Why take steps of faith? There is really one reason.
I wonder what Jesus meant when he said that... "According to your faith will it be done for you."?
This message was delivered at Wayside Chapel in Bucyrus, Ohio in honor of my mother's 80th Birthday. We are called to "Redeem the times...". Understanding the original languages brings a deeper and more dynamic challenge and inspiration for believers to invest their time and their lives with wisdom and passion. And lessons from the 'time' of Moses, brings healing and hope from the God who not only used him, but transformed him as well.
Matthew 9 records the circumstances surrounding Jesus call of the tax collector who wrote this record. It includes some amazing initiations and innovations that Jesus brought to life.
Are you stuck in a rut? Is your impact and influence for Christ just sort-of motionless? Initiation and innovation are a part of walking by faith in Christ. Jesus told Peter that the gates of Hades would not prevail against His church... His called out ones. Let's get something eternal started, and let's change some things in 2014!
Galatians 4:8-11 contains perhaps the most stunning sentence in this entire confrontational letter. Paul defends the gospel of grace in no uncertain terms against adding anything to water down God's power or to exalt man's ineptitude, even if man tries to use the Bible to do so.
The redeemed are Sons of God, heirs therefore. Christ overcame the 'heir pressure' of the law, and the 'polluted heir' of sin and death, to make 'pure heir'... 'clean heir'.
The 10 commandments adorns the edifice and hallways of many government buildings in America. Yet they are increasingly attacked and torn from any mention or illustration in many public venues across this same land. America can hardly survive such an attack on it's very foundation. But in a day of such moral confusion, it behooves the church to understand clearly the purpose of the law. As Paul asked in Gal 3:19 "What then is the purpose of the law?"