THE HEARTBEAT OF THE GOSPEL!

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Last Sunday I preached the second part of a message I started last week on Galatians 1:1-5.  Paul in wanting to deal with the legalistic Judaizers took a two verses before getting to his usual greeting which is:

 

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

GRACE…and…PEACE! The true heart beat of the gospel! I put it this way, “Grace is the gateway to real life and victory; peace is our guide and experience of the normal Christian.  Martin Luther gives us another way of looking at it.  He said, “Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the soul.”  How true!!!

 

We have received this new and wonderful life…the life of JESUS by grace, and we continue to experience His life and walk in victory by grace.  As grace becomes a living reality, peace begins to be more and more a normal experience for us. Why? Because God’s grace is certain!  We know who we are and “where” we stand because of grace. 

 

D.L. Moody put it this way, “There cannot be any peace where there is uncertainty.” Although this is especially true for the person who does not know God, it is also true for believers who walk by faith in the (gracious) finished work of the cross and the tomb!

 

So, my dear friend Grace & Peace to YOU from God OUR Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! 

 

Rest in Him!

 

Check out these blogs from pastors at my home church:

Pastor Bob Lehman

Youth Minister Jon

Family & Men’s Pastor Larry Smith

Your Piece or His Peace?

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small-butterfly-flapping7It seems like everyone in the country has their hand out lately wanting their “piece of the pie.”  More and more people want their pockets stimulated rather than the economy.  It appears we’ve become greedier and greedier, but why?  Should that really shock us?

In the absence of a personal and intimate knowledge of God, mankind has always looked to things to satisfy the emptiness of their soul.  What saddens my heart is that we as Christians have often bought into this world’s philosophy.  We often substitute the emptiness of a “piece of the pie” for real peace in the heart.

In John 14:27 Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

We need to stop listening to all the fear being propagated and stop believing (embracing) everything we hear.  This only creates a “troubled” heart.  This is what Jesus meant by “as the world gives”.  In other words, the world can NOT give lasting peace.

Here’s the good news my friend: if you know Jesus you HAVE peace! Again, listen to what Jesus told His disciples in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  We are NOT of this world.  So, let us truly believe this today!  As Jesus said TAKE COURAGE!!!

I rejoice today as I realize that if Jesus lives in my heart, and if in Him I “may have peace,” then I have and will always have peace in my heart.  All I have to do is appropriate what is mine, and start enjoying more and more the blessed peace of Jesus!  PTL!

Experiencing a life of peace amidst the turmoil all around…..this is The Normal Christian Life!