03 March 2017

This 'n' That

Every now and then, I go through my purse and/or wallet and run across store credits that I have forgotten about. It's like finding free money! Except, I spent the money in the first place, and now I'm limited as to where I can re-spend it. So...when you apply logical thinking, it's not very exciting after all.

These scare me in so many ways.
Nevertheless, it is still fun to be able to then go to the store or to the website (we'll use DSW as an example, since that's the store credit that is currently sitting on my desk), pick out a pair of shoes, and "not pay" for it when I purchase it. Sure, it's not free money, but, 6 months after receiving the store credit, it is kind of like free money since the new charge isn't applied to my credit card.

So that's the world. In the world, you consistently get nothing for free. Nothing. Then there's the spiritual realm. In the spiritual realm, those who have been saved by Christ have a wealth of resources at their disposal, all given as a gracious, unmerited gift from a holy, loving, giving God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. (Ephesians 1:3-4)
Of course, our salvation was in fact quite costly.
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
What an amazing, gracious, God we serve, that He would give His Son to purchase lowly sinners! What a loving Christ we serve, that He would lay down His life to redeem those sinners!
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
Salvation is no mere "store credit;" no, it is indeed a gift. A magnanimous gift from a magnificent God. Oh, that we might serve Him well!

Now that all of that has been said, I do need to use up these store credits before I forget that I have them (again). Anybody need any shoes? While I go online shoe-shopping, why don't you take some time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • The Bible is our authority. Michelle Lesley has some great words on that truth.
  • This is repulsive, but I am so thankful it's been brought to light. 
  • There are so many things wrong with this headline.
  • Don't lose your mind with politics.
  • Hm. I'm not really sure I even care about this.
  • Noooo! Why couldn't they just leave the original alone? It was fine the way it was!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • If the doctrine of election is true, why do we preach the gospel?
  • A bit about Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
  • The enduring faith of the patriarchs:

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