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Drawing Close To God

Anchored In Grace


Many people are anchored in guilt, shame, condemnation, and fear because of past sins and regrets.

The feel distant from God.

Deep in their soul they hurt.

They are frustrated with themselves for what they did.

They tell no one.

Silently they suffer.

They've tried to escape or numb their pain in many different ways...

...drugs

...alcohol

...food

...busyness

...relationships

...gambling

...sex

...etc...

Yet the pain remains.

There are two other ways people try to escape or numb the pain of their past...

...by participating in church activities (commitment, serving, attending, joining, etc.

10 New Covenant Truths From Hebrews


10 New Covenant Truths From Hebrews


TRUTH #1: The New Covenant (Testament) does not start at Matthew chapter one, the birth of Jesus, but starts with the death of Jesus at the end of Matthew. (I know this sounds strange, but let's look at this through the lens of what is biblical, not at what is traditional).

Then he (Jesus) took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many 
for the forgiveness of sins.

Leaving Behind Repentance...Really?

Hebrews 6:1 says that if we are to mature in our faith, we must leave behind repentance. This is in conflict with much of what is taught today by many Bible teachers. Many believers are taught they need to daily focus on repentance, meaning confessing of sin so they can be forgiven by God, remain holy before God, and so they will not be "out of fellowship with God". By repentance, they are taught they need to be turning from a certain sin and trying harder not to commit that sin again. This constant focus on sin keeps believers immature and in bondage to sin because they continually focus on sin and live in fear of being unholy before God and out of fellowship with God.

You Are Complete In Christ!


Colossians 2:10 says we have been made complete in Christ. What does this mean? 

To understand a verse, we must first understand the context of the verse. Paul wrote to believers in Colossae who had responded to the good news of God's grace that Jesus had done everything for them through his death and resurrection to achieve for them salvation, leaving them nothing to do but only receive by faith what Jesus had done. Grace was having an incredible impact on their lives (Colossians 1:3-8).

What To Do With Tempting Thoughts

Sinful thoughts will come into our minds. Part of being a Christian is battling those thoughts. What we do when these thoughts come will determine if we act on these thoughts or if we turn away from them. Understanding the difference between law and grace will help us turn away from these thoughts, rather than act on them.
 
Romans 6:14 says:
 
Sin shall not be your master because you are not under law but under grace.
 
This verse tells us that living under grace is the key to not being controlled by sin in our lives.

I Thought I Could Never Be Close To God Again

Do you feel far away from God because of guilt? Have you made promises to God and others that you will do better, yet continue to struggle with sin? Do you feel like you could never be close to God because of sin in your life? If you do, you're not alone. Many people feel this way. One of these people was Ted.

Ted, who is a Christian, walked into my office and said, "I thought I could never be close to God again. But because of grace, I realize I can draw close to God. Thank you so much for teaching me about grace
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