By Still Waters I

From a devotional I recently gave at the Laramie Reformed Presbyterian Church Ladies’ Tea. I hope it is a blessing to you.

A Life of Giving Thanks

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Definition of Thankfulness: “A whole-hearted worshipful belief and acknowledgement that God is Good in everything He is, in everything He says, and in everything He does.”

Do you struggle to give thanks to God? Do you sometimes look at another believer’s life and think to yourself – it must be easy for that person to give thanks – they seem to have no problems. I know I have thought these things. But, if we were to have a heart-to-heart with that person, we would find that they, too, struggle to give consistent thanks to God.

The fact of the matter is: most, if not all, believers struggle to be thankful in all things. This struggle stems from our old nature and from the fact that we live in a fallen world. In this fallen world, when we experience something bad, either physical or spiritual, we feel it and acknowledge it, which, in and of itself, is not wrong. We would be stoics if we did not acknowledge the reality of suffering, and this would be dishonest. The psalms are full of heart-wrenching descriptions of the reality of this fallen world, and of the psalmists’ real, human reactions to them. We can certainly find ourselves in the psalms as we walk on our pilgrim journey.

So, we can safely say that when we acknowledge that something is hard, or difficult for us, we are not necessarily being unthankful. It is how we see God in relation to this hard or difficult thing that determines whether or not we are thankless or thankful people. Let’s listen to the holy complaint of the Psalmist and then how He ends his prayer with thankfulness to God:

Psalm 13:2-6
How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Being thankless is a temptation for all believers. We do live in a fallen world and are reminded of it every day: Our bodies get tired after a hard, busy day of working. Our emotions can get raw after intense moments or conversations with family or friends. We wake up in the morning with tired bodies after a short or restless night of sleep. Or we wake up experiencing some other discomfort – either of body – like chronic pain – or of the mind – like depression or perhaps just plain old discouragement. School deadlines are overwhelming. Family members get ill. Friends and loved ones die. Financial strains can be ever present. And these are just the physical things. I haven’t talked about the sins that seek to cling to us or to our loved ones, or the suffering we can experience as the result of the sins of others. CAN we be thankful in these difficult moments? What does the word of God say:

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Giving thanks in these situations is the LAST think we want to do. Our old nature says that we should not and cannot give thanks in these situations. For fatigue? for pain? for heartaches? For difficult relationships? For depression? For death? Well, don’t believe your old nature. Our old nature, which we sometimes call the Old Man of Sin, CANNOT see our life in any other way.

The Old Man of Sin lives inside of everyone, whether a believer or an unbeliever. But for an unbeliever, this is the only nature they have living in them. This nature rules them. It controls them. It will kill them. But the believer has a new nature living in them, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is this indwelling of the Holy Spirit that makes it possible to live a life tuned more and more to thankfulness.

As I move forward in this devotional, I want to focus on 4 things:

The possibility of living a thankful life
Being thankful in all things
How we can live a thankful life.
What a thankful life looks like

The possibility of living a thankful life

Is it possible to live a thankful life? For what ought we to be thankful? For needs that are met? For wants that are met? Can perceived needs be wants in reality? It can become important at some point in our lives to examine how we fundamentally view what we have, and what we don’t have – what we think we need, and what we want. Are we only thankful when we have needs and desires fulfilled? And for how long does this attitude of thankfulness last? Are we grouchy soon after because something else has not gone our way? And how often do we desire something, whether a need or a want, and when we are given that desire, our hearts are in such a state of presumption, or such spiritual dullness that being thankful is not at all on our hearts?

What if all earthly things are taken away from us – needs and wants? Can we still be thankful? The answer to these many questions can only be found after an examination of our souls in relation to God’s word.

First, we have to ask ourselves: what is our greatest need? A person can have all earthly things in their life going well, but still not have their greatest need met – the need for a mediator between himself and the wrath of God. I tell you, this person cannot be truly thankful. Just like everyone else, this person will be laid in the grave someday, leaving behind all associated earthly pleasures. But their greatest need will now be staring them in the face. However, by this time, this is a need that cannot be met. The Scriptures tell us that the time to seek forgiveness through the mediator, Jesus, is during the time He gives us on earth: Now is the day of salvation, and it is in the land of the living where God calls you to come to be reconciled to Him through the saving work of Jesus on the cross. 2 Corin 6:2 says: (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Thankfulness can only be born of salvation. If God has called you to Himself, to seek His mercy and forgiveness of your sins through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ, and then by His grace, you have come to Him and found your life in Him, you CAN TRULY live a thankful life – thanking God first and foremost for His salvation. JESUS is truly all you need. Let this be your first thought as the temptation to be unthankful creeps in. Here are several Scripture verses that teach us of the sufficiency of Jesus: These are good verses to memorize and meditate upon frequently:

