|Big Sur 1974 - Our Honeymoon road trip|
Did you know that I'm a sinner? Did you know that you are too? Did you know that sin and evil are real and not just a mistake, mishap or oversight? "Sin", though not a term that is used much any more, is anything that men and women do (or don't do) that causes them to fall short of the standard of perfection set by the One who created them, regardless of how our culture tries to explain it away. In fact, every person born on this planet is capable of doing evil things. When people continually reject God and pursue living for themselves, they can eventually be completely given over to horrible behaviors which are motivated by Satan, who, by the way, is real, and he's not a character in a red suit with horns, and a pitch fork. The Bible says he "prowls around the earth like a roaring lion seeking who he can devour." We see evidence of his activities in the news, but we also see in every human being, myself included, a selfish, sinful heart.
|One of our fruit trees|
|Our old fig tree|
Basically, God does it all the saving work. He offers salvation to the spiritually blind, bankrupt, imprisoned, and oppressed. (Luke 4:18) People bring nothing to the table. That's Love. That's Grace. Jesus bore His Father's punishment for the sins of all those who would believe/trust Him, when he was crucified. Admitting our need for this great substitution is the key to Salvation and being "right with God". When a person turns from sinning (repents), and believes God (faith), takes Him at His word, he is a new person. His soul is washed clean. God no longer sees his sin. The Bible says God removes that sin as far away as the East is from the West. The debt is forgiven.
2008 - Several months after learning he had A.D.