The Perfect Advocate

By , March 28, 2017

“…but because Jesus lives forever,
he has a permanent priesthood. ”
Hebrews 7:24 NIV

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“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.”
Hebrews 7:24-26 NIV

Recently I had lunch with a dear friend who has suffered in some very significant ways. As we shared our struggles in walking faithfully for the Lord in adversity, he mentioned our verses for today.

We had been considering our need for an Advocate in heaven to plead our case before a holy and gracious God.

My friend said he was so thankful for the ministry happening on his behalf in heaven right at the moment we discussed the matter. He rightly knew that it was necessary for him, a sinner, to have a “perfect Advocate” to represent him in the presence of his Creator.

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Pressing On

By , March 27, 2017

“Not that I have already obtained all this,
or have already arrived at my goal,
but I press on to take hold of that
for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:12 NIV

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“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

As followers of Jesus Christ we have a responsibility to go on growing in grace as long as the Lord leaves us in this world. Sometimes Christians can be caught up in the mistaken view that we are able to be “super Christians” while in this life.

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Temptations

By , March 26, 2017

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said.
‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared.
‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’”
John 8:10-11 NIV

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A story I have witnessed many times over is when a Christian is being abused—verbally and/or physically—by their marriage partner, and they find acceptance and kindness in someone else.

A wife may have a verbally abusive husband, and when a soft-spoken man at work compliments her she finds it strangely attractive. She does not mean to find affection in another man but when she doesn’t have it from her husband, she is often an easy target for such temptation. Soon words turn to actions and adultery is the outcome of the sinful triangle.

All of us need affirmation from a special person as well as from our colleagues. Being complimented resonates in our hearts. However, a moral problem looms on the horizon when we look for and respond to compliments from the wrong sources.

Never can we justify sin in relationships, but we can easily predict its soon appearance in many situations given the right factors.

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Real Real Estate

By , March 25, 2017

“In my Father’s House are many dwelling places….
I go to prepare a place for you.”
John 14:2

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In the western world there are many ways to invest your money to save for retirement. Over the last few decades buying a home has proven to be a good investment for many Canadians. Owning your own home provides some security for people and when the mortgage is paid off, a sigh of relief can be breathed.

It is interesting that when our Lord is about to leave His followers for the cross, what He says includes comments on real estate or homes. We may not own our home in this life, but we are given a mortgage free home in heaven.

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Never Forsaken

By , March 24, 2017

“And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 NIV

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A miserable person was at the ticket stall in an airport one day. When it was her turn to speak to the agent she had a long list of complaints to deliver to him.

Her final word was, “Young man if you do not do something about my complaints I will never fly on your airline again.” The ticket agent looked at the line of customers behind the lady and slowly said to them, “Promises, promises, promises, all I get are promises.”

Well, we smile at the humour of the situation, but many people have had promises made to them only to have the other person break their promise. This can be devastating when the promise breaker is a marriage partner, an employer who promised a significant raise in salary or another promise breaker.

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