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Chains of Spanish Silver: The Church in the Modern Culture

  Chains of Spanish Silver: The Church in the Modern Culture "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." - Joshua 1:8  The old craftsman ran the links slowly through his stubby, dirty fingers. He felt the smooth texture, the solid weight of each loop of precious silver mined from the hills of Peru. He gazed at the noble metal's sheen through squinted eyes, drinking in the chain's beauty. The silver chain was a precious piece from the collection of the silversmith Aragon. The old craftsman ran it time after time through his hands, remembering when he, as a much younger man, had been an artisan of the silver from the Cordillera districts. He had formed the malleable metal into ornaments for tableware and jewelry. But never had he seen or touched anything as lovely or perfect as this chain. But something wasn't righ

Just Imagine Your Own Personal Documentary.

This is just an analogy. Just imagine you passed out of this life and you woke up in a gigantic theater. In front of you is a huge screen. Then to your right, all of a sudden, these doors open an angel flies in and comes up to you and says welcome to the Theatre of Judgment. Relax. Just watch the screen.

There on the screen you see your life. It’s everything you ever did here on earth. It’s everything you ever said here on earth. It’s everything you ever thought. These are what are called the sins of commission. However, then you proceeded to watch the sins of omission. These are all the things we should have done but we didn't do. 

At the end of the film, as you're recovering, the angel comes back and says, “Relax. There is going to be a second showing. Then all the people who were featured in the film of your life are all waiting outside. We're going to let them in and come and view your life a second time.” 

How would you feel if your life were judged on that basis? That is exactly how God judges us. But this happens in an instant. I don't know about you. I would not want a private viewing. Let alone a public viewing of my life. I do not need convincing that I thought said and done things that I shouldn't have and there are things I should have done but I didn't do. 

What a lot of people don't realize is the consequences of all that stuff on the film disconnects us, separates us from God.  It works a bit like an overdraft in a bank account. If you have an overdraft or I have an overdraft you can't help me; I can't help you. The only one who can help us is someone in credit This is something many people won't admit and acknowledge. So what do people do in the world, deflect it. 

“It wasn't my fault” “It was the parents fault.” “It was the teachers.” They deflect onto somebody else. Others deny it. Other people feel so uncomfortable with it they try and drown it.  

Bottom line if you are guilty in the sight of God you cannot deny it. You cannot deflect it. You cannot drown it. The only way you can get rid of your guilty and escape the final judgment before a Holy and just God is to dissolve it in the blood of Jesus. 


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