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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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The Supreme Authority of Jesus is for Your Everyday Life

Hey GCT:  Think with me for a little bit about the word AUTHORITY.  What thoughts and emotions well up in your minds and hearts?  Scripture tells us that Jesus is our authority.  Matthew 28:18 says, “All Authority has been given to Jesus in heaven and on earth.”  That means that Jesus has the right to tell us what to do and what not to do.  Jesus’ words “possess authority” (Luke 4:32).  The word used here for authority really is communicating “supernatural power.”  The words that come out of Jesus’ mouth possess supernatural power over the heavens and the earth which is supreme authority.  Jesus has authority over the entire spiritual realm and the entire physical realm.  That means that Jesus has complete authority over every situation in our lives.  He speaks and demons scatter.  He speaks and diseases are healed.  He speaks and the weather changes.  He speaks and the blind receive sight.  He speaks and people bow in worship in repentance.  Every Word of Jesus is supremely powerful!  Are you accessing the super natural power and authority of Jesus Christ?  It is available to you every second of every day.


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Are you a “I have to see it to believe it” or a “I will believe it to see it” kind of person?

Hey GCT:  What does God call His children to do over and over again throughout the story of redemption in Scripture?  Does He call us to a “believe me and I will show you” faith or an “I will show you first so that you can believe” kind of faith?  Well, I believe that time and time again He calls us to believe Him first and then He moves forward with us in our faith and makes His promises yes and absolutely realized.  Our Father in heaven loves for us to trust Him.  This entire story of redemption from Genesis to Revelation is God saying “ Trust Me!”  His daily word to us in whatever situation we find ourselves in is, “Trust Me.”  God is worthy to be trusted.  God id saying “believe me and I will show you…”


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