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How To Live Debt-free

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Back in the day when Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem, taxes were a hated part of life, especially by the Jews. It reminded them they were subjected to foreign (Roman) rule, just like God had warned them if they did not obey and follow him.

Nothing has changed over 2,000 years. No matter which country we live in, we still hate taxes. And woe to us if we don’t pay them on time.

In one incident the religious leaders tried to entangle Jesus in his words by asking, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Jesus answered them, “Show me the coin for the tax.” They gave him the coin, and Jesus continued, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Instead of trapping Jesus in what they thought would be an offense against the religious establishment or the Jewish authorities, depending on how he answered their question, they marveled instead at his answer and walked away. (See Matthew 22:15-22)

Come April 15, a collective groan goes up all over this country. Why do we resist paying taxes so? I think it’s because we were born to freedom. We know, deep down, we were meant to live without paying tribute to anybody except to the God who made us.

In truth, we owe much more than just taxes. We owe our very being to God. He gave us life and breath, but instead of acknowledging it, we resist Him with all our might and wills. Every newborn comes into the world with this predisposition, and lives and dies with it, unless some greater power from the outside invades that life and draws him to God.

That resistance is called sin and it has contaminated the human race. However, God has provided a way to come to Him, through his Son Yeshua (Jesus). Jesus lived a perfect life conforming to God’s laws with all his might and will, and also went to the cross as our sin bearer and died in our place. Anyone who believes this and places his faith in Yeshua’s finished work on the cross is declared debt-free in the sight of God.

We should heed what Jesus said to the religious leaders – we should pay taxes to our government, and also give to God the things that belong to him, namely ourselves in faith to him.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”John 8:33 ESV

Won’t you make April 15 the beginning of a debt-free life?

 

Written by Carolyne Rohrig

Original post: Debt-free Living

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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The Great Tribunal !!!!!! (A John Newton Poem)

John in vision saw the day
When the Judge will hasten down;
Heav’n and earth shall flee away
From the terror of his frown:
Dead and living, small and great,
Raised from the earth and sea;
At his bar shall hear their fate,
What will then become of me?

Can I bear his aweful looks?
Shall I stand in judgment then,
When I see the opened books,
Written by th’ Almighty’s pen?
If he to remembrance bring,
And expose to public view,
Every work and secret thing,
Ah, my soul, what canst thou do?

When the list shall be produced
Of the talents I enjoyed;
Means and mercies, how abused!
Time and strength, how misemployed!
Conscience then, compelled to read,
Must allow the charge is true;
Say, my soul, what canst thou plead
In that hour, what wilt thou do?

But the book of life I see,
May my name be written there!
Then from guilt and danger free,
Glad I’ll meet him in the air:
That’s the book I hope to plead,
‘Tis the gospel opened wide;
Lord, I am a wretch indeed!
I have sinned, but thou hast died.

Now my soul knows what to do;
Thus I shall with boldness stand,
Numbered with the faithful few,
Owned and saved, at thy right hand:
If thou help a foolish worm
To believe thy promise now;
Justice will at last confirm
What thy mercy wrought below.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Lot In Sodom (A John Newton Poem)

How hurtful was the choice of Lot,
Who took up his abode
Because it was a fruitful spot
With them who feared not God!

A pris’ner he was quickly made,
Bereaved of all his store;
And, but for Abraham’s timely aid,
He had returned no more.

Yet still he seemed resolved to stay
As if it were his rest;
Although their sins from day to day
His righteous soul distressed.

Awhile he stayed with anxious mind,
Exposed to scorn and strife;
At last he left his all behind,
And fled to save his life.

In vain his sons-in-law he warned,
They thought he told his dreams;
His daughters too, of them had learned,
And perished in the flames.

His wife escaped a little way,
But died for looking back:
Does not her case to pilgrims say,
Beware of growing slack?

Yea; Lot himself could ling’ring stand,
Though vengeance was in view;
‘Twas mercy plucked him by the hand,
Or he had perished too.

The doom of Sodom wilt be ours
If to the earth we cleave;
Lord quicken all our drowsy pow’rs,
To flee to thee and live.

John Newton

 
 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Looking Unto Jesus (A John Newton Poem)

 

By various maxims, forms and rules,
That pass for wisdom in the schools,
I strove my passion to restrain;
But all my efforts proved in vain.

But since the Saviour I have known
My rules are all reduced to one;
To keep my Lord, by faith, in view,
This strength supplies and motives too.

I see him lead a suff’ring life,
Patient, amidst reproach and strife;
And from his pattern courage take
To bear, and suffer, for his sake.

Upon the cross I see him bleed,
And by the sight from guilt am freed;
This sight destroys the life of sin,
And quickens heav’nly life within.

To look to Jesus as he rose
Confirms my faith, disarms my foes;
Satan I shame and overcome,
By pointing to my Saviour’s tomb.

