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KEY’S CROSSES: REMEMBERING THE GIFT OF EASTER

Published: March 30 2015      Written By: Janet Denison

Key's crosses, hand built and a reminder of what Christ did on the cross. (Credit: Key's Crosses)Key came home from a Boy Scout meeting at his church with a great idea.  He had learned woodworking and knot tying skills and thought of a creative way to use both.  He constructed a cross that his family displayed in their front yard to celebrate Easter.  It wasn’t long before the neighbors and passersby took notice and Key received a number of compliments and inquiries from people who wanted a cross for their own yard.  So began a small business, a great ministry and a perfect Easter reminder for all of us.

Key learned John 3:16 when he was a small boy and it became one of his favorite verses.  The entire gospel message can be found in the words: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  In many ways the idea for Key’s crosses was born out of his understanding of that verse.

Key makes his crosses out of Western Red Cedar, a reminder of the sacrifice the cross represents.  He learned a special rope lashing in Boy Scouts and the way the rope is wrapped around the wood is a reminder of what Jesus chose to endure for the sake of our salvation.  The knots that are used represent the fact that Jesus died on a cross so that we could forever be joined with him in heaven – a tie that binds.

Key loves Jesus and that first cross was a statement of his faith.  As his cross-making business began he also discovered another reason to build them.  Key met Clayton Kershaw, a pitcher for the L.A. Dodgers, when his choir sang at the baseball player’s wedding.  Later Key, who is a baseball player for the Highland Park Scots, heard Clayton speak at his church and became very interested in Kershaw’s “Mercy Street Field of Dreams Project.”  Key decided that he would donate a portion of every cross he sold to that ministry.

Key's crosses, hand built and a reminder of what Christ did on the cross. (Credit: Key's Crosses)Key said, The Lord has blessed me in so many ways, I just wanted to be a blessing for others.”  His favorite verse is Luke 10:27, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”  Key makes his crosses in three different sizes and sells them for: $15 for the 30″, $25 for the 44″, and $45 for the 60″.  If you want to order one please send an email to keyscrosses at yahoo dot com (we typed the words for technical reasons) orcomplete this form. Orders are currently limited the United States.

This is an important week in our spiritual lives.  Every year we observe the Lenten season so that we remember the price that Jesus paid to redeem us from this world into life eternal.  Like Key, we know that we have been “blessed in so many ways.”  Now, how can we follow this young man’s example and remember that we are to be a blessing to others as well?

I imagine you have plans for this Sunday, or will make plans.  How can those plans include blessing another?  There are so many people who would attend an Easter service, if someone who “knew the ropes” would take them.  There are so many people who have a great deal, but are lacking God’s blessing of salvation.  How might you share the story of the cross with someone who does not understand its significance?  This week is a potent reminder of how much we are loved and how much love we have been given to share.  Who will you bless this week with the blessings you have received?

I loved hearing about Key and the crosses he was inspired to build.  I’m placing my order – and I have the good fortune of getting in line ahead of some of you!  (Although…if I don’t get to use it until next Easter, I understand.  I am a mom of two sons and I realize Key has school and baseball practice this week too.)

This is an important week.  I pray that all of us will pay attention to the ways God might inspire us to use our gifts and talents for his glory.  God loved us so much he gave us Jesus.  Let’s live gratefully aware that we will never perish and will one day receive the gift of eternal life.  And let’s share our Easter blessings with others.

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Your Feet In Two Canoes! The Spiritual Choice Put Before You Today Is Straightforward:

1. Will you choose the path of sin and spiritual death?

or

2. Will you choose the path of Jesus Christ and spiritual life?

This is found in the scriptures: DEUT. 30:19 Aren’t you tired of being torn apart inside trying to choose between your two masters. When trying to live with Your Feet In Two Canoes they continue to drift in opposite directions and so do you. God has some straight talk for you right from His Word in Joshua 24:15. “Choose… This day whom you will serve.” “Choose!,” He said. With everything that is going on around us like the Government shutdown, the workers out of work, the economy going broke, the liberties being taken away from us, and I could continue to go on. But my main gold is to reach the people that don’t know God or have fallen away and try to warn them that time is getting short. We have to be working fast to win these souls. God says to go out and preach the Gospel to all living creators. In Acts 10:36, He says, “The Word which God sent unto the Children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ,” {this is justifying Peace, which comes instantly upon the acceptance of Christ}: [ He is Lord of all:] this means:{Jesus Christ is Lord because He has made Salvation possible for all who will believe,} scripture reference: [Phil. 2:11]. We look around, hear, and see the things that is going on in our nation. God is sending out warnings to show people that the time for playing around is over. You have to make the choice today to choose The One who loves you most. Choose The One you’ll be with forever. Don’t wait till The Rapture has taken place to decide. Make your choice today! Things are going to get much worse and He’s giving you a chance. Please don’t be like the people of Israel and the people in the day of Sodom and Gomorrah. The sins that is being committed in our nation today God destroyed a city and nation because of it. So, as I lay it out for you here is a statement with four choices on it I pray that you make the right one. “CHOOSE JESUS!!!” I pray God’s blessings on you and His face to shine upon you as you ponder on this. Where sin abounds His grace doth much more abound.

