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grace

  • The Training Field Of Grace (Titus 2:11-15)

    We have cause to celebrate because the grace of God has appeared, offering the gift of salvation to all people. Grace arrives with its own training instruction: run away from anything that leads us away from God; abandon the lusts and passions of this world; live life now in this age with awareness and self-control, doing the right thing and keeping yourselves […]

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  • The Meeting of Misery and Mercy (John 7 – 8:12)

    In the story of the Woman Caught In Adultery, we see Jesus embody God’s perspective on how to balance judgment and mercy.[1] We will first look at the context of the story, then at the person of Jesus, and finally why this story matters to us. Let’s start with some background. This happened on the […]

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  • Grace, Like Water, Flows Downhill (John 4:1-26)

    Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near […]

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  • Trustworthy Sayings (1 Timothy 1:12-17)

    “I thank our Lord Jesus the Anointed who empowers me, because He saw me as faithful and appointed me to this ministry. Despite the fact that at one time I was slandering the things of God, persecuting and attacking His people. He was still merciful to me because I acted in ignorance apart from faith. But He poured […]

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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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  • 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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