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Blessed_2You know the last time I looked the devil was still a liar. In a recent sermon I found myself re-hearing this. This guy specializes in deceit; the kind that has you believing that something good might come out of something you know to be extremely bad for you. The drill goes like this. Harden not your heart when you hear the Word of God (from Hebrews 3:8). But Satan has a field day causing us to resist listening to what we know is right and from God.

Blessed_2This really is a blast from the past with regard to my thoughts about two very powerful spiritual concepts, patience and prayer. I remember pastor Frederick Douglas “Freddie” Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church telling his congregation that “There is no such thing as an emergency in eternity.”

ChangeMost of us would agree with the concept that one sure thing that we know about life is change. The comparison to a roller coaster seems appropriate, a frightening one at that. Life is full of twists and turns and inevitable ups and downs with people coming and going and emotions frayed at the proverbial last nerve because of it. Life takes your plans and destroys them in favor of its own. It’s enough to make anyone skeptical about life’s purpose if we’re honest with each other.

deathWhen you add the specter of death to faith, then as Christians we know the two are inextricably linked. Death holds a peculiar place in all this. Fundamental in this regard is that one must die spiritually and be reborn in the reality that Jesus overcame death, died on the cross and rose again in order for us to access eternal life as it was designed by the Father.

Blessed_2The concept of freedom has been rattling around in my brain lately. I am focusing on the freedom afforded all of us who claim salvation through Christ. There is something quite liberating when you know or realize that you have been “set free.” Have you ever thought about what that really means?

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