Who Will You Choose?

Romans 6:3

Posted: September 18, 2013 by floydcryer2013 in Uncategorized
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Romans 6:1

Romans 6:3

3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were Baptized into Jesus Christ were Baptized into his Death.”

Lets look at the beginning of this question and see just what is being said here, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were Baptized into Jesus Christ…?” This clearly and plainly is telling us that we were Baptized into Jesus Christ and not of water and some claim and many think. (1Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27-29; Eph. 4:5; Col. 2:11-13)

Looking into the word “Baptism” the Greek word here is “baptisma,” a little different then the normal word which is “baptizo.” Why the difference? Back then the Greek word “baptisma” was used to explain the Smith dipping a piece of hot iron into the basin of water tempering the metal.

What is being explained here and refers to “the placing of a person or thing into a new environment or into union with something else so as to alter its condition or its relationship to its previous environment or condition. It refers to the Act of God introducing a believing sinner into vital union with Jesus Christ, in order that the Believer might have the power of his sinful nature broken and the Divine nature implanted through his identification with Christ in His Death, Burial, and Resurrection, this altering the condition & relationship of that sinner with regard to his previous state and environment, bringing him into a new environment, the Kingdom of God.” Jimmy Swaggart Bible Commentary Romans pg 183

With that said lets look at the conclusion of this verses statement. “Were Baptized into His Death?” This part of the question can be confusing if not seen in the right light. So to begin let me say that what this is referring to is God placing us in Christ when Christ died. Why? So that we might share Christ’s death and in doing so come into the benefits of that identification with Him. In essence separated from the evil nature as part of the Salvation process when we first believed.

We are now placed in a new environment, “In Christ.” With the old one being the first Adam in whom we have become sinners do the original sin of Adam. Due to our new environment, “In Christ,” we now have Righteousness and Life. Our condition has changed from sinner to Saint, instantly.

Whenever the sinner places his faith in what Jesus Christ did at Calvary, God the Father places that sinner in Christ at the time of His death, So then in the mind of God when Jesus paid the price it is the same is the sinner paying the price, although we must understand that in no way can the sinner have paid that price except and only through Jesus Christ. The bottom line is that what Jesus did is awarded to the believing sinner.

When the Blood of Jesus Christ was poured out at Calvary the sin debt was completely paid for. This means that Satan has no more claim over the believing sinner because the sin debt was broken and once and for all and forever paid at Calvary. All of this comes by simply having Faith in Christ, John 3:16.

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Romans 6:1 – Part 2

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Romans 6:1

So now we have to understand what sin is, or in this case the “Sin Nature.”

The “Sin Nature” or “Evil Nature” is the actual Adamic nature that imprisoned man in the beginning at the fall of man. This imprisonment is for all time, and to the entirety of the human race. This “sin nature” is the nature that encourages sin.

At Calvary, Jesus Christ severed this yoke and broke its hold on man. However God did let it remain, Powerless and only as a disciplinary measure… When the believer correctly follows Christ, we find that there is no problem, but, if the person yields to any temptation of sin and then tries to overcome it in the flesh, then there are serious consequences to be had.

We all, from the time of Adam and Eve till the second coming of Christ, have evil impulses. The average person does not allow too many of these evil impulses to get out of hand, but they are there nevertheless. And there are some evil impulses that we have no control over. We have all fought them day in and day out with little and even no success…

Within the pages of the Holy Bible we find there is a way for deliverance. One must be a careful reader to follow Paul through this new testament book of Romans to understand the inner workings of man’s personality, but Dear Reader, if you are truly longing for a solution and victory over all of your evil impulses then please stay with me while I walk you through this most wonderful information….

We have come to the question of, “How does God attack sin in the human race?”

First He (God) Justifies the believing sinner. By Justifying the believer I am saying that He removes the guilt and penalty of your sin. Then be bestows a Positive Righteousness, in this case Jesus Christ Himself, so that the Believer will stand Guiltless and Righteous before God’s Law during this life and for all eternity.

