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Tuesdays Torch week 502

Tuesday’s Torch

09/18/18

By: Tim Sader 

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. (1 Corinthians 11:2)

Near the end of a very busy year for our families we had one more special event to celebrate when Sammy’s twin sister Amanda married Alicia. It is good for us to celebrate with people in our lives and for us to rejoice in the Lord for everything He has done. One of the best and easiest times for us to celebrate is during special holidays. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the abundance we experienced throughout the year. During Christmas we remember the birth of our Lord and show our love and gratitude to others by giving and receiving gifts. We learn many valuable lessons about caring and being grateful when we participate in holidays and remember their true meaning. Sammy and I had celebrated these holidays together the previous year after but we still were long distant so the magic lasted only until we had to be apart again. This year was the first of these holidays for us together as husband and wife. Thanksgiving seemed to be very similar to the one before it except we got to wake up together and offer first wishes and tell why we were thankful for one another. We turned on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while we got ready for the day at Sammy’s dad’s house. Along with other family members we had many of the favorites they have enjoyed each year at the holidays. Some of these flavors were new to mom and me the first time we tried them but now we expected these dishes and they are still delicious. I think this year we were all able to go outside because it was very warm. It was fun watching the family play kick ball and mess around outside for a while. A while later we left so that people could get ready for early black Friday shopping. The next first holiday we spent together as a married couple was Christmas, the birthday of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. The previous year we started learning to feel joy again because we had a new joy to replace the sadness of missing loved one. This year we started to combine our traditions. This started a day or two after Thanksgiving when her dad and Darlene showed up at our door with a new pre lit tree and purple Christmas balls to decorate it with. The next day Sammy’s sister brought a box of miniature Christmas village decorations from their mom that they divided. We hadn’t had a Christmas tree up since my brother passed so inheriting her traditions was an improvement.

On the night before Christmas Eve we go to an evening service at our church so we can do Christmas Eve with the nephews. We have drinks snacks and cookies that night. When we went back home I think we opened one gift each before going to bed. Sammy is used to getting up early to open presents and then have Christmas breakfast. Anyone who knows me will say I don’t do early mornings so I got up as early as I could so we could open gifts before going to spend the day with family at her dads. When we got there we ate a similar meal to Thanksgiving with ham for meat instead of turkey. After that we open up the living-room full of gifts and enjoy the smiles on each others faces. It was another warm day for Christmas so we gathered outside awhile and played yard games while the kids ran around. Our first Christmas somehow we had money to get everyone we bought for a really nice gift and that was a great feeling. We received some very nice gifts that year but I really enjoyed giving good gifts to all my loved ones. It is so much better to give to others than it is for us to receive (Acts 20:35). I used to feel like holidays were more about greed and selfishness than anything. Now I feel they are about whatever traditions we learned and what we pass on to next generations. If we make the Lord part of our holiday traditions and teach others about them we are remembering it’s all about praising Him. We may not follow the tradition of Jewish festivals but what will we do to make our holiday traditions about the Lord (Hos 9:5)? Sammy and I enjoy giving and receiving gifts but most of all we want to include the Lord in whatever traditions we set up in our marriage.

Lord as we approach the fall season I ask that we make our holiday traditions more about you and less about the business. When we pass on our traditions to others help them to see more of you in them than any else. Also help us to focus more on giving to other than we would on receiving anything from anyone. We ask that our blessings would come from you as we give out of our blessings so we can be a blessing. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

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Posted by on 09/18/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 501

Tuesday’s Torch

09/11/18

By: Tim Sader

So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. (Philippians 2:18)

