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Preserving Our Freedom

Posted on July 9, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Dear Saints.

 

The July 4th celebrations of our national freedom always lead me to consider the true freedom God has given each of us in Christ. Paul urged us to, “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5: 1). This personal liberty we have in Christ serves as the foundation for all other forms of freedom we may enjoy. And like all other forms of freedom it isn’t free. I...

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Motives in Grace

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Dear Saints,

 

In these times of chaos and confusion it is important for us to realize that God is not really concerned with what we do as much as he is about why we do it. All our actions are motivated by one of two sources, the flesh or the Spirit. The motives of the flesh are fear, guilt, and pride whereas the motives of the Spirit are faith, hope, and love. Words and actions motivated by fear rather than faith, guilt rather than hope, and pride rather than love will ad...

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The Overcomer

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Dear Saints,

 

“Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good”. These words written by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans are a simple , but profound statement of the life believers are to live in this world. Certainly evil abounds in the world today just as it did two thousand years ago when these words were written and the need to overcome it with good is just as relevant today as then. But how do we do it? What does it take to overcome evi...

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More Than Conquerors

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 2:05 PM

Dear Saints,

We live in a strange time. People who are healthy have been quarantined and their lives disrupted. Businesses, churches, and schools have been closed. Social distancing and wearing masks is the new normal impacting our relationships. And the economy has suffered more than any terrorist attack on our country. On top of that, angry mobs have been rioting in the streets and law enforcement looks more like combat. While news pundits and politicians are quick to blame cert...

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Hope in the Chaos

Posted on June 10, 2020 at 10:20 AM

Dear Saints,

My heart is grieved by the state of our nation as reported by the media. I don’t ever recall a time in my life when the hatred and vitriol reported in the news was a severe as it is today. Even considering the fact, that I experienced firsthand the animosity of the anti-war protests of the late sixties I don’t remember the intensity of selfish hatred being reported like it is today. The betrayal of those who seek to protect and serve the communities in which ...

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Cheer up, it is going to get worse

Posted on June 3, 2020 at 12:55 AM

Dear Saints,

We seem to be going from the pan to the fire as a nation. At least, that is what the media would have us to believe. From the worldwide pandemic to the riots in our cities, never mind the hateful political divisions, our world seems to be on the brink of collapse. These times remind me of an old song by Barry McGuire called “The Eve of Destruction” that described the chaos and cultural revolution during the late sixties. It appeared then as it does now that ...

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Changing from the Inside Out

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Dear Saints,

 

One of the most critical functions of the indwelling Spirit is called the “renewing of the mind”. Even though all believers have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:14) when they were created in Christ Jesus, the “carnal mind” of the flesh is still present in these mortal bodies we still inhabit. To use the mind of Christ rather than the mind of the flesh in our daily lives requires the power of the indwelling Spirit who is ...

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Controlled by the Spirit

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Dear Saints,

Perhaps the best-known scripture concerning the personal leadership of the Spirit is Paul’s command in Ephesians 5: 18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”. Although often abused by religious folks wanting to control others (i.e. condemning alcoholics and addicts or other believers who are deemed to be less spiritual), this verse is a key to the practice of spiritual enlightenment needed in our everyday lives. L...

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Hearing God Speak

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Dear Saints,

 

What is God saying to you? That is the question it all comes down to when we are confused and seeking answers for our life. Jesus promised his followers they would be able to hear and understand what the Father was saying to them through the indwelling Spirit of truth he called the Comforter. But from my experience counseling believers for the past forty years, people today have a difficult time believing they can even hear from God much less understand what...

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Spiritual Enlightment

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Dear Saints,

 

In this time of national uncertainty and confusion due to the threat of a pandemic it is absolutely necessary for us to develop and exercise the personal skill of spiritual enlightenment. I define this skill as the ability to recognize our need for and reliance upon God to cope with the everyday issues of our life. Paul prayed for it in Ephesians 1: 17-19, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdo...

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