1. Redeemed and Adopted Because of the Son of God
    16 Nov, 2018
    Redeemed and Adopted Because of the Son of God
    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:4 -5   Think of a really famous person. Maybe you're thinking of Oprah Winfrey.  Or Justin Bieber.   Or Tom Cruise.  Or Beyoncé. Whoever you're thinking of, what are the chances of that famous person coming to live in small town USA? Think of a town like Colerain, NC.  The estimated population of this
  2. The Gospel Vs. Conceit
    13 Nov, 2018
    The Gospel Vs. Conceit
    Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26  I think it's safe to say that most of us feel put off when see a conceited person. You know what I'm talking about. That person who is self-centered, egotistic, boastful, full of themselves. Like the person Carly Simon sings about . . .  "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." When people are conceited, it turns us off to them fairly quickly. And yet . . . We need to face the
  3. Justified Through Faith, Not The Law
    31 Oct, 2018
    Justified Through Faith, Not The Law
    Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith."  Galatians 3:11   I still remember the conversation I had over 25 years ago with a member of a well-known campus ministry. She told me that when she died, God would weigh her good deeds and her bad deeds. If her good deeds outweighed her bad deeds, she would go to heaven.  But if her bad deeds outweighed her good deeds, she would go to hell. I was stunned. I couldn't believe someone
  4. Can't Boast in Anything Else But Jesus
    19 Oct, 2018
    Can't Boast in Anything Else But Jesus
    But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14   I hate boasting. At least when other people do it. I tend to think that boasting is always bad. But that's not exactly true. There are times when boasting can be a good thing. Galatians 6:14 shows us one of those instances. Boasting in the cross of Christ. When I think about I offer nothing to my salvation except my need to be
  5. 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).
  6. 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