2015 was a very big year not only did we have a wedding, change houses and a thousand year flood; there was an adoption, surprise pregnancy, graduation, retirement and another wedding for Sammy’s twin sister Amanda and Alicia. After trusting that God would shelter us from the big storm we ended up with beautiful weather for early October. A couple weeks before their wedding there was a bridal shower Sammy was able to attend. On the wedding weekend there was an informal dinner and drinks to welcome out of town guests. The next night was the rehearsal and dinner party at Alicia’s parent’s house in the country. This isn’t where they got married but it was outside like their venue so it worked for doing a practice run. The house had quite a few stairs so Sammy and I stayed outside the screened deck area where everyone else was and talked to people running in and out of the deck. It wasn’t ideal for us but we loved being there to show our support and to rejoice with them like they did with us six months before. After dinner and some chatting with family and friends we called it a night before mosquitos carried us off somewhere. The following day Sammy met them at the salon to get their hair, nails and make-up done before they rushed off to a photo shoot. We picked Sammy up and went out for brunch then went to the house and got ready for their happiest of days. It is nice to get dressed up for special occasions. They seem so few and far between that we have to brush the dust off the dresses, shirts and ties. Sammy wore a hip looking paisley print dress her sister picked so that it would complement the bridal party. It was pink, purple, white and blue; I wore dark blue pants, a teal shirt and a tie that looked nice with Sammy’s dress. The ceremony was outside at a place called Medicine Winds Farm on a beautiful sunny afternoon. A Summerville City official preformed their wedding ceremony, they had unique vows, exchanged rings and it was beautiful. Behind where we had the ceremony was a beautiful barn built for large gatherings. We had drinks and appitizers while they did their photos with family around the farm. I got a chill while the sun was setting so I rushed to get inside which wasn’t easy. Unfortunately I missed getting my picture with Sammy and the rest of the family I married into. During the reception we got a lovely picture though with the family at the table and one of the twins and their spouses.

For dinner they served BBQ chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, corn, macaroni and cheese and sweet corn muffins. It is always good to celebrate others by having a feast with them to show how happy we are to be a part of their life (Lk 15:23-24). After dinner we had yummy wedding cake and heard some funny and some serious speeches. After this was more drinks and a couple hours of dancing until late in the night. Finally when everyone was drunk, tired or both we showed off the newlyweds as they exited with rows of guests holding sparklers on either side of the walkway. It was a wonderful day to rejoice with two of our favorite people on this very special occasion. We are told to rejoice with others when they rejoice and morn when they morn. We are called to live our lives closely and in harmony with others. We are not to be proud thinking we are better than anyone no matter their lifestyle. How dare we be so conceited (Rom 12:14-16)? God wants us to not compare ourselves to others but to focus on and rejoice in Him. In our hearts we rejoice because we trust in His holy name. May His love be with us as we put our hope in Him (Ps 33:21-22). We trust in His unfailing love; we rejoice in His salvation (Ps 13:5). We should always be glad and rejoice with others in the Lord. In the same way we celebrate milestones with friends and loved ones God wants us to find joy in Him. We should rejoice in Him always; and again rejoice! in Him (Phil 4:4). Rejoicing is fun especially when we celebrate with the ones we love but let us not forget the one who loved us enough to save us.

Lord I ask that we would not be too proud to rejoice with those you have surrounded us with when they rejoice and not forget to also be there for them when they are down. Like the prodigal when he came home let us feast with the ones we love because when they are with us it is a celebration. Help us Lord to bless everyone and curse noone. We ask that you would show us how to live in harmony with everyone no matter their status without thinking we are somehow better than them. Lord may we rejoice in you, we want to always rejoice in you. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Posted by on 09/11/2018 in Torches

 

II: THE IDENTIFICATION OF CHRIST WITH US

SEVEN FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CROSS

TWO: THE WORK OF THE CROSS

II: THE IDENTIFICATION OF CHRIST WITH US

By: Brother Cliff

Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary in fulfillment of the Edenic prophecy: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed….” Though Joseph was entrusted with raising up Jesus as his child, God was His Father. Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit with the Holy Seed: Christ the Living Word. Though Mary clothed the Word with human flesh, the Blood formed in the developing Christ-child in the womb was from the Seed of the Father.

The body of Jesus Christ was fully human; as concerning His flesh. It was no different than the flesh of any man or woman ever descended from Adam and Eve. And yet, the Blood flowing within the veins of His body, was and ever is, the very Blood of God!

