Category Archives: Sacrifice

· August 5, 2016

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)

God’s grace is overwhelmingly generous and we are undeserving of it. To the point that He made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us be thankful for the redemption and forgiveness God provides us through Jesus.

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· August 1, 2016

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4,5 (NIV)

The punishment that brought us peace was on him. Jesus thank you for your sacrifice and for your peace. Both surpass our understanding. May we remain ever so grateful.

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· February 18, 2015

…and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
Joel 2:13 (NLT)

As we head into the season of Lent, remember the result of your sacrifice on the state of your heart is more important than the sacrifice itself.

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· November 24, 2014

For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.
Luke 21:4 (ESV)

Whether it be fiscal resources, emotional or physical means, the most meaningful offering is when we give out of our lack.

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· November 18, 2014

And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
Luke 19:2-4 (ESV)

Let us be bold, willing to tackle our shortcomings at all costs in order to see Jesus!

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· November 3, 2014

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3,4 (ESV)

Follow these instructions.

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· August 8, 2014

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Matthew 16:25 (NAS)

Be hesitant to follow your own ambitions and agendas. Seek after those of the Lord’s. Whoever loses his life for the sake of God will find it. Find your life in what God has planned, not in what your human nature would try to orchestrate.

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· July 25, 2014

It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave.
Matthew 20:26,27 (ESV)

Follow Jesus’ example and seek to serve rather than be served.

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· July 14, 2014

What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
Isaiah 1:11,16,17 (ESV)

These excerpts from Isaiah are a great reminder of what is and is not important to God. Before sacrifice, God longs for good, justice and caring and providing for the less fortunate.

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· June 18, 2014

But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will suspect you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in secret. And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
Matthew 6:17,18 (NLT)

It is inviolable to have something that only you and God are aware of, whether it’s your sacrifices, victories or your innermost petitions. Lean into that intimacy with God, and cherish it more than any other relationship.

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