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For my sake - a Christian perspective
Following Christ sometimes means making painful sacrifices--possessions, friendships, relationships. But God will not forget those who have been forced to make such sacrifices for his sake.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - The Only Way to Get Well - #8282 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
There’s a highly successful doctor in New York City who gives a month every year to helping out in some impoverished corners of the world. Recently, he went to Costa Rica. He was operating on a six-year-old boy who ended up losing blood fast. His only hope was donated blood and he had a rare type that only 2% of the human race has. Well the doctor excused himself for a few minutes and he returned with the blood that made the difference. He just happened to be one of those 2% with the boy’s blood type.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - The Chief and the Thief - #8247 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
He was known as one of the most respected Indian chiefs of his time; he had this unblemished reputation for being totally loving toward his people, but also totally just when it came to judging those who did wrong. He was troubled that someone from their village had been stealing pelts from his people. He let it be known that the thief would be tied to a stake in the middle of the village when the sun was high and beaten with twenty lashes of the whip. And then he set a trap to catch the thief.
The Highest Title On Earth - #2685
When we sacrifice our own comfort, our own needs, our own pride for others, we are remembering who we are. It's easy to forget that - when your life is so full and you become self-focused just to get it all done - or to get your needs met.
Purge in the Bible - a Christian perspective
In the Old Testament, the blood of animal sacrifices was used to purge God's people of sin. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is infinitely more effective at cleansing us of sin.
Loving by Anticipating - #5883
Anticipate when your spouse will need help, or comfort, or intimacy, or reassurance, maybe extended debriefing time, or tenderness, they need prayer together, or just some encouragement like praising small progress in an area where they've really been struggling. Usually, the love that really makes the other person feel loved means sacrifice on our part.
Scapegoat in the Bible - a Christian perspective
In Leviticus, Aaron is told to take two goats and sacrifice one to the LORD for a sin offering. He is to take the other and make it a scapegoat. The scapegoat is to be sent out into the desert alive.
Beauty in Out-of-the-Way Places - #5789
Think about Hannah in the Old Testament. She was a childless woman who kept on trusting the Lord. She was beauty that no one saw except God. And He made her the mother of Samuel, the greatest spiritual leader of his time. And then there's Mary, the little known girl from a ridiculed, backwater village called Nazareth, but God knew all about her and He looked to her when it came time to find a mother to carry and to raise His Son. God seems to have special rewards for quiet, unnoticed faithfulness.
The Magnet In That Old Hunk of Wood - #5735
Not Christianity, not rituals, not beliefs, not even the great teachings and miracles of Jesus. It was His cross. See, there really is a magnet in that old hunk of wood; a magnet that draws us to the foot of that cross to see how very much He loves us.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - Welcoming The King - #5706 | Your Most Important Relationship | A Word With You
Since being like Jesus is your eternal destiny, He wants you to start being now what He's going to make you forever. Living in light of the King's coming also means sacrificing our personal resources and putting them to work in the things that will matter when He comes, rather than storing them up for earth-stuff that won't matter when He comes.