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

 

 
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Posted by on 09/07/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 500

Tuesday’s Torch

09/04/18

By: Tim Sader

I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm. (Psalm 55:8)

The next home improvement project that couldn’t wait to be done was our master bathroom remodel so that we could more easily access it. God is always molding our lives into the image of who he created us be. It’s no mistake Jesus was a carpenter because He is in the business of remodeling our lives. A couple days after this project was finished a major tropical system blew into the Charleston area. It wasn’t a hurricane or anything named but it was full of moisture and wasn’t moving away from the tri-county area. In four days this storm dumped up to 28 inches of rain in some places. It caused catastrophic flooding downtown, along the rivers edges and in low-lying neighborhoods. The flooding was so bad it washed away roads, closed down parts of the interstate and caused some bridges to fail. In Columbia the same storm system was too much for a dam to hold, it failed putting neighborhoods completely under water and drainage was backed up so waters subsided very slowly. After about a day of constant rain we started hearing reports of flooding and knew there would be even more rain. On day two they started opening shelters on higher ground so displaced people could go there if they were in flood prone areas. At this point stress levels at our house were quite high. We were thinking great we just got settled here but waters were encroaching on us and how would we escape flash flooding with our wheelchairs. There was no water coming up to our door just inches off the ground but the street was flowing like a river and the water run off ditch behind our fence was filling fast. We thought should I stay or should I go but leaving home to stay at a shelter is no easy task so we didn’t want to leave. In the middle of all this was my 26th birthday and I couldn’t even leave the house to celebrate. I was just fine with this because I was inside, staying dry with my wife beside me and she is my special gift. Finally the next day the rain stopped and we were able to sit on the front patio and watch the sun set together.

During this storm I cannot stress enough how upsetting it was for the three of us. Sammy doesn’t do well with storms because when she was about three her family stayed during hurricane Hugo so rain and wind triggers her PTSD. Also she has Cerebral Palsy which gives her an over active startle reflex so sudden noises, flashes, gusts of wind or pounding rain makes her jump and have painful spasms. After four days of this her body was spent and she could get some relief. My mom who helps us was worried that something would happen suddenly and there was no way she could rescue us all. She felt it was better to go to a shelter than be stuck underwater. This was very true and had the water raised faster or I saw any sign this was going to happened I’d have gladly left. Since we just got settled at home and I felt somewhat at peace in this storm I was adamant about not leaving. My faith where weather is concerned is pretty confident in what God can do. I have rarely missed an appointment because of rainy weather. When I speak to the weather and tell it to change at least 75 percent of the time it happens. I don’t know why this is but it always reminds me of when Jesus calmed the storm and rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith (Mt 8:24-26). During this storm when the house was upset or when I felt myself starting to worry I would pray or speak to the storm. Though I didn’t want to seek physical shelter I hurried to find shelter in the Lord who kept us safe from this tempest. I prayed that a wall surround our house keeping flood waters out like when God stopped the Jordan River so the priests could carry the ark across on dry land (Jo 3:15-16). God said He is a shelter from the heat, a refuge from the storm and rain (Is 4:6). If we say He is our refuge than He will be our dwelling and no harm or disaster will come near our residence (Ps 91:9-10). This storm came suddenly upon us and there was no plan in place for us to leave so we trusted God and no harm came near us. In every major weather event it is good to make wise choices and listen to the experts so staying isn’t always wise but when storms come upon us God will provide adequate shelter to us.

