Which Sacrifice is sufficient for my eternity…..

Down through the ages mankind has been trying to convince himself and God that he is able to determine his eternal destiny based on his life works and affiliations. So the question this morning is; “Can someone other than me make atonement for my sins?”

Isaiah 64:6 “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 Eph 2:8, 9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

So if I cannot work off the penalty my sin brings then where is there a sacrifice acceptable to God? There is one sacrifice that is sufficient!!

Heb 10:11,12,14 “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. For by ONE offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”

Who can I confess my sins to? Are there many mediators for me to go through to reach God to obtain forgiveness for my sins?

I Tim 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

The question of the ages is whether the church or my deeds can replace the sacrifice needed to wipe my sins away.

Hebrews 10:10-12 “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,”

Who are you trusting in this morning?

The choice is mine….even at Tax Time..

The choice is mine….even at Tax Time..

Each day we consciously or unconsciously choose between following Jesus or following the world around us and our own interests. Our world consisting of all the people, places and material items all beckon for our priorities. The easiest route to take is not even recognizing that a struggle is on for my daily focus. And at this time of year it is tempting to take liberties with tax truths or should I say tax deceptions.

I Pet 2:11-15a “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God,”

Before we make that choice it does us well to think of Who created us.

Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Gen 3:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.”


Gen 3:22a “Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man He made into a woman…”

Psalm 135:6, 7 “Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. He causes the vapor to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightning’s for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from the treasuries.”

Beware the creations of mankind!

Psalm 135:15-18 “The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, the work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath at all in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, Yes, everyone who trusts in them.”

So choose today as to who you will serve but do it with much thought on what counts for eternity!!!! Learn from Joshua;

Joshua 24:15 “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.

God’s reminder and Tax Time…..

God’s reminder and Tax Time…..

A payment more important than Federal and State taxes||

Mat 22:17b “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

Mat 22:21 “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, AND TO God the things that are God’s.”

Mark 12:29,30 “The first of all commandments is ; ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and all your strength.'”

In the spirit of TAX season….

Tax Deductions

In the spirit of TAX season…

Sometimes a story comes along that needs no polishing or

enhancement to make it better. This is one of those. It is a real

letter submitted to the IRS in the midst of weird and bizarre

denial of dependents, exemptions and credits. The letter speaks

for itself.

Dear Sirs:

I am responding to your letter denying the deduction for

two of the tree dependents I claimed on my last years Federal Tax return.

Thank you. I have questioned whether or not these are my children

for years. They are evil and expensive. It’s only fair that, since

they are minors and no longer my responsibility, the government

should know something about them and what to expect over the next

year. Please do not try to reassign them to me next year and

reinstate the deduction. They are yours!

The oldest, Kristen, is now 17. She is brilliant. Ask her!

I suggest you ask her to work in your office where she can answer

people’s questions about their returns. While she has no formal

training, it has not seemed to hamper her mastery of any subject

you can name. Taxes should be a breeze. Next year she is going to

college. I think it’s wonderful that you will now be responsible

for that little expense. While you mull that over, keep in mind

that she has a truck. It doesn’t run at the moment, so you have the

choice of appropriating some Department of Defense funds to fix the

vehicle, or getting up early to drive her to school. Kristen also has

a boyfriend. Oh  joy!  This is always uncomfortable, and I

am quite relieved you will be handling this in the future.

Patrick is 14. I’ve had my suspicions about this one. His eyes

are a little lighter in color than those of normal people. He may be

a tax examiner himself one day, if he is not incarcerated first. In

February, I was awakened at three in the morning by a police officer

bringing Pat home. He and his friends were TP’ing houses as he stayed

over at a friends house. In the future, would you like him delivered

to the local IRS office, or to Ogden, UT?  Kids at 14 will do almost

anything on a dare. His hair is purple. Permanent dye, temporary dye,

what’s the big deal? Learn to deal with it. You’ll have plenty of time,

as he is sitting out a few days of school after instigating a food

fight in the cafeteria. I’ll take care of filing your phone number

with the vice-principal. Oh yes, he and all of his friends have raging

hormones. This is the house of testosterone and it will be much more

peaceful when he lives in your home. DO NOT leave him or his friends

unsupervised.

Heather is an alien. She slid through a time warp and appeared

as if by magic one year. I’m sure this one is yours. She is 10 going

on 21. She came from a bad trip in the sixties. She wears tie-dyed

clothes, beads, sandals, and hair that looks like Tiny Tim’s.

Fortunately you will be raising my taxes to help offset the pinch of

her remedial reading courses. “Hooked On Phonics” is expensive, so

the schools dropped it.  But here’s the good news! You can buy it

yourself for half the amount of the deduction that you are denying me!

It’s quite obvious that we were terrible parents (ask the other two).

She cannot speak English.  Most people under twenty understand the

curious patois she fashioned out of valley girls/boys in the hood,

reggae, yuppie and political double speak. The school sends her to a

speech pathologist who has her roll her “R’s”. It added a refreshing

Mexican/Irish touch to her voice. She wears hats backwards, baggy

pants, and wants one of her ears pierced four more times. There is a

fascination with tattoos that worries me, but I am sure that you can

handle it. Bring a truck  when you come to get her, she sort of “nests”

in her room and I think that it would be easier to move the entire

thing than find out what it is really made of.

You denied two of the three exemptions, so it is only fair that

you get to pick which two you will take. I prefer that you take the

youngest two; I will still go bankrupt with Kristen’s college, but

then I am free! If you take the two oldest, then I still have time for

counseling before Heather becomes a teenager. If you take the two girls,

then I won’t feel so bad about putting Patrick in a military academy.

Please let me know of your decision as soon as possible, as I

have already increased the withholding on my W-4 to cover the $395 in

additional tax and made a down payment on an airplane.

Yours truly,

Bob

(Note: The IRS allowed the deductions and reinstated his refund)

 Mat 22:17-21 “Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to

Pay taxes to Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness,

and said,n‘Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me your money.’ So they

brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, ‘Whose image and

inscription is on this?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ And He said

to them, ‘ Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”

He is Mighty and worthy of my life service…

He is Mighty and worthy of my life service…

A Savior worth pursuing||||

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord thy God in the midst of you is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy; you will rest in His love, He will joy over you with singing.”

Do you believe it? If so, then…

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

And the one of the many wonderful truths about our God is that He never changes|||||||||||||

Technology, people and times change but not our God! That being the case you can find the only absolutes in this world in God’s word the Bible.

Mal 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change.”

Ex 3:14 “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM…'”