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The Purpose Driven Life
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Only Sidestep Biblical Christianity

My new eBook, “KISS CHRISTIANITY,” is available to address the simple Biblical principles behind a true spiritual walk in Christ… and the book is absolutely FREE!

K.I.S.S. “Keep It Simple, Saints” CHRISTIANITY was written so that its truths are accessible regardless of your denominational affiliation. Discover four simple, Biblcial truths that, if applied to your life, will set your soul on fire for Jesus Christ.

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A 2012 survey conducted by LifeWay Research of 2,900 Protestant church goers revealed that while 90 percent of those surveyed desired to “honor Jesus in all [they] do,” only 19 percent read the Bible daily.

Could it be that there is so much in the Bible that reading the word of God for most Christians becomes an insurmountable and daunting task?

Let’s take the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Christian life and simplify it for our understanding!

Take-Away… K.I.S.S., “Keep It Simple, Saints”:

Know Christ   “That I may know him…”

Identify with Christ’s Gospel   “and the power of his resurrection…”

Suffer Well for Christ’s Sake   “and the fellowship of his sufferings…”

Sacrifice with Love for Christ   “being made conformable to his death;”

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Heavenly Springs

Heavenly Springs

After a brief sabbatical (about two years?), Christian Langella is back with her blog, “Heavenly Springs” located at ChristinaLangella.com.

In the past, her blog was informative and delightful… and it looks as if she has kicked it up a notch with such recent articles as “The Indefatigable Monica of Hippo.” Check out this excerpt:

GOD’S PURPOSES WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED REGARDLESS OF AN IMPERFECT UPBRINGING: Even though Monica came from a devout Christian home, her parents (oddly enough) arranged her marriage to a pagan. He was a foul-mouthed, ill-tempered man, who subjected his wife to the pain of multiple adulteries. Though Monica rejoiced to see his conversion to Christianity one year before he died, his influence on Augustine was considerably bad and seemingly irreversible.  But God’s grace is greater. Too many Christian parents, especially those who came to Christ later in life, live with the guilt of the “damage” they’ve done to their children.  But God overrules our mistakes!

CLICK THIS LINK to go read the entire article.

Surrendering to the Spirit

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God…”Romans 8:14 

Preaching Christ CrucifiedOne of the truths that we understand from the first ten verses of Romans 8 is that the Christian life means that once we are saved, the general direction of our lives is toward godliness because we desire to draw nearer to God; our general direction in life is toward holiness because God is holy; our general direction in life a desire for righteousness to be worked out in our lives because of the justice-ness God has worked in us through Christ Jesus, our Lord: “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17). 

This “general direction” of godliness, holiness, and righteousness in the Christian’s life is the reality of the salvation that God has wrought in the sinner by His sovereign grace. This is what it means to “walk after the Spirit” and this is why there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 

We also closed our last article with some instruction on “walking in the Spirit” as a specific commandment to combat the lust of the flesh. What follows in this portion, and in the sections of this chapter to come, is the groundwork that allows the very practical truths of Romans 12-16 to take shape in our lives so that we may be conformed to the image of Christ. 

Surrendering to the Spirit means applying discipleship principles to our lives for a fuller life, a richer life in Christ Jesus, and by this, the eternal benefits of the inheritance to come are manifested in the mortal flesh we inhabit now. 

The Christian life must be one of abandon first before it becomes one of activity; it must be more of denying first before it can become one of doing. Before we can take up our cross and follow Jesus, we must first, deny self. Before we can earnestly contend for the faith, we must be much more acquainted first with “surrendering to the Spirit.” We will look at what this means through Romans 8:11-17 in three main points: (1) Perfect Logic of Sovereign Grace; (2) Precious Adoption as Children of God; and (3) Powerful Privilege as Joint-Heirs with Christ.

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 8:1-10,Surrendering to the Spirit,” on January 3, 2010 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series, “Special Assistance for Pilgrims” (Romans 8:9, 10).

The Mind of Christ 2 – Philippians 2:5

This 10-minute video explores another aspect of having the mind of Christ as it relates in practice and pertains to our Christian Behavior. Scripture references taken from Philippians 2:3-8.

 

To view the previous video in this series, CLICK HERE.

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