Sin and Forgiveness

The following was written by a friend and brother in Christ, Paul Kocourek. I felt moved to share it.

Some people like to quote the following against homosexuals:

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
(1 Cor 6:9-10)

But they fail to include the very next verse:

“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor 6:11)

There is salvation and forgiveness for homosexuals (and all others self-identified as LGBTQ+), just as there is salvation and forgiveness for:

fornicators

idolaters

adulterers

effeminate

thieves

covetous

drunkards

revilers

swindlers

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and YOU WILL BE SAVED, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)

Our sins — all of them – deserved the death penalty. God so loved us that He sent Jesus to die the death penalty we each deserved.

It doesn’t matter if we are not a LGBTQ+ person, and committed only one sin, and the rest of the time we are practically a saint. Why? Because to break one of God’s commandments is to be guilty of breaking ALL of them.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)

One “little white lie”, one moment of lust or greed or pride, is as guilty and deserving of death as murder. So, when Jesus Christ went to the cross to suffer, bleed and die, He paid for ALL our sins, dying the death we deserved. The combined weight of ALL our sins was laid on Jesus at the cross, and so He died for ALL of them!

Three days later, Jesus arose victoriously from the grave, proving the death penalty was satisfied and the payment accepted. Now God can totally PARDON us — forgiveness is available to every one of us, free and clear, ours simply for the asking, accessed by faith in Jesus, trusting and believing that He:

1) died for our sins

2) was buried

3) rose again the third day

Friend, if you haven’t yet accessed that pardon, yours free and clear, simply for the asking, won’t you pray now and choose to believe in Jesus, as per the three points above?

God promises that when you do, you will be totally forgiven, right then and there! It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done, or how terrible and grievous or how many are your sins. Trust in Jesus and you will be totally cleansed from them all!

Contented Folk

I would love to be so content, even when I lose my truck keys.

Maybe not until heaven.

His eye is on the sparrow

Here is honored the folk of whom is said to be the glue that holds civilizations together, intact. ~g.w.

IN PRAISE OF SOLID PEOPLE

Thank God that there are solid folk

Who water flowers and roll the lawn,

And sit and sew and talk and smoke,

And snore all through the summer dawn.

Who pass untroubled nights and days

Full-fed and sleepily content,

Rejoicing in each other’s praise,

Respectable and innocent.

Who feel the things that all men feel,

And think in well-worn grooves of thought,

Whose honest spirits never reel

Before man’s mystery, overwrought.

O happy people! I have seen

No verse yet written in your praise,

And, truth to tell, the time has been

I would have scorned your easy ways.

Then I do envy solid folk

Who sit of evenings by the fire,

After their work and doze and smoke,

And are not fretted by desire.

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Of A Letter To You

Wild roses by my yard gates

Fellow WordPress blogger, Beaton, at Becoming The Muse, wrote a wonderful post.

Word for word, I could have written it myself. I thank him for saving me the time.

This part especially is from me, too:

“There are some of you who read quietly and steadily, never drawing attention to yourself. You are as silent as a midnight mouse. I never know you have been here. Still, I thank you for your creepy presence, lurking in the bushes, reading every word I write. I do hope you would cough once in awhile so I know you are there. I won’t make a big deal of it. I will just casually nod in your direction and carry on as we were, even as I try to hide the proud smile from my face.”

Here’s the rest of his post:

https://wp.me/p3NqTj-30g

When I Cannot Write

Um …

When I’ve “got the dumb and can’t brain”, it is comforting to read someone else’s words about their writing or lack thereof.

My blogging buddy and brother in Christ, G.W., said so well what describes my relationship with the pen. Maybe others can relate, too.

Here it is:

What’s What – to write or not to write that is the confession

Texas Trash

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A friend of mine who hails from Texas sent me a sample of this stuff called Texas Trash. It’s delicious, but probably not something I can eat a lot of lest I end up unable to fit my jeans. My kids are crazy about it, and now we have the opportunity to try making it ourselves, thanks to him publishing his grandmother’s recipe. Here it is:

via Texas Trash

How To Not Get Distracted

Classic shot of something that has nothing to do with the blog post: yesterday’s lunch

The link I am about to share is for an article I enjoy reading, at least the amount I’ve gotten to read so far. I’ve had it open in a window on my computer for the past few weeks. I read a little here, a little there, but I keep getting distracted, so I’ve not finished reading the whole thing. Maybe you’ll find it helpful. If so, do let me know some things that stood out to you, or any other tips you may have on productivity and staying focused.

Here’s the link: How To Not Get Distracted

 

T-Shirt Renovation

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The following link is for a post on how to make a big ol’ boxy T-shirt into one that fits a lady more nicely. The author is a personal friend of mine with whom I went to high school.

I love the title of her blog: The Duck Stop. My friend lives in the coolest of floating houses with her man and their feline friends. Ducks are common visitors to their “yard”. She hasn’t posted much lately, but I hope she will. She’s a good communicator.

If you’re interested in renovating a T-shirt, visit her post here: T-Shirt Renovation

If you aren’t interested in renovating a T-shirt, at least go see her blog and check out her About section. She’s a lovely person.