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Claim It and Enjoy It!

Bible Reading:   Hebrews 10:11-14

Our High Priest offered himself to God as one sacrifice for sins, good for all time.   Hebrews 10:12Trish told Angela a secret. Guess what? Angela told someone else. Ever since then, Angela has felt like a traitor, a two-timer, especially since Trish found out about it. Now every morning on the school bus, Angela apologizes to Trish.Finally Trish stopped her. “Angela,” she said, “I’ve already forgiven you.”“But I want to make sure that we’re still friends,” she insisted.“Of course we are,” Trish said. “I need you to believe that I’ve forgiven you.”Just like in our human relationships, some Christians have a hard time believing God has really forgiven their sins. They imagine God keeps a record of all our sins, waiting for the day when he will bring them up again and use them against us.To experience the freedom of God’s forgiveness, take these steps:Remember that God loves you unconditionally. You are God’s special child. He paid a high price for your …

The Disguise of Darkness

Bible Reading:   John 3:16-21

Those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.   John 3:21WHEN DO YOU suppose most violent crimes are committed: during daylight hours or at night?When do you think burglars do their work: during daylight hours or at night?When do you imagine most vandalism (breaking windows, damaging property, and so on) happens: during daylight hours or at night?When do you think most arsonists (people who set fire to things on purpose) do their work: during daylight hours or at night?If you answered “at night” to all those questions, you’re correct. But why is that? Why do so many murders or muggings take place at night? Why do people wait until after dark to break windows or set fires?Because it’s dark, of course! People who don’t want to be caught doing something wrong will wait until it’s dark, so the darkness will disguise their deeds. That’s what Jesus meant when he said that people “loved the darkness m…