lovely Sovereign
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Gospel

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
— 1 Corinthians 15:3-7

Good News

By Jesus Christ's sacrifice in my place, the penalty for my sin has been paid. By His righteousness alone, I have been made fit for heaven.

As read in the Scriptures, to which all mankind is subject, Christ will return to save His own out of this world and execute just judgment for all. He is patient in coming again so that many hear of the good news of grace and forgiveness based upon Christ's righteousness and sacrifice—and so that many come to repentance and the obedience of faith in Him while there is time.

Securing salvation means that we:

  1. recognize our lostness (Lk. 19:10; Eph. 2:3) in sin, disobedience, rebellion, and pride—and the eternal wrath of God that we therefore deserve as having faithlessly turned away from our God (Rom. 3:23; Rom. 3:10-18; Rom. 6:23), and
  2. turn our back to that former life of slavery self and sin and, simultaneously, turn toward Jesus Christ as our Master with the faith of our lives. In this, we trust that His death in our place for our sins and His living resurrection enable the gracious gift—meaning it cannot be earned (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9)—of spiritual rebirth (Jn. 3) through the Holy Spirit (Tit. 3:5). Being born again credits Jesus Christ's righteousness to our accounts, fully restores complete peace between us and God, and results in living with and for Him forever (Rom. 4:2-8; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 10:9; Rom. 5:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 8:38-39).

Take to heart this glorious promise for all who humbly welcome Christ as God and as Savior through His blood on the cross, "To all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12, emphasis added).

Questioning

The world calls the truth into question: "sin does not apply to generally good people," "God is aloof or does not care for this world," and "hell could not literally exist." Scripture stands in contrast: sin is dire (Rom. 6:23), hell is real and where all without Christ are headed (2 Thess. 1:8-9), and God has already demonstrated His exceedingly great love in His Son (Rom. 5:8).

but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

— Romans 5:8

Our world may acknowledge different ways or levels of being "Christian," but Scripture only acknowledges one kind—those who have been born again (Jn. 3; 2 Cor. 5:17; Acts. 2:38; ). Scripture teaches that eternity is at stake; please do not be slow to believe in the good news of Jesus Christ. How great is His love (1 Jn. 3:1)!

 
 
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ABOUT Lianna

Lianna
 
You have multiplied, O Lord my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
— Psalm 40:5
 

Lianna is wed to Tyler and mother of two girls, one who lives in heaven and one who lives on earth. She earned her B.A. from Moody Bible Institute. First and foremost, she is a vessel of mercy saved from sin and eternal damnation by grace through faith in Christ—to be in the service of the one true and glorious God forever.

 
 
 
 

Stillbirth
 

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!
— Romans 11:33
 

After our daughter, Noelle Tru, was stillborn at 42 weeks, I longed to communicate how lovely to me was the truth of God's sovereignty. It meant His good purposes for my and my daughter's lives would come to fruition. Her short time on earth had purpose and meaning; He would bring greater good from her leaving earth quickly than had she been here many years.

God's ways are above my own, and she was ultimately made for a different land. Praise Him. We remember Noelle with joy, missing her every day. This has been our loss, but her gain. And we know that our God is bringing His good purposes for this world together for His ultimate glory; we are afforded the greatest privilege of life in participating.