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Pleasing to God

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

A common question among those who sincerely want to serve and please God with their life may be phrased something like, “If I can’t trust my own knowledge of right and wrong to make decisions that determine the way I live my life, then who or what can I trust?” Because we are taught right from wrong beginning in early childhood and continuing through our adult life it is natural to rely upon our own knowledge and interpretation of the law to make our choi...

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The Deadly Interplay Between the Flesh and the Law

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

One of the greatest ironies I’ve encountered in studying the Scriptures has to do with my understanding of the law. Like most believers I started out my Christian life with a real hunger for the knowledge of good and evil for several reasons mostly unknown to me at the time. There was no question in my mind that the law (especially the law of God revealed in the Bible) was true, holy, just, and good as Paul affirms in Romans 7. But I questioned m...

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The Subtle Sin

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Of all the sins I have tried to avoid throughout my life I think the most subtle is the pride from my own knowledge of good and evil. Like most believers I had the idea that if I knew what was right and wrong concerning any issue I could somehow make myself do what was right and keep myself from doing what was wrong. Any failure on my part to actually do what was right and not do what was wrong was either quickly rationalized and excused or covered up and ignored by anoth...

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Dead to the Law

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

One of the most confusing issues believers face in learning to live out their new life in Christ has to do with the fact that we are “dead to the law”. This concept presented by Paul in Romans 7: 1-6 is totally backwards to our natural thinking and the coping strategies we have used throughout our lives. What we have relied on to make our choices in life (good, bad, or indifferent) has been our own knowledge of right and wrong, what the Bible refers to t...

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Knowledge of Right and Wrong

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Growing up in a Christian home I developed a strong knowledge of right and wrong. There were certain behaviors that were right and others that were wrong. Likewise, there were certain beliefs that were right and others that were wrong and, consequently, certain people who believed and acted right and those who believed and acted wrong. I learned that the standard for what was right or wrong was the Bible, the commandments, and understood God to be the supreme judge that ...

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Happy New Year 2018

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Dear Saints;

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to this next year with a joyful and confident expectation the Bible calls hope. Not because the world is getting better and life on earth is getting any easier, but because I am learning to depend more and more on the love of God. Regardless of what 2018 may bring our way as the old hymn declares, “I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow”. As the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8: 38, 39, &...

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Opportunities for the New Year 2018

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

As we close out another year I am grateful for what the Lord has done with us and excited about his plans for us in the New Year. As most of you already know, our primary mission is to help train individuals and groups in the application of the gospel to life controlling problems. This involves a solid understanding of the good news of who God has made us to be in Christ and how faith in the truth of our new identity sets us free. Our success in this ministry is not meas...

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The Christmas Story

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

I’ve heard the Christmas story recorded in the Bible every year since I was a child; and yet I find it just as intriguing every time I stop to consider it again. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the story is the idea that God became human so that we could see and relate to him. As the writer of Hebrews expressed it, “Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us ...

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Holiday Stress

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

For most of us the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas and the New Year celebrations is especially stressful. There are more reports of accidents, crime, domestic violence, etc. during this season that at any other time of the year. I find it ironic that a time when we are celebrating the blessings of God and the birth of our Savior that the presence of evil in the world around us also increases. Just another proof in my mind of the invisible spiritu...

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God's Gift

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

As the Christmas season draws near my mind naturally begins to think of gifts. Not that I am concerned with what gifts I might receive, but rather what gifts I am able to give to family and friends. Exchanging Christmas gifts is a special part of our celebration, but like so many other traditions, it can be counterproductive and even stressful without understanding the purpose behind it. So why do we practice this tradition year after year? 

Looking at t...

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