CJ Falcione, a pastor at Gateway Baptist Church in Montgomery, furnished two verses for this issue. CJ had this to say: “I love this glorious truth that God the Father made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for me. Jesus took my place in death and atoned for my sin. In doing so, God the Father, the Judge, declared me “not guilty,” so that I may become the righteousness of God and be His ambassador of reconciliation to the world.”
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor. 5:20-21
CJ added these comments concerning Psalm 23:4: “What a comforting verse to know that when those ‘valley times’ come, there is no need to fear because our Great Shepherd, Jesus, is right there with us. For there to be a ‘shadow’ of death, there must be Light present. Our Shepherd King is intimately close to His sheep in the valley as He leads us through to higher ground.”
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me. Psalm 23:4
Mike Crow, a lawyer in our firm, also supplied a timely verse for this issue. He says when he thinks about a favorite verse Titus 3:37 comes to mind.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7
Casie Coggin, a Legal Assistant in our firm, sent in a verse this month.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:11,15-16
Apreill Hartsfield, one of the staff writers for our firm, sent in two verses for this issue. She says as both a Christian and a person with a strong desire to be in control at all times, she often struggles with reconciling the two competing internal voices. A verse from Proverbs reminds Apreill who truly is in control.
Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Apreill also says it is challenging for her not to be overwhelmed with circumstances beyond our control or when we are faced with decisions that seemingly have no good options. She says her second verse gives her peace of mind, comfort and encouragement.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
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