The Truth About Life in Christ

In this passage, the apostle Paul outlines four Truths about our life in Christ to encourage us as we seek to live for Him. We are bound to Christ, not the law (vv. 1-6). Christ frees us from the bondage of performance of the law so that we now have joy instead of despair, life instead of death, love instead of duty, and willing service instead of begrudging effort.

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The Focus of Heaven

In every false gospel the focus is on us, on our political views, on our well-being, on our good works, on our own interpretation of God's Word, on our personal experiences. In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the focus is on Jesus—His death, His burial, His resurrection. All false gospels are human-centered. The one true Gospel is Christ-centered. Even the hope of heaven is focused not so much on us ...

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A Reason to Praise

Psalm 47:1 says: "Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy." Most people have no problem clapping and shouting for their favorite sports team, but when it comes to church, they become tongue-tied, merely mouthing the words. Some don't even do that. They come to praise God, but they never do. They keep their mouths shut.

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There Is Power to Our Witness

In spite of the hostility and persecution all around them, the Thessalonians welcomed the Good News with the joy of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit gives power to our witness. He is at work in us as we witness, and He is at work in those we witness to. He gives power—dynamite—to our words, and He opens the eyes and ears of those who see and hear us.

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Building on Solid Rock

How do you build your life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ? By holding on to something that is secure and immovable. That's why Paul says, "[S]tand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15). Those teachings—the Truth of the Gospel, the foundation of the Christian faith as it was handed to us from ...

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Constant Gratitude

God wants a daily relationship with us. How it must grieve Him when we run to Him only in times of trouble and need! We beg and plead for God's help, but when help arrives, we forget to thank our rescuer. We bargain with God for His blessings, but once we have received them, we go back to our old habits. It seems to be human nature that we seek ...

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Have Faith

Typically, when we hear the word sin, our minds rush to thoughts of transgressions that to us seem huge: murder, adultery, stealing, homosexuality, and more. While some of these sins do have far-reaching consequences, none of them put people beyond the reach of God. No one is beyond His ability to forgive and restore.

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The Secret of a Blessed Marriage

Read Matthew 5:31-32. At this point in Jewish history, there was a debate raging between Pharisees and other teachers of the law. It concerned a foundational issue from God's Law: marriage and divorce. You see, Deuteronomy 24:1 describes a certain situation in which a man divorces his wife because she becomes "displeasing to him" because "he finds something indecent about her."

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