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Basic Gospel: Just a Minute! with Bob Christopher

 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bob ChristopherHave you heard the term "adulting".It is popular among the Millennials.They are particularly fond of saying, I'm not adulting today.Meaning they are tossing responsibility out the window.Sometimes we Christians want to do that when it comes to maturing as believers.When you consider the method, its no wonder.To grow up means facing trials of many kinds.Paul explained it this way "Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit."Now did you catch that last statement. Maturing in Christ means a heart that is full of the love of God.It makes you look forward to whatever it takes to grow in Christ.

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Fact or Fiction? - Monday, June 17, 2019
Fake news.It's everywhere.So much so, its hard to figure out what is fact and what is fiction.The groups who publish these lies and propaganda do so to intentionally mislead you.But this isn't anything new.The father of lies has been behind this type of activity since the beginning, delivering fake news any way he can.All for the purpose of keeping you from knowing and believing the truth.His band of false prophets are out there, and they are persuasive and cunning.But be not dismayed.You have the Word of God, and the Spirit of God living in you.He will guide you into all truth, truth that will set you free.
Life Fully Lived by Grace - Sunday, June 16, 2019
As followers of Jesus, we love to affirm that we are saved by grace through faith.But once we've confessed our faith in Christ, then what?How do we know we're forgiven when we mess up?How do we enjoy a deep, personal connection with God?The same way we got started by God's grace.Paul put it this way "just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him".God's plan for you is a life fully lived by grace through faith in Jesus.If you want to experience the full benefits of the Gospel, live just as you received Christ.And enjoy everything Jesus came to give you.
The Power of the Gospel - Saturday, June 15, 2019
The Gospel.It is the power of God unto salvation.For the Israelites, God's power parted the red sea and delivered them to safety and freedom.That day, as Moses wrote, the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians.Your salvation was and is even more miraculous.You see, you were dead in trespasses and sins.And only the power of God can make you alive.He demonstrated that power 2000 years ago when he raised Jesus back to life.On the day that you believed, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, raised you to walk in the newness of life.This is the power of the Gospel, the power that saved you!
Right in God's Eyes - Friday, June 14, 2019
Am I ok with God?This is a question we all ask.And until it's answered, life is out of sorts.Many want God to be ok with their sinfulness and worldly lifestyles.They want to remain lost and dead in their sins and have God still give them his stamp of approval.But God did not create mankind for that purpose.He wants us to be fully alive in Christ and for us to know and experience his love.That is what he created us for.And there is only one way for this to happen.By grace through faith in Jesus.Do you want to be ok with God?Trust in Jesus.That's what makes you right in God's eyes.
No Greater Joy - Thursday, June 13, 2019
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."John wrote these words.And they paint a picture of a transformed life.Think about it.Did you walk in truth before the Gospel took hold of your life?Not me, I was walking in lies. And it was my view of God that was so far off.I didn't know that he loved me, or that Jesus had reconciled me unto himself.or that he wasn't counting my sins against me.No, I believed the lie that he was counting every one against me.And there is no joy there.Let me ask, are you walking in the truth of God's love and forgiveness.It's the truth that will set you free.
On The Right Side - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Are you on the right side of history?Politicians will tell you that you are if your views line up with their's.But they miss the point.They limit history to the course of human events.To the decisions and policies men and women make to move the human story forward.Absent from the equation is the fact that history is really God's story.And he is writing that story through the person and work of Jesus Christ.At the end of the age, his redemption of man will be the history that stands front and center.Let me ask, are you on the right side of history?You are if you have been redeemed by the Lamb.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.This is how you are to handle grievances in relationships, with the same forgiveness God has given you.It raises a great question.Do you know how the Lord forgave you?Paul wrote this to the Ephesians."In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace which he lavished on us."You are forgiven because of God's grace. It was his once for all gift to you the moment you believed.You didn't have to earn it, or beg or plead for forgiveness.It was wrapped up for you in Christ.So when someone wrongs you, extend the same gift of grace.Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Your Place is Secure - Monday, June 10, 2019
Tony Romo lost his job as starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.It wasn't because he played badly.He had been injured and was expecting to step back into his spot once he got healthy.No one expected the rookie Dak Prescott to do as well as he did.But with his play, he earned the starting job.As Romo watched the rookie each week, he knew.His days as starter for the Cowboys had come to an end.He explained, football is a meritocracy. You earn your way.It is a harsh reality.But one that makes me thankful for the truth of the Gospel.That we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. It is a gift.Which means your place in Christ is secure.
The Union of Christ and You - Sunday, June 9, 2019
Growing up in the south, sweet tea was the drink of choice.My aunt Sarah made it the best.While she brewed the tea in a boiler, she filled the bottom of a pitcher with several cups of sugar.Once the tea reached a boil, she poured it in the pitcher.With a little stirring, the tea and sugar fused together as one.Now that doesn't happen when you add sugar to iced tea.The sugar settles at the bottom of the glass.So to have real, southern style sweet tea, the two have to fuse together as one.The same is true of Christianity.To have the real thing a union has to take place.You in Christ and Christ in you.Here is the good news. It did the moment you believed.
Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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