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Because of His Great Mercy – 1 Peter 1:3-5

All too often we envision salvation as something that occurred to us at some time in the past. But it is much more than that. What we so often identify as the moment of our salvation is but the beginning of a journey. A journey that continues until we leave this life. The final moment of our salvation journey is when we experience deliverance from this world. The trials and sufferings are left behind. And we are delivered from the wrath of God that is to come. And that final salvation comes to those who have walked by faith with the risen Christ, to the end.

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Because of His Mercy- Titus 3:3-5

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Titus 3:3-5a NIV It is tempting for those of us who have been believers for a long time to forget where we came from.  Having been following Jesus for over 40 years now, it seems like that is just my natural state, that …

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Two Men Went Up To Pray – Luke 18:9-14

Pharisees were the fundamentalists of Jesus day.  They were very concerned with strict adherence to the Old Testament Law, as well as maintaining separation from pretty much anyone who wasn’t a Pharisee, especially Gentiles and those they considered sinners.  I am sure you have met modern day Pharisees, although they more commonly go by the name of Baptist or some other fundamentalist denomination.  Note that not all Baptists are fundamentalists, but many are.  It is also worth noting that I mostly hang out with Baptists. Tax collectors are not popular today.  In Jesus day they were despised, collaborators with an …

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