Liberated from the Lock-up of Lawlessness (Sin) - Part Two

Most of us are familiar with the idiomatic expression: “It’s not what you know but who you know.” The substance of the expression speaks to the advancement of individuals at a work place or professional setting based on their connections rather than their talents, knowledge or skills. Oftentimes this is identified as nepotism. According to the dictionary, nepotism is patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics.

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Liberated From The Lock-Up Of Lawlessness (Sin)

For this weeks’ blog, I wanted us to consider a check-up from the neck up. And if our hearts are heavy I pray they are heavy with the hope of Heaven. For the most part, I naturally enjoy an environment of elevated optimism in my heart. I always advance the argument that the glass is half full as opposed to being half empty! Now for all my more pessimistic friends I am not promoting a proliferation of people that only present positive dispositions in public. I know that’s a lot of p-words but be patient with me.  I am augmented with alliteration.

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Faith to Move a Car Seat

On Wednesday evenings at my place of worship, service and fellowship we attend and participate in prayer and Bible study. It is also there that we purpose in our hearts to be more than ordinary servants for an extraordinary God. The format for the service follows what I reference as the four W’s: Welcome, Worship, War (prayer) and finally, Word (Bible study). During the War segment of our Wednesday evening service, individuals present prayer requests as well as testimonials of praise.

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Making Sense Of The Master's Mercy - Part Two

As I shared in last week’s blog, the word “mercy” at one time was a commonly used word with the correct appropriation in the church. However, its usage in spiritual settings that are contemporary and culturally-centered has consequently caused the majesty and mandate of mercy to be diminished.  You see, mercy is majestic because it comes from Sovereign God. In addition, mercy has a mandate to mitigate the judgment that we deserve. Mercy should not be supplanted by sentimentalism. God’s mercy eradicates any emotionalism that encourages an inaccurate understanding.  A mind and heart moved by the Master’s mercy enables us to embrace the magnitude of what our egregious sin demanded (death) by a Holy God.

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Making Sense of the Master's Mercy

“May God have mercy upon your soul" is considered a common communication that is connected to courts in various legal systems. Judges typically echo this statement when pronouncing a sentence of death upon an individual that has been convicted of a crime that comes with a death sentence. On a lighter note, it’s possible that many of you were raised in homes where your parents were de-facto judges because you provided a platform for pronouncement for the Lord’s mercy due to your conduct. How many times do you recall your Mother saying, “Lord, have mercy”? Usually this expression of the Lord having mercy is associated with context…

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The Facts on Fruity Faith

The other day I was interested in going to the local grocery store to pick up some produce. Speaking of grocery store, as a kid I never referenced the nomenclature. Supermarket, convenient store, grocery store were all basically called “the store”. As I was saying, the purpose of my recent trip to the grocery store was to look for some fruit. Upon entering the produce department, I did not casually select a few items and leave. The fruit I was looking for had to be examined in order for me to entertain the idea of taking it home for my enjoyment.  Just as God designed various trees with the ability to produce fruit, He also gave us the capacity to produce spiritual fruit for the purpose to being shared by the body of Christ to enjoy. Just as I subjected the fruit in the store to an examination, God also wants us to examine our spiritual fruit.

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Christ Gives Liberty; Churchianity Locks You in Legalism

For this week’s blog, I like you to consider with me a word or term that you will not find in the dictionary. However, I submit to you that this word is a consistent characteristic of a carnal church. The word Churchianity is a word that I am employing for our edification. It is a word that reflects a church that is rigid in rules and rejects the truth of a real relationship with the Lord made possible by His grace and gift of eternal life through Christ’s death and resurrection.

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