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Hey GCT:  Sometimes you really cannot believe what God has done in the history of redemption until you read it from Scripture over and over again.  Then while reading the Holy Spirit reveals truth.  Many times when that happens we have to deprogram our traditional thinking of what we think about God or how we think He is working and submit to the truth of Scripture.  So often we make our own truth and fully believe it.  We bank on it and it really is not the truth.  We go down the path of believing a lie.  That is why over and over again the Lord calls us back to Scripture to make sure we are getting this story of redemption and restoration correct.  This week is one of those weeks where we need to strive to get God’s story right and return to Scripture over and over again.


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Finding the Pharisee Within Each of Us

Hey Church!  Let’s continue to apply Luke 5-6 to our lives so that we can recognize when our inner Pharisee is raising its legalistic head. A Pharisee or a religious person spends their life dividing the world into good people and bad people.  As we have seen in Luke 5, Levi the tax collector would be on the Pharisees really bad list.  But the Pharisees themselves would have put themselves on the really good list.  We all tend to do the same thing as we all have a natural tendency to revert back to being religious – we start to depend upon our own works to make us righteous instead of Jesus’ gift of His righteousness.  This is how it happens. First, we believe that “bad people” are bad because they do big bad sins while “good people” do little acceptable sins so they are good.


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Do You Struggle with being a Spiritual Wet Blanket on the Life Giving Fire of God’s Grace?

Hey there awesome Church:  Have you ever struggled with being the spiritual wet blanket that extinguishes all evidences of God’s happy and joyful grace?  Are you quick to make rules and expectations that Jesus never made for righteous living?  When you sin do think you need to be re-saved?  Do your works define you?  Do you focus your spiritual attention more on what you do instead of who you are in Christ?  Do you get angry when you see fellow believers claiming the grace of God upon their shortcomings? This week Jesus continues to rebuke the Pharisees that continually desire to be the spiritual wet blanket on Levi’s party.  Levi the low-life, corrupt, liar, fraud, cheat, thief was rescued by Jesus and he loved his rescue.  Levi was so excited about Jesus he organized and funded a great celebration of his release from bondage to sin and judgement and condemnation.  He was celebrating his new life in Christ and he wanted all of his low-life friends to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  He wanted each of his friends to also know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  This was quite the party and there was intense happiness and joy permeating each in attendance.


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Legalism – The Great Destroyer of Grace and Joy

Hey GCT:  This Sunday in Luke 5 we are going to see Jesus confront those who think that righteousness and acceptance before God comes from something besides Jesus Christ.  Many of us in our fomer years have suffered from legalistic tendencies, or we are still demanding from others more than Jesus does.  Or maybe we are enduring or recovering from the spiritual abuse of someone who is reigning down upon us a legalistic sledgehammer.  That legalistic sledgehammer is never one unto life but to death.  Here are ten evidences of legalism.


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To Heal or Not to Heal…

GCT:  This week we will be looking more closely at several specific people in Luke 5, and how they were involved in healing and non-healing.  Yes, Jesus healed the leper and the paralytic but He also didn’t heal many other people who were present.  First and foremost we much rejoice in the fact that Jesus heals!  Jesus wants you to know that He has compassion on the diseased, the hungry, the sick and the oppressed.  In His compassion he chooses to heal sometimes while we are still in our earthly bodies.  And sometimes Jesus choses not to heal us while we are still in our earthly bodies.  The great promise that we are reminded of when we see a healing today is that healing is a reminder of God’s promise that He will heal everything when He returns and makes everything new.  At Jesus’ return we as believers will be healed of everything!  We who are perishable and mortal will put on the imperishable and the immortal at Jesus’ return (1 Corinthians 15:50-53).  Jesus has come to usher in His kingdom that makes all things new.  Jesus has come to restore the natural order of His creation.  The Bible tells us that God did not originally make this place where we live a place with hunger, disease and death.  Jesus has come to redeem all of this hurt, pain, suffering and sin.  Sometimes Jesus chooses to heal us physically while we are still on this earth but more importantly Jesus wants us to be healed spiritually.  He wants us to be healed spiritually through His gift of faith which atones for our sins and makes us spiritually healed.  He wants that more than physical healing.  Healing physically is His decision as a sovereign God to heal or not to heal while we are still on this earth.  Everyone who received physical healing in the New Testament from Jesus eventually died physically.  That is why Jesus cared more about their eternal spiritual healing than their temporal physical healing.


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Are you a Believer or are you a Disciple? Yahoo / Inbox

GCT:  Are you a believer or a disciple?  GCT, Jesus call us all to be disciples not just believers.  What is the difference?  Discipleship is costly!  Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is answering Jesus’ call to sit at His feet and learn from Him and change your life according to His teachings.  Discipleship involves repentance, obedience, dying to self, following, submission, sacrifice, worship, yoking with other disciples, leaving things behind, counting everything as loss compared to knowing Jesus Christ, and yes even martyrdom.  Do you find yourself today living to be a disciple?


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