1. Not me! . . . But Christ!
    08 Jan, 2018
    Not me! . . . But Christ!
    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 Here are some conversations that could be overheard in our house recently . . . "Who left these cookies on the floor?" "Not me!" "Who put all this toothpaste in the sink?" "Not me!" "Who made these purple marks on the floor?" "Not me!" It appears "Not me!" has been really
  2. Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    30 Oct, 2017
    Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:15-16 I think it’s safe to say all of us want acceptance and approval.  I know I do. As one article I’ve read recently says, “Whether we choose to acknowledge
  3. Deliverance From This Present Evil Age
    04 Oct, 2017
    Deliverance From This Present Evil Age
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5 Years ago I was trying to clear the brush from an area in our yard.  As my shovel dug into one area of the earth, a swarm of ground bees teemed out of the ground.  I made a run for it, and, thankfully, escaped the attack without one sting. That
  4. Freedom to Serve
    06 Jun, 2017
    Freedom to Serve
    For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  Galatians 5:13 Nelson Mandela once said "to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." That may sound like a good sentiment, but what seems to happen in this fallen world of ours is that freedom brings out both the best and the worst in us. Part of the worst that comes out is a
  5. We Will Reap in Due Season
    10 Feb, 2017
    We Will Reap in Due Season
    And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Have you ever thought, "I just want to give up."? I know I have. When I try and try and try but nothing seems to change. When I give it my best shot and things turn out worse. When I've been going hard at it for a long time, and I can't even tell if progress has been made. It's in those moments that a kind of weariness sets in, and I'm tempted to throw in the towel. Maybe you've
  6. Walk by the Spirit
    13 Jan, 2017
    Walk by the Spirit
    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 For most people, walking is a normal, everyday part of life.  Walking by the Spirit, however, is a bit more elusive  . . . even to those who advocate it.    When someone asks "what does it mean to walk by the Spirit?" there are usually two reactions that occur. The first reaction is the deer in the headlights look with a few "umm’s", "well’s", and "you know’s" thrown in. The second reaction is