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What is Salvation? - Love Worth Finding - January 29, 2015

Salvation is not a creed, it's not a code. It's not believing something, it's receiving Someone.

January 29 What Is Salvation? “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” - 1 John 5:1 What is salvation? Not a creed. You say, “Well, I believe the plan of salvation.” You can believe the plan of salvation and go straight to hell. You’re not saved by the plan of salvation, you’re saved by the man of salvation. Salvation is not a creed. It’s not a code. You say, “Well, I believe if you live right you’ll go to heaven.” If you could be saved by living right, then Calvary was a blunder. It’s not a cause. You say, “I’m a member of a good, fundamental, Bible believing church.” It’s not any of these things. It’s Christ. Salvation is not believing something, it is receiving Someone. The true gospel is one that centers in Jesus Christ. Ask God to give you a divine opportunity to boldly share Jesus with someone today. Maybe it’s a co-worker, maybe it’s your child. Maybe it’s a stranger that sits next to you at a restaurant. Be strong and of good courage, God will go before you to prepare the way.   For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit www.lwf.org. You can also listen to Adrian Rogers at OnePlace.com. Watch Adrian Rogers and Love Worth Finding Video Online. FEATURED RESOURCE Daybreak: Practicing the Presence of God This devotional journal with daily applications was designed several years ago by Adrian Rogers. This leather-bound keepsake will be ... read more

What Gets Me into Heaven? - Encouragement for Today - January 28, 2015

It's not about what good things we do, or even the bad things we avoid, but about what Jesus has already done.

JANUARY 28, 2015 What Gets Me into Heaven? SHARON GLASGOW "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV) She was alone, dying and in pain. None of her family or friends was left. She asked the nursing home staff to call someone to minister and pray with her. It was dinnertime when my phone rang. The caller said it was urgent that I get there. I didn’t personally know the elderly woman lying in that bed. We’d never met, but instantly, love bubbled up inside me for her. I looked into her eyes, but she couldn’t see me — she was blind. I held her weak hands in mine and asked a few questions. Then she said, "I’m dying. I want you to pray for me." "What do you want me to pray?" I asked. Then I paused and waited. Her cloudy blue eyes welled with tears that trickled onto our hands. She said nothing. I said nothing. After a while of silently waiting for the Holy Spirit to direct me, I spoke: "Tell me about the day you accepted Christ." She didn’t say anything. I knew to be quiet as she processed. Finally, she answered, "I don’t know. I went to church when I was little; I was always a good person. But I never really knew Jesus." It was clear where God was leading us. Bertha understood that simply ... read more

I'm Happy For You... (Not) - Crosswalk the Devotional - Jan. 27, 2015

"Rejoice with those who rejoice" is a pretty easy command... except when it isn't.

  I'm Happy for You... (Not) by Kelly Givens, Editor, iBelieve.com Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15  “Just installed our kitchen countertops! They’re GOREGEOUS.” I rolled my eyes as I glanced at the pictures someone - no older than me - had just posted online. Picture after picture of their sparkly new kitchen, inside their custom built (custom built, I tell you!) house. I looked up from screen and into my own tiny apartment kitchen with its plain, generic countertops. Nothing custom-built in my place. I tried not to think about it, but it was too late - jealousy had flooded my heart. It’s scary how natural it flowed in. All I wanted in that moment was to be OUT of my apartment and into some glamorous space of my own. Can you relate? I love it when the Bible is black and white. There’s no confusion surrounding Romans 12:15 - we’re called to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Pretty simple... except when it isn’t. I bet most of us wouldn’t have to think too hard to remember a time we failed pretty miserably at rejoicing over someone’s joy, or weeping as another wept. Why do we have this challenge? When we fail to rejoice with those who rejoice, there could be several reasons why, but here are some I thought of off the top of my head: insecurity, jealousy or envy, discontent, bitterness. What about ... read more