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August 2017: The Struggle Against Sin

The Struggle Against Sin

I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. … What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! – Romans 7:18-19, 24-25


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July 2017: The Purpose of the Bible

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4

Every book has a purpose. Whether it’s a cookbook, music book, history book, novel, science book, biography, or even a comic book, every book has a reason. So what is the purpose of the best-selling book in the world, the Bible?


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May – Know the Truth

Know the Truth

“Your word is truth.”

– John 17:17

 Human beings have never stopped desiring to search for the truth. And who can blame us? 


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March 2017: Power of the Gospel

Power of the Gospel

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.  – Romans 1:16

 
Crucifixion was a most shameful to die. The condemned individual was stripped of both clothing and dignity, nailed to a wooden cross, and left there to die slowly over the course of hours or days. It was an execution reserved for only the very worst of criminals.

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February 2017: Forgiveness through Jesus

Forgiveness through Jesus

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.

– 2 Corinthians 5:19

February holds the day that often makes or breaks relationships: Valentine’s Day! It’s a day of engagement rings, flowers, dinners, and the hope for returned affections. For all the happiness of Valentine’s Day, it’s also bittersweet. For every happy or newly engaged or blissfully married couple, you can find someone who is sadly alone, someone who longs to be loved, someone going through a devastating break-up. No wonder the game is, “He loves me…He loves me not.”


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January: Blessing of Baptism

Blessing of Baptism

Baptism…saves you—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

– 1 Peter 3:21


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December: Jesus is My Savior from Fear

Jesus is My Savior from Fear

The angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

– Luke 2:10-11

Isn’t it interesting that God’s angelic announcement of Christmas begins with, “Do not be afraid”? What do fear and Christmas have in common? Based on people’s Christmas anxieties, plenty!

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November: Jesus is My Savior from the World

Jesus is My Savior from the World

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

– John 16:33


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October: Jesus is my Savior from Myself

Jesus is my Savior from Myself

By grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

“I can do it all by myself!” If you have children, you have heard these words. You want them to learn how to do things on their own, but usually they pick times to try when it is least convenient for you. Walking out the door, already late is the time they want to tie their shoes for the first time.

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September – Jesus is my Savior from Satan

Jesus is my Savior from Satan

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
– 1 John 3:8

Is the devil real? He doesn’t really exist, right? WRONG! The devil is a fallen angel. He is called Satan, which means “adversary.” He has one goal. He wants to literally “give you hell.” Picture him as a prosecutor standing before the judgment seat of God. He talks about your character flaws like pride, anger, and your evil desires of greed and lust. He’s very convincing. And that “father of lies” is not lying. You can’t deny what he says about you. It appears his case work will bring about an eternal sentence of hell for you.


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August – Jesus is my Savior from Death

Jesus is my Savior from Death

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

– Romans 6:23

There is a reason that people don’t like to talk about death. Death is scary. Despite all of our medical advances, it is still inevitable. Death doesn’t discriminate in any way. It gets the rich and the poor, the fit and the unfit, the mean and the nice. Death always comes.


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July 2016

Jesus Is My Savior from Sin

The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

– 1 John 1:7

As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, we have plenty of reasons to be thankful. Throughout the generations, the Lord has blessed us with peace and protection. He has spared us from many evils.

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