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Some people cry over spilled milk.

God cries over spilled lives.

There are many reasons a non-believer should consider seeking a relationship with God.

But the unfailing desire of God’s heart for saving souls should be at the top of the list.

In fact, it is the recognition of God’s grace that so often turns the compass of the human heart.

Here is just one of the many passages in the Bible that speak to the heart of God, a heart that cares SO deeply for people.

“All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.” (2 Samuel 14:14)

God has provided the Bible, the Messiah, the Church and the Christian people in our lives so that we will be inspired/instructed toward better relationships with Him.

It’s part of the plan He devised to gather us up to Him.

Let’s be part of that plan. Let’s start devising ways to share our faith — and His love — with people separated from Him.

Somebody shared his/her faith and God’s love with us and now we have eternal hope.

It’s important that we do the same for others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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God told the Hebrews, via Moses, to prepare for the Passover night by covering the door frames of their homes in Egypt with the blood of flawless, yearling lambs or goats.

When the death angel saw the blood, the firstborn of the house would be spared.

When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” (Exodus 12:13)

It was the death of the innocent, flawless animal that saved the families from terrible suffering.

Those who didn’t take God’s Word seriously suffered horribly.

The principle still applies for those wanting deliverance when death comes to their door.

If the blood covering of the innocent, flawless Lamb of God is seen on the soul, spiritual death will not come to the person.

We need the covering of Christ’s atoning blood on our souls.

Please heed the Apostle Paul’s words and make sure that you have that covering.

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)

I want God to see Christ’s blood covering my sins. That’s why I was baptized.

I pray that you’ve made the same decision. Or that you will.

As Paul wrote, it’s what the children of God do through faith.

As always, I love you
Martin

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It is a very blunt teaching that I read in Numbers 35:33 this morning.

“…murder pollutes the land. And no sacrifice except the execution of the murderer can purify the land from murder.”

Yes, I know that some will say that God decreed this law so that social chaos would not result from unpunished bloodshed.

There was more to v. 33 than preserving social order, though.

Because God is holy and just, the land over which He would preside was to be characterized by holiness and justice.

If He were to look the other way when murder occurred rather than require just retribution against the person with blood on his or her hands, then God’s claim of holiness would have been a lie.

The children of Israel very quickly chose to ignore God’s standards of justice, however, and within just a few generations, social order collapsed and it was every man for himself.

What is happening in Mexico now with the plague of grisly murders and the failure of government to hold culprits responsible is a prime example of what happens when murderers operate with impunity.

Let’s bring this closer to home.

When I read verses like Numbers 35:33 and when I consider the fact that it is my sinful choices that Jesus died for on the cross, then I realize that I am the murderer.

I didn’t attack Jesus with an axe or with a gun, but there is no doubt that my choice to sin was the same as picking up the nail and hammer.

The fact is that Jesus should be the One standing over my sprawled-out body with the nail and hammer in His hands.

I should be the one executed, not Jesus.

Jesus chose to take my punishment, though, in order to “purify the land” of my heart and soul.

Knowing that, I will serve Him and encourage others to embrace the One who was executed in their place in order to purify the land of their hearts and souls from the stains of sin.

Will you pledge to do the same?

As always, I love you
Martin

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