1. Addressing The Fear of Man
    01 Jun, 2018
    Addressing The Fear of Man
    But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.  For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.  And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.  Galatians 2:11-13 It's one of those odd moments in apostolic history.  The Apostle Paul confronted the Apostle Peter (Cephas).
  2. Love Fulfills the Whole Law
    22 May, 2018
    Love Fulfills the Whole Law
    For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Galatians 5:14 I have to admit, I'm fascinated by this verse.   Allow me to tell you why . . . Paul, under the inspiration of the Spirit, says something radical about how the law is fulfilled. The whole law is fulfilled in one simple command. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But wait . . . I thought the whole law was fulfilled by two commands!  "Love your neighbor" is one of them, yes.  But
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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