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Tearing Down Walls – Ephesians 2:11-22

In Christ it makes no difference whether we are Jew or Gentile. We are all one body in him because of grace. It is by faith in what Jesus did that we come into relationship with God now; not by adherence to the commands and regulations of the law. Because observance of the law as a means to righteousness has been replaced by God’s grace, we are all equally able to stand before God, not because of what I have done, but because of what he did.

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The Cross: Love in any Language – Romans 5:8

Why did Jesus die on the cross?  There are some who say that Jesus had to die in order to satisfy God’s wrath against sin.  That without a sinless sacrifice God’s anger could never be appeased.  But I believe that paints a too small picture of God.  It makes it sound like his creation has backed him into a corner, and the only way out is via Jesus death on the cross. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 gives us a better reason for the cross, and Jesus death on it.  Some people are hung up on wisdom.  If something does not seem …

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The Cross: A Look From the Other Side – Colossians 2:13-15

I have been reading through Colossians and, as frequently happens, a passage jumped out at me and captured my interest. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. – Colossians 2:13-15 NIV We see Jesus crucifixion clearly …

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