Jesus loved us and gave Himself for us

In my Bible time recently I was reminded of the verses in the New Testament that tell us Jesus loved us and gave Himself for us. I just want to share these verses with you again.


Jesus gave Himself…

… for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age

— Gal 1:3-5 — Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (NKJV)

… for me (He loved me and gave Himself for me) that I might have new life in Him

—  Gal 2:20-21 — I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (NKJV)

… for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God

—    Eph 5:1-2 — Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (NKJV)

—    Eph 5:2 — He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us… (NLT)

… for His Church, that He might sanctify and cleanse her and present her to Himself holy without blemish

—    Eph 5:25-28 — Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (NKJV)

—    Eph 5:25 — …Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her… (NLT)

… a ransom for all, to purchase freedom for everyone

—    1 Tim 2:5-7 — For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (NKJV)

—    1 Tim 2:6 — He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. (NTL)

… for us, that He might redeem and purify us for Himself

—    Titus 2:11-14 — For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (NKJV)

—    Titus 2:14 — 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people… (NLT))




Humor #153

Politically Correct

I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins . One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay .  We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward .

Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians .  If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive . Gone .  It’s offensive to some white people.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population .  Do you see a team named for the Confederacy?  No!  There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives .

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names .  Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged .  We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children .  The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits .  Wrong message to our children .

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic .  Wrong message to our children.

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates . Wrong message to our children.

The Milwaukee Brewers—well that goes without saying . . . Wrong message to our children.

.So, there you go .  We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should .  Just the

kind of thing the do-nothing congress loves . . .

With all of this in mind, it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers . ”