For my first post I thought it would be a good idea to post a little background about me.
My name is Derek Leichty.
I was adopted when I was 3 days old. My biological mom chose life, for which I am forever grateful. God worked in the lives of my adopted parents in their desire to have a child when they could not, and giving them the desire to train and instruct me in God's word instilling a basic knowledge early on of my sinful state and need for a savior. When I was young, Going to church on Sundays was just natural and expected I think that this was very beneficial to my learning but I think I also unwittingly ingrained a sense of legalism into my philosophy much like the older son of the prodigal son of Jesus' parable or the Pharisees of Jesus' day. When I grew a little older, hopefully in wisdom, training, the full message of the Gospel finally sunk in;
God is the Creator.
Humans are sinful by nature ever since Adam and Eve rejected God's plan attempting to be self-sufficient deceived by a lie bringing death.
God gave us the Law in the Old Testament and a sacrificial system to atone for sins as a foreshadowing of Christ,
As Humans we are unable to keep the law perfectly,
God demonstrated Grace and Mercy by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ who is fully God and Fully Man that he could be a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Christ was crucified on a Roman cross and buried in a tomb, but unlike all other humans Christ (fully human/Fully God) was raised to life on the third day, as witnessed by many people, and then ascended into heaven. and ONLY through Christ is salvation possible, who will one day return to establish His kingdom.
I'm currently at a stage in my life between High School and College (as this blog goes on I plan on attending college if God wills) and desire to see God glorified through my life, I pray that this blog will encourage you, from one sinner in need of The Savior to another.