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January 19, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Why Do Free People Continue in Sin?

In a blog post last week, we considered from Romans 8:2 that in Christ, believers have been set free from the law of sin and death. I ended that post by asking: what exactly is this freedom? If we are free, why do we still find such a struggle with sin inside of us? Does that ongoing struggle mean that I am not really free, and maybe even, not in Christ? These are the questions I want to consider in this blog post....Keep Reading

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January 17, 2015 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

Therefore

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January 16, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Law of Spirit, Law of Sin

Among the abundant blessings that come to those who are in Christ Jesus (see last week’s blog post) is freedom from the law of sin and death: "For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." So here is another blessing that comes to us in Christ: in verse 1, there is the blessing of justification (no condemnation in God’s courtroom). Now in verse 2, there is not only justification from sin’s penalty, but liberation from sin’s power....Keep Reading

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January 9, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

How Do We Become "in Christ"?

Romans 8 begins and ends with reference to some of the wonderful blessings that come to those who are in Christ Jesus:...Keep Reading

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January 5, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

No Condemnation, NOW

Romans 8 begins with the triumphant declaration, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Why does Paul say there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ? I would not have missed that word had it been omitted: “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ.” That is such wonderful news that I would not have thought twice if the word “now” was absent. So why did he insert that word? What is Paul trying to tell us?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Romans 8

December 29, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Reading the Bible in 2015

As a new year dawns on us, I want to again take the time to encourage you to give yourselves to the regular habit and discipline of reading the Scriptures daily. Last year as a church we used a reading plan that took us through the New Testament over the course of the year. I’d like to encourage us to a bit more this year, though I’m mindful that no one plan is going to suit everyone’s needs and desires. So I will commend one particular plan for this coming year, and then point you to a wide array of other options, in hopes that if you don’t have a regular habit of reading the Bible, you would have the push you need to get started....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living

November 3, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Bible and Slavery

Posted in: Bible Reflection

September 8, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

New Sermon Series: Grace Unto Godliness

In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey is a weary, broken man who, through no fault of his own, is going to be declared bankrupt. He stands on the town bridge, about to commit suicide. But then his guardian angel intervenes. The angel gives him a vision of what life would have been like if he’d never lived. He sees that his life counts, that it has made a difference. He has truly lived a good life â€" a wonderful life â€" touching the lives of many people in small but decisive ways....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Mission

August 18, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Cry of a Calmed Heart

Yesterday I preached on Psalm 131, and David's calm and quieted heart. I mentioned a quote from David Powlison that put some flesh and blood on what a "noisy" heart sounds like. In hindsight, I wished I would have also referred to this short meditation from Paul Tripp, which I believe is a wonderful picture of a calmed, quieted soul. It's taken from his book, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, a series of meditations on Psalm 27. This is one is titled, "Safe", and comes from Psalm 27:5...Keep Reading

Posted in: Bible Reflection

August 4, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Look! A Distraction!

We are distracted. We are so distracted, and so accustomed to it, that after a while we almost become distraction. We lose the ability to be still. We fear the quiet. We are intimidated by the moments where there is nothing to look at, nothing to do....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living

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