Archive for July 2018

My lesson today will be, “Grace: An Empowered Life, Not Barcode Religion” We will study from 1 Peter 4:10-11 reads, "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

We are never at the mercy, and weakness, of operating in our own strength. We can rely on the ability of God through grace in every endeavor of life. Our faith in God is not like a barcode (you will have to hear the teaching about that one!)

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My lesson today will be, “Stand: Grace to Stand and not Stumble.” We will study from 2 Peter Chapter One,  that says in part, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue…” (v. 2-3)
 
The conclusion of the text reads, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble….” (v. 10)
 
We are going to do a “deep dive” into understand how God’s grace and faith work together to cause us to stand strong and victorious in every circumstance.
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2 Peter 1:3, As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [a]corruption that is in the world through lust 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice. 30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

Nehemiah 4:6-8 New International Version (NIV) 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. 7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

Think about gaps in three ways: 1) Closing the distance, 2) Removing dangers, 3) Helping others and receiving help.

In life there are a lot of things that do not need dramatic change. Much in life is already better than we think it is. The old saying is that “perception is reality” is mostly inaccurate because our limited perception is not capable love and bracing the entire reality of any situation. For example, a sad looking expression on someone’s face does not necessary mean that a person is sad, we only have a perception of sadness.

“Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

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