Archive - March 22, 2016

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Acceptable
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Closing The Book On Works
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Taking Your Seat
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Receive It All
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Reputation Or Revelation
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Celebrate Today
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Empowered to Give
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The Triple Threat
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Right Hand Of Fellowship
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More Than A Test

Acceptable

For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Romans 5:17 (Amplified Bible) In Luke chapter four we see the account of Jesus returning to his home town synagogue just after He had been anointed by the Holy Spirit and won back the keys of authority after He had been tempted of the Devil[…]

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Closing The Book On Works

For the law was given through Moses, [but] grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 If someone told you that they could give you the key to living a victorious Christian life, would you want to know what that key was? Just about a year and a half ago someone shared this key with me and I can honestly say it has completely changed my life. I can look back over my life and count a total of three spiritual milestones. The first was when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. The second was when I asked God[…]

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Taking Your Seat

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6 (NIV) In Luke chapter four, after Jesus read from Isaiah 61 in His hometown synagogue, He did something astonishing. Luke 4:20 says, “Then He closed the book, and gave [it] back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.” Notice, after He closed the book and handed it back to the priest, He sat down. Now sitting down may not sound significant at first, but it is[…]

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Receive It All

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32 I’ll never forget the first time I heard this incredible story that I would like to share with you written by Pastor David Foster in his book entitled A Renegade’s Guide to God. It illustrates perfectly the riches that we have received through Christ. WHOEVER TAKES THE SON GETS IT ALL There once was a fabulously wealthy man who loved his son above all things. To stay close to his son,[…]

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Reputation Or Revelation

Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” Luke 18:42 In Luke 18 and Mark 10, we see the account of a man called, “blind Bartimaeus.” From just his name alone we see that he was known to everyone by the condition of his life. He was known as “blind” and the word “Bar” in Bartimaeus means “the son of Timaeus,” so he was actually referred to as the “Blind son of Tamaeus.” He had probably been blind from birth and would sit at the entrance of the city begging for money as multitudes[…]

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Celebrate Today

So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12 There’s something about the beginning of a new year, or a birthday that can cause you to self evaluate. Having just celebrated a birthday, I found myself thinking about my life thus far. Because I’ve been learning not to be too hard on myself or others, but instead seeing things through the eyes of His grace, the thought came to me, “How does He see my life thus far?” I can remember for so many years not feeling like I quite measured up[…]

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Empowered to Give

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 In Acts chapter three we find the remarkable account of the first recorded miracle after the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Day of Pentecost. Peter and John passed a man on their way to the temple to pray. This man, being a lame beggar, asked them for money. Notice how Peter responded in Acts 3:6, Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I[…]

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The Triple Threat

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NLT) Some time ago, while reading Acts chapter three and the account of Peter and John bringing healing to the man at the Temple Gate, something jumped out at me that I had never noticed before. Look at this account with me in Acts 3:1-7 says, “Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame[…]

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Right Hand Of Fellowship

Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34 When the angels announced the birth of the Christ (the anointed One) they did not go to the palaces of kings, nor the homes of the social elite, but they went first to a hillside where a group of shepherds were “tending their flocks by night.” And, as we know, there where also three very wise and wealthy men from a far off country that “saw the star” and proceeded to find the Christ Child to worship Him. But,[…]

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More Than A Test

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 In Genesis Chapter 22, Abraham is asked to do something that is beyond imagination. Genesis 22:2 says, “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I[…]

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