My Mother's Day began with church this morning. Ashlee Brown finished up the story of Jesus Christ's death in the Gospel of Mark. I became a Christian while reading the Gospel's, so my heart is always touched when I hear the Easter story again.
I dug out some old audio tapes last week - John MacArthur's (Grace To You) "Saved or Self-Deceived?" Such good sermons that I looked for them online and I found the transcripts! There are two. Part One and Part Two. Teachings from Matthew 7. If you have a chance I highly recommend that you check them out.
The world is full of people who call Jesus Lord, who say it with emotion and passion, Lord, Lord. And yet never ever do they turn from their sin and submit to that lordship, never do they obey the will of the Father who is in heaven. The church is full of people like this. -John MacArthur.
What a nightmare! To know that I can go through a lifetime of 'christianity', and then hear these words in eternity - "I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness." We should not let the sun set another day without searching our own hearts. Have I turned from sin? Am I sorry when I sin? We can't live life constantly justifying our known sins and expect God to just accept us that way because He is so understanding. He will give us strength to overcome sin - when we want to turn away from it. That is how we can know we are saved when we give up our sinful ways and live in obedience to Biblical standards.
The sunset picture was taken at the end of Mother's Day - here at home.