Posts Tagged ‘free’

9
Aug

THE GATE-CRASHER

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Scott Kerman is an author of a book that describes 50 ways to sneak into concerts and sporting events. And he has thoroughly researched his topic by claiming to have attended 300 sporting events or concerts, including 25 World Series baseball games. And he did so without paying a penny.

Scott’s gate-crashing raises all sorts of ethical questions. But I think the topic of his book raises another question. Is it possible to somehow sneak into heaven? Can the gates of heaven be crashed?

I think Jesus answered that for us in John 14:6, when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus, who paid the price by shedding His blood on the cross, is the Ticket. It requires personal faith in Christ.

Blom wrote in an old hymn:

He the pearly gates will open
So that I may enter in,
For He purchased my redemption
And forgave me all my sin.

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28
Jun

A BARGAIN

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

The owner of a Denver restaurant reported, “I first tried to sell buffalo tongue as an hors d’oeuvre at $1.75 and had no takers. So I priced it at $6.75, set a limit of two to a customer, and sold out every night.”

Why are people so desirable of expensive or limited things? Why do we think that because something costs more it has a greater value? The above true example shows us that people do think that way.

But, if we make salvation a free gift, does it lose its value? Why is it people think we must somehow “earn” that salvation by doing some work or disciplining our behavior?

The truth is, salvation isn’t free at all. Jesus paid the hefty bill himself by shedding His blood on the cross. Its free to us, but it cost Him dearly. That’s why we change our lives…to live for Him who died for us.

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