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Page 4 The bad news and the good news BY “SHIRLEY I IIFEPOINT CHURCH My fn'end received a speeding ticket and went to court in hopes to have the fine re- duced. She Was seated inthe waiting room, scoping out the others waiting with her. She immediately categorized most of them as shady characters due to their somewhat scrappy, unkempt outward appearances. However, once inside the courtroom she listened to their stories as they appeared before the presiding judge and realized they were all there for similar offenses to her own. She felt embarrassed to have misjudged them when in fact they were guilty of the same crime. Shewas reminded of Christ’s instructions in Matthew 7:1 "Do not judge, or you will be judged.” I’ve met individuals who believe they are part of God's jury—when actually he doesn’t have or need one. They unfortu- nately tend to categorize and labelquite quickly. The book of James describes God as the only one Lawgiver and Judge. He alone has jurisdiction over our universe to administer justice. His divine laws do have consequences, but so does His love; that is the bad news and the good news. Three traits converged to cause our re- demption, saving us from a guilty verdict. Three traits found in fullness in God: His great wisdom found a way to meet the requirement of His great holiness through His great love. His love for us had the con- sequence of His decision to send His Son to pay the penalty for our sins as Christ became our Advocate. Of all the people in the history of earth there was only one perfect to represent us: the imperfect. It ‘ was Christ. Yet as He came to earth know— ing he would take our place on the cross as a perfect sacnfice He declared, "For did f Lake Stevens Granite Falls not come to judge the world, but to save it." John 12:4 7b. IfJesus chose not to judge, so much more should we as Christians. My parents were a living example of a Christian balance of holiness and humbleness. Even though they have both led lives consistently making righteous decisions, their actions and decisions have not caused them to feel or act superior. For instance, I remember a family meal with an individual who expressed at length his great accomplishments and moral superiority. After dessert we waved as he finally drove away. My dad turned to 'us and simply said, “People shouldn’t toot their own horns.” It was his own short definition of humility summed up well. There are two wrong ways of viewing God’s holiness. One is to take it too lightly and not realize its importance and spiritual impact. We are not to ignore God's laws and take liberty doing whatever we please. The closer our relationship with God grows the more we desire to please him and live as holy as humanly possible. The other equally incorrect perception is to believe we are so sinful that God could never redeem us. One need only to take into account the life of Paul to realize the error of this way of thinking. Although he persecuted and killed Christians Paul became one of the greatest followers of Jesus, writing much of the NewTestament. Perhaps he had a great grasp of the truth found in Romans 3:22-23: The bad news “ForALL havesinned and come shortofthe glory of God" prefaced by the good news, ‘Righteousness for God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to allwho believe. There is no difference.” Meeting at the‘Lake Stevens Boys Girls Club 1609 E. Lakeshore Drive WA 98258 FConI' .Hinf Religion 59» Spiritual Thoughts ' 4.2 Keep on Going BY PASTOR COLTIIJITT NASH I CONTRIBUTING WRITER One day a painter sold a Picasso paint- ing to a friend. The friend, who knew Picasso, took it to him to verify it. Picasso took one look and said, “It's a fake.” The next day the seller was accused of V fraud but he protested to his friend that it was genuine. The friend believed him but wanted to be sure. Since he already owned a genuine Pi- casso, the man teck that painting to the artist. Picasso looked at it quickly and said, “That is also a fake.” “But I saw you paint this canvas,” the man said. Pica- Lake Stevens Journal August 24, 2011 sso shrugged, “I sometimes fake Picasso myself." It appears that the great painter was embarrassed that some of his work was not up to his standards and so did not want to claim it. Who hasn’t felt like that? It is not easy to always be at our best, in fact, some days the spark is just not there, even in living the Christian life. Paul encourages us not to lose our- selves in regret, but to forget 'what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead and "press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ.” (Philippians 3:13, 14) We all fall short, but motion and direc- . tion are the keys to success. Keep moving toward Him who is teaching us the les- ' sons of His life. On joining the Over-the—Hill gang BY REY. JAMES L SNYDER I CONTRIBUTING WRITER A friend of mine said to me recently, “Old boy, how’s it feel to be a member of the Over-the-Hill gang?" 1 mumbled something as politely as I could, but on the inside, Iwas a little furious. I may be getting. older, but I definitely am not old! In fact, I plan to get older every day. Once I got myblood pressure under con- trol, I looked into this a little more closely. I, am not quite sure I want a membership in such an organization. I checked out the dues and I am not quite sure I am up for it. In order to be a part of this elite group, if elite is the word I want, there are certain dues required of each member. I under.- gstand that every organization has its dues, Sunday Services Summer in Schedule E 10:00 a.m. only Programs for all ages SUNDAY MORNING AT 10:15 AM Bible Classes, All ages at 9:00 am Meeting at: Zion Lutheran School (425) 377-2173 3923 103rd Ave. SE Lake Stevens, WA 98258 www.lambofgod-lakestevens.org Rick Johnson WorshipIYouth Leader, JanyNovak ‘enezerLutfiern ch V ' 425-334—0421 », The following masses are now at our new site at Lochsloy on SR 92 (1/3 mile E of Soccer fields) 353g 5pm Saturday’s Sunday’s at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, ' 12:00pm (Spanish), 5:00pm Mass Rel. Ed & 'Youth Programs also on Sundays 360-691-ANIEN (2636) www.holy-cross-parish.com ASSEMBLY 'r . ‘ nus!” Advertise your church or place of worship. in V Home of Ebenezer Lutheran , Preschool- 425-397-6374 www.gbgnegerlgkestevgnsorg real help ' real friends one COMMUNIW CH but some dues may not be worth the membership. Here are some clues associated with the Over-the-Hill gang. First, I must complain about something every day. I know there are most days where it is easy to find a half a dozen things to complain about. But what about those days when everything seems to be going right? What about those days, rare though they may be, when there is nothing to complain about? ‘ ' According to the rules manual, I must find something to complain about every day I get out of bed and the more vehe- mentlyI complain the better. This may ex- plain why many members of this infamous SEE HILL 0N PAGES Sunday School: During service Newborn Grade Youth Group: Wed: 7:00 pm. . 9015 Vemon Rd. Sundays 10:00 am Pastors Paul and Barbara Mazzio (425) 397-0515 www.TheLakeChurch.org 9015 Vernon Rd. ( 1 Mile North of'Haggen) real faith real adventure JOIN us on SUNDAYS SERVICE TIMES: 9:00am and 10:45um . 4 T3622 Dubuque Road 'Snohomish WA 98290 425-334-9] Bl www.5nocommthurth.org Sewing lake Stevens, Snohomish, und'beyond " the journal’s chUrch directory , Contact the Journal at 425-334-9252 or classifieds@lakestevensioumalcom Sunday 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship with Russ Larson 6:00 pm. Evening Worship . Wednesday Groups 7200 pm. 9 am; Sundays (& various in week): Bible clas’ses/sm. grps 9805 31st PI N.E. « 425-334-3700 Want to upgrade to a larger display ad? Contact advertising at ads@lakestevensjournal.com