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Dear Father, help me not to be like the soldiers that day who were playing at the foot of the cross. Help me not to be like the passersby who were too busy to understand the cross. Help me not to be like the priests who thought they understood the cross and, thereby, missed the point of the cross. Help me not to be like the prisoners who died beside the cross. They lost the purpose of the death of the Savior.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God (John 3:16-18).
Practically Applying the Cross
Practically Praying the Cross
Jesus tells us to take up our cross, which is our daily responsibility. There is a smell of death when we look toward that hill, but His path to death is the portal to an abundant life. To lose our lives is to gain a more profound peace and a more firm foundation. It’s not a social religion, but a call to war.
Many of our readers feel the intensity of the battlefield and perceive that they are losing the war. The nature of the battle is to break you down and discourage you first. Then demoralize you, until the enemy breaks your will. The hope of Christ seems so faint in your mind.
When the hope is gone, the war is over, at least for that day. But there is a resurrection. Rather than giving up by choosing a different path, will you reach out to someone? Let them hold onto you because you have little desire to cling to them. Make that call today. Here are a few more things that might serve you.
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Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).