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"We Are Blessed"

March 10, 2003

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Psalm 32:1-2 "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. "

During Lent a couple of years ago, we did a Bible study about the death of Jesus. It was a good study--except for one small detail. In the video, the leader referred to Jesus as "dying for the redeemed." What he meant was that Jesus' death and resurrection was not for all people; it was only for those who actually have faith. Yet in John 3:16 we read that Jesus died for the whole world!

But how can Jesus die for all people, yet some people still go to hell? The answer is that those who go to hell reject what Jesus did for them. This is what the Psalm calls a "spirit of deceit."

A spirit of deceit rejects the death of Jesus, which leads to hell. But our Journey is about living! Don't deceive yourself. Sin kills. Sin leads to death. But Jesus died and rose again for all people. Including you! May you be blessed and not deceive yourself, for Jesus' sake.

Today's Bible Readings: Numbers 1-2    Mark 12:1-27

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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