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Nailed It

  • He said to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' Jesus said to him, 'Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.' Luke 23:42 WEB

    Three men were stripped naked, beaten, nailed to a cross and lifted up for all to see and mock. Two of the men were condemned thieves; the other was Jesus. While they struggled to breath, one of the thieves railed against Jesus and seemed only concerned with the moment. He had no concern or guilt over what he had done in the past and wanted Jesus to get him down where he could continue his life of sin.

    The other thief rebuked the first and said that they were getting what their deeds deserved, but that Jesus had done nothing wrong. Then he asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. This thief acknowledged what he had done was wrong, and then he spoke to Jesus.

    Both men were guilty. Both men spoke to Jesus. But only one man was saved. After a life of crime and now while he was getting what he deserved, God had mercy on him because he took the time to ask. God could have laughed and said, 'You worked hard to earn this, enjoy it.' Instead, while breathing out his last few breaths, he turned to Jesus and was saved.

    God is merciful, and regardless of what you have done, it can be made right. Regardless of how long you have done it, it can be wiped away. A life of sin can be removed in a moment, even during your last breath. Though our sin is like scarlet, He will make it as white as snow (Isa 1:18).

    It is never too late to make things right with your maker, but like a wise investment, the earlier that you begin, the greater the reward that you will gain. When you fall, get back up and take another step. You can do this.

    Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me, come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Please guide me from this day forth and lead me into all that You have for me. I want to live my life for You and make every minute left count.

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Christie Smith
Christie Smith Ty for this devotional.  This is the Greatest story that no matter how far down you have gone or the situation your in, God is always there with open arms to forgive and give you Eternal Peace.  On the flip side if you allow God into your heart, accept him as you Lord and Savior he will be with you to guide, make and mold until you meet face to face.  Walking with Jesus is Better than anything this world can offer and knowing that he can renew, forgive and change your heart to face day to day challenges is Miracoulous in it's own right. Thank you Lord for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ect ect chances and the opportunity to walk with you until we are face to face in Paradise.  Amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
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Sylvia Russell
Sylvia Russell Amen. 
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell Great Devotional to Start off the Day, Thanks Pastor!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!  Our Father in Heaven always has his arms open waiting to receive his children.  That is such a wonderful gift and such a great blessing that I embrace and thank Jesus for taking my sins upon himself to save me and all of us so we can live eternally with him.  Thank you Jesus, thank you Father in Heaven.  Amen!!!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, Thank You Jesus for loving me.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery In Jesus' name, Amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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Ann Burks
Ann Burks Amen. I'm so glad he forgave and forgot my sins.
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Deleted Member Amen, me too, I don't know what I would do without Jesus.
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Marsha Pratt
Marsha Pratt Thank you for this perfect word today!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Jaime  Medina
Jaime Medina Beautiful words of encouragement  Praise God
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Deleted Member Amen
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for your awesome devotion. God bless you and Sylvia!
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Deanne Rascas
Deanne Rascas Thank you Pastor Dion! I was just as guilty as that man on the cross in my sins. Every day I give thanks to the sweet Lord Jesus for my salvation!!!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful thing to give thanks everyday for your salvation. God bless you.
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Albert Chau
Albert Chauedited: October 5, 2015 Another similar story with the same lesson from Bible. A pharisee prays to God that he is thanksful that he is righteous unlike other sinner, and there is a man crying out to God to forgive him for he is too ashame of his sinful life. You probably know who will get saved.
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze AMEN!... GOD IS GOOD!
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! He forgave and saved a wretch like me. Though my sins were a deep scarlet, He washed me clean as the driven snow! I love Him so much ! Because He first loved me!
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!! GOD is GOOD and LOVING, he washed me clean, even when I fell he help me up and brushed the dirt away.  PRAISE GOD!!
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dennis pulscher
dennis pulscher Pastor Dion I was wondering if it is okay to post the actual message to my facebook page so that my friends me read it. Is that okay?
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Hi Dennis! That should be fine :). If you credit Dion on the message, that would be great :).
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza HOLY GOD HOLY MIGHTY ONE HOLY IMMORTAL ONE HAVE MERCY ON US AND OF THE WHOLE WORLD  AMEN
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you again
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you for the daily word of God Pastor Dion.
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Awesome, may I always be ready, to meet my Savior and not wait until the last minute like the one thief on the cross, because who is to say that you will have that last minute. Because remember the other thief, even though he had that last minute chance, he didn't take it. May we always be ready anytime of day or night to meet Jesus.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Amazing, isn't it? This devotional just prooves God's ways are not like humans', because most people do not forgive.  Sadly, this is most apparent in families!
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord have mercy.
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