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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.
Freewill in the Bible - a Christian perspective
The psalmist writes in Psalm 54 that he will sacrifice a freewill offering to God. He is sacrificing to God even though he doesn't need to simply because it is good.
Lose his life - a Christian perspective
A recurring paradox in the Bible is the idea that by giving something up, you gain it back even more spectacularly than before. Here, we learn that those who are willing to give up their lives will actually gain life in abundance.
Isaac in the Bible: Genesis 22:1-19
Isaac was Abraham's beloved son, and yet Abraham was asked to do the unthinkable--sacrifice Isaac to God. It was just a test of Abraham's faith, but it makes for a harrowing and inspiring story today.
"Obedience is better than sacrifice" in the Bible: 1 Samuel 15:22
Saul was rejected as king because he failed to utterly destroy the Amalekites, instead choosing to keep the best of the best for himself and to sacrifice to God. But God didn't want his sacrifice, he wanted obedience.
Blood in the Bible: Hebrews 9:11-28
Blood and sacrifice are important themes in the Bible, and in this passage we see how Jesus' own death and resurrection fit into the scheme of sacrifice and forgiveness. It explains how Jesus' ministry parallels the Old Testament system of priests, sacrifices, and atonement.