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It is completed

It Is Completed – John 19:30

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God's work of redemption, foretold in the Old Testament, was completed as Jesus gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the world.

A tale of two disciples

A Tale of Two Disciples – Mark 14:9-10

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Will you be remembered as a Mary, one who loved Jesus deeply. Or a Judas, one who whose life was a betrayal of Jesus’ life and teaching?

Be subject to the governing authorities

Be Subject to the Governing Authorities – Romans 13:1-2

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As believers, we are to be subject to our human leaders, the governing authorities. When we rebel against them, we are rebelling against God.

Heaping burning coals on your enemies head

Heaping Burning Coals – Romans 12:19-20

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Defeat your enemies, not by taking vengeance, but by showing love. That is not the way of this world. But it is the way of God’s kingdom.

Grafted into the olive tree of Israel

Grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel – Romans 11:17-18

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Paul described Israel as an olive tree. Unbelieving Jews were broken off. And believing Gentiles were grafted in. We are one tree.

Finding Favor with God

Finding Favor with God – Exodus 33:13

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How do you find favor with God? Submit to him, seek to know him better, and live in obedience to him. Make that the goal of your prayer.

The Role of Faith in Election

The Role of Faith in Election – Romans 9:30-32

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Salvation is a gift of God that is received, not by works, but by faith. God, in his mercy, sovereignly elects all who come to him by faith.

What Does it Mean to be in the Flesh?

What Does it Mean to be in the Flesh? – Romans 8:8

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If you are in charge, doing what seems best to you, you are in the flesh and cannot please God. And how good your life is does not matter.

Jesus is the good shepherd

Jesus Is the Good Shepherd! – Mark 6:39

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Jesus feeds and cares for his sheep, leading us along our life’s journey, and guiding us in the way we should go.

Jesus As the Mercy Seat

Jesus As the Mercy Seat – Romans 3:25a

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Jesus is the mercy seat, where all the fullness of God dwells in bodily form. And he is the atoning sacrifice offered on the mercy seat.

God’s Kindness and Patience

God’s Kindness and Patience- Romans 2:4-5

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God, in his kindness and patience, works within each person, leading us to repentance. He wants everyone to be saved.

Heaven was torn open

Heaven Was Torn Open – Mark 1:10-11

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Like at Jesus' baptism, when we come to faith in Christ, heaven is torn open, the Spirit comes upon us. and God declares us to be his child.