From Enemies to Sons and Daughters

by Brad Jolly When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God...

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Our God of Abundance

by Brad Jolly Abundance. In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the word abundance means to have an adequate amount; affluence or wealth; or a relative degree of plentifulness. When you think of God, do you think of Him as one who works or gives in abundance?  As one who is excessive or abounding...

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Making Christ Real To You

by Brad jolly Jesus Christ dwells in every believer.  He lives in us by the Holy Spirit, who makes Christ real to us by reminding us that we belong to Christ.  The Holy Spirit also enables us to enjoy Christ’s presence in our lives moment-by-moment. The Bible tells us in...

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Jesus Is My….Justification

by Brad Jolly Justification. It’s such a big “theological” sounding word, isn’t it?  Maybe you’ve heard a preacher use it before.  But what does the word justification, or justified, actually mean? Justification is the act of God declaring a sinner to be righteous before Him.  In more simple terms, God...

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The Gospel

by Brad Jolly I heard an author one day being interviewed.  He was talking about how the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is full of love and acceptance and looks past our sin because it was dealt with by Jesus. It sounded ok at first,  but the more...

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THE SAD BONDAGE OF EMOTIONAL LEGALISM-PART 2

EXCERPTS FROM “UNDERSTANDING GRACE AND HOW TO INTERPRET IT IN YOUR LIFE AND CHURCH” Lee Turner “Many pastors, [teachers, dad’s, and mom’s] desiring that their [members or son’s and daughter’s] live holy lives, mix law with grace. Mixing law with grace only produces guilt ridden, defeated Christians and robs them...

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THE SAD BONDAGE OF EMOTIONAL LEGALISM-FINAL

EXCERPTS FROM “UNDERSTANDING GRACE AND HOW TO INTERPRET IT IN YOUR LIFE AND CHURCH” Lee Turner 2002  “Many pastors, [teachers, dad’s, and mom’s] desiring that their [members or son’s and daughter’s] live holy lives, mix law with grace. Mixing law with grace only produces guilt ridden, defeated Christians and robs...

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BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS

God has designed you and me to be relational people. Our success, fulfillment, and happiness depends partly on our ability to relate to other people. You see, the wisdom of God from His Holy Word leads to right thinking. This leads to right actions, right feelings, and right relationships. One...

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