Archive for April, 2017

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 19, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

The theme today is “friends” – 2 scriptures to share.
Proverbs 12:26 – “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 13:20 – “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” In other words: our friends help to determine who we will become and our selection of friends is extremely important. Pressure from peers is much stronger than many people realize. Choose carefully those closet to you.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 18, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Romans 12:9-13: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” The highest for of love comes from the Greek word – agape – This is a self-sacrificial love. It involves an act of the will whereby one seeks the best for another. Christians should not offer their service half-heartedly or in a lazy manner. Instead, Paul encourages us to serve eagerly and in earnest.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 17, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 147: 1 – “Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.” The sentiment “praise is beautiful” is also expressed in 33:1. The people of God may bring their offerings of praise and worship to the Lord, because God sees praise as beautiful.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 14, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, in prayer to the Father in Matthew 26: 39, 47-49: “He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ And while He was still speaking, behold Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”‘ Let this cup pass from Me: it was not the impending physical suffering that caused Jesus to pray this way; it was the reality of the sinless Son of God bearing the sins of the world and facing separation from His Father. Cup is a figure of speech for wrath in the Old Testament. Jesus became a curse for us and took the brunt of God’s righteous wrath against sin. Surely we can take a moment today and give thanks to Jesus Christ for His sacrifice for us all. Be safe this Easter weekend – HE HAS RISEN!

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 13, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Jesus is talking with Nicodemus in John 3:5,6: “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”‘ When Jesus states “born of water and the Spirit” there are several implications here. Jesus was referring to water baptism. Water is understood as a symbol for the Holy Spirit. Water is to be understood as a symbol of the Word of God. Similar imagery can be found in Eph.5:26 and 1 Pet.1:23. Flesh cannot be made into spirit. A person must experience a Spiritual rebirth to enter the kingdom of God.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 12, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

1 John 5:18-20: “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself; and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” The general idea is that a proper relationship with God results in confidence of our position in Christ within a hostile world. Does not sin conveys the idea of not practicing sin as a habitual lifestyle.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 11, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Romans 5: 1,2: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Peace here is not a subjective feeling of peace. Rather, this peace is the state of being “at peace” instead of “at war.” The hostility between God and the believer has ceased. The believer has been reconciled to God. To have access means to approach as if by introduction to a king’s throne room. Believers have been granted admission to stand before God. Rejoice means to boast and hope means expectation. Believers boast in the sure expectation of the glory of God. We are confident for God Himself has placed the Holy Spirit in our hearts.