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    The Place and Importance of Faith

    Last week’s blog mentioned salvation being the gift of God, that it’s not earned. And, a gift isn’t yours until it’s accepted by you. If someone offers you a birthday gift and you don’t take it, it isn’t yours. The difference between gifts in this world and God’s gift of salvation is faith. You can see and feel a physical gift. You can hold it, use it and enjoy it whatever it is. Not so with salvation. It’s an intangible that cannot be seen,felt, heard or smelled until after it’s used by you. Therefore, the gift of salvation must be accepted by faith. And, without your faith that salvation is…

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    The Significance of Easter

    Easter is the most important holiday that we celebrate as Christians. All of Christianity revolves around the resurrection of Christ from the grave. It’s where the symbolism of baptism comes from. Most people think Christmas is the most important, and the birth of God into the world in the human form of Christ is certainly important, but not nearly as important as His leaving His human form in this world. All the hoopla and attention paid to Christmas boils down to commercialism. The wise men bearing gifts gave rise to our exchanging gifts as a symbol of the reverence of the wise men paying tribute to Christ, and merchants were-and…

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    The Essence of Easter

    Last week’s blog explained why it is that Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is necessary. This week’s blog explains the essence of the resurrection as it applies to you. Last week explained how sin came into the world, this week explains the remedy for sin. Your sinful nature and mine is inherited from Adan and Eve. It’s in our spiritual DNA, so to speak. And, we’re not perfect beings. Only God Himself, in three Persons, is good. So, you, I and everyone else make mistakes and deliberately do things we know are against God’s will. There is no one who has ever lived or will live who has not sinned except Jesus…

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    Easter Part 1: A brief History

    This week begins a three-part series on Easter and its meaning for us. First, as I said last year, the name Easter comes from a pagan holiday, and has nothing to do with Christ or our redemption through Christ. A more complete explanation is in last year’s blog. I use the term Resurrection Sonday in place of Easter, as it is a more accurate term. God’s plan for our salvation has been set in place since eternity past, but for our purposes here, for a brief history, we begin in Genesis, Chapter three. It is here that Adam and Eve first become aware of sin. This is significant because without…