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Superior Way

Is there anything in your home you replaced because it was obsolete? Maybe an electronic device which was the absolute must have until the next latest and greatest superior thing came along? I believe it safe to say each of us has something like that.

For me, something I needed to replace was my Nikon FE2 camera. Not because I thought it inferior, but because I broke it during a tragic fall wandering around the Aztec ruins of Chichen Itza, Mexico.

Long story.

I loved that camera. It accompanied me on numerous trips all over the world. It was familiar. Comfortable. I knew how to operate it. I knew how it performed. I saw no reason whatsoever to look for a replacement until that fateful day.

Although I did revert to a different Nikon I already owned after losing the FE2, in my mind nothing was superior to that camera. Nothing.

Through the years Pilot tried to convince me to give up shooting pictures with film, and switch to digital. Nope. Wasn’t interested. Until one Christmas I gave in, and he gifted me with a digital Nikon D5000.

The new camera has its advantages.

Lighter. Less cumbersome. Ability to see pictures I shoot immediately.

No need to purchase film or have it developed. Definite plus these days.

Still … I attached quite a bit of sentiment to the FE2.

Comparing my resistance to changing my camera habits reminds me of the Jewish leaders who insisted on sticking with the old, comfortable, familiar way they practiced their religion.

They knew what they needed to put into their religion, and knew what they could expect from it. They saw no need to change, even when the Superior Way of Jesus Christ stood right in front of them.

Some of us react the same way today when we study a familiar scripture, and God sheds light on a different way to look at what his words say.

Or maybe that familiar passage requires us to examine our lives in a way we’d rather not, because doing so means we must change how we live or how we treat others or how we treat God.

We like our traditions. We like our comfortable, reliable.

We don’t like thinking maybe there’s a better, superior way than what we’re already doing.

There are aspects of my FE2 I miss. But you know what? I don’t want to return to it. Just as I sure wouldn’t want to return to a religious system that required an animal or grain sacrifice every time I sinned.

I am so very grateful for Jesus Christ, The Superior Way. The Son of God. Perfect Sacrificial Lamb who died once. For all.

Amen?

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Christ is not like other religious leaders. They had to give gifts every day on the altar in worship for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. Christ did not have to do that. He gave one gift on the altar and that gift was Himself. It was done once and it was for all time.  Hebrews 7:27 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith Book Review

40 verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Polich Short covers forty verses we may not be as familiar with as those we memorized as a child. For each verse, Laurie gives background insight to root the reader in the verse’s significance. Then she relates that situation to our lives today.

This is a thought-provoking look at God’s Word in a fresh, easily accessible way. One that makes application of God’s Word to our life. After discussing the verse, there are three verse-related questions to reflect on.

I was excited to see Laurie include Job 42:3. While it may be among verses some consider obscure or lesser known, it is not obscure to me. She states in this chapter, “When we see our sufferings in a broader context, it helps us understand the pain we go through differently. When Job says, “I spoke of things … too wonderful for me to know,” he is expressing newfound hope from what God has revealed.”

This is one small glimpse into the treasures held within 40 Verses; a book not to be read once and put on a shelf, but a book to be read over and over again.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Jesus is Our Living Hope

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Hallelujah, Jesus Christ is our Living Hope.

The Lion of Judah roared mightily that Resurrection Day so long ago, and his victorious voice continues to speak to all with ears to hear.

He set us free. He broke every chain that bound us to the evil one.

Jesus is the Victor. The Mighty Warrior. The Conqueror. He defeated Satan, hell, sin, and death.

Jesus Christ is the One in whom our hope is found.

He sits at the right hand of his Father in heaven, waiting for the day he returns for his Bride, the Church. On that day, Christ will take those who confess their hope, trust, and allegiance to the King of kings and LORD of Lords with him to their eternal home in heaven.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.

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Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Remember Me

We remember on the day the crucified Christ died alongside two criminals, one of the men mocked Jesus. The man told Jesus, if indeed he was the Messiah sent to save the world, Jesus should save himself and the man who hung beside him as well.

The other criminal recognized Jesus as the sinless Christ. God’s Only Son. Savior. Redeemer. Messiah.

This man admitted he deserved to die for his sins, but Jesus didn’t.

Acknowledging who Jesus was, this second man asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom.

Upon hearing the man’s confession of faith, Jesus assured the man he would be remembered. Jesus said he would be with Christ in Paradise that very day.

Although Jesus accepted the sins of both men upon his perfect sinless self; the one who believed and the one who mocked, only one of the men would be with Jesus in Heaven.

One of the criminals on the cross recognized the truth of who Jesus is. He admitted his sinfulness deserved punishment. He confessed his belief in Jesus as Lord. Because of that, Jesus gave his solemn promise the man would be in Paradise.

The other man’s lack of faith and sin separated him from Christ.

Jesus died for all so we could have life eternal with him in Heaven. It’s up to each individual to decide whether to accept Christ’s invitation or not.

Jesus paid the debt we could never pay with his life.

The decision we must make is what will we do with that sacrificial gift.

Accept it? Or reject it?

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One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

But the other criminal protested. “Don’t you even fear God when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn’t done one thing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

And Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise. This is a solemn promise.” Luke 23:39-43 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Bring Them Both

Have you ever read a passage of scripture in the Bible and found something you hadn’t noticed before?

For me it was the words bring them from Matthew’s account of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the week before he died for the sins of the world on the cross of Calvary.

That was an A-ha moment.

There’s no telling how often I’ve either heard or read that passage. And never before did I noticed the word them.

Until now.

I remember Jesus sent the disciples to bring the colt he rode into Jerusalem, but this was the first time I noticed Jesus said bring them. Not one, but both. Mother and child.

Have you missed that too?

Jesus rode the colt. He had no need of the mother. Yet, he said to bring them both.

Now, to my maternal instinct I can understand why Jesus didn’t want to separate the two. What mother wants to be separated from her young child, no matter how noble the reason? I believe Jesus sympathized with the mother. He would not cause her or her child distress for his sake.

Bring them both.

Maybe she walked beside her young colt, kept an eye on him, and held her breath he wouldn’t stumble. Maybe she was led by one of the disciples, so she wouldn’t interfere. Maybe the mother told her colt to pay attention. This is Jesus, God’s son. Show him respect. Don’t go stepping in the mud puddles. Look sharp!

This whole idea of Jesus requesting both donkeys got me to thinking.

Jesus wants parents to bring their children to him. He wants children to bring their parents. He wants us to bring our co-workers. Our friends. Even our enemies.

Jesus told the disciples to bring them to him. Not just one donkey, but both. Not just the colt, but the parent also.

Just as he requested both animals, Jesus asks us to come to him and bring those we love along.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Nevertheless, it is what Jesus requests.

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As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” Matthew 21:1-3 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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