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Faithfulness Simiplified

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The life of a follower of Christ is meant to be one of faithfulness. Hebrews 10.19-25 reminds us that the reason we are to be faithful to Christ is because He has already been faithful to us. It’s by His faithfulness that we have redemption from our sins and an eternity secured in His presence forever! Since He is faithful to us first, we are to be faithful to Him in return. The Psalmist wrote: “I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.” (Psalm 119:30 ESV) But if His desire is for us to be faithful, what does He mean by that? Does that mean that we can’t hang out with certain friends anymore? Does it mean that we can’t visit stores or amusement parks that support things that we don’t agree with? Does it mean that we’re going to have sell our cars and homes and throw out all our t-shirts, shorts, and cosmetics and buy long dresses and button-up shirts and live out in the wilderness? Okay, maybe living in the wilderness might be nice (especially if there is no cel…

Living in the Moment

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Is it religion or relationship? Four questions to help you diagnose your commitment to Jesus

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Friday April 14th

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Luke 23:33-47

Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”The time was now complete for the Son of God to pour out His life to redeem His beloved creation from the curse of sin. In the middle of the crucifixion scene, Luke records two criminals that were also crucified with Jesus.One of these criminals was full of hatred and disdain for Christ, but the other recognized something different.He cried out, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!"And Jesus replied, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." How could Jesus reply this way to this man?He was a thief and a murder!He was completely guilty!We cry for justice to be done! Yes, this man deserved to die.He deserved to be condemned to an eternity in hell because of his crimes.But because of his belief in Jesus, this …

Sunday April 16th

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John 20:3-16

Sunday is here and the tomb is empty!Praise God, He has risen from the dead!But these were not the thoughts of Mary when she arrived at the tomb.It’s clear that she thought that the Romans or the Pharisees had come and taken His body away.It wasn’t until she saw and held the resurrected Jesus that she was convinced.Jesus would later say to Thomas, “Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed." Have faith, Christ is risen!Each of these disciples eventually saw the risen Christ (along with over 500 other believers)!Not one of them were willing to recant their belief in Jesus as the Messiah, even as they faced death.No one willingly dies for a lie.If the resurrection of Christ was indeed a lie, then these men would revealed it.Even as they were martyred for their faith, they stood tall.They were stoned, crucified, beheaded, burned at the stake, torn apart by animals, and exiled to remote and unknown parts.Yet these men never denied that Jesus was the Messiah.If no…