Independence Day Celebration Begins

This morning I asked the boys, “Why can’t God just forgive us?”  From a human perspective, “Imagine a boy stealing something from a leader and when they tell me, I just forgive him without discipline.  Would that be fair?  Would it prevent him from stealing again or others from stealing, knowing that there is no punishment?  If God just forgave, shouldn’t He forgive us for lying, lack of respect, using His name in vain, physical and emotional abuse of others, adultery or murder?  What would you think of a judge who let a murderer go free?

“Can God just forgive our sins?  The answer is ‘No.’  God is holy.  Leviticus 19:2, ‘Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them; “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”’  How can a holy God be just if He forgives the guilty?

“Sin separates us from God.  Isaiah 59:2, ‘But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.’

“All of us will stand before God one day and be held accountable for what we have done here on earth.  2 Corinthians 5:10,  ‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.’

“We know that nobody is perfect and all have sinned against God.  Romans 3:23, ‘…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…’

“What is the penalty for sin?  Death.  Romans 6:23, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Independence week began with the introduction of the boys and girls competing for Mr. and Miss Aleluya.  Watching our boys, former and present, just brought a smile.  They modeled a sport, which they love, dressed to impress and gave a small speech.  The staff members don’t get to vote, which is a good thing, because it would be too difficult to choose!

Candy and Randi went Independence Day grocery shopping. They learned about various kinds of peppers and meat used to prepare one of my favorite dishes…Suban-ik, a Mayan meal. The dish will be prepared by the kindergarten class for a competition on Wednesday.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

Second verse

The services went well & the children of the church had a “penny” collection for our children. They had $511 for the kids. It is great when churches teach their children to give.

Tomorrow is the start of Independence week in Guatemala.

The children will be involved in many civic activities.

We will leave early and drive towards Norman, Ok where we will be Wednesday evening.

 

I see my sins, You see Your blood.                                                                                                                      I see a baby, You see a Savior.                                                                                                                                I see my failures, You see redemption.                                                                                                                I see a beggar, You see a son.

I see a problem, You see a provision                                                                                                                    I see a crisis, You see a provision.                                                                                                                      I see the image, You see the heart.                                                                                                                      I see the opposition, You see someone to love.

You are, I am                                                                                                                                                But I’ve been so blind, all this time.                                                                                                                 My God touch me                                                                                                                                                 I want to see the way that you see

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