All the Way to the Cross

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4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. — Romans 15:4-7 NIV

​All​ of the Scriptures, both Old and New are a continuing story of hope. In the Old Testament, the Jews were constantly reminded of the hope they had that God was with them and would deliver them in His timing. The prophets also told of a time when the Messiah would come to deliver not only the Jews but also the Gentiles. The New Testament continues that story of hope with the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We still look forward to the time when Jesus will come again to receive all of His children to be with Him in heaven. That is the hope we have that gives us encouragement to endure the time we spend as aliens here on earth.  While we are here, we are instructed to follow the example that Jesus set in His time here as a stranger and an alien. We are to accept one another as He accepted us, love each other as He loves us, edify and encourage each other.  We do this to bring glory, honor and praise to God, our Father. This is not possible in the flesh unless we mortify the flesh and submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, even unto death, if necessary.
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? — Luke 9:23-25 NIV
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Be Peaceful, Thankful, Teach, Sing Songs, and Rejoice!

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.


15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3: 15-17 (NLT)
​We are ambassadors for Christ everywhere we go and whatever we do. Ambassadors are official representatives sent by a country to a foreign country for diplomatic relations. We are aliens and foreigners here on earth representing God and heaven. Our purpose is to inform others about our heavenly home. We can do that with an attitude of gratitude and a happy face. Nothing attracts attention like music that soothes the soul. So, today, smile, sing, and win others to Christ.
Paul tells us in Romans that we should live peaceably with others as much as it is possible. We can only do this when we have the peace of God abiding in us. His love abides in us in all its richness, so show that love to others by sharing the message of Christ Jesus. This may be uncomfortable at first, but it isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as hanging on a cross until death. With practice, it will become a natural outpouring of the love of God that abides in us.
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