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Letters Written by the Holy Spirit

Letters Written by the Holy Spirit

October 7, 2019

October 6, 2019

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

Letters Written by the Holy Spirit

 

2 Corinthians 3: Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are Christ’s letter, delivered[a] by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

 

 

Jeremiah 31:31-34

 

31 “Look, the days are coming”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 This one will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt—my covenant that they broke even though I am their master”[i]—the Lord’s declaration. 33 “Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—the Lord’s declaration. “I will put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know me, from the least to the greatest of them”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their iniquity and never again remember their sin.

 

Matthew 7:15-20

15 “Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeESVLQK4hw

 

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 3

You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.  You show that you are Christ’s letter, delivered[a] by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.[b]

 

 

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race,[j][k][l] a royal priesthood,[m] a holy nation,[n] a people for his possession,[o] so that you may proclaim the praises[p][q] of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

3 questions I will ask…please be sure these are on screen:

Is Christ’s message to men legible on my life?

 

When those who are without look at me, do they see the hand of Christ quite unmistakably?

 

Does it ever occur to anybody that there is something in my life which is not of the world, but which is a message to the world from Christ?

Romans 13

Romans 13

September 15, 2019

September 9, 2019

Romans 13

 

Romans 13:1

 Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God…..

 

 

1 Peter 2

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[r] so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.

13 Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor[s] as the supreme authority 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

 

 

 

1 Peter 2

17 Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

 

 

Paul and Peter both tell us.

1 Peter 2

15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

 

Romans 13:

Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal;[b] do not covet;[c]and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself.[d] 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.

 

 

 

Romans 13

11 Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you[e]to wake up from sleep, because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh.

 

11 Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you[e]to wake up from sleep, 

 

 

 12 The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 

 

 

 

13 Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy.

 

 

 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Romans 12

Romans 12

September 5, 2019

Romans 12

September 1 2019

 

 

 

Eph. 4 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

 

Acts 2: 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

 

Acts 2:42 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 

 

 

Romans 12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.[a] Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God

 

 

Romans 12

 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God

 

 

Do you really believe God?

Do you really believe God?

September 5, 2019

Do you believe God?

8/25/19

Romans 4:1-3 , Romans 8:31-39

 

 

Romans 4: What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?[a] If Abraham was justified[b] by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness

 

Proverbs 16:9 A person’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps

 

Numbers 13:30

30 Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence of Moses and said, “Let’s go up now and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it!”

 

 

 

Numbers 13:31

31 But the men who had gone up with him responded, “We can’t attack the people because they are stronger than we are!”

 

 

Numbers 13:2

“Send men to scout out the land of Canaan I am giving to the Israelite's. Send one man who is a leader among them from each of their ancestral tribes.”

 

 

 

Genesis 13:17

17 Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.”

 

 

Genesis 17:4-5

“As for me, here is my covenant with you: You will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram;[b] your name will be Abraham,[c]for I will make you the father of many nations. 

 

 

 

Romans 8:31-39

 

 

 

Romans 8: 31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? 33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies.34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. 35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

Because of you
we are being put to death all day long;
we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.[k]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Do You Believe God?

Do You Believe God?

August 20, 2019

Romans 3:21-4:3

8/18/19

Do you believe God?

 

 

21 But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets

Romans 3:10 –

There is no one righteous, not even one.

 

 

 

22 The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ[q] to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

 

 

 

23 For all have sinned and fall short of the[r] glory of God. 

 

 

 

24 They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

 

 

25 God presented him as an atoning sacrifice[s] in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous[t] the one who has faith in Jesus.

 

 

24 They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law?[u] By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law[v] of faith. 

I was not saved because I am good….the Excutionar was turned back because Jesus is Holy and I claim His righteousness..he has set me right…and all who confess in obedience follow Jesus as Lord.

 

 

29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 

 

31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

 

What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?[a] If Abraham was justified[b] by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.

 

Do you believe God?

All People

All People

August 11, 2019

All People

Romans 3:9-20

August 11, 2019

 

 

Romans 3:

What then? Are we any better off?[d] Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Gentiles[e] are all under sin,[f] 10 as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one.
11 There is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away;
all alike have become worthless.
There is no one who does what is good,
not even one.[g]
13 Their throat is an open grave;
they deceive with their tongues.[h]
Vipers’ venom is under their lips.[i]
14 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.[j]
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
17 and the path of peace they have not known.[k]
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.[l]

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are subject to the law,[m] so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.[

 

 

What then? Are we any better off?[d] Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Gentiles[e] are all under sin,[f] 

 

10 as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.

 

12 All have turned away;
all alike have become worthless.
There is no one who does what is good,
not even one.

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Matthew 15: 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slander. 

 

 “Listen and understand: 11 It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth—this defiles a person.”

 

 

Romans 3:20 - 20 For no one will be justified[o] in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.

 

 

22 The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ[q] to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

All under sin….in the natural state

 

1 Corithians 4:3-4

It is of little importance to me that I should be judged by you or by any human court.[a] In fact, I don’t even judge myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. It is the Lord who judges me. 

 

Normal Church Community

Normal Church Community

August 4, 2019

Acts 2:42-47

The Normal Community of Church

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Acts 2; 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. 44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. 45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number[l] those who were being saved.

 

 

https://youtu.be/2D5148rRIkw?t=76  -

 

20 “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. 21 May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be[e] in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. 22 I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.

 

--- this is John 17:20- 23 ---- 

 

 

 

 

1 John 1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 

 

 

If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

 

https://youtu.be/2D5148rRIkw?t=76  - 

 

When our devotion is off, our fellowship is off, our message is off, we are out of tune!

 

If we are out tune with Jesus, then we are out of tune with the church. 

 

Proverbs 27:17

17 Iron sharpens iron,
and one person sharpens another.

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/DAPkOxRnh4c?t=42  --- 

 

Acts 2:43 Everyone was filled with awe ---

 

 

1 John 1:This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Normal Church : Devoted To The Apostle Teaching

Normal Church : Devoted To The Apostle Teaching

July 29, 2019

The Normal Church

Devoted to the Apostles Teaching

Acts 2:42-47

 

 

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. 44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. 45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number[l] those who were being saved.

 

 

1 Corinthians 4:6

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: "Nothing beyond what is written." The purpose is that none of you will be arrogant, favoring one person over another.

 

 

Titus 2:1

But you are to proclaim things consistent with sound teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

1 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God[a] and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

1 Peter 1: 20 Above all, you know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

Acts 1:14 - 14 They all were continually united in prayer,[b] along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

 

 

Acts 2: 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts,

 

 

Nehemiah 9 –

20 You sent your good Spirit to instruct them.
You did not withhold your manna from their mouths,
and you gave them water for their thirst.

 

Matthew 4:4, Jesus repeated Deut. 8:3 “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

 

John 6:35 “I am the bread of life….  “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again

 

 

 

 

John 4

 “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again.14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well[f] of water springing up in him for eternal life.”

John 14: 25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

 

 

1 Peter 1: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

 

 

A Normal Loving Church

A Normal Loving Church

July 22, 2019

7/21/19

Normal Church

 

“Loving”

 

 

As we read Acts 2:4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues,[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

 

 

 

Acts 2:42 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

 

 

 

 

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. 44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. 45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number[l] those who were being saved.

 

 

 

Heb. 10:24-25 24 And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, 25 not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.

 

Forgetting Esteem

Forgetting Esteem

July 15, 2019

July 14

1 Corinthians 4:1-7

Forgetting the Esteem

 

 

I Corinthians 4

A person should think of us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God. In this regard, it is required that managers be found faithful. It is of little importance to me that I should be judged by you or by any human court.[a] In fact, I don’t even judge myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. It is the Lord who judges me. So don’t judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God. Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.” The purpose is that none of you will be arrogant, favoring one person over another. For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you didn’t receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn’t received it?

 

 

  -  It is of little importance to me that I should be judged by you or by any human court.[a] In fact, I don’t even judge myself.

 

 

 

 

For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. It is the Lord who judges me.

 

 

 

 

 

1 Timothy 1:15

 

15 This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them. 

 

16 But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate his extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only[b] God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1 Corinthians 4

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.” The purpose is that none of you will be arrogant, favoring one person over another. For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you didn’t receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn’t received it? You are already full! You are already rich! You have begun to reign as kings without us—and I wish you did reign, so that we could also reign with you! 

 

 

 

 

It is of little importance to me that I should be judged by you or by any human court.[a] In fact, I don’t even judge myself.

 

 

Romans 8:Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,[a] because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you[b] free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering,[c] in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

: “Nothing beyond what is written.” The purpose is that none of you will be arrogant, favoring one person over another.

 

Bible Verses Explored today: 1 Corinthians 4:1-7 , 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Romans 8:1-4