Feb 10 – Prairie Fires

In the early days of the American West, one of the greatest fears was prairie fires. So settlers would burn off a section of land, and be safe there because fire could not come where the ground had already been burned. In the Bible, fire sometimes pictures God’s judgment. When Jesus died on the Cross, He took the judgment for all our wrong doing. When we place our faith in Him, all our transgressions are atoned for. As with the prairie fires, God does not extract punishment twice. That’s why we can be righteous in God’s sight. Many sincere people find it difficult to understand how anyone can know for sure they have a heavenly home waiting them in the next life. They consider anyone who claims to have that assurance is a “holy Joe” or a” holy Josephine” and a self-righteous bragger. That’s because they may not be aware of two great Bible verses that tell us that it is “Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to God’s mercy He saves us.” And that “Jesus “bore our sins in His body on the tree.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell

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