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All Members are Needed

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints,

 

It takes a variety of members to make a body of Christ. Paul makes this point in his letter to the Corinthian church in which he seeks to correct their thinking about the members of the church (1 Corinthians 12). Like all organizations there are members we naturally consider being more important than others. They may seem to be smarter, more spiritual, funnier, or even more functional than others. These more popular members are given more honor and re...

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Snapshot of Grace

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints,

 

The writer of Hebrews provides us with a snapshot of the lifestyle of grace in the following verses, “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from...

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Spiritual Brats

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

John assures us that those who fail to love don’t know God on this intimate and personal level. While they may be born of God, they are still “babes” in Christ and have not yet matured enough to care about much less love others. Such was the condition of the believers in Corinth when Paul wrote his first letter of rebuke and correction. In 1 Corinthians 3: 1-3 Paul writes, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiri...

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Spirit of Life

Posted on July 30, 2019 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Lately I have been impressed with what Paul called, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” in Romans 8. This phrase describes what sets us free from all condemnation under the “law of sin and death”. It is the law or principle of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus that guarantees our freedom from all condemnation even though we yet live in a physical body that also contains the habit and power of sin in it. As a result, all believers are ...

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Walk After the Spirit

Posted on July 24, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Have you ever noticed how the life we are called to live as believers seems totally backwards to what we naturally think? The words of Jesus illustrate the problem when he says such things as, “the first shall be last’, “the greatest will be the slave to all”, and “seeking to save your life will cause you to lose it”. Perhaps the most extreme was his commands to “turn the other cheek” and “love your enemies”. Pa...

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Spritual Realities

Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

The freedom we have in Christ is hard to comprehend. I find it much easier to experience it than to explain it. In most respects it is completely backwards to our conditioning in this world system which makes it difficult to understand. But when we experience the reality of that freedom, we know it’s real. So real, in fact, we are forever changed. 

Our liberty in Christ is a spiritual reality first, then a physical reality. It happens the moment ...

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Celebrating Our Liberty

Posted on July 11, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 The July 4th celebrations of our national freedom always lead me to consider the true freedom God has given each of us in Christ. Paul urged us to, “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5: 1). This personal liberty we have in Christ serves as the foundation for all other forms of freedom we may enjoy. And like all other forms of freedom it isn’t free. It was pa...

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Declaration of Dependence

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

This week we celebrate Independence Day as a nation. On July 4, 1776 the continental congress courageously declared their independence from the tyranny of British rule that had become oppressive and intolerable. It is clear from the wording of this declaration of independence that a simultaneous “declaration of dependence” was also enacted. The use of the terms “Laws of Nature” and “Nature’s God” as well as the...

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Trusting to Love

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

Why is it so hard to trust God? We trust the government, the news, the internet, and our family and friends all of which have proven to let us down. Why is it so hard for us to trust God? When I share with folks that all God wants is our faith, often they reply, “That’s too easy”. But it doesn’t seem to be that easy for most of us to really trust God. In fact, most people I know have a difficult time believing what he says is ...

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Our Father Who Art in Heaven

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking of our heavenly Father and the perfect Father-Son relationship that comprises the bulk of his revelation of himself to humanity. It always has amazed me that God chose to give us his final and clearest revelation of himself through his Son, Jesus. If we want to know what God is like we must examine his only begotten son. But even more amazing is the fact that he also reveals himself to us by his relationsh...

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