Choose Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ as set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1  The apostle Paul knew a lot about what it was like to be in prison. During his second missionary journey, he was arrested and imprisoned in Philippi.…

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Don’t Let Sin Be Your Master

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” – Romans 13:10  When you sin, you are not the only one who suffers the consequences. Those around you suffer as well. I once heard a preacher ask his…

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It Didn’t Have to End This Way

Judas is the one character in the Bible nobody wants to be. He betrayed Jesus, and that is the reputation he will always have. However, what most people do not realize is that we are all more like Judas than we would like to admit. We all betray God. Every time you sin, you are…

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It Didn’t Have to End Like This

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Galatians 6:9  One of the saddest parts of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas is what he does when he comes to terms with the fact that he has let Jesus down. He thought his sins had caused…

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Are You Like Judas?

“And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.” – Luke 22:4-6  Judas is the one…

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The Price Of Freedom

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)  I was recently reminded of a story told by preacher AJ Gordon, who one day met a young boy carrying a rusty cage with several birds fluttering nervously on the inside. Gordon asked the boy where he got the…

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Be Angry, But Don’t Sin

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. (Ephesians 4:26)  There is a common misconception about anger that needs to be cleared up. Feeling angry about something is not a problem. It’s not sinful. Even God gets angry. Psalm 7 talks about how God is a righteous…

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Praying For Sinners

In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow. You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths. In you are slanderers who are bent on shedding blood; in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines and commit lewd…

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The Danger of Hypocrisy

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until…

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People vs. Rules

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. (John 8:6-8)  When…

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