Psalm 16:4-6 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
Psalm 73:25,26 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psalm 119:57 Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.
Psalm 142:5 I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

Being thankful in all things

Thankfulness to God begins with thankfulness for His Great Salvation, but it doesn’t stop there. Because of Who God is, we can be thankful in all things as the Holy Spirit instructs us to do in the letter to the Thessalonions. Our thankfulness in all things requires trust, faith, and knowledge of God, but it is in the knowledge of God that faith and trust find their moorings.

Knowing Who God is is crucial to living a life of thankfulness. We all have earthly fathers. Most, if not all of us, have lived with our earthly fathers and therefore have some knowledge of who they are. We know them because of the time we have spent with them. We know their ways and habits. To some degree of predictability, we know how they would respond to different situations. We have some sense of their level of love for us. All of these things we know because of the time we spent with them.

Just as we come to know our earthly fathers through the time we spend with them, so it is true that we can know our Heavenly Father by spending time with Him. We learn Who God is by spending time in His Word and this is through hearing the preaching of His word, through group Bible study and through personal devotion time. And although we are unable to fully comprehend God on this earth, He has graciously given us the ability to know much of Him through His word. We see what He does, what He says, and what He thinks. We are blessedly supplied with His own revelation of Who He is. Who God is often described in terms of “attributes”. It is the trust in and belief of these attributes that spur us on to give thanks in all things.

How to live a thankful life

Let’s talk about some of these attributes and see how they relate to living a thankful life:

The Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q & A 4: say: What is God? God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

One of the attributes of God on which I really love to rest is His unchangeableness. Humans are never consistent. We are always changing, depending on our mood, or on our circumstances. God NEVER changes. He is always Who He has always been, and that will never change. If God is in control of all things, He is always in control of all things. If God says He has saved us, our salvation is never lost. If God says that He loves us, He will always love us. If God says He will never leave us nor forsake us, He will never leave us nor forsake us. If God says He is truth, He will never lie to us. If God says all things work together for good for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose, then all things will work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose. If God promises to conform us to the image of His Son, then God will conform us to the image of His Son.
A firm belief in these truths about God will cause us to live thankful lives in the midst of all kinds of circumstances.

A life of giving thanks recognizes and believes that since God always loves us, we can give thanks in all the difficulties He has Sovereignly given to us because He is going to do something good for us as the result of these difficulties. In other words, because God always loves His children, we can truly be thankful in all things because God causes all things to work together for good for us.

Here is where spiritual discipline must be inculcated in our hearts and souls. Here is the “How” of a thankful life of a believer. Here is where we engage in the battle against the Old Man of Sin who says to us: be in despair, don’t trust God, there is no hope. Here is where we need to take every thought captive. Here is where we must constantly remind ourselves of God’s unchanging attributes. Philippians 4:8 says,

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

What a thankful life looks like

Though only God can see what is truly in our hearts, a life of thankfulness will mostly manifest itself in our words. We will speak of God’s constant goodness to us. And we will refrain from speaking disparagingly of our circumstances. Though we may need to vent out our frustrations and hardships, we ourselves will also speak of the ultimate goodness of God, or else we will willingly assent to the counsel of others encouraging us to trust God in what He is doing. But thankfulness will also manifest in our actions. If we are thankful in all situations, we will not be paralyzed with doubts or fears, but instead we will go about what God has for us to do in a trusting manner.

I would like to close this devotional with the Holy Spirit’s words in Philippians 4:4-7:

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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A Life of Giving Thanks

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God's Creation

Everything Has a Name, Part III of A Hike With Holliday

As my hike with Holliday led me farther down this delightful path, my eyes were enriched with the beauty of God’s creation. In reviewing photos of the hike, I became interested in discovering the names of the many interesting plants I saw. Here is my first discovery (more to come!!). The names are listed in the following order: family name, genus and then species name. This will be my protocol if at all possible.  Thanks to https://plants.usda.gov.

