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Saturday, January 5 2013
Living A Grace-Full Life
"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof"
The English word "grace" originated from a Greek word, pronounced khar-eese (a hint of the source pronunciation of "grace" is audible in khar-eese), which meant to rejoice (grateful, gratitude and agree are all derived from the same source as grace). "Grace" is used to translate that same word, from which it was derived, in the Holy Scriptures.
Grace is a state of being grateful for the forgiveness that comes, from the LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), when one truly repents and genuinely lives according to God's Law. Grace is not about being ungrateful ("ungraceful") by doing nothing good, or blasphemously claiming that grace makes humans "free" of obedience to God (see also Blaspheming The Name Of God):
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God"
Genuine Christians (in contrast to those who merely do as they please, in Christ's Name; see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?) joyfully live according to God's Law because in it is true freedom - from deception now, and from death in due time.
"6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Repentance means to turn, from the way of wrong to the way of right, by means of obeying God according to His Commandments (see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God).
"6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Fact Finder: Was the Messiah sacrificed for sinners, or for repentant sinners?
This Day In History, January 5
1066: King Edward ("Edward the Confessor") of England died.
1477: During the Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Charles the Bold was defeated and killed by Swiss forces at the Battle of Nancy.
1527: Swiss Anabaptist reformer Felix Manz, 29, was drowned as a "suitable punishment" for teaching adult baptism (see Anabaptists and Why Isn't Infant Baptism Valid?). The modern-day "waterboarding" torture also originated during the Church of Rome's "Inquisition" in which those who taught baptism by immersion, according to the Biblical Command, were partially drowned until they "repented."
1757: Assassination of Louis XV of France was attempted as he was entering his carriage at Versailles. The attacker, Jean-Francois Damiens was later executed.
1762: Peter III became Czar of Russia upon the death of Elizabeth.
1809: Britain and the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) signed the Treaty of Dardanelles, also called the Treaty of Canak. Its main provision was that no warship of any power should enter the Dardanelles or Bosphorus.
1834: In an apparent description of a great meteor shower, Kiowa Indians recorded this date as "the night the stars fell."
1895: The public degradation of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in the courtyard of the Ecole Militaire in Paris; his uniform badges and buttons were cut off, and his sword was removed and broken.
1896: German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays.
1914: The Ford Motor Company made headlines by raising basic wages from $2.40 for a 9 hour day (about 27 cents per hour) to $5.00 for an 8 hour day (about 63 cents per hour). The invention of the timed and moving assembly line actually decreased labor costs per vehicle for the company, while at the same time raising wages for the workers.
1919: Spartacists in Berlin led by Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht attempted to take over the government and seized a number of buildings.
1919: The German Workers Party, later to be called the Nazi Party, was formed (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1919: The Soviet army took Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, during the Baltic War of Liberation. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania eventually successfully defended their independence from attacks from both Russia and Germany during that conflict.
1964: Pope Paul VI met Patriarch Athenagoras I in Jerusalem, the first encounter by the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches in 5 centuries.
1968: In Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubcek succeeded Antonin Novotny as First Secretary of the Communist Party. His policy of democracy within a Communist framework led to the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union.
1993: Oil poured onto the coast of northern Scotland's Shetland Islands after the 89,000-ton Liberian-registered Braer hit rocks in heavy seas. The tanker carried 84,500 tons of crude oil. A huge oil slick stretched 25 miles up the coast.
1996: Yahya Ayyash, the "Engineer," the elusive mastermind behind a wave of Islamic suicide bombings against Israel, was killed in Gaza by a booby-trapped cell phone.