Luther’s Understanding of Grace
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One day, while I was studying the Gospel Presenation with a retired couple, we read this verse. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV The husband had been raised Catholic, and while … [Click to read more …]

Modesty: It’s Not About Sex, It’s About the Holy Spirit
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The Holy Spirit and Baptism

Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. Mark 5:15 NKJV When the demoniac became converted, he was clothed and in his right mind. So today, the closer we come to Jesus the more appropriately we dress. In … [Click to read more …]

Don’t Pray Often, Pray Always
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One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray….Luke 18:1 NLT As Sunday’s lesson talks about abiding in Christ, I have found for myself that praying often is not the answer. I must pray always. I used to have a golf cart relationships with Jesus. Golf carts charge their batteries early in … [Click to read more …]

The Day God’s Love Made the Universe Stand Still
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There is a saying, “kids who are loved at home come to school to learn. Kids who are not loved at home come to school to be loved.” Is it any different in Sabbath School? Is it also true that God’s children (ages 0-125) who know they are loved come to Sabbath school to learn, … [Click to read more …]

Why Was Jesus Baptized?
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Did Jesus need to be baptized? Was He just setting a good example for us to follow, or was He actually repenting? Suppose you are eating at your favorite restaurant, and the waiter spills the drinks all over you. I guarantee that the manager is going to come out and apologize all over the place. … [Click to read more …]

When Spiritual Egypt is Safer than Spiritual Israel
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After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” That night Joseph left … [Click to read more …]

The Ramblings of a Wimpy Christian
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Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23 NLT In Jesus’ time and place, when people picked up their cross, it was to die, just like Jesus picked up His cross to … [Click to read more …]

Why Rebukes Make Me Feel Loved and Secure
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Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Proverbs 27:6 NLT Long ago, I was writing a blog post about humor. I compared the humor of my friends in different areas. Just a few minutes after publishing my post, I got a call from a friend here where I live. He told me I better … [Click to read more …]

What Are You Worth?
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He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16 NLT George W. Jenkins not only began his Publix grocery store incorporation during the depression, but he also set up several foundations and charities so that even after his … [Click to read more …]

We’re All Okay, Right?
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…but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12 A couple of years ago I attended the “Best Weigh” program at my church. While I wanted to lose a little weight I was not aware of just how much weight I really needed to lose. The doctor … [Click to read more …]