Monday, September 22, 2008

Ellie and Amelia being baptized

Here are the girls being baptized on August 31. Ellie wasn't baptized before -- our church then did a believer's baptism, not infant (covenantal) baptism. Our current church, Grace Bible Presbyterian, is more firmly in the Presbyterian & Reformed position, and does the infant baptism of believing parents. So both girls were baptized by Pastor Tim Miessler.

Glory to God for His provision of and for our family, and for His grace, that he "breaks the power of cancelled sin, and sets the sinner free." It's frightening to think of the implications of sin -- our kids are, though baptized, guilty with Adam of sin against God, and in need of a Savior. And so it is our comfort that in Christ, God forgives sins and reconciles sinners to Himself. I pray regularly for the salvation of those whom I love -- for outside of Christ, all are guilty, no matter how good we think we are, or how little we care to hear of God's wrath upon sinners. The following is adapted from (More importantly, it's an exposition of a portion of the Bible, which means it's God's Word spoken to you.)

Romans 3:23
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin. We were born under the power of sin's control.

Romans 6:23a
"...The wages of sin is death..."
Sin has an ending. It results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin.
But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity.
The Bible does plainly teach that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever.
It is the place where people end up that remain spiritually dead.

Romans 6:23b
"...But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Salvation is a free gift from God to you! We can't earn this gift, but we must reach out and receive it.

Romans 5:8
"God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!"
When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin's penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! Therefore, believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. Because He loved us and gave Himself for us!

Romans 10:13
"Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!"
Call out to God in the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:9,10
"...If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

Jesus said, Revelation 3:20a
"Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him..."
Believe in Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Open the bible to the gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus, about you, and about being born again. God will help you. He loves you. You need to look for a local church where God's word is preached. The bible says that we are to desire God's word like a newborn baby desires mother's milk.

John 1:12
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name!"

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