Archive for February, 2016

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 29, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Galatians 6:7,8 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” In all our daily choices, we either “sow to the flesh” or “sow to the Spirit.” With our actions and thoughts, we plant seeds that affect what kind of person we’re growing into and the level of impact our lives will have for God. When we’re sowing to the Spirit, we’re accepting God’s truth into our mind and heart. The fruit of the Spirit grows naturally from these seeds of godly truth and influences every aspect of our lives. When we feed our spirit with the things of God, we’re going to become stronger, more Christlike, and full of His life in our thoughts and actions.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 26, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

2 Timothy 2:1 – “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Sounds simple enough but what Paul is saying is to concentrate on the strength of Christ, not on our own power. If we trust in ourselves we are doomed to fail. If we trust in Christ we shall overcome all things through His perfect strength. Enjoy your weekends brothers and sisters – every day is a gift.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 25, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 57: 9-11: ” I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations. For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth.” The psalmist praises God for his mercy and truth, two qualities we receive as we serve our heavenly Father.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 24, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Jesus told His disciples the parable of the lost sheep. We pick up the narrative where Jesus is discussing an erring brother of the congregation in Matthew 18: 15-17: “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. Bit if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of tow or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” First, there should be a loving personal confrontation. Secondly, with witnesses, the matter is discussed for validation – testifying to the fact that the offended brother is acting in good faith, with the right spirit in attempting to work out a reconciliation. If this does not work out then the offended brother is to report back to the church. The church then is to do everything possible to convince the believer who has sinned to be reconciled or to right the wrong. If the erring one will not respond, that person is to be disciplined by being cut off from the fellowship.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 23, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

1 Timothy 3: 8-13: “Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.” The Greek word for deacon means “servant.” Double-tongued speaks of the dangers of gossip, specifically saying one thing to one person and another to someone else. Deacons are to be evaluated, observed and approved before being appointed to office.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 22, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Ecclesiastes 5: 2-5 – “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity and a fool’s voice is known by his many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it. For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed – Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.” The essential contrast between God’s righteous might and our sinful mortality should cause us to revere the Almighty. One should not attempt to bribe God with a hasty vow. As we know the tongue is a treacherous vessel.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 19, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 130:1-5: “Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.” God does not mark or “keep count” of our sins. Through the sacrificial system and ultimately in the provision of Jesus Christ, God dismissed His people’s sins altogether. He does not keep track as an accountant would. The grace of God in His provision for forgiveness is not to be taken lightly. The truly forgiven sinner realizes the magnitude of God’s grace, remains grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice for sins, and lives in the fear and awe of God. Enjoy your weekend brothers and sisters – take time to appreciate the precious gift of grace we have!