Remember the context for Chapter 3 follows chapters 2 and 1.  Paul has just finished a rich set of blessing-filled thoughts that talk about our salvation in terms of justification, and how that comes by grace through faith, and neither of those come from us as a source, they are a gift of God.  More than that, though we have been saved by the grace of Christ in that we died with Him to sin,...

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NB:  A covenant (binding legal agreement) on the Old Testament is “cut” (ratified) by taking sacrificial animals and dividing them in half and placing them into two piles of remains, with enough room to walk between them.  One pile represents the blessings of the agreement that will be received at its completion if it is kept, and the other side represents the cursings that are incurred if there is a default and it is not...

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Here are the study notes from Ephesians 2: Here at the beginning of the chapter, I must pause to remind everyone that Ephesians 2 comes in the context of immediately after chapter 1 with all of its lofty ideas about predestination for a purpose, how we are Christ’s body the church, and that we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit (God Himself).  Remember, the chapter divisions came during the 1300s and the verse divisions...

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As we dig in to Galatians 2, there are a couple of things to remember: Paul writes this after 14 years of actually preaching the Gospel. That Gospel is summarized in Gal. 1:4: [The Lord Jesus Christ, from v.3] gave Himself for us To rescue [exaireō, to remove, or to deliver from, as in removed the brand from the fire] us From this present evil age [i.e., our sins that tie us to that age]...

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The concept of sacrifice in Scripture begins at the fall of mankind from innocence in the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:21 tells us that before banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, he clothed them in animal skins.  God sacrificed the life of an innocent animal to cover the nakedness of the guilty.  (As a side note, I don’t imagine it was easy.  God loves His creation, every bit of it, even the parts that...

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Who moved the stone?
Uncategorized / January 23, 2018

“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb…” Luke 24:2 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.24.2.NASB This question is THE critical question. The tomb was placed under guard by a full Roman squad of 80 men (all of whom carried the Roman short sword) and an unspecified number of temple guards (it is hard to imagine there were fewer than what the Romans provided, and these were trained with elegant clubs). Th...

Restore them gently…
Uncategorized / January 22, 2018

As a pastor with a young internet ministry, you can imagine i read a LOT of things. Some I agree with, some I do not, but I still read it to know what it says. As a self-identified Berean, I try to see what the scripture really says about the topic that I am reading or researching. This activity is not for the young in faith or those who are faint of heart, I think....

The Comforting Shepherd
General / January 19, 2018

God often describes us has His sheep in the Bible, and that is more than a little accurate. We tend to herd (some call them packs, but we have no real teeth for anyone than other sheep), we are very panicky, very easily injured, and sometimes we smell terrible. And yet, God describes Himself as a shepherd (John 10:11) to us – the good shepherd that lays down His life for the sheep. Psalm 23...

Interview by Set the Captives Free Ministries
Uncategorized / January 19, 2018

On New Year’s Day, I had the pleasure and privilege of being interviewed by the guys over at SCF ministries for their podcast. Jim and Willie are both great guys, and really understand the Gospel and preach it. Here’s the interview for your listening pleasure. Interview with SCF Ministries Happy listening! Pastor Ger

Judgement Begins at the House of God
General / January 13, 2018

Before you think uh oh, here comes the fire and brimstone, hold that thought. This article isn’t what you think… This article is about me. I hope as a larger extension of it, you should gain the benefits that God has for you from its’ truth. When I first became a Christian in high school, I had this idea that I was still like everybody else. I could do the same things, but it was...

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