Second God Sanctifies the person by breaking the yoke and the sinful nature that indwells in you and then imparts His Divine Nature and freeing the Believer from the power of sin and the sin nature. This enables the individual to live a life pleasing to God. This Happens at the very moment when you put your faith in Jesus Christ and make Him your Lord and Savior.

Now this is actually followed by a process called Continued Sanctification. Why? Because we must continually yield ourselves to the Ministry of the Holy Spirit who eliminates sin from our lives so that we end up where all of the Christian virtues are present.

Third, He will Glorify the Believer when Jesus Christ comes back by transforming his/her physical body so that it is immortal, perfect and free from any indwelling of sin…

Jimmy Swaggart explains it the best so I’ll use his analogy. When the doctor talks about a germ that has infected the body he knows it is there but he has not yet identified it. So there is no way for him to know what kind of antibiotic or medicine to give you to eliminate it. But, when the doctor does figure it out he can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is what we need to remedy this germ and that is what he gives you to eliminate it.

This is the case in our sinful life. Those of us that have not isolated this sinful nature will continue to remain un-victorious over sin. But now that we have read Romans 6 and studied it in much detail we clear this matter up and Isolate this “Sin Nature” and know that we have a cure to gain consistent victory over sin in our lives.

Scripture is very clear about the identity of the sin nature. This nature indwells in all of man when they are born into this world. This is a result of Adam’s Fall. One only has to read the following to know the character of the “Sin Nature”;

Genesis 6:5

New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Romans 3:10-18

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10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;

11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable;

There is none who does good, no, not one.”

13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;

14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;

17 And the way of peace they have not known.”

18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Galatians 5:19-21

New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

              (Scripture Courtesy of BibleGateway.com)

We can now identify through the Holy Bible what this germ in called, “sin nature.” We can also say that this sin nature is identified as the fallen nature received because of Adam’s Fall.

Sadly to say, This nature remains in us even after Jesus Christ has saved us. We learn this from reading 1 John 1:8;

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

From all of this we learn that God in Salvation severes this yoke and breaks the power of this sin nature over the Believer. But, God leaves this sin nature in us only as a disciplinary measure. let me repeat that, God leaves this sin nature in us only as a disciplinary measure… Now to our benefit, if we refuse the commands of this sin nature to continue in sin by saying “yes” to Jesus Christ, then we glorify God, defeat Satan and grow in spiritual strength and stature. Amen & Amen…

If we are to gain consistent victory over this sin nature we must know 2 things.

1 – What God has done in the inner being with regard to the sin nature.

2 – What adjustments is necessary for us to make in relation to it.

These two things Paul painstakingly brings up and deals with in this 6th Chapter of Romans and we will be studying throughout this Romans Chapter 6 Study.

Paul asks these two questions in Romans 6:1 And Romans 6:14. Lets look at these two verses in a paraphrased format: “What shall we say then? Shall we who are Christians continue to habitually sustain the same relationship with the sin nature like before we were Saved so that God’s Grace might abound, thus forgiving our sins?” and “What then? Shall we continue to commit occasional acts of sin because we are not under the rule of Law, but under the lenient Sceptre of Grace?

Because Paul knew Grace, neither of these two questions occurred to him. These were written by Paul because someone else who had been listening to Paul’s sermon on Grace. This person either did not understand the implication of God’s Grace and lived under the Law or by some of the Judaizers who were not in agreement with Paul concerning the great Gospel of Grace or what we call the New Covenant.

To finish up I want you to understand that the key to understanding Romans Chapter 6 is the definite article which precedes the word “Sin” of verse 1 in the Greek Text. In effect it says “The Sin”

If we take a moment to look back at Romans 5:21 we can see in that verse that sin is looked at as reigning like a king. It is very clear that this reference is to the sinful nature and not the acts of sin. Therefore in verse one this sinful nature is spoken of and throughout this sixth chapter where this word occurs.

So in this first verse Paul asks the question, “What shall we say then?” and in doing so he is referring back to Romans 5:20, “Where sin abounded Grace did much more abound.”

In light of this statement by Paul during his sermon or teaching someone more than likely asked the following; “Paul, are you saying that God is willing to forgive sin as fast as man can commit sin? If that is the case, are we who are Christians to continue to sustain the same relationship to the evil nature like we did before we were saved thus allowing God to forgive us of those sins and displaying His Grace?”

Now, in the verses 2 – 14 we will look at the relationship of the sinful nature to the Christian, Thus teaching us how to live for God.

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Romans 6:1

Posted: April 22, 2013 by floydcryer2013 in Romans 6 Study
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Romans 6:1 NKJV

“What shall we say than? Shall we continue in sin, that Grace may abound?”

