New Life 101

“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” ~ Galatians 3:3 The foundation of the new life is this: Jesus has sent His Spirit to live inside the believer. In Galatians, Paul was arguing against teachers who instructed believers that the ability to “live right” …

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Wenceslas, Stephen, Boxing Day, and Gift Returns

What do a Czech duke from the 10th century, the first Christian martyr, a British public holiday, and a crazy rush to return unwanted gifts to the store... have in common? They all happen on the day after Christmas! Known for his unusual charitable lifestyle as a wealthy man, “Good King” Wenceslas went outside on …

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Day 21: Counting Down to the Christmas Revolution

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. - Galatians 4:4-5 I was born with the name Donovan Donnelly. Following my parents' divorce, my mother …

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Day 16: Counting Down to the Christmas Revolution

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. - Galatians 2:20 Although 40 percent of Americans report attending …

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Follow Him in Every Decision

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth... John 16:12-13 Some time ago, my wife and I drove separately to a retreat center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Because I was preaching a …

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100% Messed Up

Galatians 6:1-2 "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." During a high school football game a play was called that I could …

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Pure Provocation

Galatians 5:25-26 "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." Hebrews 10:24 "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works." Advice to a young man starting his first job: "You're likely to …

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