This morning I asked the boys, “What is salvation? Salvation is deliverance. What are we delivered from?
“Deliverance from our troubles. Psalm 34:17, ‘The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.’
“Deliverance from our distress. Psalm 107:6, ‘Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.’
“Deliverance from our fears. Psalm 34:4, ‘I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.’
“Deliverance from our temptations. 1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.’
“Deliverance from our sins. Galatians 5:1, ‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.’
“Deliverance is salvation and salvation is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-14, ‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.’
“Jesus saved us not because of our acts of righteousness but because of His mercy and grace. Titus 3:3-7, ‘At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.’
“What is eternal life? To know Him. John 17:3, ‘Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’”
Today, each grade presented the traditional food of Guatemala, and we were allowed to sample each item. Bean tostadas, suban ik, rice, tamales, paches, rice and plantain atol, coffee, bread and pastries. We didn’t have to ask for the food, the children piled it on plates and gave it to us. By the time we were done, we had a leaning tower of Tikal. Delicious. Afterwards, different classes presented traditional dances. As they danced, we could see the love and the beauty of Guatemala. Everyone did a wonderful job and most importantly, the children and adults had fun.
Lee and Candy