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by Janie Buck
Date: 10.09.2008
Did you know God chose you before He even made the world? How is that possible? I don't know. But the apostile Paul wrote "He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."

Isn't that amazing? But we are responsible to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Who wouldn't do it! I heard about a very rich and intelligent man who visited a church and the Lord spoke to him and invited him to put his trust in Jesus as his Savior. The man decided he wanted to run his life without anyone interfering. He was afraid God would want to make changes in his plans, so he refused the invitation and left the church. That man's secretary told a friend of mine about this and said he was a bitter, mean and hard man and died a misserable death.

In church when I was sixteen years old the Lord spoke to me and told me to give my life to Him. I replyed that I wouldn't know how or what to do. He responded that He would show me. And He has but not dramaticly. It is a gradual process of reading the Bible and praying.

Every day His goodness and mercies are new and fresh. His blessing our worth more that I can imagine.

I advise you not to waste the chance to kneel and worship the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you sins and come into your life as Lord and Savior. As Lord He deserves control of our life. Believe me! His plans for you are better than anything you can dream up on your own. Don't be afraid. He loves you and wants the best for you. Trust Him.
by Janie Buck
Date: 10.09.2008
Do you remember grade school play ground time? Were you the first one chosen when the teams were divided up? There was always some kid who was so clutsy that he/she was always the last one chosen. The good news for everyone is God has chosen us to be His children. He even adopted us into His family. And His choice didn't depend upon how good we were for "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

Since there is no one who is perfect God made a way for us to become His children. The problen was that no sinner can go to heaven so God, in mercy and goodness, sent His Son who had never sinned to die in our place. He took the punishment we deserve upon Himself and died for us. Oh, how He loves you and me! "While we were yet sinners Christ died for us."

Our response is necessary. We acknowledge that we have sinned and ask Jesus to forgive us and come into our heart and be our Savior and Lord. This is the greatest exchange we can ever imagined. Jesus took our sinful self to the cross and died for us. That was done long ago but if you have never understood this before ask Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you. He will answer that prayer! Then you will be a "Christ-in-your-heart" person. Jesus then gives you assurance that you will go to heaven when you die.

Father God chose you and now you choose Him to be your Savior and Lord.

Life can be an adventure of learning more about our Father in heaven and anticipating the glory of living there forever in that perfect place. I'll see you there!
by Janie Buck
Date: 10.09.2008
First of all we, like Paul, bless the Lord. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." This is foundational in our prayer life. We usually ask Him to bless us, and that is correct, but remember to give thanks and praise for all His goodness and blessings.

We bless God because He has first "blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." Wow! Stop and think about that! Our blessings come form God's heavenly domain - His throne. Therefore they are for sure! So when troubles and problems come as they surely do, think on the Lord and tell Him your troubles. That is prayer.

"God is peace" and "God is love" and "God is light" and "God is rich in mercy" and "God is faithful" and so much more. We can trust Him completely no matter what is happening in our life because He makes "all things work for good to those who love Him."

All things that happen to us are not good. So trust the Lord with your problems. "Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken" ( Psalm 55:22).
by Janie Buck
Date: 10.09.2008
In Paul's letter to the Ephesians he reminds us of the immeasurable riches and blessings we have in Christ Jesus. Our Father "has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." What we need to do to understand this is a better understanding of our Lord Jesus.

The question is how do I get to know Jesus better? It is from the page up! The written Word of God, the Bible. Not some airy-fairy nonsense but solid reading and studying the Bible which is the Word of God.

There is no short cut. Reading and studying the Bible is as necessary to our spiritual life and eating three meals a day. We would grow weak and sickly if we didn't eat food. Our spiritual life will be weak if we don't "feed" on God's word.

Start reading the Bible today. Don't put it off until you have time. You take time just like you take time to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A good place to begin reading the Bible is the New Testament. Read a chapter, or even a short part, and think about it. That is called meditation. And pray Father will open your understanding and apply what you read to your life.

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