Church of the Living God


  • Peace (To Those On Whom God’s Favor Rests)

    “Glory to God in the Highest; and on earth, peace to those on whom His favor rests.”  (Luke 2:14)  When the angels appeared to the shepherds, they proclaimed a message of peace – but not peace to the whole world. This is very specific: peace to those who have God’s favor. So what is this favor? And what is this […]

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  • Bearing the Mark of Christ (Galatians 6:17)

    All scars tell a story. Some people are proud to display them; others want to cover them up. Either way, they tell a story – and it often goes deeper than the skin, and sometimes doesn’t show up on the skin at all. This is more along the lines of relationships, commitments, and ”bearing burdens.”  It’s the hidden […]

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  • Backpacks, Burdens and Blessings (Galatians 6:1-10)

    “If someone is caught in a sin, you who live in step with the Spirit should restore that person gently instead of ignoring or shaming them. But watch yourselves; you could get too close to the sin and be drawn in, or you could begin to feel superior and become proud. If either one happens, […]

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  • The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26)

    In Galatians 5, Paul shows very clearly what happens when we are motivated by selfishness, greed, and power:  “Sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild […]

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  • Inheriting the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:13-21)

    Maps do several important things. First, they show you where you are at the moment.  Being in the center of the Sahara Desert is different than being in the center of New York City. Knowing where you are affects your planning and decision-making. Second, they will help you accomplish a goal.  If, for example, you are […]

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  • The Only Thing That Counts (Galatians 5:1-8)

    “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from […]

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  • Living In Freedom (Galatians 4:8-5:1)

    Like most Greeks and Roman citizens, the Galatians  grew up worshiping the gods of the local pantheon. Three aspects of their worship provided a foundation from which they built an understanding about how people were supposed to relate to the divine.  Votive offerings. The people gave gifts to the gods who then gave them gifts. The […]

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  • Slaves, Servants and Sons (Galatians 3:15-4:7)

    In the beginning of Galatians, Paul makes clear that we are saved and made righteous because of the work of God, not our own effort. Our merit is insufficient to ever make us good enough. How, then, do we best understand the existence of the Law? Paul said he “died” to it – all those rules and […]

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  • “Substitute Saviors” (Galatians 2:11 – 3:14)

    Peter began a ministry to the Gentiles after God had sent a vision showing him why the Old Testament ceremonial law was finished. This vision revealed that animals formerly off limits for being unclean were now clean: “Kill and eat … Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” (Acts 11:7, 9). Peter realized that […]

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