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Colossians 4:6

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

We all need to read and hear this passage today – especially the first part – let our conversation be always full of grace. Our conversations are probably not always up-lifting. They are probably – at times – not positive and helpful.

We have probably all heard this one – if you can’t say something good about someone – say nothing at all. Many of us – if not all of us – need to spend more time and effort when it comes to our conversations. We need to take care that what comes forth from out mouth is a blessing and not a curse.

There are a number of passages about our talk – about the way we present ourselves through our conversations. Here are a couple of them.

Matthew 12:36–37 – 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. Continue reading

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August 8, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Confession, Repentance, God’s Grace!

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

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.

IMG_0301If we took a look at the above passage – we would probably all find a sin we could hang our hat on at some point in our life’s journey.  If not – I imagine we could think of one or two we could add to the list.  There are two things I wish to point out in this passage – and neither thing has to do with the list of sins mentioned (IMHO this is not a total list of sins by any stretch of the imagination – we can add our own sins to the list if that will help us).

The first thing I wish to point out – is the opening verse of this passage.  Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  It calls the wicked – the ones who will not inherit the kingdom of God – persons who remain in their sin.  We cannot consider ourselves to be Christians – i.e. saved – if we live in sin (those that follow in the next verse and any others).

That doesn’t suggest that we will not be saved unless we are sinless.  We are called to confess (admit before God) our sins and strive – by God’s grace – to live outside of our sins.  To use a couple of the sins listed we might consider that a person who steals (a thief) who doesn’t confess their sin and strive to turn away (repent) from that sin will have no inheritance in the kingdom.  A person who worships idols (not just statues my friends but money – jobs – possessions – etc.) and doesn’t confess and repent of this sin runs the risk – according to this Scripture – of having no place in heaven.  A person who is immoral in sexual behavior like a promiscuous person who has many partners and sees nothing wrong with this behavior should be concerned about their eternity.  A heterosexual couple living as husband and wife without being married should be concerned.  A same-sex couple living together in a marriage relationship – legal or not – should be concerned.  A list of sins that one might live in without confession and repentance could be inserted here.  All who live in sin – without confession and repentance – should have concern for their eternity. Continue reading

June 24, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Sexual Immorality

Help me define sexual immorality? I had a discussion with some young adults about sexual immorality. I have added a few scriptures and named some sexually immoral things. Are there more?

Colossians 3:5 – Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

1 Corinthians 6:18 – Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

1 Corinthians 10:8 – We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did — and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 – It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;

Jude 7 – In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Define the following from Scripture:

Adultery
Fornication
Homosexuality
Pornography
Lust
Name and define some more

One of the things I mentioned to the young adults I was talking to was that if you avoid promiscuous living before you get married, your life’s partner will be the only person you will ever know – and thus – they will be the best you have ever known.  Comparisons can be a killer in marriage.  Mental pictures will haunt you if you have multiple partners in your memory banks.

Your thoughts?

This is a repeat post from 2008 – you can find the original and some comments left here.  Amazing how the topic doesn’t change even as the faces change.  Sexuality is one of our strongest desires.  Yet God has a plan for our sexuality and a way to make it pure and a great experience.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Community, Discipleship, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , | Leave a comment

   

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