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Go and Sin No More

John 8:10-11

10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

profileThe woman was brought before Jesus.  She had been caught in adultery – which according to the law – required punishment.  They brought the stones with them.  They probably circled her or lined up against her.  They were an angry mob and they wanted blood.

They brought her before Jesus and wanted Him to tell them to kill her for her sin – according to the law.  Instead – if you remember the story well – Jesus began to write on the ground.  Might have been sandy soil and he wrote in the sand.  Lots of pastors have guessed at what He wrote.  Maybe it was the sins of the people who surrounded the woman.  Maybe as they peered over His shoulder or walked over to see what He was writing they saw their own sin. Continue reading

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So You Say I Am Not Self-Made?

1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a

You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

RayBlogI’m my own person – a self-made person!  No one helped me – I pulled myself up by my own boot straps!  Have you ever heard those phrases?  Have you ever used them yourself?  The problem is that some actually believe these statements.  Some actually believe that they are islands standing alone in this world with no one to thank for where they are today. Today I am writing to Christians.  Today I am writing to those who believe they have placed their trust in Jesus.  Although the world may think they are self-made – we know or should know that we are nothing without Jesus – who has bought and paid for our lives with His blood.  Our bodies – our lives should be considered temples for the Most High.

Let’s take a look at today’s passage in partial context.  It comes from a section where God using Paul is teaching Christians about sin – and how we belong to Jesus and not to our sinful natures.  It tells us how we are to use our lives – our bodies – God’s temple – for Christ because we were bought and paid for by His blood. 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 – 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 12 “Everything is permissible for me”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”-but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”-but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”   17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

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February 19, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Lenten Thought, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If My People…

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Let me start by saying that God is not bound by national boundaries.  Israel is more than a nation – it is a people – the followers of God.  With this said – I believe that any passage directed at Israel – as a people of God – is aimed at the people of God today.

The United States was founded by a group of very religious people who simply didn’t want a state religion.  They fully believed that God SHOULD have everything to do with their government.  You can see this truth in the Constitution – which quotes the Bible as much if not more than most secular documents.

We are called – One Nation Under God – but our society is trying very hard to remove God from our nation – and unfortunately – some churches are starting to follow the society.  During a recent despicable ruling in a church trial in Wisconsin some even said it was about time that the church caught up with society.  I for one do not want to catch up with society when society is calling sin acceptable and I will not be part of a religious institution that does so either.

On this 4th of July – I would challenge folks to pray for their nation and for their church – that both would humble themselves before God and seek God’s face – turning from our sinful ways and returning to God.  Oh what God could do with a church – with a nation – that sought God’s face and sought to please God in all they do!

Take a moment tonight before you watch or set off fireworks to celebrate our independence and pray for our nation.  Maybe ask for all of those gathered with you to pray – just for a moment – for the nation and church.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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