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Justification Plus . . .

Justification Plus . . .
 
"He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.  Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."  Romans 4:25-5:1 (HCSB)
 
The Apostle Paul addresses  the power of believers' faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the one whose sinless life paid our sin debt, In Romans, chapter 4.  When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are justified, declared righteous, and have peace with God.  What more could we ask for in an abundant life of promise?  But there's more!
 
In the verses following those above are phrases from the "Holman Christian Standard Bible" version that introduce . . . blessing after . . . blessing after . . . blessing.
 
Verse 2:  We have also obtained . . .
Verse 3:  And not only that . . .
Verse 5:  God's love has been poured out . . .
Verse 9:  Much more then . . .
Verse 10:  . . . then how much more . . .
Verse 11:  . . . and not only that . . .
 
Reading through the passage, Romans 5:1-11, concludes with the final phrase, ". . . we have now received this reconciliation."
 
We acknowledge special turns and events in our lives, but the continually flowing blessings day after day are mostly taken for granted as just life circumstances.  We are no doubt delivered from many unseen troubles, and unrealized good fortunes are diverted to us.   Burdens are lifted and benefits are gained along life's road taking us all the way to eternal salvation!
 
Often, as I acknowledge the blessings in my life, lyrics of early hymns come to mind.  Today the verse is from "Trust and Obey" (Lyrics by:  John H. Sammis, 1887):
 
"When we walk with the Lord
in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey."
 
"You love Him, though you have not seen Him.  And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy."  1 Peter 1:8 (HCSB)
 
Ray Newbold
 
Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico
eThoughts Team--Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. IX, No. 05-09RN -- Archived
Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita -- Editor and Publisher
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Oh, Those Mothers! . . .

Oh, Those Mothers! . . .
 
One of the pleasures  of Spring is witnessing the appearance of babies.  Lambs, colts, calves, piglets, kids (little goats), fawns, chicks, ducklings, and all breathe new life into our world.  
 
I especially enjoy the arrival of bird couples around the yard.  Once a good spot is picked, nest building begins with their mate.  When that is finished, eggs are laid, and the hatching phase begins.  All the eggs sit at the same temperature until the count is complete, then momma bird faithfully warms them together so that all hatch on the same day (amazing!).  Both parents stay busy gathering insects to feed the little offspring, each getting their bite in turn (tiring!).  When adequately feathered, the young are encouraged out of the nest and provided oversight until they fly to the trees (success!).
 
Moving up to our human mothers, birthing her child is EARLY in the parental process.  The child is fed, changed, bathed, and rocked.  Next is clothing, playing, and teaching.  Then comes discipline, negotiations, education, physical health activities, and life skills.  After a couple of decades, the child is prepared to leave the home nest and make their own way in the world.  Sensational!
 
The whole living world courses along this same pattern of female achievement; not only in the animal kingdom but also with the plants.  God set this all up and sustains it season after season. He assigned intuitive responsibilities to mothers along with their affectionate and protective personalities.  Our mothers do have an edge of patience that allows them to keep things along the appropriate lines of behavior in the family, but then it reverts back to hugs, kisses, encouragement and praise.  How we treasure our mothers!
 
A special day is coming this weekend.  I wish a wonderful "Mother's Day" to my wife Linda and daughter Sarah . . . and all the other devoted mothers who read this note.  May God fill your special day with joy and blessing!
 
"Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
Proverbs 31:31 (NIV)
 
Ray Newbold
 
Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico
eThoughts Team--Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. IX, No. 05-09RN -- Archived
Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita -- Editor and Publisher
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Season of Joy . . .

Season of Joy . . .
 
By reading The Old Farmer's Almanac Companion Newsletter, Monday through Friday, I discover some factual minutia almost every day.  I have learned that the significance of February 2nd is not just a groundhog day that predicts the nearness or delay of spring; it is the halfway date between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.  (Did you know that?)
 
From February 2nd onward, winter is headed downhill to spring's arrival.  The month of March will come in like either a lion or a lamb and . . . as the adage goes, leave as the other.  Days of warm or cold, calm or windy, sunny or cloudy . . . the March weather is all over the board.  Our clocks move from standard time to daylight saving time providing longer evenings to stay busy.  It all seems to reflect labor pains birthing the arrival of the spring season.
 
Arrival of our new life in Christ can be like spring breaking out.  It may be preceded by insecurity, unpredictability, and indecision, but once the commitment is made to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life, it is like tree buds bursting into leaves and flowers blooming.  
 
Joy comes we never knew before, burdens are lifted, and activities in worship, Bible study, and Christian fellowship occupy our weeks.  The Apostle James tells us that this new life emanates from God and is sustained through Bible truths that guide us.  The Holy Spirit points us to sound decisions and encouragement to discover gifts and talents we never used before and to direct them to God's honor and glory.
 
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." James 1:17-18 (NIV) 
 
   
 
 
 
 
Ray Newbold
 
 
Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico
eThoughts Team--Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. IX, No. 03-05RN -- Archived
Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita -- Editor and Publisher
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