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The Comforter Within

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Our everyday lives are filled with choices. Most are fairly mundane like, “what shall I have for breakfast” while others are life threatening like, “should I take chemo treatments”. Naturally we make such choices based on our own knowledge of what is best at the time and hope that we are right. In the case of the more mundane choices we have little concern about the outcome. But concerning the life altering choices we feel a desperate need for as...

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Convinced by the Spirit

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

One of the least understood functions of the Spirit of God in today’s world is that which Jesus promised over two thousand years ago. At the close of his last “ministry training class” with his disciples he told them it was necessary for him to leave them. Of course, they were shocked and discouraged by that announcement because they were expecting him to set up an earthly kingdom in which they would live happily ever after with him in this chaotic...

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A New Commandment

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Jesus left us with the new commandment to love others the way he does. But for those of us who find it difficult to actually love others like Christ, the apostle John gives us hope. After pointing out the root of the problem by telling us, “he that loveth not knoweth not God” (1 John 4:8), John goes on to describe several specifics about God and his love we need to experience. First, he defines love not in terms of our performance, but in terms of God’s...

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Got Milk?

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Trusting what God believes about us is the key to living the abundant life Jesus promised his followers. We start our new lives as Christians believing our sins are forgiven by what Jesus did for us on the cross and trusting that he rose again from the tomb as evidence of our salvation. But trusting what Jesus did historically to deal with our sins and trusting what God believes about us now are two different issues. Although they are certainly related they are not the s...

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Does God Believe in You?

Posted on September 19, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Do you believe in God? I’ve heard that question asked in various contexts my entire life. My response has always been in the affirmative since only a fool would deny the existence of a Higher Power, Creator, or some concept of God. But what exactly does it mean to believe in God? Are we just talking about belief in the existence of God? Or is there more to “believing in God” that includes developing a personal relationship that is mutually beneficial t...

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Jesus Wins

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

The more I study the Revelation of Jesus Christ the more impressed I am with how our Lord defeats the evil of this world. Reading about the coming world empire of the anti-Christ and the corresponding world-wide religion of the False Prophet allows me to begin to identify the way the Dragon, Satan, is manipulating world events and governments toward that end. Because I have read the end of the book I am encouraged to know that it seems closer to the time when Jesus ...

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A Clear Image of God

Posted on August 29, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

Living our lives by faith is often difficult, not just because of our natural conditioning to trust our own knowledge of good and evil rather than the personal leadership of the Spirit, but also because of the way we see God. It has been suggested that our basic image of God is developed within the first five years of our lives from our relationship with our earthly fathers. If that is the case we all are in some trouble because no matter how loving our fathers may ...

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Life by the Indwelling Spirit

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Our new lifestyle of faith is summarized in Galatians 5: 16 where Paul assures us that if we walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Having contrast the “fruit of the Spirit” with the “works of the flesh” in the previous verses he reveals the only way we can successfully live out our new lifestyle is “walking in the Spirit”. By this he means that we are to trust in, depend upon, and rely on the leadership and power...

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Fallen From Grace

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

In the practical section of his letter to the churches of Galatia Paul gives us a stern warning about the way we should be living our lives as believers. He says, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, you are fallen from grace “(Galatians 5: 4). When we try to live our lives as believers through our own efforts at rule keeping we are justifying ourselves by our own ability to keep the law. In this condition we hav...

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Trusting the Spirit

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

All believers struggle with the natural conditioning of this world when trying to live out our new lives in Christ. Among the most difficult issues is the fact that we have learned to trust our own knowledge of good and evil to make our decisions in life. In the pride of our natural humanity we believe the way to succeed in life is to know what’s right and wrong so that we can do what is right and quit doing what is wrong. Of course, this idea usually degener...

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