Posts with the tag “forgiveness”
3 Strikes and You're NOT out!
by Cameron Stevens on May 10th, 2021
I got to thinking today about the concept of "3 strikes and you're out". The obvious correlation is to the game of baseball. I've heard parents employ this rule with their children..."I'm going to give you to the count of 3 young man!" Have you noticed however, that after a batter strikes out, the child is disciplined, and punishment is handed out at school, the individual gets another chance! As long as the game continues, the batter gets to try again.
I Am Addicted
by Cameron Stevens on April 26th, 2021
We all have or had something in our life that compelled us to partake, even though we knew it was wrong and would drive a wedge in our relationship with God. Sin can be our quicksand, or it can be our catapult. We will sink ever so slowly into its trap, that before we know it we're up to our neck in sin. Or, we'll get launched with full force that the damage from it will be incomprehensible.
I Am Forgiven
by Cameron Stevens on April 12th, 2021
It's amazing to me when I think about the fact that I've been set free! No, I wasn't in jail. Rather, I've been set free from the bondage of sin. To some, this may seem odd. To those that do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they won't be able to understand the freedom that takes place when you surrender your life to Him.
by Cameron Stevens on March 29th, 2021
This year, April 2 represents Good Friday. The day that we commemorate Jesus Christ's death on the cross. One of the most gruesome, torturous punishments ever devised by man. Crucifixion rips the human body and mind to shreds. What it's really about is suffocation and humiliation.
The pedestal has been destroyed
by Cameron Stevens on December 14th, 2020
"Christ didn't die for us, save us, set us free, only to place us back on the pedestal, so as not to fall off again." (Pastor Ryan Sharp) I love the vision of this concept! Growing up in the church, this had been my thought process about Christianity. Throughout junior high and high school, this is how I spent my life. When I sinned against God, I felt as if I had fallen and needed to be reprimanded for what I had done wrong.
The Splendor of His Suffering
by Cameron Stevens on November 9th, 2020
This past Sunday, I challenged the church to rest in God's Word. Not to answer any specific question(s), just to be still in the presence of God and listen to his voice through His Word. So my desire in this devotion is to allow God's Word to speak for itself...Jesus Christ's death and resurrection is something that time itself is dependent upon. The centrality of the history of mankind points to his life, death, and resurrection. I pray this speaks to your heart and brings some realization that you do not have to live in the bondage of your sin.
Lost and Found
by Cameron Stevens on October 12th, 2020
Out of our foolishness, we wander away. Because of carelessness, we become misplaced. Out of our disobedience, betrayal, and selfishness, we live our own life according to our own self-gratification only to find we are dead in our ways. But God... Because of His love for us, He finds us in our loneliness. Because of His desire for us, He searches for us that we would be found safe. Because of His joy in us as His sons and daughters, He longingly waits for us to return home.
Before you take your mark
by Cameron Stevens on September 14th, 2020
Ever watch the Olympics? I do, and my favorite athletes to watch are the sprinters in the track & field events. The power they exhibit coming off the blocks, the flawless running form, and the speed is awesome to watch! As I'm sure you have noticed, they are dressed very differently in how they come on to the track, versus what they wear when they run...How can we move forward down the track (in ministry) while carrying all the extra weight of sin?