Asclepiadaceae – Milkweed family

Asclepias L. – Milkweed

Asclepias speciosa -Showy Milkweed

(Note the two little friends enjoying this exotic looking flower.)

Everything Has a Name, Part III of A Hike With Holliday

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If You Take a Hike With Your Dog, Part II of A Hike With Holliday

If you take a hike with your dog at:

You might see this:

And the pond you stroll past might have a mysterious water creature like this:

Or you might see this serious-minded sentinel nearby:

Farther down the path, your eyes might find pleasing the contrast of burnt orange with various hues of tan and green:

Then you might stop and admire God’s creative handiwork in your faithful dog:

You might exclaim over the bright colors of forest flowers that beckon you to do a flower photo shoot:

And you might fondly think of Eeyore when you see thistles, and wonder how he could really enjoy eating sharp thistles, and be glad that they are not your diet, and that you are only called to admire their beauty:

Then you might be pleased to see another kind of creature enjoying these light purple flowers:

Stayed tuned for more visual thoughts on: If You Take a Hike With Your Dog

If You Take a Hike With Your Dog, Part II of A Hike With Holliday

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Ho-day, The High Plains Home School Dog, Shares His Thoughts

Every morning it’s the same thing. “Time to get up!” and “Get up and do your morning things!” No, these commands are not for me, but for three two-legged creatures who are snuggly in their beds. No one tells me to get up. I just wait till all my people are up and moving, and then I lazily get up and watch the morning action, hoping that no one will notice me for a while, because I would rather stay inside with my people than be put outside to take care of business. As beds are reluctantly left empty, and pajama clad kids walk around in general morning stupor, I hear the “Do your morning things!” directive given again by their mom. There is just no mercy for these home schooled kids! Doesn’t she understand, that even for humans, it is best to leave sleeping dogs lie? Nope. No empathy from the woman who barks out these commands time out of mind. Well, not that I am much for routine myself, but things do seem to go better for this flock when they “do their morning things”. She keeps using the words “a disciplined life” as a reason for routine. I have heard her repeat what their morning things are so many times, that I could say them in my sleep: “Get up, get dressed, make your bed, tidy up your room – and, by the way, (she tells them) tidying up your room won’t take you long if you have been faithful to put your things away on a daily basis -, eat breakfast, take care of your animals (the cows, chickens, bird, and ME), have your personal devotions, work on memorizing your catechism question and verses, AND THEN you may start your school day.” Whew!! I thought MY responsibility of watching out for rattlesnakes was rough!! Well, as these kids hop to it, the noise level in the house sure goes up. The order-giving mom is everywhere, all at the same time, making sure that there is compliance. Finally, after some false starts, everyone has a book or a computer on their lap, and the house becomes very quiet as analysis, critical thinking, studying, learning, and calculating begins. Sometimes I’ll hear question like, “What did Mrs. Smart give you to write?” This question always puzzles me, and I wonder if her name is “Mrs. Smart” because she is or because writing for her will make you smart? Then I’ll hear this: “I have a drawing to do for Mrs. Moralez.” And I wonder if this Mrs. Moralez hires people to do her drawings for her. Then, “How much reading do you need to do for Mrs. Kautz?” And I’m thinking that maybe this Mrs. Kautz is like ME and doesn’t know how to read, so she has someone read for her? I don’t know. Anyway, when the sergeant mom completes her morning things, including a well-guarded personal devotional time, then the whole gang sits together for family devotional time. If I make successful puppy eyes or nudge them enough with my wet nose, I might get a petting or two while they have their Bibles open. Soon, with my keen ears, I can hear stomachs growling, and I know that for the next half hour or so, tantalizing smells will waft through the house as leftovers are warmed up and everyone sits down for lunch. Well, not everyone. If the sergeant mom has not already put together dinner for the evening, she will quick do this while the others eat lunch, and then she’ll “flip some laundry”, as she calls it, and then perhaps also tackle some bills. (I think somewhere in all this, some food makes it into her mouth.) Well, then it is back to the books for a few hours, then dinner, then some letting-off-steam time for the poor scholars (Which sometimes includes using pent-up energy to wash dishes, and then I get to be the sergeant as I try to keep the towel-slapping down to a minimum.), then evening devotions with the whole family – led by the Top Dog (as I call him). Finally, some of them get to put those comfy PJs back on and crawl back into bed (with permission to read awhile), but for others, it is back to the school books!!!! Boy, compared to my life, which are days full of naps (unless I am needed to keep order in the house, or bark at rattlesnakes and other unwanted trespassers), this high plains home school family is B U S Y!!

