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Isaiah 42:5-9

   Repetitive acts can cause boredom, especially when the heart is not passionate about the endeavor. 

   The nation of Israel was hardened to the things of God, chiefly because their allegiance was based primarily on the letter of the law and not the spirit of the law.  Life became very mundane, indeed the repetitive acts had caused the people of God to become ensnared and caged by the sin of formalism.  What they desperately needed, oddly enough, they collectively rejected.

Salvation Thought

 If Justification is the working of Christ, in our lives, to cleanse us of our sins, blotting them out and removing guilt, and declaring us righteous, then Sanctification is the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives as a guarantor; guaranteeing our salvation by working in us to sanctify us. So, for us as Christians, it is both Justification and Sanctification that is needed in our lives, as clearly taught by James and Peter. Justification once, when we are saved, and Sanctification by the works we do after we are justified.

Elevated To New Heights

    I love living in the mountains. On a clear day, as you climb to the top of a mountain, your view is uninhibited. Personally I feel there is nothing like it in the entire world.  From the hollows that provide a sense of security, to the mountaintops where one can feel so free, God’s creation is beautiful. There is yet another part of God’s creation that we cannot see with our physical eyes, the unseen realm where Christ bids us welcome.  These “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8b) enable us to rise above the gloom that sin produces.

Advent Season

   This week marks the beginning of Advent.  What that means varies from person to person.  For me, it’s spending time reflecting on the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  While I am fully aware that the date is not right, what really matters to me is that people everywhere are more open to hearing the wonderful story of my Lords first advent.

     This year is a little different in the Elswick household.  My oldest son is working overseas, and my youngest daughter and her husband are many states away, needless to say, neither will be home for Christmas.

Love Letter From Heaven

Psalm 119:72, “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” 

   How precious is the law of God to you?  It seems I end up writing a lot about the law of God.  Partly because many in the Church refuses to see its value, and also because I love how the law reveals the character of God.  Verses like Psalm 119:165 offer stability in a time when men are running to and fro, (“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” Psalm 119:165).

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.
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