Happy Birthday, Flory!

Today we talked about the wrath of God.  I said, “There is a phrase which I have heard many times in the states and it is, ‘Love the sinner but hate the sin.’  What does God’s word say?  Psalm 5:4-6, ‘You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with You the wicked cannot dwell.  The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; You hate all who do wrong.  You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors.’

“Many do not want to think about the wrath of God, yet it is real.  Many only want to preach about the love of God and what Jesus has done for us. What about us?  We don’t want to hurt the feelings of others but we need to be truthful when we talk about how much God loves us.  God is love AND He is Holy and Just.  Remember, God did not send His Son to condemn the world but to save the world.  John 3:17, ‘For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.’

“Who is condemned?  John 3:18, ‘Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.’  John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.’

“If you believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you will not suffer the wrath of God for your sin, because Jesus took the wrath of God upon Himself on the cross.  Matthew 26:39, ‘Going a little further, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken away from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will.”’  What was in the cup?  God’s wrath.  Isaiah 51:17, ‘  Awake, awake!  Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of His wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes men stagger.’

“God loves us so much that He sent His Son into the world to drink the cup of His wrath, a cup that we deserve.  John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’  God is Holy and Just, so He hates the sinner. However, He is also love. Therefore, He drank the cup so we could be with Him.

One of our boys had a court hearing today. As we were walking to the office, I asked him if he thought he was going home, but he didn’t know.  I hugged him and prayed with him.  He is a good boy.  You may remember us talking about him, our “good deed” boy.  The judge decided our boy could go home. We will miss him.

Today we celebrated Flory’s birthday.  Flory helps the boys and us in the dorm.  She has been here working for Casa for a long time, and when we came almost eight years ago, she stayed.  She is a blessing to all of us.  We gathered in the sala and sang “Happy Birthday” to her.  Candy made her dinner to take home, so she could celebrate with her family.  We are grateful to the Lord for Flory.

All His,

Lee and Candy

crowns

Brandi’s mother is cancer free!! Aleluya!!

Gladys took Michelle, our special needs daughter, & bought her a telephone. She will teach her how to use it.

I sent Dottie shopping while I wrote Christmas cards. There are nearly 1900 to write. I did take time to go the drivers license bureau.

 

 

“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will REWARD each according to his works”. (Matthew 16:27) See also Revelation 22:12 and II John 1:8. God’s heart is to reward His children for what they have done on this earth.

Kelvin Smith speaks of the rewards for Christians in his book “Living on Target”. There are five crowns we can receive by obedience. First, there is the crown of life which is given for love, faithfulness or martyrdom for Jesus. (James 1:12)

Second there is the imperishable crown given for spiritual discipline & perseverance in the Christian life. (I Corinthians 9:24-25). We are told that we need to not fall short but endure through this life until the end. Do not accept His love and then grow cold.

Third there is the crown of rejoicing (I Thessalonians 2:19) which is giving your life into discipleship and evangelism. Being a witness!

Fourth is the crown of glory which is being faithful to represent Christ by spiritual leadership. Finally there is the crown of righteousness that is given for preparing yourself and others to meet Jesus by loving and awaiting His coming again.

God wants to bless you with crowns. It is not self-seeking. It is accepting His loving desire to give you crowns for His glory. Bless Him by living a life that pleases Him.

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