in the presence of God – 689

do not be deceived: “bad company ruins good morals. “wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. for some have no knowledge of God. i say this to your shame. [1 corinthians 15:33-34]  what do we really believe? do we...

in the presence of God – 688

this persuasion is not from him who calls you. a little leaven leavens the whole lump. [galatians 5:8-9]    the peril of persuasion  there is something rousing about a persuasive speech. great words and stories can persuade and inspire us to action, stirring our...

in the presence of God – 687

you were running well. who hindered you from obeying the truth? [galatians 5:7]   hindrances. they are all around us every day. while our spirit is willing to obey the way of God, and our soul longs for his presence to be more and more evident in our lives, we...

in the presence of God – 686

for in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. [galatians 5:6]   the world is always adding up the score.   in a conversation i had last week, the bottom line was this, “i think if you...

in the presence of God – 685

and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we await adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. for in this hope we are saved. now hope that is seen is not hope. for who hopes in what he sees? but if we...

in the presence of God – 684

you are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. for through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. [galatians 5:4-5]   believing we can be justified by our works is not a...