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God's Greatest Gift

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

The Christmas story describes the greatest gift of love the world has ever seen. The Father so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. That gift of love to all mankind so far surpasses our wildest imaginations that we cannot understand its full meaning. But it is clear and simple enough so that even a child can receive it. Of particular note is the angelic announcement to the shepherds saying, “For unto you this day is born in the city of ...

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Snapshot of Grace

Posted on November 27, 2019 at 11:20 AM 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.” 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 have o...

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Faith of the Son of God

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 3:10 PM 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 ...

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Thinking Like Jesus

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

In his encouragement to the church at Philippi Paul urges them to, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). The ultimate goal of the renewing of the mind and the changes it produces in the believer is to give us the mind of Christ. When we can see ourselves and others like Christ, hear and understand the love and direction of the Father like Christ, and feel the passions of Christ we are exercising his mind. It...

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Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

The need for the renewing of our minds is clearly revealed by Paul in his letter to the Ephesian church (Ephesians 4: 17-24). Warning us against “walking” or living like non-believers he describes their problem as “the vanity of their mind”. This refers to being what might be called a “spiritual air head” which Paul goes on to describe as being confused, ignorant and blind. This natural condition of the mind is painful and leads to a s...

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Our Reasonable Service

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12: 1,2 

Presenting these bodies as a living sacrifice means we are giving up our own self-improvement p...

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Look in the Mirror

Posted on October 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

Many believers fall into a dangerous trap of thinking, “Now that I am a Christian, I’m going to have to change my ways or God will not bless or maybe even curse me.” This spiritual trap is not new since it has been used by the enemy for the last two millennia. It is an effort on the part of Satan to divert our attention from what God says is true about us and trusting him to work in our lives to an unhealthy obsession with our own knowledge of good...

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Motivations of the Heart

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Have you ever noticed that God is not as concerned about what we do as he is why we do it? This may come as a shock to many, but God is not impressed with our performance in any way. According to the apostle Paul what we do or do not do doesn’t count with God at all (Galatians 5: 6). What he is looking for in us is not our performance, but our faith that is expressed in love for others. And because he reads our hearts like an open book, he is well aware of our mot...

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Perilous Times From the Flesh

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

In his second letter to his disciple, Timothy, Paul warns, “that in the last days perilous times shall come” and goes on to provide a lengthy list of some 19 characteristics of corrupted human nature. Clearly the perilous times he is referring to are a direct result of the what the Bible calls “the flesh” or sinful nature of the old persons we were before being born of the Spirit. While we have other spiritual enemies (Satan and ...

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Trusting the Comforter

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

Living is a fallen world in sin-cursed bodies that are also growing old and falling apart none of us can avoid suffering. Whether it be a simple inconvenience or a major problem in our lives no one is exempt from some kind trial that causes us pain. Despite our best efforts to avoid pain or at least anesthetize the hurt when we do suffer, all of us need the comfort promised by Jesus when he left his disciples in this world and ascended back into heaven. 

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