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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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A New Way of Thinking

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Living by faith can be a confusing and frustrating task for new and “used” Christians alike. Having no clear definition of what it means to live by faith we often find ourselves engaged in religious activities or rituals suggested by others without really knowing if we are “doing it right”. It is especially discouraging to think you are living by faith when it doesn’t seem that God even hears, much less answers our prayer requests. Our confu...

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Keep on Living by Faith

Posted on July 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

All believers struggle with the natural conditioning of this world when trying to live out our new lives by faith. 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 “toxic faith...

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Obstacle to Love

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

The biggest obstacle to my loving others like Christ is the hatred in my own flesh. That’s right, I used the word hatred to describe the feelings in my flesh for those who have disappointed or offended me in some way. I could try to cover it up by saying I am “hurt” or “surprised” or even “confused” by the offense, but the truth is my flesh quickly responds with hatred before I can even consciously choose to believe the gosp...

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Trusting Jesus enough to love like Him

Posted on July 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints, 

Jesus asked his disciple a searching question on the night before he was crucified. He asked, "Do you trust me enough to love others the way I do?" He had shocked them by announcing he was leaving them and he wanted them to stay here and love each other in the way he had been loving them. Their "troubled hearts" prevented them from thinking about, much less actually loving others; so, he called on them to trust him. In the context of believing on him he promised t...

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Happy Independence Day

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

For years the 4th of July celebration had been a difficult time for me emotionally. I found myself trying to avoid any public celebrations in favor of isolating at home or “getting away” on special outings. The day was spent trying to suppress a seething anger and bitterness rather than enjoying our Independence Day and I didn’t know why. After more than 40 years I began to discover the reasons for such “un-patriotic” feelings and beha...

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The Comforter

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Among the many blessings of being a child of God, the one that stands out more than the others is the privilege of having the Holy Spirit living inside the new person God has made us to be in Christ. Maybe it’s because this blessing is something we can rejoice in right now in this present world, or maybe it’s because it is the source of all real comfort and assurance. In any case the fact that we are indwelled by the very Spirit of God is a blessing that needs...

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Spirit of Adoption

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Does God talk to you? Be careful how you answer that question. Politicians especially can get themselves into real trouble if they say yes. But they are not alone. In the secular world we live in today the idea that God exists is somewhat controversial never mind the fact that he might actually communicates with people. The more “enlightened” members of our society who pride themselves as being “educated” generally scoff at the notion that a per...

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Hearing God

Posted on June 7, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Over the last 40 years of pastoral counseling I have noticed an underlying issue common to all kinds of personal and relational problems people encounter. They are so focused on what needs to be done to solve their problem (either by themselves or others) they are obsessed with trying to do something to eliminate it or, at least, alleviate it somewhat. They often ask the question, “What shall I do or not do?” hoping for an answer that will agree with their thi...

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