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We invite you to the kitchen table this week where we’re chatting about Trivial Pursuit and some of the useless facts we love dearly. We talk about the serious nightmare that plagues every kid’s childhood–a good old-fashioned game of Monopoly. More specifically, losing that game of Monopoly.
Moving on to deeper topics, we take a look at the helmet of Salvation, which is referred to by Paul as “the hope of salvation.“ We talk about the miraculous fact that we serve a living God who not only died for our sins but also rose from the dead. Click the link below to hear this week’s episode.
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A few years back, my son decided that he wanted to fly to Calgary to watch his favorite team play. He knew it would cost him a lot, and at the time he was getting about $5.00/week for allowance. That’s a lot of weeks to save up just for the airfare alone. Nevermind the fact that at 9 years old, he wasn’t likely to get a job anytime soon. It might seem unreasonable that Graham would give up all that he had for one trip to Calgary, but to him it was everything.
Somehow he did it. Saving every allowance and every bit of birthday money he had, he was able to buy himself a two-way ticket to Calgary (dad helped out with the rest).
His ongoing persistence and deep dedication reminds me of two parables tucked into Matthew Chapter 13. One is that of a man who finds a treasure in a field, and the other a merchant who finds a pearl of great value. Both men sell all that they have to possess it.
It may seem unreasonable that someone would sell everything they have for one pearl, and yet God is equating this to the kingdom of heaven. It’s foolishness to anyone who doesn’t recognize their sin. If you don’t see the sin, you couldn’t possibly see the cost of redemption or your need for salvation, could you?
But to those who have tasted the incomparable gift of God’s grace, His sustaining peace, and His unfailing love–this pearl is worth giving up all that you have to possess it.
John MacArthur writes, “Any price is worth it if I can be found in Him, if I can know Him, if I can attain the resurrection of the dead, any price.”
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Tilling the Soil
Read Matthew Chapter 13:44-46 where you’ll find the two parables we talked about today. Once you have read them, consider your life. Is there anything that’s holding you back from serving Christ? Is there anything you need to let go of to follow Him?
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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