New Covenant Living

I was debating on the title for this study between “New Covenant Living” and “Practical Christianity.”  There is a lot in Hebrews 13 about how we are to conduct ourselves as Christians.  It’s kind of a “now that I am saved, what do I do now?” instruction manual.  Of course, it is not the only one.  The New Testament is full of letters on how we are to live as a child of God.  There have been a couple good studies on Hebrews that I went through that taught me a lot on this book, one by J.D. Graeer and one by Pete Briscoe.  You can probably find both on YouTube or just google them.  Anyways, some of this comes from notes I have from watching their studies.  I hope this will strengthen you, encourage you and help you to grow in your walk with the Lord.  May God bless you always! Continue reading “New Covenant Living”

Hebrews 12: Encourage to Live by Faith

As I was going through a study in Hebrews, I learned a lot about Jesus, who He is, what He did for us, and how we are to live and think.  Jesus sacrificed Himself for us; His blood was shed so that there is no more need for sacrificial offerings, there is no need to go to anyone but Him (He is the only way) to confess sins or to ask for forgiveness.  That is God’s grace.  We are not under the Law.  We are under grace.  Our salvation is based on accepting His grace, for He paid the price.  Salvation is not about following rules and regulations.  It is about following Jesus Christ.  It is about a personal relationship with Him.  It is about faith in what Christ can do, not about what we try to do to earn favor.  Continue reading “Hebrews 12: Encourage to Live by Faith”

Love and Marriage

In a few days is my wife’s and my 21st anniversary!  What a blessing God has given me to be happily married to a wonderful wife that I love.  It is sad to see what the world has become when it comes to love and marriage, especially in American society.  We have twisted the values of marriage, of love, of relationships and wonder why there is so much hatred and violence.  We try to pass laws to “fix” the situations instead of going to the source…the home and the heart.  Until those things are fixed, it’s not going to get better.  We need more love, less selfishness.  We need to raise our kids to love and respect others and how to treat our spouses.  We need to make God the center of our home and our lives.  Most of us know “the love chapter” in 1 Corinthians 13.  You hear it in weddings often.  We need to read through this carefully and live it.  What else does God say about marriage?

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When You Have a Crisis

When we are struggling, when things are hard, when we have a crisis?  What is the first thing we do?  How do we try to fix it?  So often we try to take care of it on our own.  In my experience, this can often lead to disaster.  Sometimes they work out for a while, but most of the time we find out that we need help.  Why don’t we start there?  We trust God.  Do we show it?  Is God our priority?  Do we turn to Him fist for everything?  As I was reading Daniel this week, I realized there is a lot we can learn from him: Continue reading “When You Have a Crisis”

Ruth 4: The Redemption

The story of Ruth is a love story.  It is a love story of a man and a woman.  It is a love story of a mother and daughter-in-law, of friendship.  It is a love story of God and His people, God and us.  Ruth goes beyond a love story.  It describes the character of people.  It describes customs of ancient Israel.  It describes compassion.  It shows that no matter who we are, we are loved by God and can be used by God to bless others.  We also see some parallels of how Jesus redeems us.  Though we were sinners, enemies of God, aliens, God provided a way to redeem us.  Jesus is our Redeemer.  Continue reading “Ruth 4: The Redemption”