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Posted in Gypsy Carns on August 7, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Proverbs 10: 18-21: “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever speaks slander is a fool. In the multitude of words sin is not lacking. But he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.” These verses tell of the dangers of speech, particularly lying or slander. The way to avoid these sins is to exercise restraint.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on August 4, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Jesus had just dined with a particular Pharisee and after that a great crowd surrounded Jesus and we pick His narrative in Luke 12:8,9 – “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before me will be denied before the angels of God.” The issue here is faithfulness in testimony of Jesus, especially in the context of religious rejection. Acknowledging Jesus before men means being acknowledged by the Son of Man before God. Every act of denial of Christ on earth will meet with commensurate denial of reward at the judgment seat. Happy Friday all – have a blessed weekend!

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on August 3, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

We all know the story of the woman who touched Jesus’ garment and was healed of a female condition. This is our scripture today – Jesus is speaking directly to that woman in Mark 5: 34: ‘And He said to her, “daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”‘ Jesus used a tender word, daughter, to address this woman, and He noted that her faith made the difference, for it was correctly placed in Him. Faith itself does not heal; rather, it is the object of that faith, Jesus, who heals.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on August 2, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This verse is not a definition of faith, but a description of what faith does . “Substance” means essence or reality. Faith treats “things hoped for” as reality. “Evidence” means proof or conviction. Faith itself proves that what is unseen is real, such as the believer’s rewards at the return of Christ.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on August 1, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 57: 1-3: ” Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.” The psalmist opens with a lament to the Lord, be merciful to me, and follows immediately by a confession of trust in the Lord. “In the shadow” The picture of hiding under the wings of a mother bird is a familiar theme in psalms. Here, the psalmist vows that he will pray only to his God, for God alone can deliver us from trouble. The Hebrew word for”performs” is translated “will perfect”. The point is that God acts on behalf of His servants.

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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!