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“Strong Grace”

“Strong Grace”

September 27, 2020

2Tim. 2:1-4 So you, my child, be STRONG in the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus.  And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others also. (in other words, Make disciples who can make disciples.)

As I consider this verse against the backdrop of our present society I realize how much we’re beginning to have in common with the early Church.  What a precise balance we must hold, walking through such a hostile world as Ambassadors of Christ, helping Hostiles become Disciples.  We must thread the Dual Horizons of Judgment against sin and Mercy for sinners. SO HOW DO WE, amidst the rising lawlessness keep from being pushed  by anger into Offense, or pulled by sympathy into Compromise.  With each passing day it’s becoming more evident that only the narrow way of Jesus’ cross can prevent us from swerving over one cliff or the other.  What does it take to stay on that path?  It takes being Strong in Grace!

What is Grace?  

  • Permission to Come
  • Power to Change
  • GOD is Working Here!

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD -12 “The Ambassadors”

THE KINGDOM OF GOD -12 “The Ambassadors”

September 20, 2020

2Cor. 5:20 We are AMBASSADORS for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!

An Ambassador isn’t a Religious, but a Governmental Appointment.  As Ambassadors of Christ, we’re not representing ourselves, or our own personal relationship with Him.  But we are Representing the Government of His K’dom.  In order to fulfill your call you must understand your Assignment.

 

Understanding Your Assignment...

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD-11 “Kingdom vs Religion”

THE KINGDOM OF GOD-11 “Kingdom vs Religion”

September 13, 2020

Matt. 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

When Christ came into the world He didn’t bring a Religion to earth, but a Government.  Throughout His ministry, Jesus made it clear that His mission was to install the KOG in people’s hearts

Lk. 8:1 Jesus preached the Good News of the KOG from town to town

Lk. 9:11 Jesus spoke with the multitudes about the KOG

Lk. 9:32 Don’t be afraid Little Flock, because your Heavenly Father is happy to give you the K’dom

Lk. 12:31 Jesus said, Seek 1st the KOG and everything else will be provided

Lk. 22:29  Jesus told His disciples, I confer upon you a K’dom, just as the Father has upon Me.

Jesus was announced as a King at His birth.   And tried as a King at His crucifixion.

The KOG isn’t a religion, it’s a government.  

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“The Beautiful Paradox”

“The Beautiful Paradox”

September 6, 2020

2Cor. 4:6-7 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.  We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like FRAGILE CLAY JARS containing this GREAT TREASURE. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 

This picture of our lives as Fragile Jars of Clay containing the Perfect Eternal Light of Jesus is what’s known as a PARADOX.

A simple definition for Paradox would be: A great truth expressed in contradictory terms. 

Think about it…

  • We see the unseen
  • We have Freedom in His Yoke
  • We reign when we serve
  • We’re lifted up when we humble ourselves
  • We win by yielding
  • Giving is getting
  • Dying is living
  • And the boundless Kingdom of Heaven lies within our finite souls

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