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The Cure
Theme of the Week: What's the Big Deal About Sin?
Friday, June 20, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. (Romans 3:23-24)

Dig Deeper: Romans 3:10-28

E. Stanley Jones, the Methodist evangelist and missionary who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his reconciling work around the world, wrote [in his book Conversion], "At the cross God wrapped his heart in flesh and blood and let it be nailed to the cross for our redemption."

The notion of sin and the nature of sin have been debated from the beginning of time, and that debate continues in our present culture. Sin presents itself in the mind, manifests itself in word and deed, and is hidden in the heart of all of us. It will overtake the man and woman who refuse to believe it will conquer them.

The Bible says that the whole world is a prisoner of sin: "Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed" (Gal. 3:23, NIV).

Sin has crippled human nature, but God has provided the cure. There is no sin that the blood of Jesus Christ cannot cleanse. And that's good news indeed for a culture that still doesn't know what to do with sin.

Why would anyone refuse such a pardon?

—Billy Graham in The Reason for My Hope: Salvation

My Response: What does Jesus's death on the cross mean to me? What has changed in my life because of this historical event?

Thought to Apply: The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.—Martin Luther (leader of the Protestant Reformation)

Adapted from The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, thank you for the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. Help me to have a healthy and realistic understanding of my sin, knowing that I needed your grace and mercy for my salvation, and I also need your grace and mercy each day of my Christian walk.

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Curt Schleicher

June 20, 2014  11:34am

What has changed due to Jesus' death --- & resurrection--- in my life? Everything-- the way i view the world, my life, my marriage, my children, my family, just everything has taken on new meaning… Oh, i'm still prone to make mistakes daily, but i have Jesus as my confessional. As long as i'm aware that they're mistakes & don't continue them in my routine then i'm OK. Jesus' death & resurrection means i have a future & a hope in Him as my Savior. Life still goes on until He comes again to take us up with Him to Heaven. Amen.

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