1. What Really Matters is a New Creation
    28 Mar, 2018
    What Really Matters is a New Creation
    For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.  Galatians 6:15   One of the things I really appreciate about the Apostle Paul is the way in which he can cut to the chase with a single sentence.   Galatians 6:15 is one of those "cut to the chase" sentences. Paul wrote to the church in Galatia because of a controversy that was happening among them.  There were some Jews in Galatia telling the Gentile Christians that if they really wanted to be right with
  2. Bearing One Another's Burdens
    16 Mar, 2018
    Bearing One Another's Burdens
    Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2  Pretty much everyone has a burden to bear.  Think about that. Members of your family.  Your friends.  Your neighbors.  Your co-workers.     All of them are probably bearing some type of burden. If we remember that we live in a fallen world, it's easy to see why we are all carrying a burden . . . or multiple burdens. Life in a fallen world is hard, and burdens come all to easily.   Sometimes our burdens are
  3. Dealing with Sin
    05 Mar, 2018
    Dealing with Sin
    Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19 -21 I've been reading some troubling statistics lately. Approximately 64 percent, or two thirds, of men in the United States admit to viewing porn at
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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