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Following The Law of The Spirit

Deuteronomy 31:24-26, NIV, “After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end, he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD: Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God.  There it will remain as a witness against you.”

   We live in an age where many in the Church dismiss any type of law.  Professor John Murray had this to say about the commandments of God: 

The Falling Away

 There are many disturbing doctrines being taught in churches today. Here is a couple:

 Universalism: a doctrine that says all beings, regardless of their religious affiliation or creed (even lack thereof) will ultimately make it into God’s Kingdom. This is reflected in the saying, all roads lead to heaven.

 The Prosperity Doctrine: This states that if you live a good and dedicated life to God you will be rewarded with physical things because God wants you to be happy.

 These doctrines are very dangerous because they twist the inspired Word of God and apply the worldly desires of people.

Come Lord, faith is Fading

   Revelation 22:20, “He that testifies of these things says, ‘Surely my coming is soon.’  Amen.  Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

   With the current problems brewing in the Middle East one may wonder, how long will it be before the Lord returns?  Jesus told us that no man knows the day or the hour when the Father will send His Son (Matthew 24:36).  We are given clues to the nearness of that event, but that’s all, only the Father knows when that day will come. 

Are We Listening to God?

Jeremiah 35:12-19, NIV

   Are we listening to God?  The question before you implores you to respond not with mere words, but action.  James 1:22, 25 NIV,“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says…“But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this; not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” 

   James was inspired to tell us to, “fix our attention on God’s perfect law.

The Fruit of Our Lips

Hebrews 13:13-15 
   
     In the temporal realm there are many things to be thankful for.  While the list may vary from person to person, most lists will include family, friends, employment, health, a home, our country, food, and clothing, not necessarily in that particular order.  We are indeed blessed. 

     The purpose of today’s message however, is not to reflect on the temporary, but the eternal.  Life as we know it, in the United States of America, is good.

The Dark Side

      A couple weeks ago probably one of the biggest announcements of our lifetime occurred. (No, it wasn’t the reelection of President Barak Obama.) It was announced that The Walt Disney Company would purchase Lucas Films and thus own the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. That is epic news! I grew up on the Indiana Jones films and I always wanted to be an archeologist, even after I found out it wasn’t as glamorous as Indy’s adventures. Heck, I met my wife while looking into Southern Adventist University to enroll their archeology program.

Don't Check Out, Check In

Before you “checkout” and move on, here’s something to consider.  Freedom always costs.   I hear a lot of people complaining about the presidential election.  Some even mention leaving the country, you know, “the grass is greener of the other side.”  Before you checkout, you may want to mull over a few things.   Most of us in the United States can trace our roots back to a different country.  Our ancestors gave up everything that was familiar to them, and launched out on an adventure that would lead them deep into the unknown. Our forefathers possessed a spirit of fortitude that enabled them to persevere even in the face of unbelievable conflict.  They demonstrated great strength, courage, and determination, and through their resolve they forged this great country.   The towel may be in your hand, but consider your relatives before you throw it all way.  Find your backbone and stand.  We are Americans, citizens of the best country in the entire world.  Blood has been spilt, the blood of our forefathers.  What would they say if they knew we were so quick to tuck-tail and run?    We’re not perfect, and we sure have sinned.  It would be great if could mandate morality in our country, but we can’t.  We are who we are, an imperfect nation, but we are a nation.  I may disagree with you and you may disagree with me, but when the lights go out, we remain one nation.   So lets suck it up!  We’re not going to get our way every time.  Lets show the world what it means to be an American.  Lace up those shoes, get the spring back in your step, and take your place at the front of the line.  If we don’t, someone else will.

Identifying With Christ

 Today many Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Without examining the pagan connection of “Easter,” I would like to suggest that our celebration of the resurrected Christ should connect on a more personal level.    The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, instructed the Church in a more complete understanding of the doctrine of the resurrection.  Writing to the Church at Corinth Paul informed the believer that, “…as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
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