Archive for July, 2017

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on July 31, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

theWord:┬áJesus is talking with His disciples in Mark 3: 28,29: “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.” Anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit places himself or herself outside the redeeming grace of God. It is not a single act of defiant behavior, but a continued state of opposition entered into willfully. The words and works of Christ were performed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on July 28, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

1 Timothy 2: 1-4: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings, and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Here Paul elaborates on what will build up the church. Giving of thanks is an act of gratitude, the act of praising God for what He has done for us. The idea of praying for kings has a twofold emphasis. First, it is a specific way to pray for all men, because the actions of a king affect society as a whole. Second, it reminds believers that God is the ultimate Sovereign. He is in control, and our prayers affect decisions at the highest level. The Savior God extends the offer of salvation to all. Christ died for the sins of all, but only those who believe receive the benefits of that sacrifice. Enjoy your weekend brothers and sisters!

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on July 27, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Jesus is just about to cross the Brook Kidron and enter into His arrest in Gethsemane when he is talking with his disciples and is referring to them in the first 7 words in John 17: 20,21: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” Jesus not only prayed for those the Father had given Him but for all future believers – for their unity and their future glory. If you are a believer, these words are Jesus’ prayer for you. The present tense of the verb “to be” indicates that Jesus was praying for the unity that takes place through sanctification of believers. This is what Jesus was commanding. His followers had to love each other so that the world may believe in the reality of Jesus’ love. The loving relationship of believers to each other is the greatest witness to Jesus Christ.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on July 26, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Galatians 1:10 – “For I do now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” To please men was neither Paul’s motivation nor the source of his authority. Paul continually sought the approval of God. He did not base his decisions on the opinions of other people. Instead he aimed at pleasing God. As an apostle Paul was a leader, but he was always a bonservant of Christ.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on July 25, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 125: 1,2: “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion. which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.” As in other songs about Zion, there is a deep belief in the invincibility of the city of Jerusalem because of the Lord’s choice of Mount Zion. Likewise, the psalmist proclaims that those who trust in the Lord will endure.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on July 24, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Titus 3:9-11: “But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.” Paul is admonishing us to avoid anything that would promote wickedness among the believers. “Reject a divisive man” Titus was to cut off the church’s relationship with any person who would not submit to correction after two warnings. The Greek word for “warped” here suggests that Satan is perverting this person. “Sinning” indicates that the man will not change his ways and thus continues to rebel against God.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on July 21, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Proverbs 3: 31-33: “Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways; for the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, but His secret counsel is with the upright. The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.” There is no benefit in feeling envy for the wicked, because God detests wickedness. This section ends with a contrast of God’s blessings in the righteous and his curse on the wicked. HAPPY FRIDAY! Have a blessed weekend and enjoy each day for what it brings.