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Category: FAITH

God's Faithful Strength

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The Pharisees warned Jesus that He was in danger from Herod. They told Him if He didn’t stop doing what He was doing, Herod would kill Him. But Jesus refused to listen to them and continued to do what God called Him to do. Jesus was confident in His Father’s promises, given in the past. Jesus knew that the Father’s faithful strength would carry Him through whatever He faced. In fact, Jesus longed to gather all of God’s people into God’s protective care. But people are stubborn, and they refuse to find shelter in God.

Jesus faced His suffering head-on. In our North American culture, we don’t like to think or talk about struggles or suffering. Additionally, we can strive after things that give us comfort, but in the end don’t really help us at all. We need to face suffering and struggles with confidence in God. God’s faithful strength lifts us up when we are tired and weak. God gives us the grace to demonstrate his loving care, even as we suffer, in caring for others.



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FAITH: Held by God

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Yesterday found me at Southern Alberta Bible Camp with our middle school students. And while I was not worshipping with you, God was at work, and today as you all heard about the truth of being Held by God, our middle school students heard that same thing all weekend long! How cool that God orchestrated that!



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FAITH: Transformed by the Holy Spirit

Today we continue studying the five points of grace using the helpful acronym, FAITH, which stands for: Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, and Held By God. We now turn to Transformed by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 teaches us that the Holy Spirit applies the atoning work of Jesus Christ to us. It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to understand spiritual reality. The Holy Spirit works in our hearts, replacing our rebellious, stone hearts, with obedient new hearts of flesh. The Holy Spirit makes us receptive to God, giving us the gift of faith, and removing our spiritual blindness.

All this is part of the process of salvation, all of which is God’s gracious work in us. Not only does God seek us first, he provides salvation through Jesus Christ, as well as the heart change necessary for our response. This grace saves us and creates in us a love for God and others.



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FAITH: Intentional Atonement

Today we continue studying the five points of grace using the helpful acronym, FAITH, which stands for: Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, and Held By God. This week, we’re studied Intentional Atonement. It’s a tough subject that sometimes can make our heads spin. And ultimately, we saw that we as humans cannot always understand the things of God. But we can praise and thank him for sending Christ as an atoning sacrifice to wipe our sins away. We can also give thanks and praise that decision of saving isn’t up to us. It is our job to be agents of reconciliation.

 As you read the passages for this week, you can dive deeper into what the atoning death of Christ is all about and who it is for. 



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FAITH: Adopted by God

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Today we continue studying the five points of grace using the helpful acronym, FAITH, which stands for: Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, and Held By God. This week, we’re studying Adopted by God. Ephesians 1:3-12 teaches us that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world! God planned our adoption as His children through Jesus Christ. The question we should ask, is, why? Why did God choose us? Why didn’t he condemn everyone to what we deserve: death? The answer we are given is that it pleased God to do so. And because he was pleased to lavish on us His love and grace, he did it. He poured out his incredible mercy, love, forgiveness, and grace. He gives and gives, He is extravagant in his giving! What God decides to do, he does. You are reading this blog because God wants you to know that He has chosen you. He wants you to know that His Son, Jesus, paid for all the things you’ve ever done wrong. The debt is paid. Do you know this? Do you trust this? Those who do have the assurance that they belong to God!

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FAITH: Fallen Humankind

On Sunday we stared a five-part series on the doctrines (teachings) of grace. These teachings came out of a meeting that took place 400 years ago, called the Synod of Dort. It was held by the Dutch Reformed Church in the city of Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1618-1619. Its purpose was to answer questions people had concerning God’s grace toward humanity. The Synod published their response in a document called the Canons of Dort. The word canon (not to be confused with the weapon cannon) means rule, principle or standard. For a long time, the Canons of Dort were summarized by the acronym, TULIP (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints). Some people haven’t found that summary very helpful. Jim Osterhouse developed a different acronym, FAITH (Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, Held by God).

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