Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
It amazes me every day, BlackEagle - -
For today, I will start with an illustration from the Church of Christ:
“One characteristic that distinguishes Christianity from all other regions of the world is the teaching of salvation by grace, through faith, apart from human works. For this reason, I was especially interested in the following headline which ran in the Grand Rapids Press: "Conversion to Hindu Faith Is Torturous." The article stated, "A West German businessman has completed his conversion to the Hindu faith by piercing himself through the cheeks with a 1/4-inch thick, 4- foot-long steel rod, and pulling a chariot for 2 miles by ropes attached to his back and chest by steel hooks. Others walk through 20- foot-long pits of fire, don shoes with soles made of nails, or hang in the air spread-eagle from hooks embedded in their backs."”
Now, contrast that with the Christian faith! Jesus Christ WANTS you to come into his kingdom. God has blessings he WANTS to give you. The invitation is made over and over, and only requires that you ACCEPT it!
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV);
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Titus 3:4-7 (KJV);
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Always seek a church that does not intend to cause you pain.
Here at my church, I don't even take up an offering.
There is a birthday box, but it is NOT for you to put money into, as some churches do - instead, it is filled with gifts and you are invited to select one on your birthday.
There is no dress code, and everyone is encouraged to come COMFORTABLE.
But I do speak the absolute truth, straight from the Bible - and if that causes you pain, it is from God and not from me; it is for your betterment.
May God bless each one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.