July 2019

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July 4, 17176 marks the Declaration of Independence of the united states of America form the rule of England. But for Christians the Cross of Christ makes us:

Absolutely Free but Totally Dependent

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:31–36 (KJV)

The Gospel calls us to freedom. We are free from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day completely free from the presence of sin. But the Gospel does not call us to independence.

The Gospel calls us to dependence. All our chains are gone. But we willingly bow our knees and confess with our tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is True Vine, we are the branches, we can do nothing without Him.


June 2019

Do You Believecr-medium

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Phil 1:6

Do you believe that Jesus has the power and desire to heal every hurt, habit, and hang-up in our lives?

The Jesus of the Bible is not a good luck charm that will make all of our troubles go away in an instant. He is Savior and Lord calling us to walk with Him in a journey of discipleship and transformation.

Following Him in the 8 Principles and 12 Steps of Celebrate Recovery is a way of being discipled. It is a lifelong process that will be completed at the sound of the trumpet:

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 1 John 3:2–3

How can a man purify himself? Believe. It is not by works of the law that we will ever be made pure. It is by trusting in Jesus and walking with Him

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. Prov 3:5–6