Lord I ask that you increase our faith and take away the fear I feel when I face any kind of storm in this life. Help us to trust you that when flood waters rise and life rages around us that you are not afraid and will keep us afloat. I ask that you would stop those winds and rain by surrounding us with invisible walls of protection and a shelter to cover our heads so no harm or disaster may overtake us. Lord I pray for those who have been overcome by tragic circumstances and or prayed for safety but seemed to find none. Show us God that you are there and that you always have been in spite of the outcome of living in a fallen world. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Posted by on 09/04/2018 in Torches

 

Blog from March 5, 2016

09/03/18

By: Cindy Lundhagen

(A continuation from 3 March) So here I was left wondering why God was reaching out to me. Wondering what, if anything, I was to make of “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. I had no clue so I asked God to show me. It wasn’t like I was asking Him to prove Himself to me (He already had). I was simply asking Him to help me figure it out. Knowing myself, as the idiot I mostly am, I might have it all right there in front of me and still miss it. So I asked Him to make it obvious. If there was something God wanted from me, I just needed clarity and I would do it… Then I went back to my normal life routine but with a new willingness to be open to possibilities. And I continued with my commitment of reading God’s story…though now I was hungry for more…and sometimes read two chapters per day.

Approximately six months later, I was driving my daughter and her friends to Ashley Ridge High School in the morning as usual…when I noticed a billboard. The billboard simply read “Ashley Ridge Church” and pretty much nothing else…at least that I can recall. It was a simple message and I’m all about simplicity. For the next several weeks as I drove the kids to school I felt like I was being pulled towards this billboard. It just would not leave me alone…and frankly it was becoming annoying. Maybe, just maybe, this was supposed to be something. If so, God didn’t just give me a sign…He made it big and simple (for the idiot)…and apparently with magnetism…so I wouldn’t, couldn’t miss it. Looking back, I know now that my God (and yours) has a great sense of humor. Or maybe He just knew that I truly am such an idiot that a billboard was deemed necessary…whichever and whatever…it really matters not…at this point.

Anyway, I finally couldn’t take it anymore so I decided to look up this Ashley Ridge Church on the internet in an attempt to put it all behind me (to find closure with the darn billboard so I could drive past it in peace). As I am sure I alluded to before, I had absolutely no desire or interest in going to a church. I hadn’t been inside a church for anything other than official events (weddings, funerals, etc) since before my parents got divorced…when I was pretty young…and now I was pretty old. I thought there is no way I am going to get all dressed up on Sunday mornings to go sit with a bunch of church people who probably won’t accept someone like me…with my track record and issues. I didn’t want to listen to some preacher lecture me on the wrong doings of my life and my need “to get right with God” and my likely destination of the fiery abyss. My older sister joined a convent (for a time) and became a nun after leaving home. In my mind she simply left one form of prison for another. I could not discern where church might be of any value. I wanted NOTHING to do with church.

But I owed an immense debt of gratitude to God, so on the off-chance that He was trying to show me something, I would at least investigate. And I was surprised by my initial findings. The website said the church was relatively new and the service was currently being held in the high school. It said “come as you are”. The things conveyed as their vision and core values did not offend me but rather resonated with me: (1) We need God (2) We need each other (3) The world needs us…and life is just done BetterTogether (though I think this piece actually came about a little later). And then I found the podcasts of the sermons. I randomly clicked on one and listened. I was captivated…and eventually moved (remember I am stubborn and rebellious by nature)…

More to come with the next continuation…

Cindy Lundhagen — Summerville, SC

 
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Posted by on 09/03/2018 in Friends on Fire

 

Tuesdays Torch week 499

Tuesday’s Torch

08/28/18

By: Tim Sader

For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. (Psalm 102:16)