Exalted on his glorious throne,
I see him make my cause his own;
Then all my anxious cares subside,
For Jesus lives, and will provide.

I see him look with pity down,
And hold in view the conqu’ror’s crown;
If pressed with griefs and cares before,
My soul revives, nor asks for more.

By faith I see the hour at hand
When in his presence I shall stand;
Then it will be my endless bliss,
To see him where, and as he is.

John Newton

 
 
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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Look Unto Me, And Be Ye Saved (A John Newton Poem)

 

As the serpent raised by Moses
Healed the burning serpent’s bite;
Jesus thus himself discloses
To the wounded sinner’s sight:
Hear his gracious invitation,
I have life and peace to give,
I have wrought out full salvation,
Sinner, look to me and live.

Pore upon your sins no longer,
Well I know their mighty guilt;
But my love than death is stronger,
I my blood have freely spilt:
Though your heart has long been hardened,
Look on me – it soft shall grow;
Past transgressions shall be pardoned,
And I’ll wash you white as snow.

I have seen what you were doing,
Though you little thought of me;
You were madly bent on ruin,
But I said – It shall not be:
You had been for ever wretched,
Had I not espoused your part;
Now behold my arms outstretched
To receive you to my heart.

Well may shame, and joy, and wonder,
All your inward passions move;
I could crush thee with my thunder,
But I speak to thee in love:
See! your sins are all forgiven,
I have paid the countless sum!
Now my death has opened heaven,
Thither you shall shortly come.

Dearest Saviour, we adore thee
For thy precious life and death;
Melt each stubborn heart before thee,
Give us all the eye of faith:
From the law’s condemning sentence,
To thy mercy we appeal;
Thou alone canst give repentance,
Thou alone our souls canst heal.

John Newton

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Laodicea (A John Newton Poem)

 

Hear what the Lord, the great Amen,
The true and faithful Witness says!
He formed the vast creation’s plan,
And searches all our hearts and ways.

To some he speaks as once of old,
I know thee, thy profession’s vain;
Since thou art neither hot nor cold,
I’ll spit thee from me with disdain.

Thou boasteth, I am wise and rich,
Increased in goods and nothing need;
And dost not know thou art a wretch,
Naked and poor, and blind and dead.

Yet while I thus rebuke, I love,
My message is in mercy sent;
That thou may’st my compassion prove,
I can forgive, if thou repent.

Wouldst thou be truly rich and wise?
Come, buy my gold in fire well tried,
My ointment to anoint thine eyes,
My robe, thy nakedness to hide.

See at thy door I stand and knock!
Poor sinner, shall I wait in vain?
Quickly thy stubborn heart unlock,
That I may enter with my train.

Thou canst not entertain a king,
Unworthy thou of such a guest!
But I my own provisions bring,
To make thy soul a heavenly feast

John Newton

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Joseph Made Known To His Brethren ( A John Newton Poem )

When Joseph his brethren beheld,
Afflicted and trembling with fear;
His heart with compassion was filled,
From weeping he could not forbear.
Awhile his behavior was rough,
To bring their past sin to their mind;
But when they were humbled enough,
He hasted to show himself kind.

How little they thought it was he,
Whom they had ill treated and sold!
How great their confusion must be,
As soon as his name he had told!
I am Joseph, your brother, he said,
And still to my heart you are dear,
You sold me, and thought I was dead,
But God, for your sakes, sent me here.

Though greatly distressed before,
When charged with purloining the cup;
They now were confounded much more,
Not one of them durst to look up.
Can Joseph, whom we would have slain.
Forgive us the evil we did?
And will he our households maintain?
O this is a brother indeed!

Thus dragged by my conscience, I came,
And laden with guilt, to the Lord;
Surrounded with terror and shame,
Unable to utter a word.
At first he looked stern and revere,
What anguish then pierced my heart!
Expecting each moment to hear
The sentence, Thou cursed, depart!

But O! what surprise when he spoke,
While tenderness beamed in his face;
My heart then to pieces was broke,
O’erwhelmed and confounded by grace:
Poor sinner, I know thee full well,
By thee I was sold and was slain;
But I died to redeem thee from hell,
And raise thee in glory to reign.

I am Jesus, whom thou hast blasphemed,
And crucified often afresh;
But let me henceforth be esteemed,
Thy brother, thy bone, and thy flesh:
My pardon I freely bestow,
Thy wants I will fully supply;
I’ll guide thee and guard thee below,
And soon will remove thee on high.

Go, publish to sinners around,
That they may be willing to come,
The mercy which now you have found,
And tell them that yet there is room.
O, sinners, the message obey!
No more vain excuses pretend;
But come, without farther delay,
To Jesus our brother and friend.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, John Newton, Religion

 

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