Reconciled

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2013-12-23 - Reconciled (IMG_7543)Footbridge across the Little Miami River.  John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Depending on the parks and trails you hike, you may have the luxury of finding well-built footbridges that allow you to cross rivers and streams with ease.  In more remote locations, however, where there are no bridges, fording fast-moving water can be a dangerous and potentially deadly task.  If you have never forded difficult water and are unsure what to do, your wisest choice may be to go back the way you came.  (See Safety Tips for Fording Streams and Rivers)

Fortunately in our Christian walk the bridge has already been built.  The cost of constructing this particular bridge was very high, though, nothing less than the blood of God’s own Son shed on the cross.  Christ, who was sinless, took on our sins “so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  But, without Christ we are completely cut off from God; we have nothing to rely on but our own good works and righteousness, which, if examined honestly, we will find completely lacking.  The good news is that it does not depend on our efforts because, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself.”

The bridge is already standing, God calls us to the other side, and once there we have responsibilities that, as followers of Christ, we are expected to fulfill.  He “gave us the ministry of reconciliation,” he “entrusted to us the message of reconciliation,” and now “we are ambassadors for Christ.”  Again there is good news, it is not upon our own efforts that we must rely, because “in Christ” we are “a new creation.”  And, as we read in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.

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Whiter than Snow

Psalm 51:7-12 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

2013-12-06 - Whiter than Snow (IMG_0424)Freshly fallen snow along a fence line near the Carl A. Rahe Access. Little Miami State Park, Foster, Ohio.

While this photo is not from the winter storm that has blanketed us with snow here in southwestern Ohio today, I felt a winter theme was definitely in order for today’s post.  I hope to get out and add a few nice winter photos to my “portfolio” tomorrow.

The amazing thing about photography is that we can capture a moment in time and preserve it, allowing it to be appreciated for years to come.  What I find even more amazing, though, is that our God, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator of the universe, does not see our sins like the photographs in an old family album.  Fortunately for us, through the blood shed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God has blotted out all our iniquities and removed the stain of sin from our lives.  Through Christ’s blood we have been washed clean and can rejoice knowing that we have been made whiter than snow!

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.

He Changes Times and Seasons

In anticipation of the forecasted snow here in southwest Ohio tonight and tomorrow…

Daniel 2:20-22 – Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. 21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.”

2013-11-25 - He Changes Times and Seasons (IMG_0389)Freshly fallen snow on the banks of the Little Miami River near the Carl A. Rahe Access. Little Miami State Park, Foster, Ohio.

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.

For Everything There Is a Season

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

IMG_2863Corwin M. Nixon covered bridge and fall foliage reflected in the Little Miami River, near Waynesville, Ohio.

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.