But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Saturday, 26 December 2015 11:05

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 12

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Being “in the moment” requires the Christian to accept graciously the things that God sends our way. When we accept those things, we become “one” with God in purpose. We also enter into fellowship with Him. One of the best ways – in my opinion – to accomplish this is to learn the art of praising&n...

Saturday, 26 December 2015 08:28

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 11

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We talked last time about the process of submitting ourselves to God’s will or being “in the moment” that we have defined as being in harmony with God’s will for our lives. We used the example of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26 and Luke 22) and noted that it was an extreme example, yet one in which Jesus...

Saturday, 26 December 2015 07:53

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 10

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Can we truly appreciate the agony Jesus experienced here? I can’t…

Since I began the series on Christ, Our Righteousness, which has been followed by this series, Christ, Our Fellowship, I’ve highlighted what I believe are several things that are “musts” for every Christian. We must understand our new standing in...

Friday, 25 December 2015 08:54

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 9

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It’s in our future but God’s eternal present…

Living in the moment…

Actors always talk about being “in the moment.” Whether they are before the camera (or on stage), they endeavor to be the character they are portraying at the time they deliver their lines as though it was the very first...

Friday, 25 December 2015 08:26

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 8

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One day, our fellowship with be like this…

In our most recent article in this series – Part 7 – we spoke about how our fellowship with God can truly only occur when we are partnering with God to bring His will to fruition in and through our lives. This is very clear throughout Scripture. You cannot fellowship with God unless you...

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 08:02

All is Vanity Because All is Utter Futility

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12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving...

Monday, 21 December 2015 14:18

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 7

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In essence, fellowship is enjoyed with God when we are partnered with Him to accomplish His plans and purposes…whatever they happen to be. We cannot fellowship with God unless we are first and foremost, recipients of salvation. That is the very first step and a must for anyone who wants to draw close to God in fellowship.

It is aft...

Monday, 21 December 2015 08:47

Childhood’s End from SyFy Network

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 Saw a post by L. A. Marzuli (via a friend on a social network) about a miniseries from the SyFy Channel called, “Childhood’s End.” It’s based on a book by Arthur C. Clarke.

Written by Arthur C. Clarke and hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the...

What is your purpose? Does it align with God’s?

I wanted to take a quick break from my ongoing series on “Christ, Our Fellowship” to deal with something else that I feel is important. We’ll get back to that series shortly.

I watched three episodes of NatGeo’s Drugs, Inc., the other day with my wife. It was a depressing...

Saturday, 19 December 2015 08:49

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 6

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 Interestingly enough, it appears that there are two ways of doing something God would have us do and even though they may appear to be the exact same action (externally, when viewed by other people), there is only one way that allows us to can enter into fellowship with God. In essence, a person can perform God’s will one of two...

Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:07

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 5

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 “Follow me…”

Someone figured out that Jesus used the term “follow Me” or something similar to it twenty-three (23) times. Now, obviously, some of those are duplicates because of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke; Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, 10:38, 16:24, 19:21, 19:28; Mark 1:17, 2:14, 8:34,...

Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:03

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 4

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If your faith does not move you out in obedience to God, it’s not faith!

Previously in this series, we noted that entering into fellowship with God starts when we “see” what He is doing and we partner with Him to accomplish His plans and purposes. We do not fellowship with God by hiding ourselves away from the very society He is...

Thursday, 17 December 2015 06:29

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 3

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Monasteries can be peaceful, but they are deliberately away from society.

We are moving along in this new series, which surprises me a bit because I thought it was going to more complicated for me to sort through, given the way I think and over analyze things. But, as usual, God has found a way to make things clear to me so that (hopefully), I have...

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 11:59

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 2

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Jesus saves. He also wants to fellowship with those He saves.

Dealing with the topic of fellowship with God is not easy because it involves a relationship with Him. In many ways, that relationship has the same types of parameters that our other human relationships have. It really is that simple, yet what we need to consider is that we...

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 09:46

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 1

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We just finished a 20-part series titled “Christ, Our Righteousness,” which highlights the truth about our legal standing before God. Those who have (or will in the future) trusted Jesus by faith and receive the only salvation that is available will experience this legal change of standing before God.

We literally...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 20:38

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 20

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Do you have time for Jesus? He has time for you.

Last time, we left off with Hebrews 10:26. I’d like to try to complete this section of Scripture with this post and if successful, we’ll move onto our next series, which is still tied to this one called, “Christ, Our Fellowship.”

6 For if we deliberately keep on sinning after...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 13:25

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 19

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Let’s get into Hebrews 10, admittedly, a difficult passage, like the passage from Hebrews 6 that we dealt with previously. At the outset, let me say that I write this not to convince anyone of anything, but to simply ask you to consider your possibly strongly held beliefs with respect to this particular passage. Is it saying that a person...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 07:58

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 18

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Last time, we introduced Hebrews 6:4-6 and we need to finish that up before we move onto Hebrews 10. I want to bring this series to a close soon so that we can focus on the second part to this series with, “Christ, Our Fellowship.” Hopefully, that future series will get us into the nuts and bolts of what it means to be a...

Monday, 14 December 2015 12:24

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 17

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I want to get into Hebrews 10, but before we actually do that, it’s probably better to deal with Hebrews 6 first. Of course, a good deal of Hebrews is a treatise that compares and contrasts the Mosaic Law (the old covenant), with the perfection of Jesus and His perfect fulfillment of that Law on our behalf (the new covenant), ending in...

Sunday, 13 December 2015 15:01

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 16

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Before we get into Hebrews 10, there are a few other things I wanted to say about the Prodigal Son, his life, his apostasy, and his return (Luke 15:11-32), since we’ve been using that parable as a foundation for at least some of what we’ve been discussing here in this series. Let’s take a look a few things before we move...

Saturday, 12 December 2015 19:58

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 15

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What is Paul actually saying here in the above text?

In our last installment, we mentioned we would look at a section of Scripture from 2 Timothy 2 and we will do that. Previously, I had also mentioned we would look into the Scripture that deals with the different types of soils that highlight the fact that even as the gospel “seed” is...

Saturday, 12 December 2015 08:25

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 14

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In our most recent installment in this series, we spoke in some detail about the Prodigal Son of Luke 15. We noted that even though he literally broke off fellowship with his own father, he remained a son. The attitude of his father – as heartbreaking as it must have been – was to watch for the return of his son daily....

Thursday, 10 December 2015 14:43

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 13

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A father’s heart for a son he can now have fellowship with…this artist really captured it.

I have realized that eventually, what I will need to do is complete this series and then start a new one. The new one will focus on our fellowship with and in Christ. I will probably call it, “Christ, Our Fellowship” –...

Thursday, 10 December 2015 04:49

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 12

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11 Now on the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was entering a village, ten men with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance, 13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they...

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 17:56

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 11

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One of the main goals of our salvation is to enter into (and remain) fellowship with God.

Let’s face it, most of us do not like the concept of what has been termed “easy believism” or “easy grace” leading to salvation. It rubs us the wrong way for any number of reasons. Satan has instilled within people the false...