Ho Day, The High Plains Home School Dog Shares His Thoughts

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A Hike With Holliday, Part I

Just in case, I packed my hiking boots. I wasn’t sure which shoes would be best, my tennis shoes, or my hiking boots. One thing I did know for sure, I was in need of a hike. The desire to be on the trail again, and see, feel, and hear God’s creation was overwhelming. And I knew my dog, Holliday, would be thrilled to join me, and I was just as pleased to have his company.

The first trail we targeted, unfortunately, did not allow dogs. A Google search led me to a dog-friendly trail about 5 miles north, in upper Fort Collins. We jumped back in the van, and headed north. My excitement mounted as we came closer to this trail that boasted of a plethora of birds, other wildlife, streams, and foliage. We pulled off the road into the parking lot. As I parked the van on the crunchy gravel, I could see the dirt trail that led into the green trees, and it looked inviting. With fanny pack, containing a water bottle and the rest of a chocolate Power Bar, strapped to my waist and a camera slung over my shoulder, the hike began – with one very excited human (who decided to wear her tennis shoes) and one very excited dog, who made no attempt at leash manners as he pulled to sniff here and sniff there.

I began to breath in the spicy forest aromas and the pungent river smells. I heard the crunch of the dirt and rock path under my feet. The orchestra of bird music was without ceasing. There was no mistaking that this path, with its tall trees and many wild bushes was a natural bird sanctuary. As Holliday continued to be enthralled and enticed by every bush, patch of flowering grass, or collection of rotting limbs, zig-zagging me from one side of the path to the other, I began to see arrangements of trees and plants that begged to be photographed. “Ok, Holliday, you are going to have to learn to be still while I take pictures.” I was very impressed with how quickly Holliday learned to sit while I captured frame after frame of the foresty marvels of the trail.

Before we had walked very far, we saw another lover of nature, down the path a bit, who was very intently taking photographs of a cottonwood tree. When she finished her photo session, she walked toward us and greeted us with, “Isn’t this a beautiful day?” I agreed as I squatted down and held Holliday firmly by his collar. I explained that this was his first trail hike, and that I wasn’t sure how he was going to respond to people. She thanked me for that consideration. She was an elderly woman dressed like she was an experienced trail hiker. We both exclaimed over the trail, and she said in a calm, sweet voice, “I love how the farther you walk west on the trail, the more the traffic sounds fade away to nothing.” I agreed again. She noted that I had been taking photographs as well and encouraged me to take a look at the cotton on the cottonwood tree that she had been photographing. I thanked her, and we wished each other a good day.

The tip about the cotton wood was a gem!!! Yes, they were beautiful!!! I eagerly snapped many a picture!!! My desires to capture more of the beauty of the trail increased. I was in my glory.

Stay tuned for part two of My Hike With Holliday!

A Hike With Holliday, Part I

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By Still Waters I

I forgive you.
Thorns.
I forgive every sin,
Every sinful action,
Every sinful word.
Nails.
Every sinful omission,
Past sins,
Present sins,
Future sins.
Blood.
I know you don’t deserve my forgiveness.
You have truly sinned against me.
And there’s the point – you don’t deserve it!
Forgiveness is not something deserved.
It is something given.
If it was deserved,
It would not be forgiveness.
How plain.
And yet,
We are blind
Until we understand in our hearts,
And obey,
Remembering we have been forgiven
By an offended God,
Who looked past the offense
And saw
Thorns,
Nails,
Blood.
Because He was heart-generous,
He forgave.
Because He loved us.
He forgave.
Therefore, we die to self
And forgive.
And it is beautiful.
And freeing
You shall know the truth,
And the truth shall set you
Free.

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By Still Waters I

Murder: What It Is and Why We Do It

The gun is raised, the trigger is pulled. The knife flashes and is plunged into the flesh. The fist is clenched and the blow fatally applied. Death by murder. What is murder? And why do we do it? Should we ban the instruments of murder? Remove from our society all things used in murder? The gun, the knife, the fist? Careful. Just as Adam and Eve in the garden pointed the finger at others for what they themselves did, so we can point to others and to things, for blame.


