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Does God really technically save?

Before anyone shoots me in the foot, let me start by saying one thing up front. I have never ever in the past, nor will I now ever state that God is not merciful, nor will I state that Christ is not the answer to salvation. Let me be very clear about this fact.

We here at GSH Ministries believe this truth with all our hearts. So please do not read too much into the title of this blog post. Let me further explain my question in context.

OK, so, the act of saving... What more specifically is this? It's an action. Is it not? I think we all can agree on that.

What a beautiful illustration!

Tonight while at a church dinner we attended for us volunteers, my mother told our table a story which deeply touched my heart. I'd like to share it with all of you.

One thing you will quickly learn about my mom is, she loves nature, and loves animals. If she could have a full house of them, I think she would. But alas, I digress.

Brothers and Sisters

This last week has been a huge time of reflection for me regarding God's amazing love. Even more so however has been the thought of how we, as christians should love one another as Christ loves us.

The most important commandment in scripture says to love one another as Christ loves us. This really got me thinking...

The huge question which was risen in my mind was, "Who, and what are/is a family?" As christians, we all are part of the bigger picture, the family of God. One may ask more specifically what this means.

A very clean joke

This is one of the best clean jokes we have seen in a while!

Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was
tired of hearing all the bickering.

Finally fed up, God said, ‘THAT’S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will
judge who does the better job.’

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.

They moused.

They faxed.

They e-mailed.

Chasing Waters

“The beginning of strife is like letting out water. So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.” Proverbs 17:14

A good day to you! to you! Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone in your workplace and in your particular industry spoke kindly, courteously, respectfully,
and selflessly? Unfortunately, that’s a pipe dream. It is even more unfortunate when we (you and I) are the ones who do not speak kindly or in a Christ-like
way to those with whom we intersect on a daily basis in our work environments.

What would you do?

Recently, one of our staff members had a somewhat unsettling dream while in bed at night.

In this dream, it was your typical average day. The sun was shining, birds were singing, the breeze was blowing… – You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful
day!

Considering that this dream’s setting took place during the summer months, it was obviously very hot and humid. For this reason, the whole family had gone
indoors to grab some fresh squeezed lemonade with lots of ice to cool off from what at the time, felt like an outdoor furnace, putting it mildly.

The characteristics of Grace

In this blog entry, we’re going to take a quick look at one of the most important key elements of our christian faith… Grace.

Before we start really talking a lot however about the topic of grace, I think it’s important that we first understand the source of where all things representing
grace come from… In other words, what is the main outlet, if you will, for grace?

At the end of the day, we could sum it up many different ways. The truth of the matter however is, all grace comes from God. Let me say that again… All
grace comes from God.

Honoring Parents

What does it mean to honor your parents?

To honor means to show respect. Verses such as Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:15; Matthew 19:19; and Luke 18:20 paint a picture of how important it is to
honor ones parents.

Does that apply to abusive parents as well? Unfortunately, the bible doesn’t make any exceptions. However, parents are instructed not to provoke (push/entice)
their children to anger. Instead they are to teach and guide their children (Ephesians 6:4).

Ignite your Child's love for Jesus

Faith is incredible — it doubles the already infinite possibilities offered to humanity. It allows one to become replenished with strength and principle
when needed; enabling him to continuously rise up to challenges regardless of the probability of defeat and loss. More importantly, it holds magnificent
prominence in the criteria he uses to determine his life’s decisions and actions. Truly, its influence is undeniably wonderful.

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