Romans 3:23-26: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.
There is a story that has been circled around about the devil going to market with his tools. For one reason or another he decides to advertise them for sale.
"...There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:10
Today, I get to witness an event that will bring about great joy in heaven. In a little under an hour from when I started this post, there will be a baptism. Now, I don't know that I've ever met a group of people that gets more excited about baptisms than the Church of Christ, and I like that. I think it's a phenomenal experience, to witness an event that God and the angels will rejoice over even more greatly than we will tonight. It's suspenseful leading up to the event for us, and everyone has a hushed energy about them just waiting to escape. Some, like our minister, don't even try to hide their excitement. It's a big deal, someone being baptized. Someone, in this case, a young woman in our congregation, has decided to give her life over to our great God and to his purpose and plan for her. We get a little pumped up. It's the beginning of a huge journey in her life, and one that we will be accompanying her on. And the thought of the journey is really the thought I want to explore...