Would you like to “get even” with someone?

Something really unfair happen to you that makes you want “to get even?”

Here’s a tidbit from Proverbs in the Bible to help you respond in a Christlike way…

“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil!’  Wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you!” (Proverbs 20:22)

You might want to check out Romans 12:14-21 in your Bible as well… I know, it’s tough!  But it is God’s will and it works!  Here’s the deal – If you take it into your hands, He won’t.  If you leave it to Him, He will in due time.  In the meantime you might make a friend and not an enemy – and your “enemy” right now might just see the character of Jesus in your life… Just say’n.

“DISCOVERY Bible Study” – Registration Info

Several individuals attempted to access the Zoom session of “DISCOVERY Bible Study” on Tuesday and were unable… I’m so sorry! This Bible study session, hosted by Dr. Bartel and sponsored by SAGU is accessed by registration… Here is the link for registration… those who register will be sent a Zoom invitation for participation.

Register NOW! Here’s the Participation Request Form Link: https://forms.gle/e7SGPEcMJovRYEXx7

Hope to see you next Tuesday, October 19, 7 p.m. CDT!!!

Needed… A “New Covenant”

Every time I read portions of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament I am blown away by the laws, regulations, ceremonial requirements and sacrificial system that governed God’s people!  Frankly I don’t know how well I would have done in keeping them all!  Without a merciful, loving God and promises of forgiveness I’m pretty sure I would have failed!  The Old Covenant was rigorous and demanding!

That’s why when I read the following words this morning from the book of Hebrews in the New Testament I rejoiced (and I admit it… I breathed a grateful sigh of relief)!

“But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises!  If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it… ‘The day is coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah…  This is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people… I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.’” (from Hebrews 8:6–13 NLT)

That is what I needed (and I’m pretty sure that it is what you need as well)… A “new covenant!”  A covenant that transforms me!  A covenant that gives me a desire to do what pleases God!  A covenant by which God accepts me as his very own – His child!  A covenant in which God obligates Himself to forgive my sin when I acknowledge them and ask for forgiveness! (1 John 1:8-9)

Every time I think about it, I’m blown away by what Jesus said at the last supper when He celebrated the Passover with his disciples… “He took the cup after supper saying, ‘this cup is the new covenant in my blood.’”  Then he went to the cross and sealed it by dying there for my sin and yours!  What a wonderful Savior!

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