Fear wants to be your boss. God says, “Nope…”

Happy rainy Friday church family! So far we have covered three hindrances to enjoying the Gospel changing us. These three so far have been guilt, shame, and anger. This Sunday we will add another great hindrance to life change through the Gospel, FEAR AND WORRY. Our fear dwells in the present telling us that this world is dangerous. Worry lives in the future and continually says, “What if this happens, what if that happens, what if this does not happen, what if, what if. Worry is rooted in the future but reaches back to our present lives robbing us of all joy and peace in the Lord and happiness in our families. Fear and worry team up and says right now may be OK but I know things are going to get worse soon. Fear can become the norm of everyday life. Fear can result in misery, depression, anger, overprotection, anxiety. What about my children, their driving, their schooling, what about my health, economic collapse, investments failing, being broke, being forgotten, my hair, my figure, cancer, Alzheimer disease, sharks, spiders and our next president? There is an endless list of things to fear and be worried about. There is no real limit to our fears. Pause for a moment and take your top three fears and ask what they say about yourself? What do they say that you really desire, what you value, what you love? Read more…

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What does your anger look like? What is your anger saying?

Hello Church Family: Great news Friday… The Gospel is the power of God to kill your anger. Everybody knows anger. Anger is everywhere. Anger is a destroyer. Anger destroys unity. Anger destroys people. Anger is blind to itself. Anger says, I am right and you are wrong. Anger sees the speck in everybody’s eye and yet does not see the plank in its own eye. Anger tends to be atheistic with God and prayer not being part of our anger.
Do you seek love and unity in your anger? Does your anger seek reasoning? What is your anger rooted in? Is your anger saying, “I am right and you are wrong!” “I am not getting what I want!” “I am not getting what I demand!” Most of our anger is rooted in our own selfish desires. We are focused on our own desires more than the desires of others. We desire our desires more strongly than desiring that others would have their desires realized. The Lord has called us out of that selfish mindset commanding us to put the desires of other’s first (Philippians 2:3-6).

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An Escape from Enslaving Shame – The Gospel

Hello Church Family! Do you ever struggle with feelings of worthlessness that are accompanied with thoughts of rejection and a general gloomy glum attitude that you are always falling short of your community’s expectations of yourself or even your own individual expectations of yourself?
 
Welcome to your own personal world of “Shame.” Most likely you know this world all to well. We all struggle with shame. Shame is the painful emotion that is caused by a thoughts of guilt, failure, or indecency, that often results in the paralyzing belief that we are worthless, that we are of no value to others or to God, that we are unacceptable, and altogether deserving of disdain and rejection. .

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Now for the rest of the story… Get busy IN your salvation = Sanctification

Hello Church Family: As we continue in our series, “How the Gospel Changes Us”, we have been reminded that the God of the Bible, the Triune God who loves us beyond anything we can imagine, has known us before the creation of the world. His love has set a destiny upon us since before there was any time. That is the kind of love He loves us with a foreknowing and predestining love. That love results in us being declared righteous when God justifies us at our earthly calling and at the same moment in time He adopts us as His children and makes us fellow heirs with Christ. Throughout Scripture God shows us that He always works first in salvation. God moves first in performing the miracle of salvation in us and those whom we love. We have been declared righteous and are known by God as righteous because of Jesus Christ, this is known as positional holiness. We are positionally holy in Jesus Christ. Our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).

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Foreknew = To know beforehand = A beautiful promise of God for you today

Dear Church Family: Here we are in our fourth week of our series, “How the Gospel Changes Us.” Last week we discussed the fruit of faith that is our repentance. Our response to the gospel is a delightful, happy repentance from all of our sin that so easily separates us from the love of Christ.
 
Well, the weight of repentance can be heavy. Have you ever felt like this statement, “I feel like my repentance is not enough to please God. I know that I don’t repent enough and then the weight of my limited repentance gets me discouraged enough to think that God is not pleased with me.”

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Aim For the Sin Not the Person – Kill the Sin and Redeem the Person

Hello Church Family:
 
Are you actively killing sin in your life? Are you actively helping others kill sin? Or are you actively killing the person instead of their sin? As we continue in our series, “How the Gospel Changes Us,” we get to the somewhat forgotten response that all believers are called to participate. We are commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ to be living a life of repentance. We are called to be living out a faith that is breathing repentance each second, minute and hour of every day. The fruit of faith is repentance.

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