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The God of Peace

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints.

 

Unless you live under a rock in the wilderness I’m sure you’ve all heard much more about the Coronavirus than you want. I’ll not repeat the various warnings and official responses to this threat, but I do want to address the more insidious problem that is equally as contagious as the virus itself. Anxiety leading to panic feeds on any threat, imagined or real, and often does as much damage as the threat itself. This is why Paul outlines a t...

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The Indwelling Comforter

Posted on March 12, 2020 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints,

 

After 40 plus years of trying to teach people to love others like Christ I am convinced of two things. Number one, the need for such relational ministry is greater now than it ever has been. And number two, I can’t convince anyone to love others the way Christ does no matter what I say or do. Studying the way Jesus prepared his disciples for this ministry in the upper room reveals the many obstacles he faced in overcoming their natural self-centered co...

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Assurance from Our Savior

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

The work Jesus left us here to do seems overwhelming at first glance. In John 14:12 he said, “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also…” The more we learn about the works he did, especially the miracles, the more overwhelming it seems. But he did not say we are to do the works he did, but, “the works that I do shall he do also”. By this he means that the work he has left us in...

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The Works of Jesus

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

One of the most exciting promises Jesus gave his followers is recorded in John 14: 12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” The context of this promise is his last “ministry training class” in the upper room on the night before he was crucified. He was preparing them for their ministries after he departed...

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Another Comforter

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

The resurrection and ascension of Jesus into heaven was not meant to suggest that we are on our own in this world. While his absence from this earth may cause us to feel abandoned by him, especially in difficult times, the truth is just the opposite. Jesus assured his worried disciples during his last “ministry training class” in the upper room with the following words: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in m...

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Being Christ with Resurrection Power

Posted on January 30, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

Being “Christ” to others is not something we can do on our own. We can see it as our “high calling of God”, our primary purpose in life, and earnestly desire to fulfill that purpose, but it is not possible without “resurrection power”. Even we who have been joined inseparably to Christ and share in his eternal life are unable to “be Christ” to others on our own. In fact, any attempt to do so will naturally lead...

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The Works of Christ

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;


If we are going to strive for the “prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (what I have identified simply as being Christ), we are going to have to do more than just express the character of Christ. We are going to engage in and do the very “works of Christ”. To encourage his worried disciples Jesus promised they would be doing his works, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall...

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Being Christ As You

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

The idea of “being Christ” to others can be somewhat confusing. Even if we define it as loving others the way Jesus does it may still be hard to comprehend exactly what that means in a practical way. Perhaps the greatest source of confusion comes when we view it simply as a flurry of religious activities. Jesus was certainly not religious. In fact, it was the religious folks who wanted to crucify him. So, “being Christ” is certainly...

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The High Calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

Each of us have been given a “High calling of God in Christ Jesus” according to the Scriptures. While we may sense that is true most of us struggle with understanding exactly what that means. Our confusion may be due to historical misconceptions of the concepts of “ministry” or “spiritual gifts” propagated by the institutional church. From the third century on the religious notion of ministry was restricted to the “c...

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Gifts for Jesus

Posted on December 23, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

If you are like me, you are a last-minute shopper for Christmas presents. I’m not sure why. Probably because I tend to put off the effort in hopes of an easier or more novel way to show my love to those I shop for. Whatever the reason I find myself in the same situation today two days before Christmas. But while I try to think of what I will give to others I have to pause and consider what I will give to Jesus. After all, it is his birthday.

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