Tag Archives: Redemption

There is Purpose in your Pain

Is there a redeeming purpose in pain? A good question. This blogger has some answers. What he says is worth consideration.

Cory Lebovitz

I was reminded again this weekend of the power found in our story.  God is able to take and redeem the most difficult of experiences and situations and bring about something beautiful amidst the pain.  If you have experienced pain, loss, disappointment – that experience is not void of purpose. Understanding the journey of pain wont solve your pressure in this moment.  It will perhaps reveal something of God’s leading in your life and how God might use you down the road.

There seems to be a process to our pain: Pain – Sadness – Comfort – Redemption. Each of these have a season where they become prominent in our lives. Knowing the process of pain does not make suffering any easier. It simply gives vision for what is to come.

Pain is the first and most obvious stage in the process.  Whether it comes in the form of trauma or…

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Merry Christmas

Wishing Everyone a Merry and Blessed Christmas

Lately, I’ve been on an Immanuel journey of sorts (Matthew 1:21–23; Isaiah 7:14–16). According to Matthew, Immanuel refers to Jesus Christ. The Hebrew, עִמָּנוּאֵל‎, means God with us.

The O Come, O Come Emmanuel music video below is from Anna Hawkins’ latest album, Divine, filmed in the deserts of Israel and the streets of Jerusalem.

Anna Hawkins' Oh Come EmmanuelThis version is solemn, breathtaking, reflective.

Click on the picture to listen and enjoy.

Given the Right



Read 1 Chronicles 1:1 through 2:55; John 1:1–18

Instead of talking with friends at the Rosemont Middle School, Chuck rushed home after the final dismissal bell. He flopped into his chair, tossed his homework aside for the moment, and reached for the devotional magazine in the top desk drawer. Flipping to the marked page from the previous day, he started reading. He had never experienced anything like this before—the words seemed alive, jumping off the page and piercing his heart. The tears flowed as he realized Jesus was knocking at the door to his life. As Chuck walked to school the next morning, he wondered if his schoolmates would notice that Jesus had entered his life.

To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

When we believe that God’s Word is true, it opens our spiritual heart to receive Jesus. For those who believe in His name, God offers adoption into His eternal family. We now have the right to become God’s children, yet we do not earn this incredible privilege. Jesus has earned it for us. It is a gift, freely given to all who ask. How are you treating God’s incredible gift?

Challenge for Today: Find someone who needs God’s adoption service.

—Charles Earl Harrel (Chuck)

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Canceling the Code

Judge's rulingCanceling the Code   

Having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; [God] took it away, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14).

Scripture: Colossians 2:11–19  

Song: “At the Cross”

“Well, how do you plead?” asked the judge at traffic court. “As guilty as the serpent in the Garden of Eden,” replied the minister. Bewildered, the judge asked Dale to explain his answer.

Dale told him that in the garden, Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but the serpent had no one to blame. “And neither do I, so I’m guilty as charged.”

The judge laughed at the minister’s reply. “That’s the most sincere plea I’ve heard in years, and it’s refreshing too.” Amused with his honesty, the judge dismissed the case and forgave Dale’s speeding ticket.

Seldom are offences forgiven, especially when we are truly guilty. But that is exactly what happened on the cross. With His atoning death, Jesus paid the penalty for sin and canceled the written code against us. Although the Old Testament was a good tutor, we no longer need to keep its numerous laws and regulations. Now, only one code is expedient: that we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Dear Father, Your Son’s sacrifice removed the barriers that separated me from You. Your new covenant gives me hope for the future and the freedom to serve You daily. Thank You. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

“Canceling the Code” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Crucify Him

Crucify HimCrucify Him

Read 2 Kings 15:13 through 17:41; Luke 23:13–34

They kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (Luke 23:21).

Pilate wanted to release Jesus. He did not see any merit in the accusations of the religious rulers, so he decided to punish Jesus and quietly discharge him. The Jewish leaders, however, were not satisfied. They wanted crucifixion. Pilate felt his idea of punishing and releasing Jesus would be enough. Others had granted this type of pardon before. But the crowds would not have it; they requested a convicted murderer instead. Pilate could feel the anger in their voices. No matter what he offered, they kept shouting, “Crucify him!”

Crucifixion is a horrible, painful death. Only people full of hate or jealousy would wish it upon a person. Nevertheless, they were making the right request. Without the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, there would be no forgiveness. Jesus the God-man was the only person who could pay the penalty for sin needed to provide redemption for humanity. We have the gift of eternal life because they crucified Him.

Challenge for Today: As ugly as the act of crucifixion was, it was God’s chosen instrument to bring you redemption. Whom can you share the message of the Crucifixion with today?

—Charles Earl Harrel

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