Set Free from Sin

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by Luke Kincaid

This past Saturday, Cammie, Seth and I went to an animal sanctuary. It was amazing to walk around and see these beautiful animals who had been saved. I was really enjoying myself while observing and learning about the various animals. Everything was going well until we got to the cheetah enclosure. I watched as a lone cheetah walked around and upon reading the informational sign was reminded that this incredible creature can get up to speeds over 90km/h. And then I realized that this creature would not be able to reach this potential in the enclosure in which it resided.

Now I understand that we were at a sanctuary and this cheetah was here for its own safety and well looked after, but I couldn’t shake the idea that this creature would never reach it’s God given potential as the world’s fastest land mammal. While thinking this through I made the connection between this cheetah’s situation and Romans 6:15-18:

15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, 18 and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.

Before repenting and believing in Jesus we were enslaved to sin. While we still bared the image of God, we were unable to reach our potential because we were in sin and headed for death. But even after coming to faith in Jesus we can fall into our old patterns of sin and in a way enslave ourselves to it once again.

When we do this, we are effectively limiting our God given potential and caging ourselves in patterns of sin instead of living out our identity as a righteous one saved by the blood of Jesus. So instead of giving into our old master, let’s push forward in faith and obedience to Jesus as we live out our lives that are no longer enslaved to sin but one that is defined by His righteousness.

 

Much love,

Luke

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Open Doors: Guest Sermon

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Sermon by Arnold Groenewald from Open Doors

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The Inquisitors

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by Dave Griffiths

Have you ever wondered about the inquisitors ? The three key officials at Jesus’ trial ? The three inquisitors were Annas, Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate.  It is these three men that made the final decisions leading to the crucifixion of Jesus.

Annas was the patriarch of a powerful Sadducean family. He was high priest in Jerusalem for ten years until he was deposed by a Roman procurator. His five sons and son-in-law Caiaphas served as his puppet high priests. During his life, the Jewish people cursed him  and his entire family for their corruption and cruelty. After Jesus was arrested, He was first brought before Annas.

This is what archaeology has to say about Annas; His final resting place for centuries has been used as a garbage dump. It has been occupied by squatters, horses, and goats.

A construction crew accidently stumbled on a cave containing boxes called ossuaries with decomposed human skeletal remains. One of the boxes had Caiaphas’s name inscribed on it in Aramaic.

It was Caiaphas who asked Jesus the greatest of all questions;- “I put you under oath by the living God; Tell us if you are the Messiah, Son of God “? Jesus said to him, “It is as you said, never the less, I say unto you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven”.  (Matt. 26:63-64)

If anyone had “first hand” information, it was Caiaphas.  Judgement awaits Caiaphas when God raises him from the dead to stand before Him at the Great White Throne judgement. (Rev. 20:11-15).

Most people know the name Pontius Pilate. He was governor of Judea and represented the might of imperial Rome.

He said to Jesus;- “I have power to crucify you, and power to release you”. (Jhn. 19:10).  Pilate made the decision to crucify Jesus. It was after Jesus’ death and resurrection that Pontius Pilate was banished to Gaul, where he committed suicide. He awaits the Great White Throne judgement where he will meet Jesus again, face to face.

This is the actual ignominious legacy of the three inquisitors who dared to interrogate the incarnate God. They are lost in history, yet Jesus is remembered by countless million as Prophet, Priest, and King. One day He will return to judge all who do not know Him, and then He will rule the world from David’s throne in the new Jerusalem.

Dave

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It Will Be Worth It All When We See Jesus

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by John Doyle

What do you anticipate being your greatest joy when you finally enter into Heaven? Will it be seeing the friends and family that have gone before you, will it be the joy of knowing you are in the presence of the Lord? One of the greatest joys will be the opportunity to Worship King Jesus in His Presence.
 
The Apostle Paul wrote “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on Earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:9-11
 
Songs have been written and pictures have been painted of what it will be like when we are all in Heaven. Some have expressed it as either a House on the Hill or a mansion in the Sky. Others have talked about streets of gold and walls adorned with precious jewels. Still, others have focused upon their reunion with our Loved ones, and all these things are precious truths.
 
But when you mediate on all that God has done for us through the life of the Lord Jesus, nothing in Heaven will be more honourable than worshiping King Jesus. The Bible says that in Heaven, “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ, to the Glory of God the Father” Phil: 2: 10 – 11. Far above every other experience or expectation will be the joy of seeing our Savior face to face.
 
So many are going through difficult times in the Lockdown with the loss of loved ones and the affect it has had on the World economy. The journey is not over but despite this we know our final destination and it WILL BE WORTH IT ALL when we see Him Face to Face.
 
Many years ago, a woman by the name of Esther Kerr Rusthoi wrote the hymn “It Will Be Worth It All. Think about the the first verse: It will be worth it all when we see Jesus, Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ; One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase, So bravely run the race till we see Christ.
 
Gods Word teaches us that for the last two thousand plus years, Jesus has been preparing a home for us in Heaven. No doubt the streets of gold will be magnificent, and seeing and Hugging our Loved ones will be very precious, but somewhere during our grand celebration, our attention will be directed to the One who made it all possible – Jesus
“One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase, So bravely run the race till we see Christ”
 
I have spoken to several Family and Friends in these past weeks that have been affected by Covid and the Lockdown issues and it does seem that we are in for a long journey. But lets keep our focus on the One true God that has seen many of His own suffer and go through hardships but He Has “Never left us or forsaken us” Hebrews 13:5.
 
Another verse to the song that reminds us of this:
 
“Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God’s eternal day”
 
SING IT WITH ME:
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.
Life’s day will soon be o’er, all storms forever past,
We’ll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
And we’ll all share the joys of Heaven – a Harp, a Home, a Crown,
The tempter will be banished, we’ll lay our burden down.
IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.
Till we see Christ.
 
Have a wonderful, blessed day. In the Love of the Lord Jesus,
John and Barbara
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