This powerful story emphasizes the grace, love and forgiveness of God. No matter what we may have done, none of us has sinned more than God can forgive. This is the Good News!
Consider the following scriptures among many:
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.”
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”
“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”
1 John 1:7
“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.”
What does Kathryn’s story say to you?
Can God Have Anything to do With Me?
Stories of Homeless People
God wants EVERYTHING to do with us! My heart goes out to this girl because there is no sin that God cannot forgive. John 1:7 says, “and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” Not some sins, but all sin! This is the Good News that we cannot help but share with others. We will fail, and fail often, but God will continue to cleanse us. This is His free gift to us!
The Butterfly Circus
Spiritual Lessons From Disney’s Frozen
Denzel Washington speaking to a group of aspiring actors. “I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you gotta get on your knees in the morning to find them.” Words to live by!
Steven Baldwin Shares the Story of His Salvation
People That Thanked God in Oscar Speeches
A study released a few months ago by Harris Poll revealed that 74 percent of the US population believed in God. However, that percentage has dropped 8 points in the past 8 years.
Belief in God is not the only belief that is dropping. Belief in Miracles, heaven, Jesus as the Son of God, Angels, the resurrection of Jesus, survival of the soul, Hell, the Devil, and the Virgin Birth have all fallen since 2005.
The same poll studied beliefs about creation and the Theory of Evolution. Belief in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution rose 5 percent in the same time frame, from 42 percent to 47 percent; belief in Creationism fell from 33 percent to 36 percent.
Belief in the divinity of Scriptures was also studied. Nearly half of Americans (49%) believe that the Old Testament reveals the Word of God, contrasted with the Torah (22%), the Koran (8%), and the Book of Mormon (9%). All of those beliefs are down from 2008, with the largest drop in the beliefs in the divinity of the Old and New Testaments (-6% each).
These data arguably represent a rising tide of secularization in the United States. If current trends continue, it won’t be long before more people believe in the Theory of Evolution than in Creationism. In fact, more people are on the fence about their belief in Creationism (33%) than anything else in the study. Another indication of rising secularization is the increased belief in Reincarnation, from 21 to 24 percent.
Christians have their work cut out for them. If we want to reverse these trends something must drastically change. We must ask ourselves some serious questions:
Are we afraid to communicate our beliefs in God?
Are we somehow misrepresenting our faith in word or deed?
Do we, as a body, really believe in God and the divinity of the Bible?
What do you think?