Pastor’s Pen

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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Did you hear what happened at Church one Sunday in 60 AD?

Hello Church Family: As a body of Christ we have the important task of staying faithful to the Truth of Scripture. One way that we can remain faithful to God’s Word is to understand the attacks that have come upon Truth of Scripture throughout history. We can know and discern present day heresies within the Church by understanding the attacks that have come upon the Church over the past 2000 years. We must set out to understand what are the modern forms of the attacks of Pelagianism, Arianism, Donatism, Gnosticism, and other heresies of history. Those heresies my be foreign to you but they still exist today. What do these look like today? Where did they come from? Where do they lead if one begins to

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Knowing the size of our eternal debt creates an eternal joy that is infinitely greater than any sin and suffering on this earth!

Hello Church Family:
What parts of the natural state of fallen humanity cling to your life? Selfishness? Strife? Profanity? Worry? Gluttony? Seriously… how has your fallen nature shown itself this week? Not only does the Fall effect us in our daily lives and relationships but we stand condemned if we were to stand without Jesus Christ who has come to be our rescue from our fallen condemned state. Jesus has come to give us the power to rise above our fallen human desires that perpetually call for us to submit, submit, submit! Our flesh says come and indulge me and in return our flesh kills us (Romans 8). The Holy Spirit of God has been given to us to conquer life destructive sins that keep us in our fallen state. We are called to rise above our fallen humanity in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Gospel, is not just for our salvation but also for our daily sanctification to overcome our fallen humanity.

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