A man lies dead in a field. Murdered. Another man walks away, thinking no one saw him kill his brother. Yes, his brother. The first murder occurred, tragically, between brothers. What did Cain use to kill his brother? The Bible does not tell us, but we can be sure that it was not any modern device. Perhaps it was a stone, a large stick, a knife, or his bare hands. But can we be sure that the only instrument Cain used was a tangible one? Listen to what the Bible says about this first murder, “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.”

It is perhaps significant that the Bible does not relay to us what physical instrument Cain used to murder his brother, but it rather stresses the condition of Cain’s heart toward God. Cain was wrathful toward God. He was angry. And he took his anger toward God out on his brother.

The Word of God tells us that the instrument used in murder is not of great significance. What is significant is the heart. Jesus tells us: “ For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” Matthew 15:19. I think that we can all assent to that. We may say it in different ways, but if we are honest with ourselves, we are going to come up with the conclusion that physical murder starts in the heart. It doesn’t start with a gun, knife, a fist, etc. Banning items used in murder is not practical or logical. If we are going to ban all items that folks use to murder others, we are going to have to ban not just fire arms, but knives, cars, alcohol, ropes, etc. That still leaves fists, hands, feet, and yes, the heart. Even if we could ban the heart, if the heart wants to murder, it finds a way.

But have we addressed fully what murder is? Murders are brought to our attention in the news. Some murders do not receive this media attention. Regardless, murders happen every day. Though this is true, we usually do not dwell on them unless the media does, or unless, tragically, someone we love has been murdered. I would be remiss if I did not bring up the murders of babies through abortion. Just like Abel’s blood, their blood cries out from the ground. To further complete the picture, we also need to mention the murders committed through genocide that happen throughout the world.


But still, is that all there is? Is the picture truly complete? Have we completely fleshed out what murder is? No. We came close to it when we said that murder starts in the heart. But is murder always physical? Again, the answer is no. The Word of God says that when we have hatred in our hearts toward others, we are murderers. “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15. So just because we have not broken the sixth commandment – Thou shalt not kill (Greek, apokteino, meaning “murder”) in a physical way, Jesus says that when we are unjustly angry toward someone, we are in danger of being judged by this commandment as a murderer, “Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:” Matthew 5:21, 22.

Sometimes this anger toward others plays out in physical murder, as in the case of Cain and in the case of many others throughout all time, and sometimes it produces the hidden murder of the heart. We are all guilty of at least the second scenario.

Physical murders in society should be addressed. Some are addressed properly in this world, and some are not. Some are not addressed at all. In any case, the blood of the victims cry out from the ground, and God hears it and will address physical murders in His own time and way.

God also hears the murder in our hearts. If we listen very carefully, we can hear it, too. We should tremble when we realize that simply the thoughts of our hearts condemn us. God, the judge, looks not on the outside, but on the inside, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Yes, we can point the finger at the young man who sinfully pulls the trigger, at the drunk who abuses his wife, at the bully who beats up the small kid, and at those who murder their babies through abortion, but we must stop pointing to the instruments of death (guns, alcohol, knives) as the culprit, but rather point to the heart of those who wield these instruments. Furthermore, we must point to our own hearts, as we are guilty as well. Who or what can change our hearts? Can regulations and laws? As Paul, the apostle, cries out: “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Romans 7:24


A man hangs dying on the cross, the victim of hearts of hatred. The instrument was the cross, but the source of hatred was the heart – the hearts of those who cried out for him to be crucified and the hearts of all of us, “Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:” Acts 7:15

Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, our nature is to hate God and His ways. Just as Cain took out his wrath toward God on his brother, so, too, we took out our hatred toward God on His Son. Is there deliverance for this heart of hatred toward God and His Son? Yes. It is in the death of His Son, foreordained by God, that we find life and forgiveness. We meant His death for evil, and God meant it for Good. God does indeed work all things together for good for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28. The sin that dwells within us was crucified with Jesus on the cross. Jesus took these sins upon Himself, paying the penalty that we owed to God for our sins. We are no longer guilty for our sins, and are re-born into a new life through His resurrection. We are washed and made clean and given a new heart, one that desires to love God and walk in His ways.

Murder. It is heavy business. It weighs on the heart and controls our actions, and puts us in hell. Jesus says: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


May you flee to Jesus for relief of your heavy sin burden. He is faithful and just to forgive those who come to them seeking His mercy. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Murder: What It Is and Why We Do It

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