Starting with the first question, “What Shall We Say Then?” is asked so that you look back and ponder further on Chapter 5 verse 20.

(Romans 5:20 NKJV

“Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, Grace did more abound.”)

Even tho Paul does know the answer to this question, he must ask it so that the answer my be brought out do to the fact that during this time until today there have been erroneous interpretations to deceive many in the study of the great Doctrine of Grace that Jesus Christ died for and he (Paul) was preaching.

When it comes to the Doctrine of Grace, especially when it is laid out in a manner that declares “Justification By Faith” and works not having any part of it, stirs up the deep seated hatred that is within the heart. We know that in two ways, one, the verse certainly says it and two, how much hatred can you muster up when someone tells you how wrong you are when you believe you are right without a shadow of a doubt but in fact are wrong. See?

This is where the issue comes in that must be addressed. Human reasoning is the totally opposite of what is being talked about, “Divine Teaching.” Divine Teaching says that man is so destroyed, ruined, and despicable that he, (man,) cannot & does not have the power to bring/restore himself back into the favor of God. Human Reasoning teaches us that man is not that destroyed, ruined, & despicable, that he himself can, by self-culture and good works find favor in God’s eyes and secure his happiness or in this case eternal life not separated from God. In today’s dictionary, this is called Psychology.

The second question, “Shall we continue in sin, that Grace may abound?” was asked by someone with decent education and either didn’t understand Grace or didn’t believe in Grace as was being taught. This question is very interesting because this person was in essence saying that he could sin all he wanted to and Grace would cover it/him without any consequences or that Paul was teaching people could sin all they wanted to, again, without any consequences. In Paul’s day, just after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, especially those in and around Jerusalem, didn’t have any sympathy with anyone who was teaching Grace, & Paul’s message was of Grace.

Most of the outcry and friction came because they wanted to keep the Law of Moses and add Jesus Christ to it, not realizing that Grace is so much better and easier than the Law and Jesus together. God knew that man could not live by law and win. It just wasn’t and isn’t gonna happen. Hence, Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. I mean, look at it, even the most mature Jew of those days couldn’t beat the power of sin or “Sin Nature.”

Got Ya!!!!

Before I go any further I must deal with this word “sin” and “sin nature.” First, sin is an act done that offends God. The “sin nature” is the deprived nature in man that came about in the Fall of man that is still within us. In the original Greek text there is a definite article that appears before the word “sin”, making it said as “the sin”. Romans 5:21 is the first time we learn about the “sin nature”.

Romans 5:21 NKJV

“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might Grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (This is referring to sin reigning as King until death and Jesus doing what he did so that we as men can be saved from this death of sin, because we as men cannot save ourselves.)

Kenneth S. Wuest explained it to the effect that every time the word “sin” gets used in this 6th Chapter of Romans it is referring to the “sinful nature” or “sin nature”

Romans Chapter 6 explains the mechanics of the Holy Spirit teaching us how to have victory over sin, or the sin that is within us, “sin nature”. And that is what Jesus Christ accomplished on Calvary and through the Resurrection as well as our position in Christ. This is a position that doesn’t try to gain victory over sin by works but maintains our victory because Jesus Christ has already won that victory on the Cross.

The next thing I have to explain so that we are on the same page is the Holy Spirit.

In the 8th Chapter of Romans we will learn that our Source of Power comes from the Holy Spirit. And through the Holy Spirit we are able to appropriate these great things Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary on the Cross. In Chapter 7 we find in Paul’s own story that self-dependence starts to jump in just like Murphy does, but even harder, and stops the Holy Spirit from giving you, the Believer, victory over the “sin nature”. This in turn stops the Fruits of the Spirit from growing. Chapter 6 here, teaches us “how” we should live our life and by what method…. Not what kind of life we should live.

So, in plain English, we could say this verse like this: “Shall we continue in the sinful nature?” Well, the Holy Spirit is putting a stop to this by explaining it through Paul like this: “So as Believers are we suppose to continue, habitually in a relationship with the sin nature, just like we did before we were Saved?”

Romans 6:2 tells us emphatically, NO! or in Paul’s own word’s “God Forbid.” And yet many, many believers, especially the Church, move forward by continuing in sin. Ruled by the sin nature. You may wonder why I have brought up the Church? My answer: because the Church today is living in “Spiritual Adultery”.

I’ll be getting into this later but for now lets take a break and next time I will finish explaining Romans Chapter 6:1. You will find I have a ton of reservation about the Church today, but the bottom line is “Spiritual Adultery” & Hypocrisy is the reason behind it. Until next time;

God Bless You All, and if you need prayer please post your prayer on the Prayer Needs Page.

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