The Seven C’s

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Several weeks ago, Jan and I were blessed to host 70 of our America’s Keswick friends on a bus trip that included a visit to the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter.

If you have never been there, it needs to be on your bucket list. Ken Ham and his ministry did an awesome job.

At the Creation Museum, I saw this chart posted and couldn’t resist buying it and then I thought, “I need to share this with my Freedom Fighter family.”

The Seven C’s in God’s Eternal Plan – Seven pivotal events from the beginning to the end of time …

Creation – In the beginning – God made a perfect creation.

Corruption – The first man, Adam, disobeyed the Creator. His sin brought death and corruption into the creation.

Catastrophe – Adam’s race became so wicked that God judged the earth with a great catastrophe – a global flood – saving only those on the Ark built by Noah.

Confusion – When Noah’s descendants disobeyed God’s command to fill the earth, God brought confusion on their language, forcing them to spread over the earth.

Christ – The Creator became a man, Jesus Christ, who obeyed God in everything, unlike the first man, Adam.

Cross – Jesus, the Messiah, died on a cross to pay the penalty for mankind’s sin against God. He rose from the dead, providing life for all who trust in Him.

Consummation – One day, at the consummation, the Creator will remake His creation. He will cast out death and the disobedient and dwell eternally with those who trust in Him.  Creationmuseum.org

This is a great tool to understand God’s plan of redemption. As Pastor John Hibbard used to say, “Work this plan into your head and you will have it all in a nut shell!”

Last week we celebrated Easter! Today we live in the power of His resurrection poised to be His ambassadors to a lost and dying world that need to hear HIS story! Think about who you might share Jesus with today.

The Son is out! He is risen!!!

Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!

Bill Welte, D.D.
President/CEO
America’s Keswick

Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 9-12| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Think About This: God’s story has a beginning and an end that never ends, and if you’re a child of God, His story is now your biography! Wow! Paul David Tripp

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:1-2

 

 

 

 

It’s Only Just Begun

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“saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?’” -Mark 2:2

I recently read a Quote that said “if you looking for a comfortable religion don’t try Christianity.”

The verse from Mark chapter 2 is a call to action, after all the dust settled and the excitement of the announcement of the coming of our King, reality sets in and I can become complacent. For me, with the holiday rush over, hopefully I got what I wanted and the gifts I gave were satisfactory.

I can relate it to my salvation, the excitement of receiving Jesus in my heart and the anticipation of a new beginning. But then life calls and the Baby Jesus becomes a distant memory. The wise men remind us that after the event we need to continue to seek Him. “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” 

This is where the battle begins, Mary and Joseph are far from going back to the status quo. This birth has rocked our world and those of us who embrace it should be ready for the enemy to defeat it. The best is yet to come, like when we first believed, but the Nativity scenes are going back in the attic and most will start the hopeless task of coming up with a New Year’s resolution.

My prayer is that I will follow and walk towards the King. This will not be easy because more and more it seems like an uphill climb or a going against the crowd direction that wants to take me with them. Like the wise men, my path towards the King cannot return the same way. After encountering Jesus my way back to my routine of life must take a different path.

My heart needs to be looking for the star that leads to Jesus, coming to Him with gratitude and a sense of satisfaction and joy that comes with my salvation. I speak to so many people who fall into depression after the holidays and are discontent with the anticipation that, for them is now over for another year.

Not me, I know each day brings a new beginning and the celebration of our Saviors birth is a call to battle, I’m following King Jesus. I know the journey will not be easy but it’s way better then what I walked away from. I like what Habakkuk records at the end of his book chapter 3 verses 17-19.

“Though the fig tree may not blossom,

Nor fruit be on the vines;

Though the labor of the olive may fail,

And the fields yield no food;

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,

And there be no herd in the stalls—

 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The LORD God is my strength;

He will make my feet like deer’s feet,

And He will make me walk on my high hills.”

Although I didn’t get what I wanted and the gifts I bought will be returned, although the lines are longer now than they were before Christmas and I’m ready to run that guy off the road, Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength.

Happy New Year, It’s been a blessing sharing with all of you this past year and I appreciate all the encouraging words. But remember, “It’s only just begun”!

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at rrussomano@americaskeswick.org.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 59; Proverbs 29

Daily Quote: The son of God became a man to enable men to be sons of God. – C.S. Lewis 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities. Psalm 31:7