Day 19 – Journey to the Cross – Pastor Kevin Lautar

Hello First Family!

Today’s Code word is Temperature. O.S. Hawkins picks the word temperature to remind us that just like scientific truth is narrow, so is spiritual truth. Water freezes at 32 degrees, not 33 degrees or 34 degrees. (unless you are in Florida and then everything below 50 degrees is freezing! Lol!)  Hawkins also points out that mathematical truth is narrow, 2 + 2 = 4, not 3 and not 5.  Just like scientific truth and mathematical truth, spiritual truth is also narrow – Jesus is the only way to receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, not good works and not sincerity.  Our Journey to the Cross must pass through faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. This is the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.

Every morning when I wake up, I prepare to walk our dog, Jack. The first thing I do is to check my weather app on my phone and see what the temperature is outside. Then I can dress appropriately.  Then, as I am preparing for the events of the day and to come to church, I check the weather app again to make sure that I dress appropriately for the expected weather.  So, in applying the temperature test to our spiritual lives, we must first check our eternal weather app, the Bible, to make sure that we are dressed appropriately for eternity.  Isaiah 61:10 celebrates, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.”

The most important decision that you can make today is to make sure that you are clothed properly for eternity.  Have you accepted the gift of God, which is salvation through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?  If you have not, then you are not dressed appropriately for eternity.  If you have any doubt or question as to your preparedness for eternity, settle it today!  Please email me at or call the church office at 386-445-2020 to talk about it and make sure today. 

See ya tomorrow on our Journey to the Cross.

Pastor Kevin

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