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7 Things I've Learned About Life From My Three Year Old

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7 Things I've Learned About Life From My Three Year Old

7 Things I’ve Learned About Life From My Three Year Old

I have a current three-year-old. I’ve had two other kids work their way through the three-year journey. I have one more child to make the trek.

Three-year-olds are interesting creatures: too old for some stuff not old enough for others. There’s plenty that can be learned for looking at kids. Jesus even told us to be like them.

Here are a few things I’ve learned.

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Pardon | BobbyShirley.com

Pardon: How To Unnerve People With the Truth

Forgiveness, or pardon, is not heaven any more than a medicine is health. Pardon is proclaimed freely and universally; it is perfectly gratuitous, unconditional and unlimited. But heaven is limited to those who are sanctified by the belief of the pardon.
Thomas Erskine, The Unconditional Freeness of the Gospel

While deep down I believe this statement, it still makes me a little nervous. It doesn’t make me nervous because of the potentiality that it’s a lie, but because of the potentiality that it’s the truth!

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Save: How To Break the Rules and Win

When I go to the pool I don’t ask the lifeguard to be my personal savior if he sees me drowning he saves me that’s what he does. Jesus is the savior of the world my faith does not create his forgiveness, it accepts it.

Connor Shram

I used to be on the swim team when I was younger. I was pretty good at it if I do say so myself. During my tenure on the team, we went through an abbreviated lifeguard training class. It was hard but I loved it. They taught us the first rule of lifeguarding.

Don’t drown with a drowning victim. Save yourself first.

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Already or How To Find What Wasn’t Lost

“He forgave you before you repented. That’s crucial. See, that is why it is so outrageous. The gospel is really vulgar, crass and immoral because it says God forgives the world before it repents. In the gospel, repent is always repent and believe. It means turn yourself around from not trusting the forgiveness and trust it. That’s it. It doesn’t mean that you earn it by repenting. You had it before.”

Robert Farrar Capon

This has been a hard pill to swallow for me. I’m not sure why, but I have an idea.

Pride

Everything around me from work, family, and culture tells me that I have to do something.

Scratch my back I’ll scratch yours.

Eye for an eye

Do unto others as they have done to you. WFV

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Included

Mankind’s inclusion in the finished work of Christ doesn’t mean that everybody has received it or is experiencing the benefits of it now or will necessarily experience the benefits of it when they die. The gospel message, however, is that we all are included in Him and what He has done on our behalf. Accept it and be blessed. Reject it to your own peril. The work of God in Jesus through the Spirit is what it is. This gospel we proclaim isn’t a message of what can be but is the good news of what already is in Jesus Christ. We don’t bring a sales pitch to the unbelieving world. We are ambassadors for Christ, and we tell everybody, “God was in Christ reconciling you to Himself. He does not count your sins against you. You are forgiven, and He has received you. Now, receive Him.” These are the two sides to one coin. One side has been settled in eternity, and the other side settles it experientially. One side shows what has happened, and the other side shows what does happen as a person believes on Him. Some Universalists will tell you that faith is a work, but that is nonsense. Faith is the joyful acceptance of what is already true. Faith isn’t something we do but is the spontaneous explosion of an enthusiastic embracing of Jesus and what He has given us in Himself. Do I believe in the ultimate reconciliation of humanity to God? Oh, no. It’s better than that. I believe in the historical reconciliation of humanity to our loving Creator, who is also our Father. Without asking for so much as a nod of approval from us, before we were even born or could have an opinion on the matter, while we were yet helpless, sinners, enemies of God—He went and did it all.

– by Steve McVey from Beyond An Angry God

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