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The Man In The Middle

  • One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, 'If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!' But the other answered, and rebuking him said, 'Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.' 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 23:39 WEB

    Three men were nailed to wooden crosses and raised high in the air, naked and exposed for all to see, while they slowly died. The ones on the sides were thieves, while the Man in the middle was Jesus. While they hung there, one of the thieves began to repent and with only minutes left in his life, he made things right with God. Jesus told him, "Today you will be with Me in paradise."

    In Romans, the scripture reads, 'The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;'. It is speaking of the word of faith which we preach. If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, 'Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed' (Romans 10:8'10).

    The thief did just that, he believed that Jesus was coming into His kingdom as a King, and then he asked Jesus to remember him. But what did the thieves family think? He had lived his life as a villain, robbing and stealing from others and then died by capital punishment. You can bet that his family and friends thought this man went to hell.

    If you have lost a loved one who was not right with God, take hope knowing that God is merciful, He is gracious, and even if they had seconds left and whispered a prayer, they will be waiting happily in paradise. Only God knows who will be there and who will not. If you are reading this, know that Jesus is still the Man in the middle. If you turn to Him, you will be saved but it is a choice that only you can make. Both thieves had Jesus beside them and had the opportunity, but one man remained lost, while one man was saved. This choice is yours, and yours alone.

    Prayer: Jesus, if it was not too late for the thief on the cross, it is not too late for me. Come into my life and be my Lord today. I choose You. Forgive me of my mistakes, help me learn from them and live a life that is pleasing to You from this day on.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Thank you Jesus. Amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Great devotion. Pastor's Prayer: Jesus, if it was not too late for the thief on the cross, it is not too late for me. Come into my life and be my Lord today. I choose You. Forgive me of my mistakes, help me learn from them and live a life that is pleasing to You from this day on.
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen my savior. 
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard We have all made mistakes... God is merciful to us. Gods sees all and knows all. If you think nobody knows what you are doing God does. We all have to answer to Him in the end
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen 
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann God please. Amen
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hinesedited: May 14, 2016 Ppraying for you my friend, rest assured He heard your plea. Amen 
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Deleted Member Amen, praying for you too my precious friend.
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen Jesus! I know you are in the middle of the trialsame I'm in. Oh how I trust you! Amen amen amen! 
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen, thats right put Your Trust in Him and He will bring you through these trials. Prayers are going up for you and believing for great miracles in Jesus Mighty Name. Sending you lots of love, hugs, prayers and many many blessings.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I am so glad that I made that choice when I was young, I can look back and remember how God has worked in my life even as a child. It is so encouraging to look back and see what God has done through me. I can give you one time when I was in 4t/h grade and my sister in 5t/h grade we sang 2 Christian songs at a stars of tomorrow show, and won 1s/t place. The one teacher would not play for us, because we were singing a Christian song, we found another that did play for us. This was a show that had all kinds of talent. It was a very big show, for the whole county. Both the songs we sang were salvation song's. I know that God used those songs to touch others heart's, I am sure God spoke to many heart's that night, and they made the same chioce that I had made. God wants you to come to Him and ask forgiveness of your sin's and He will come and abide in you and give you the Holy Spirit to dwell in you, to teach you all things. He will remember your sin's no more. You will be a new person that God can use for His glory.
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Eileen Garcia
Eileen Garcia Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful testimony. I am so sure so many hearts and lives were touched and came to know Jesus as their own Personal Savior.  I too, am so happy that Jesus saved my soul at a young age, many times I look back and I am so thankful for Him being with me through my life.
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Samantha Greer
Samantha Greer This is an excellent reminder that only God knows who will enter into His kingdom. Planting seeds of faith is just as important as attending service. This is a great reminder  that God is faithful and He hears our prayers. It may not happen today or tomorrow but it will.
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Eileen Garcia
Eileen Garcia Well said
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! God is mighty to save. No human knows what happens in the few moments before death. I am sure God and Jesus do and that they are there, just waiting for that lost one to accept the Savior. God is always good, so I am sure He tries everything He can to get us to turn to Him.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I said this prayer for my kids and ex husband; may they know God's love and come to know Jesus as their Savior!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!!
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen, what a beautiful sermon of just how much Jesus loves, He will be waiting with open arms if we will only but accept him and not reject him. 
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen thank you pastor Dion another great devotional ! Have a super great weekend!  
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Amen.
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for this your daily devotion, I just want to say... "I'm In" Amen <3
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  I choose Jesus Today.
May 15, 2016