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"Star Wars - and Our Wars"
Romans 7:15, 20, 24

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Years ago, the "Star Wars" trilogy of movies exploded into our popular culture like, well, like Darth Vader's Death Star. Millions of people developed a fascination for the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and, of course, the infamous Darth Vader. Hero Luke Skywalker became a Jedi knight and he learned the power of what was called The Force. Darth Vader, who was the villain, had mastered the power of the "dark side" of The Force. And then, decades later, a new "Star Wars" trilogy began, telling the story of the events that preceded the original episodes. So there's not Luke or Han or Princess Leia for a while, but guess what is still there? The Force, of course. And what is the Force? Well, no one's really sure, but it seems to be this spiritual power that you can tap into to help you win your battles.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Star Wars - and Our Wars."

Spiritual power you can harness to help you win battles that you can't win with your own resources - that's actually a pretty interesting idea. Of course, our battles aren't about storm troopers or villains with light sabers.

We're trying to make a marriage work, to beat the monsters of anger and depression, addiction, selfishness, loneliness. We battle real challenges, not computer-animated fantasy foes. And as you face the battles raging around you right now - maybe even in you right now - you're having to admit that they are bigger than you are. Actually, there is inside us a deep desire for some power - some spiritual power really - beyond our own to enable us to be the man or woman we desperately want to be.

But we need something better than The Force. That's a fictional, impersonal spiritual energy that only the spiritually elite can tap into. Our biggest struggles are actually against the "dark side" that's inside us. In our word for today from the Word of God, one of the writers of the Bible spoke about our dark side when he said, "For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do ... I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out ... it is sin living in me that does it." And then he speaks for all of us who battle our dark side when he asks, "Who will rescue me?" (Romans 7:15, 20, 24)

Thankfully, the Bible doesn't leave us there. The answer follows. "Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!" The "force" we need to conquer the dark side is actually a Person - Jesus Christ, the One who gave His life on a cross to pay the death penalty for all the sinning we've ever done. His act of deep love for you broke the power that sin has had over the human race since the first man and woman took their lives into their own hands.

We don't need some impersonal force that doesn't really exist. We need a living Savior! The power of Jesus is demonstrated, above all else, by His empty grave there on Easter morning. He walked out of His grave under His own power! If He can conquer death, the darkness that has stopped every other person who's ever lived, He can conquer the darkness inside you!

Jesus says to those who belong to Him, "All power is given to Me in heaven and earth ... and I am with you always" (Matthew 28:18, 20). He's the spiritual power you need to win your battles. He is the love you've been looking for all your life, and Jesus becomes your Savior from your sin when you tell Him you're putting your life into His nail-scarred hands.

If you want to begin this powerful relationship with the Son of God, tell Him that right where you are. And then I hope you'll visit our website where I've just put down a brief explanation of how to get started with Jesus Christ. You can listen to it there, or you can read it. The website is I hope you'll go there today. Or if you'd like to receive Yours For Life in printed form, you can just call us and let us know you want it at 877-741-1200.

Your battles have probably left you pretty wounded and tired. The dark side has won long enough; it's hurt enough people. You don't ever have to fight those battles alone again. Jesus Christ - the Creator of every faraway galaxy - stands ready to fight for you from that moment that you open up to His amazing love.

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A Passover Disturbed
Jill Carattini

Simon of Cyrene had every reason to be shocked. He was on his way in from
the country, likely headed to Jerusalem for the Passover, when he was
seized from the crowd and forced to join a procession heading toward
Golgotha, the place of the Skull. They put a crossbeam on him, one to be
used in the execution of a criminal, and made him carry it. The offense
of this object and unchosen assignment would have been blatant to Simon
and everyone around him. He had been recruited to play a role in a
crucifixion, an extremely dishonorable form of judicial execution in the
Roman Empire. Among Jews, anyone condemned to hang on a tree was thought
accursed. Staggering in front of Simon, beaten and bloodied, was the man
to whom this cross belonged.

In many ways, it was a day of shocking darkness. For Simon, thrust in the
middle of angry men and wailing women, the day held a burden he did not
deserve, a shame he did not seek to bear. He was on his way to celebrate
the release of the Jews from the bondage of slavery--the central act of
God in Israel's history--and he found himself carrying the cross of a man
named Jesus.

