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What Must I Do?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bob Christopher

A rich ruler asked Jesus, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Jesus' first response was this,"you know the commandments."And he listed five of the commandments. To which the ruler said, "All these I have kept from my youth." Well this wasn't enough. Jesus told him he still lacked something.

He should sell everything that he had and distribute it to the poor. And then come follow me. Those who heard the conversation asked, then who can be saved? No one can through obedience to the law. Scripture is clear on this point. But that's never been the way of salvation. It's always been by grace through faith in Jesus. That's the path to eternal life. And here's the good news, when you received him you inherited eternal life.


No Records - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Love does not keep records of wrongs. Which means that God does not keep a record of your wrongs.He doesn't have a list of every sin you've committed.

No, he took away your sins and nailed them to the cross, along with the record of the law that stood against you. He forgave your sins, all of them. And in this New Covenant, he remembers your sins no more. Like everyone, you've suffered many wrongs -- some more painful than others.

And sin tells you to even the score, or to do something worse to those who have wronged you. That's keeping a record of wrongs. That's not love. Love forgives, and the first step is to nail the record of wrongs against you to the cross and leave it there. You will be glad you did.

From Worry to Faith and Trust - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We humans worry. About everything. Food, clothing, shelter, what others think about us, money. And then we compound our worries with our fears about tomorrow. Like today doesn't have enough worries of its own. Jesus told his followers not to worry or be anxious at all.

He gave a good reason. Your heavenly Father knows what you need. And he will care for you just as he cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Are you worried today, or anxious about what tomorrow might hold for you?

If so, let me encourage you to look to Jesus, to turn to him and his wonderful promises, and to give him thanks. This will turn your worry and anxiety to faith and trust.

You Are Light - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

You are the light of the world. Now don't try to live up to this high calling on your own. There is too much at stake. The reason you are the light of the world is because the light of the world, Jesus, lives in you.

And he is the source of the good works that flow through you. So trust him. He saved you by his grace, and you are now his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. So as you live your life in dependence on him... He will shine the light of his life through you. Maybe through an act of kindness, or an encouraging word, or a grateful attitude. Abide in him. This is how you let your light shine before others.

You Are Salt - Monday, June 18, 2018

You are the salt of the earth. It's not because you are a good, moral person. It's because you are a believer in Jesus Christ. And He dwells in you. He is the one who makes you salty His life in you. He works through you as a preservative, offering hope to a lost and weary world.

And as a flavoring sharing the flavor of His life to those dead in sin. So as you live your life in Him, trust him to sprinkle the flavor of his love, grace, mercy and forgiveness on people who need his life-giving touch. It's a privilege and a purpose beyond compare. So today, be ready and available for Jesus to share the salt and light of his life in and through you.

Great and Precious Promises - Friday, June 15, 2018

Did you know that through the great and precious promises of God you become partakers of God’s divine nature? This boggles the mind. God chose to share his life with you. And he promised to make it so in Christ. Think about it. Now you have the privilege of participating in the life of Christ, having his divine nature flow through you to reflect his life to the world around you. And it’s a life that is radically different. one that stands out from the worldly corruption that comes from sinful desires. It’s a life of faith and virtue and self-control and steadfastness and kindness and love. Things that don’t come through human effort or fancy rules and regulations. So partake today by faith and thank God for his great and precious promises.

Nothing More - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Here are some encouraging words from the Apostle Peter. He wrote: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” Now did you catch what he is saying about you? You’ve been given everything you need for life and godliness. You are fully equipped to walk in the newness of life – to live in this world as a child of God. There is nothing more that you need. And all of this is yours through your knowledge of Christ. Maybe you are feeling inadequate today, or overwhelmed by life. If so, take heart. You have Jesus living in you, and he is everything you need.

Plain and Simple - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I’ve been thinking about blenders lately. Now not the ones in our kitchens that make those delicious smoothies. It’s the theological blenders. Think about it. Most of what we hear in church today is one blended message after another. We hear law mixed with grace. The Old Covenant with the New. The philosophies of the world blended into the Gospel. Now the same was happening back in Paul’s day. And much of what he wrote was to encourage leaders to deliver pure, undiluted message of Christ. And then to convince believers that in Christ they have everything they need. In other words, get rid of the theological blender. Throw it away. Plain and Simple—The message is Jesus. In him, and him alone, you are complete.

The Real Deal - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Knock offs and imitations. Now the world is full of these items. And many try to pass these items off as the real thing. But you know they’re not. They don’t have the seal of authenticity. The same is true for many religious people. They profess with their lips they are the real deal, but they don’t carry the seal of authenticity., the promised Holy Spirit

Now Paul put it this way. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him… you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. And it is his presence in that you marks you out as someone who belongs to Christ. His presence in you means you are a genuine, authentic child of God. It is Christ in you that makes you the real deal.

What does it mean to be a Christian? - Monday, June 11, 2018

What does it mean to be a Christian?

Well Paul answered this way:

You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.

So a Christian is a person in whom the Spirit of God dwells.

And as Paul wrote, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.

So what does it mean to be a Christian?

It means that the Spirit of God lives in you.

And it is his presence in you that makes you new and different.

So let me ask, do you have the Spirit of God living in you?

If so, you are a Christian. You belong to Jesus.

And that’s good news.

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Sunday, June 24th, 2018
the Week of Proper 7 / Ordinary 12
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