Known by its Fruit

"And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile."- 1 Peter 1:17 A couple years ago a book titled "Not a Fan" was published.  The basic premise of the book is that you are either a fan or... Continue Reading →

No Condemnation

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."- Romans 8:1 "There is therefore no condemnation."  Think about those words, their meaning, and the Gospel.  Paul is very specific in what he meant.  He is summarizing exclamation that victory comes through Jesus Christ (Romans 7:23-25).  A new era of salvation history... Continue Reading →

Go Therefore

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name o the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."-  Matthew 28:19-20 We have all had someone... Continue Reading →

Victory in Jesus!

The letters of Paul are very powerful and beneficial to the Christian. They show a man who persecuted the church, became a missionary to the Gentiles, and a man who died a martyr for the Christian faith. His first letter to the Thessalonians was the first letter written in the New Testament, but what has... Continue Reading →

Denial of Self

"And He said to all, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."- Luke 9:23 Imagine that you are living in first century Israel.  The Roman Empire is in control of the area, and a means of torture and execution used is crucifixion.  The cross... Continue Reading →

Riches of His Grace

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace."- Ephesians 1:7 We have all done wrong to somebody at some point in our lives.  We may have lied, stolen, or done something worse.  We often find it difficult to forgive other individuals of the... Continue Reading →

What do you produce?

"Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or  grapevine produce figs?  Neither can salt pond produce fresh water."- James 3:12 In the third chapter of his letter, James is writing about taming the tongue.  Words can be a great encouragement, describe love, but they can also destroy if not used properly.  Today's verse reminds... Continue Reading →

By Faith

"For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."- Ephesians 2:8 It is in our human nature to try to complicate things.  We even have a saying that states, "That is almost too easy."  Throughout church history many have tried to complicate... Continue Reading →

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