Membership is Granted, Not Purchased

The Bible says, “For it is by grace you have been saved. . .not by works, so that no one can boast”

(Ephesians 2:8-9).

No other world religion offers such a message. Others say, “You do this, and God will give you that.” Christ’s kingdom is just the opposite. A kingdom where membership is granted, not purchased! You are placed into God’s kingdom! He gives you, not justice, but mercy!

From The Applause of Heaven

Here is God

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Here is God by Max Lucado from the new teen devotional One God, One Plan, One Life

I am with you always, even to the end of the age. — Matthew 28:20

When ancient sailors sketched maps of the oceans, they disclosed their fears. On the vast unexplored waters, cartographers wrote such words as “Here be dragons” and “Here be demons.”

If you drew a map of your world, would we read such phrases? Over the unknown waters of friendships and romance, “Here be dragons.” Near the sea of school and classes, “Here be demons.”

If so, take heart from the example of Sir John Franklin. He was a master mariner in the days of King Henry V. Distant waters were a mystery to him, just as they were to other navigators. Unlike his colleagues, however, Sir John was a man of faith. On his maps he had crossed out the phrases “Here be dragons” and “Here be demons.” In their place he wrote the phrase:

“Here is God.”

Mark it down. You will never go where God is not. You may be moved to another class, school, or city, but — brand this truth on your heart — you can never go where God is not. “I am with you always,” Jesus promised (Matthew 28:20).

Don’t be afraid; just believe.

2013 Our Year With The Bible

YouVersion the super popular bible app released their year end statistics recently.  I found this information extremely intriguing.  People are engaging in a powerful way no matter if it is a leather bound edition of the Bible or an app on your smart phone.

Below is a graphic provided by YouVersion.  What was your favorite verse of the year?  Mine was Nehemiah 6:3