Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Final EXAMple

The third annual Final EXAMple event took place on January 21.

We began with this devotion from Higher Things that encouraged young men and women to remain strong by finding true strength in the hope, grace and mercy we have through Christ's atoning sacrifice on the cross.  "A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice." (Isaiah 42:3)  There are so many times where we feel too pressured, too weak to resist the devil's temptations.  Fret not, this devotion exclaimed...
  • "In blessed exchange for your sins, which Jesus became, you receive the goodness, the holiness, the very perfection of Jesus — Who lived as a holy Servant without ever sinning against God' s Law. Your wrongs become Jesus' Own, and His righteousness becomes yours, as a free gift of His love! What a sweet swap, if there ever was one!
  • So the next time you feel like life is getting you so down in the dumps, rejoice that your rescue is already complete! "It is finished!" Jesus declares to you from the cross. You will not be broken or extinguished, but since Jesus died your death, you now live His life, forevermore!
Example encourages young men and women to make God-pleasing decisions as a result of the salvation and forgiveness given to us through Christ.  So while it may seem like everyone is drinking or using drugs, it's not true.
Example also encourages young men and women to surround themselves with people that share their same values.  In His Word God tells us to "Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." - II Timothy 2:22 .
Finally, Example reminds young men and women that we are cleansed with the blood of Christ.  When our flesh wins, when we err and fall victim to Satan's lies, when we don't flee but embrace sin, our Savior has washed us clean so that we remain spotless lambs of God to our Creator. Our heavenly Father's love is unconditional.

"My faithful God, You fail me never; Your promise surely will endure.
 O cast me not away forever If words and deeds become impure.
Have mercy when I come defiled; Forgive, lift up, restore your child.
Lutheran Service Book
Hymn 590 verse 3