All posts by Pastor Richard

Connecting with God the Father

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:9-10 English Standard Version

  The gospel tells us that Christ, through His finished work on the Cross, has irrevocably brought us into His family.

Christ Gives Us Power to Overcome Sin

You know that Christ came to take away people’s sins. There is no sin in Christ. So whoever lives in Christ does not continue to sin. If they continue to sin, they have never really understood Christ and have never known him. 1 John 3:5-6 English Revised Version

  We are strong against sin because Christ has defeated the power of sin over our lives.

Oneness with God

20 I am not asking solely for their benefit; this prayer is also for all the believers who will follow them and hear them speak. 21 Father, may they all be one as You are in Me and I am in You; may they be in Us, for by this unity the world will believe that You sent Me. John 17:20-21 The Voice

  Jesus is our High Priest and he never tires in His ministry to us.

Stay Confident in Christ

I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:21 English Standard Version

  What would life be like if you truly believed the gospel? It will be life changing for those who are willing to listen.

Sin and Sinners

Those who are proud can’t stand in front of you. You hate everyone who does what is evil. Psalm 5:5 New International Version

The Lord watches over those who do what is right. But he really hates sinful people and those who love to hurt others. Psalm 11:5 New International Version

  Is it true that God hates sin but loves the sinner?

The Starting Point of the Gospel

9 In the letter I wrote to you previously, I made it clear that you are not to band together with those who have embraced immoral lives. 10 Don’t misunderstand; I’m not telling you to hole up and hunker down from the rest of the world. That’s impossible. The world is filled with immoral people consumed by their desire for more; they steal from one another without hesitation and will worship man-made idols with no shame at all. If you attempted to avoid these people, you would have to leave the world itself. 1 Corinthians 5:9-10 The Voice

 

If the gospel we believe feeds our prejudices and ill feelings towards others around us, then we need to carefully consider whether what we believe is, in fact, the gospel.

Spiritual Dryness

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Matthew 4:4 New International Version

  Spiritual dryness is a negative experience when a christian feels forsaken by God. There can be an overwhelming sense of brooding doubt and darkness; where your previous beliefs about God can be tested and possibly even shaken.

Forgiveness and Forgiving

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors... 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:12, 14-15

  Jesus puts a high priority on forgiveness and forgiving.