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10-23-17 Newsletter

Newsletter – 10-23-17

10-16-17 Newsletter

Jeremiah 3:12-18

One of the great mistakes that contemporary Christians often make is that we tend to put ourselves in the shoes of God’s people in ways that the Lord does not intend for us to in His Word. The book of Jeremiah is filled with phrases of God’s promises for discipline and direction for His people that are taken out of context far too often. It is irresponsible for us to take the promises that God made to ethnic Jews and apply them to ourselves. We can, however, understand that His love for His children doesn’t change. Though the USA is not Israel and God’s promises do not apply to us, this does not mean that He does not have promises of affection and treasure for His children who live within these borders. In Jeremiah 3:12-18 God gives great promises to His children of deliverance if they will show an obedient heart. He promises good shepherds and deliverance. We have the Great Shepherd in Jesus who will never fail us.

Today if Jews and Gentiles alike will repent and come to Him, we can be sure that He will forgive our sin and draw us unto Him. This does not mean that God will heal America. He makes no promises about preserving our freedom, but we can be free from sin. I encourage you to sharpen your reading of Scripture in context especially through the next weeks as we finish off the year of reading through the Bible together.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 10-16-17

10-2-2017 Newsletter

Ephesians 4 and 5

Loving people is often quite a hard thing to do. We often know that we are called to love one another in our minds, but living out love can be one of the most difficult things to practically practice. The best way that I can think to Biblically teach how to practice love is to look to Scripture for examples of how God shows us love. Two things that we see from our readings this past week are that love happens when we seek peace with others and love happens when we seek to honor the family structure that God modeled for us in Jesus . . . knowing exactly how to love in a particular situation is incredibly difficult at times, but with the example that is shown in God’s Word of how Jesus loves the church in practicality, we as believers have no reason to search for methods of self-sacrificial love. Jesus modeled this love for us in a way that we can perfect emulating until the day we go to be with Him in glory.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 10-2-17

9-25-17 Newsletter

Isaiah 40:6-8

I think we can all agree that we sin each and every day of our lives. While the sins may vary in type and the amount of collateral damage they may cause others around us, they still separate us equally in our communication with God. They draw us away from Him in ways that tempt the mind to remain cold to the warm embrace of the forgiveness that He shows His children in lovingkindness.

The passage above addresses the fleeting nature of this life and the sin that occurs daily in us. It also shows the importance of crying out to God daily, even when the effort seems futile. Cry to God! Cry to Him even when you are not sure what to say. Know that He is pleased by a broken heart of repentance.

I encourage you to keep sin from lying dormant in your life and confront it daily so that your relationship with the Lord will be renewed daily as well.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 9-25-17