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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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Mansions of the Lord

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Dear Saints;

Next week, June 6th, marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion by the ally forces during World War II. It was called “D-Day” and is singled out by historians as a major turning point in the war toward victory. While highly successful in the liberation of Europe, D-Day reminds us that freedom is never free. The cost of our freedom is graphically displayed by the cemeteries scattered along those fateful beaches containing the remains of those who gave...

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Gratitude

Posted on May 25, 2019 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

As a veteran I want to express my gratitude for the Veteran’s Appreciation Day coming up this Saturday. I am exceedingly grateful for the people of Alpha Ministries’ Church in the Woods for their willingness to host this event and their support shown to all veterans and their families. For some it may seem like just another BBQ at Freedom Ranch, but for the vets this kind of event is anything but casual. In fact, many Vietnam vets in partic...

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Military Appreciation

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

The Month of May is set aside for appreciating our military services. May 18th is nationally recognized as Armed Forces Day honoring all those who have sworn an oath to defend our constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. The month is closed out with Memorial Day on May 27th honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. Such recognition and appreciation of those who have served and are currently serving in our ...

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Uncomely Parts

Posted on May 9, 2019 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

One of the biggest obstacles keeping me from seeing the church Jesus is building today is the idea that certain people are too weak, ineffective, or simply "weird" to be a member of the body of Christ. I know that it takes all kinds of members to make up one body as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 12, and I have seen a huge variety of believers over the years; but there are some people that just don't seem to fit. These are the ones who seem to be weak or te...

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Members of the Body

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

By describing the church as the “body of Christ” Paul reveals a radically different notion of what it is and how it functions. This metaphor of the body of Christ is immediately and drastically contrasted with our historical and traditional ideas of the church. Rather than seeing it as a religious organization we see the church as a spiritual organism. Rather than thinking of it as a building with programs we see the church as an assembly of people with varyi...

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Shining as Lights

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints, 

When viewed as a gathering of people loving others like Christ the church is a glorious picture of heaven on earth. The unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness together with the continual respect, encouragement, and support given in the power of the Spirit of Christ provides an atmosphere of grace needed for every believer to grow. When functioning properly as the body of Christ the local church offers a concrete and tangible expression of the character and ...

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Members of His Body

Posted on April 19, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

The identity of the church Jesus promised to build is the very identity of Christ. That’s why he connected the first mention of building the church to the question he asked his disciples, “Who do men say I am” in Mathew 16. Just as he told Peter that the Father had given to him the revelation of his true identity as the Christ, so we may expect the true identity of the church as the body of Christ to require divine revelation as well. Faith in tha...

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The New Covenant Church

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Describing the church as the “body of Christ” the apostle Paul gives us an entirely different perspective from which to identify the church Jesus is building today. It is the way Jesus intended us to recognize the church as a living gathering of his called-out disciples being empowered and led by his indwelling Spirit to love others just like he does. This living body of believers is not to be confused with a corporate organization or religious institution mad...

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A Living Organism

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;


In describing the church Jesus is building as the “body of Christ” the apostle Paul gives us a far different picture than has historically and traditionally been presented. Rather than being seen as an institution or an organization, the church is pictured as a living organism. Instead of being defined by a material corporate structure, the church is presented as a spiritual gathering of “called-out disciples”. As described by Paul the...

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