatest form of love in taking our sins upon Himself, and dying for us at the cross (John 15:13).

In His death and resurrection, He won the battle over the devil once and for all. He has disarmed principalities and powers, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15). The enemy has no more power over us, for we have been translated from his kingdom into the kingdom of God’s own Son (Colossians 1:13). Our adversary, the devil, truly has been defeated!

Because he has been defeated, our freedom is secure. It is found in Jesus, and His finished work. He paid the price to set us free from every addiction, every fear, every anxiety, every bondage, and every chain. What He has done is far more powerful than the lies and deceit of the devil. If the Son has made us free, then we truly are free indeed (John 8:36)!

Let’s remember and give thanks for our Savior, who gave His life for our freedom, on a daily basis. Because of Him, the devil has been defeated, and we have been set free. Know this, and begin to walk in the freedom He has purchased for you by giving His life at the cross!

Celebrate Jesus All Year Long

Celebrate Jesus All Year LongEaster is the time of year when we celebrate Jesus, and all that He’s accomplished for us, in coming to earth, dying at for our sins, and rising again. We rejoice in the fact that because of all that He’s done, we can become God’s children (John 1:12), and receive eternal life (John 3:16).

We celebrate Jesus at Easter, but sometimes, throughout the year, it’s easy to lose sight of His finished work, and all that it means for us. Perhaps we get so caught up in the busyness and cares of this life that we begin to lose sight of all that He’s done for us. Maybe our friends or families, or the people at our workplace, aren’t believers, and we’re constantly surrounded by those who don’t know or haven’t accepted the good news of the gospel. Whatever the reason, once Easter is finished, we often shift our focus away from the One whom it is all about, and whose sacrifice for us gives us something to rejoice over no matter what the season.

The good news of what Christ has done for us, however, is so much bigger than just one day of the year. The gospel is power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16), which alone contains the ability to affect true life change. It is all because of Jesus that we, who have sinned, can approach an holy God, and be accepted by Him, regardless of our actions, and qualified to receive all of His blessings. It is through the love and grace that God, because of Jesus, can now show us, that our deepest longings can be truly satisfied. It is by believing in Him, and accepting what He has done for us, that we can someday spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.

Though Easter is over, our celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and all that He’s accomplished for us, doesn’t have to be. Hebrews 12:2 bids us to fix our eyes upon Him, without specifying a particular day or time of year. Let’s continue to rejoice in our Savior’s finished work all year long!

Happy Resurrection (Mon)day!

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Rest In His Finished Work

Rest In His Finished WorkJohn 19 is all about Jesus’ death. He gave His life for us at the cross, that we might be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), and given eternal life (John 3:16).

In John 16:30, before He dismissed His spirit, Jesus utter the words “It is finished.”

 

 

The price was paid.

God’s anger against sin had been satisfied in full.

Our sins had been dealt with, and forgiveness provided for us.

The way was made open for us to become God’s children.

Eternal life was made ours, if we would believe in Him.

Jesus’ death put an end once and for all to mankind’s need to struggle and strive to gain acceptance before God. He bore in full the penalty for all of our wrongdoings, and God’s fiery judgement and wrath against them, and declared that it is finished. From that point on, salvation has been freely offered to us, belonging to all who will receive it.

When Jesus said that it was finished, He meant it. There’s nothing left for us to do, no price left for us to pay. Instead of living under the old covenant of the law, we now live under the new covenant of God’s amazing grace. Let’s rest in His finished work!