The crowd pressed in behind them as they walked forward. Simon heard
Jesus turn to the women who mourned and wailed for him and offer a curious
response: "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves
and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed
are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never
nursed! They will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills,
"Cover us!"' For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will
happen when it is dry?" (Luke 23:28-31). Simon probably would have
recognized these lines as words of the prophet Hosea, the prophet God used
to show Israel his heart, to demonstrate a love that would not quit despite
an adulterous bride.

When they made it to Golgotha, Simon's task was finished. The beam was
taken from him and the man he followed to the place of the Skull--Jesus of
Nazareth--was stripped of his garment and nailed to the cross. Nothing
further is mentioned about Simon the Cyrene in any of the gospel accounts
of the crucifixion. Still much is left to wonder. Did he stay after the
burden had been lifted from his shoulders? Did he hear Jesus cry out,
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" or watch him extend
the invitation of paradise to the broken criminal on the cross beside him?
What went through Simon's mind as he walked behind the weak and beaten
Jesus, the events of Passover interrupted by the events of the cross? Did
he look on as they mocked the King of the Jews who remained silent through
the insults? Was he filled with thoughts of the Passover he was missing,
the life he needed to resume, as they challenged Jesus to come down from
the cross? Or perhaps Simon was as disturbed by the end of the journey as
he was of its beginning.

Matthew reports the conclusion of the first Good Friday and the cross that
would become a stumbling block for all history: "When Jesus had cried out
again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain
of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the
rocks split... When the centurion and those with him who were guarding
Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified,
and exclaimed, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" (27:50-54).

It is impossible to tell what became of Simon after he carried the burden
of the Christ sentenced to die. Ironically, the memorial he had
celebrated his entire life-the redemption of Israel from the yoke of
slavery, the blood of the unblemished lamb, the Passover hope for the
liberating Messiah-was emerging before him, the slaughter of the paschal
lamb. Still one thing is clear; Simon of Cyrene was on his way somewhere
else and the Cross was a shocking interruption. And so it remains.

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God designed humans to want to believe in something.
That's the image of God that is in us. But as G. K.
Chesterton famously put it, when we reject the God
of the Bible, we don't believe in nothing; we believe
in everything -- including Little Green Men.

- - Chuck Colson
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There is no mention of
Purgatory in the Bible
so everyone really has
a reserved seat for either
Heaven or Hell. Jesus is
the only way to avoid an
eternity in Hell.

Joseph Smith,Hindu gods,
Confucianism, The Pope,
Allah, Angels, Mohammed,
joining any church, living
a good life, etc.
can't help you here.

Jesus stated it very clearly
in John 14:6...

"I am the Way, the Truth
& The Life. No man comes
to the Father but by Me."

Please be sure that you
have your reserved ticket
ready in the right direction

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* * * Four Important Things To KNOW: #1) For ALL (Americans, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhist, Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist, Brazilians, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc.) have sinned & fall short of the glory of God. #2) For the wages of above (see #1) are DEATH (Hell, eternal separation from God, & damnation) but the Gift (free & at no charge to you) of God (Creator, Jehovah, & Trinity) is Eternal Life (Heaven) through (in union with) Jesus Christ (God, Lord, 2nd Person of The Trinity, Messiah, Prince of Peace & Savior of the World). #3) For God so greatly loved & dearly prized the world (Americans, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhist, Asians, Presbyterians, Europeans, Baptist, Brazilians, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc.) that He even gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, that whosoever (anyone, anywhere, anytime - while still living) believes (trust in, relies on, clings to, depends completely on) Him shall have eternal (everlasting) life (heaven). #4) Jesus said: "I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, & THE LIFE. No one (male/female - American, Muslim, Jew, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Asian, Presbyterian, European, Baptist, Brazilian, Mormons, Methodist, French, etc. ) comes (arrives) to the Father (with GOD in Heaven) EXCEPT BY (through) ME (no other name). *** This wonderful loving GOD gives you the choice - - - (Rev. 3:20) {Please note that church membership, baptism, doing good things, etc. are not requirements for becoming a Christian - however they are great afterwards!!!} *** Jesus said, "Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction (Hell, damnation, eternal punishment), and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life (Heaven, eternal happiness, forever with God), and only a few find it.

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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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