Good Friday/Earth Day April 22, 2011

Good Friday Number Two (Background)

Earlier this month, when I saw that April 22nd was Earth Day, I thought that would be a good topic for the day’s post.

As the day drew near, I realized it was also Good Friday.

So tonight I sit here, trying to tie the two together. Earth Day pales in light of the Crucifixion of Christ.

Earthday.org asks, “What is your impact on the planet?”

However, the question I would like to ask is, “What is your impact on mankind?”

Jesus was asked, “What is the most important commandment of all?” And he replied, “The most important is ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:29-31

So, how are you doing with that? Have you made a decision, one way or the other, whether or not you believe that God exists? Can you honestly say that you care about the people that you come into contact with each day? Do you care for their needs as much as your own?

Choose you THIS DAY whom you will serve. Will you spend your days trying to help others, or will you serve only yourself?

John 10:10 says Jesus came that we “may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 3:17-18 tells us, “God did not send the Son (Jesus) into the world in order to judge (reject, condemn, pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

There are many voices today that would try to sugarcoat this message, or try to make you think that God does not demand justice, or that surely there is more than one path to Heaven. Do not be fooled by them. If you are in doubt, ask God to show you the Truth. Then watch out! I pray that you will find the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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14 thoughts on “Good Friday/Earth Day April 22, 2011

  1. Great message, Patti. God’s love is awesome and unparalleled except by His wrath toward sin. Often the focus is all on the love of God. It is God’s holy love that brings into focus His wrath. When we look at the cross, we should see God’s wrath toward our sin, as well as His great love that allowed Jesus to suffer the cross for us. Blessings to you, Patti…

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    • I certainly can’t come near to explaining the height, depth, length or width of God’s love for all His creation; but we do have to realize that our “good” isn’t good enough for His standards, and there are consequences to our actions. But He made a way to atone for our transgressions, all that is required of us is to believe in Him, and the work done on the cross to redeem us. Blessings to you and your dear hubby this Easter.

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  2. “Sugarcoat.” Such an appropriate word. How many times does God’s Word get watered-down, “dressed up”, and twisted and contorted into whatever people want to make it?! I so agree, Patti, that there are many that argue about which path leads to Heaven, and it’s so heartbreaking to realize that there are still millions that are deceived by this thinking. Fabulous post! Inspiring message!

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  3. Yes! I could write a long response…but it will all be written in my post tomorrow. Check my blog tomorrow (Saturday) for my answer to your question.

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  4. Great message. We have to be careful to not subscribe to the ‘buffet’ style of belief (believe only the parts of God’s word that you feel like applying to your life and reject the rest of it.)

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