We had a busy first month slowly unpacking, making improvements and buying things we needed so we could get settled in. That month also we started going to a young couple’s home group so we could grow our faith together with others. When we gather to experience God together He is there with us and the power of His Holy Spirit is present to change things. The next month things slowed down some and we started feeling settled into our new home. The next project that needed to be done as soon as our tile guy could get us on his schedule was the bathroom. Our shower was a built in unit and was very small with a step up so getting in and out was not easy. Before calling the tile guy Sammy’s family always deals with we got a couple other quotes. They were anywhere from four to ten thousand dollars. This was way more than we were able to pay. The other guy only charged us like 800 dollars for labor if we did the demo and bought all the supplies. One day we took a trip to Lowes and Home Depot to compare prices and find the tile we wanted. We got all the tile we needed, a sink and ordered a toilet that was slightly higher then what we had. I think all together we paid just under 2500 dollars and he even had to jack hammer the floor to move the drain. Sammy’s dad did the demo and put in the new handicap accessible sink and toilet after the tiling was done. Nothing came out of the house easy and none of the projects here have been easy but they have all come together nicely. The first few days of work when they had to use the jackhammer we couldn’t be in the house because of all the dust. The day before we packed our bag and after going to home group we went and stayed at a hotel. We stayed gone most of the next day until the dusty work was done. When they did the work they tried to close off the master bath but quite a bit of dust still got into the room. We were smart and covered our electronics with sheets because we have a NASA command center across the front wall of our room to protect. The only thing it got on was our fan and air purifier that blew dust at us for weeks. All in all the renovation went well and we have a beautiful bathroom that we can more easily use.

Much in the same way that we remodeled our bathroom that is what God does with our lives when we choose to follow Him. The Lord is into rebuilding things that are ruined. He will rebuild Zion and appear in His glory. Jerusalem the city of David where the temple was built up on the mount is Zion. The Lord is building the New Jerusalem it will fully be restored when He appears in His glory. Salvation comes from Zion; this is how He will restore His people so we may rejoice and be glad (Ps. 53:6). There is a reason Jesus grew up a carpenter because He is in the business of remodeling our lives. We are the clay and God is the potter who forms our lives into the image of His son (Is. 64:8). How can we say to Him, why was I made this way? The potter has the right to make the lump of clay into pottery for many different purposes (Rom 9:20-21). God is constantly forming our lives and restoring us to the best we can be so that we can more easily fulfill our purpose. We do this by not being conformed to the pattern of this world but being transformed by the renewing of our mind. This is the way we can test and approve the perfect will of God for our lives (Rom 12:2). If we are in Christ we are a new creation, the old design has been demolished the new model is here (2 Cor 5:17). The God of grace who has called each of us to eternal glory through Christ Jesus, after we have overcome this world will restore us, make us strong, firm and steadfast (1 Pt 5:10). Just like we made a bathroom function for us the best that it can by making the necessary changes, Christ is renovating our lives so His glory may appear in us. Our newly created bathroom turned out great just as Jesus is making us great for His purpose in us.

Lord we ask that you would rebuild us so that your glory will appear in us. We thank you God for the salvation we find in your Son Jesus so that we may be a people restored by you. Lord mold us like the potter molds the lump of clay into something special and help us to fulfill the purpose we have been created for. Transform us God and help us to renew our minds in you so that we will be free from the pattern of the world. Help us to only approve what is your perfect will so that we are pleasing to you. We thank you God that after we suffer through this world that eternity belongs to us through Christ. Restore us God make us strong, firm and steadfast. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Posted by on 08/28/2018 in Torches

 

ATONEMENT – at/one/ment [EXCHANGE]

SEVEN FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CROSS

TWO: THE WORK OF THE CROSS

I: ATONEMENT – at/one/ment [EXCHANGE]

By: Brother Cliff

Every sinner is both responsible and accountable before God for their sin. All are guilty. All are condemned to die; as God in righteous judgment has decreed. A condemned man cannot die in the place of another condemned man so that the other sinner may go free. Each must suffer the Divine penalty for their own sin. Only a sinless man could ever take the place of another and die as the penalty for their sin, that the guilty one might go free. But all from Adam have sinned. And all are selfish. So, who could qualify to save the sinner? And if there ever was a sinless one who could die as a an acceptable substitute before God; why would they die bearing the eternal punishment due the sin of others?

Only God, Who is Holy, could.

Only God, Who is Love, would. And did!

Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 

For it is the blood that maketh atonement… 

There are two major themes of the Atonement of Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race. They are the identification of Jesus Christ with fallen mankind, and the substitution of Jesus Christ for fallen mankind. In order to take our place and die our death, He must be one of us; yet, without sin. He was. He did. 

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Brother Cliff — Fort Mill, SC

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2018 in Friends on Fire