Dare 2B Daring - July 30, 2018
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“What I need first of all is not exhortation, but a gospel, not directions for saving myself but knowledge of how God has saved me. Have you any good news? That is the question that I ask of you. I know your exhortations will not help me. But if anything has been done to save me, will you not tell me the facts?” – J. Gresham Machen, The Christian Faith in the Modern World
I just received some extremely good news. Mind if I share it with you?
Dark chocolate is good for you!
Sure, I’ve read articles about the health benefits of dark chocolate before, but this report went in much greater detail. Among the medicinal qualities cited were increased brain activity, improved memory, and reduced levels of stress and inflammation. And of course, two different studies also found that eating dark chocolate improved a person’s mood.
The caveat is that the dark chocolate had to have a cacoa concentration of at least 70%. That’s because cacao is rich in chemical substances called flavanols, which have potent antioxidant properties. Thankfully, that discovery poses no problems for me, because as far as I’m concerned, “the darker, the better.”
But do you know what news is even better than that? God loved you and me so much that He sent His only begotten Son to earth to live a sinless life, die a painful and substitutionary death, and then rise victoriously from the grave – all for us! That’s right; God punished Jesus for our sins, and then made us partakers of Christ’s righteousness. Incredible… and yet, very, very true! I guess that’s why it’s called the Gospel, meaning “Good News”.
All we need to do is ask God to forgive us, repent of our sins, and place our faith and trust in Jesus. The rest was already done for us on Calvary’s cross.
The “healing qualities” of saving faith in Christ are endless: freedom from sin’s power and guilt; eternity in heaven with God; and a mansion in Glory… just to name a few. Now I just hope that dark chocolate will be served at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President