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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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Put Christ in Christmas

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

Mary, the mother of Jesus, provides us with a spiritual model for truly celebrating Christmas. While this celebration is exciting for many reasons, like time off from work or school and the opportunity to visit family and friends, the “reason for the season” as they say is the birth of our Savior. The response of Mary to the angel’s message shows us a picture of how each of us can truly celebrate the birth of Jesus.

 

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The Light in the Darkness

Posted on December 12, 2019 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

Each year at Christmas I’m reminded of the radical contrast between the love of God and the hatred of the world. Maybe it is because the gracious display of God’s amazing love for the world makes the evil so apparent like a brilliant light shining into utter darkness. Or maybe it’s just the natural response of a selfish world to the gracious offer of eternal life. Whatever the underlying reasons I am aware of the stark contrast between the ...

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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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