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Saturday, March 15, 2008

I don't know if I mentioned it before, but.....

we found a church! =)

we have been going to Carson Valley Christian for a few weeks now, and since we really like it, have decided to make it our home church. Josh says the pastr almost reminds him of a Christian, nicer, Stephen Colbert. I agree. He is a great teacher, says what need to be said and doesn't fluff it up too much.
Well, I really wanted to get involved in a home bible study, and I submitted a request to the church, and within a few hours got a response from Kirsten, inviting us to join their group.
So tonight, we went to the Saturday night church service, and then to bible study. It was really cool... we both really enjoyed it, and it was only a tiny bit awkward, as it usually is coming as a new person into a new group. =) But there are some nerds in the group like us. haha (self-proclaimed, of course!)

Tonight at church, the pastor talked about the crucifixion in a way I hadn't really hear before. (And then it was continued in our bible study) He was talking about the three crosses, and the two criminals who were crucified with Jesus.
Luke 23:39-43

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[a]"
43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

The first one acted just like the crowd... rebuked him and insulted him.

But the second one was the opposite. He knew he had done wrong. He knew he deserved to be on that cross. He admitted he was bad. But he knew that Jesus didn't deserve what he was getting. He knew that there was something about him, and even though he didn't know for sure, he had the faith to ask Jesus to remember him in Heaven. His faith saved him.

We need to have the attitude of that guy. We need to recognize our sins, recognize what we deserve for those sins, and admit our need to God. We need to humble ourselves completely.

Great thoughts for this week before Easter. =)

1 comment:

Tracey said...

Congratulations on finding a new church! Always a good feeling.

I love your blog colors and that cute little fishie :) Found you by way of Scary's West, btw!