Coupons for the Community

This blog is for showing the goods gotten for free (or really cheap) using coupons that were provided by friends and family. These goods are then distributed to people in our community to whom I feel God has called me to serve for one reason or another. I am not a writer of any sort, a super couponer, or a very good blogger. I am just a child of God trying to follow what I believe He has called me to do. Whatever God has put on my heart on a certain day is what comes out in a post, so I hope it makes some sense and is not offensive or scrambled. If it is, it is only because I am a work in progress. Love to all, In His Name.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"...cleanse us..." (1 John 1:9)

God provides ways for us to clean ourselves and the things around us. Why? Is it really for a church full of believers who are already saved? It is definitely for some of them, because that is what we do. We come together and help one another when one part of the body is struggling. But what then? Or what else? You see, we have already confessed our past sins so that He could forgive us for all previous unrighteousness (1 John 1:9), but there are many out there who need our cleaning supplies, well really HIS cleaning supplies now. I have no clue how to get these to them and I am kind of at a dead end here. I don't even know if anyone reads this. I am not a writer. I stink at this. But I know God is calling me to do this and I am praying that God is calling others to help me because I can't do this alone anymore. And I am hoping, and now praying more than I should have to start off, that if I get the help I so desperately need, that this free stuff can touch souls that are not saved.

Because heaven versus hell is not something to mess with. It isn't a joke. It isn't just something to think about in your free time. It is so real. It scares me to think of ANYBODY I know, whether I like them, love them, can't stand them, or have never even met them to spend one second of eternity in hell...and it should scare you too. It should bring you to tears to think about. It should bring you to your knees in prayer. It should make you question everything you believe in until you have answers. Because the fact of the matter is, if you study the book of Revelation like I did this summer (and I strongly recommend Beth Moore's study because she is easy to listen to), the Bible is so perfectly written by God. It is so connected from beginning to end and everywhere in between and there are so many unbelievable, jaw-dropping commonalities that go beyond prophecy (although the prophecy is jaw-dropping in and of itself) in these 66 books of the Bible all written by so many different people in so many different time periods in several different languages that the only explanation for NO inconsistencies throughout it and NO mistakes in it would be that God wrote it. Jesus is coming back and He will judge.

Just think about one thing. If there was going to be a religion started "just for fun," would people really come up with the book of Revelation to convince people to join their little cult. The book of Revelation. I mean c'mon. Have you read it? There is some pretty ridiculous, off-the-wall, crazy stuff in there (no offense, God). Would they REALLY pick THAT to convince people? And would they let women join their little group, back in the day? And they wouldn't go so far as to die for their cause in such horrific ways as being stoned, beheaded, crucified, etc. Not so many of them.

Christians need to cleanse themselves daily of sin in order to stay in fellowship with God. We are so far from perfect it is scary. And I am so sorry if this is another imperfection shining through because I don't ever stop talking about Jesus and non-believers can't stand how Christians walk around telling them they are going to hell. It isn't like that. We aren't trying to be accusatory. We are scared TO DEATH because we believe that and don't want ANYONE to go there. It isn't funny slang to us. It is the real deal.

What IS the meaning of life? My pastor summed part of it up perfectly yesterday, but I won't quote exactly: We must grow in maturity in Christ so that we can bring others to Him so that more and more and more souls are saved.

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