Anonymous's picture

Good Gifts

The conclusion is unavoidable: self-salvation simply does not work. Man has no way to save himself. But God has a way. Where man fails God excels. Salvation comes from heaven downward, not earth upward. “Every good action and every perfect gift is from God” (James 1:17). Please note: Salvation is God-given, God-driven, God-empowered, and God-originated. The gift is not from man to God. It is from God to man.

Liz Tirado's picture

"I Prayed About It"

By: Ed Welch
Topics: Prayer, Christian Life
Published: Jul 11, 2012

This is code. It means

“I want it,”

“I am going to get it,” and

“I don’t care what you or anyone else says.”

My daughter was three-years-old and enjoying a snowy, wintry day when she discovered that snow was great for both sledding and eating. When my wife saw her eating the snow, she told her that snow was not for eating and that she needed to stop.

That night our daughter added this to her prayer before she went to bed: “And Jesus, is it okay if I eat snow?” Immediately her eyes opened wide, “Mommy, he said YES!”

Jodi Cruz's picture

What about the past?

I was blessed to attend the baptism of an amazing young woman this past week. As I prayed for her in the days leading up to her baptism, I was thinking about how incredible it is that our sins are washed away when we are born again in Christ Jesus. Later, as I read my bible, I came upon Romans chapter 8:38-39 which emphasizes the fact that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. I have heard debate about this portion of scripture highlighting the fact that the past is not referenced. This is interesting to consider. After all doesn’t everyone have “baggage” and “emotional scars”?