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This Sunday Worship Service 10-10:45 For adults only! Please bring a mask. We are trying to follow the guidelines.

Grace Bible Church is committed to the preaching of God's Word.

Bro. Doug

Patience: James 5:8 “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” Down through the years I have observed that most people like to think they’re patient but, anxiety is bubbling under the surface. God started off this book talking about the importance of patience and in the last chapter talking about patience again. I think our all-knowing Savior knows that most of us at times struggle with this and I’m not an exception. In this ever-changing world we live in today, God is encouraging us to establish our hearts on a firm foundation. That foundation is the Bible. The Bible for born-again believers is the anchor for our soul.

I shared five things showing how believers can be patient in an impatient world. Individuals come with broken hearts over the wrongs they have done, or the wrongs done to them, to find compassion and mercy offered freely to the repentant heart. Many come to the Lord with a wheelbarrow full of broken promises.  They are wonderfully surprised to discover that Jesus keeps his promises forever. This isn’t based upon our performance but based on what he did on the cross. Jesus keeps his word. The Bible is full of promises for the believer. Believers discover that God is always at work in their lives. He does not love us and leave us. Believers discover heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Believers discover Jesus is coming back to get us.

Bro. Doug

What do you treasure? Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  In this passage of Scripture Jesus shares with his disciples, that if you want to be his follower, you must be willing to forsake all.  Jesus does not want halfhearted allegiance.  It is important for a believer to take an inventory of his heart on a regular basis.  In verse 24 of this passage Jesus shares that we cannot serve God and money.

There was a young man that came to Jesus asking what he must do to inherit eternal life. To the young man's astonishment Jesus told him to sell everything he had and give it to the poor.  The young man left sorrowful, because he had great wealth.  Money is not the problem. It’s the love of money that gets us in trouble.  It's been said, that Americans have little faith.  They rely on the power of the dollar.

Jesus is making it crystal clear that he will not share his lordship with anyone or thing on planet Earth.  Jesus told the young man to take up his cross and follow him.  The young man asked God to take an inventory of his heart however, he did not like what God revealed.  He was not willing to make the adjustments needed to be a true follower of Jesus.  In Jesus’ day, many could not accept this type of teaching.  Jesus does not share His lordship with our treasures.  

Bro. Doug

Independence vs. Dependence John 8:31-36 verse 32 declares you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.  Verse 36 states; therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.  Saturday we celebrated Independence Day without most of the wonderful festivities, with the exception of the beautiful fireworks.  It's also a day to remember the saying; ‘freedom isn't free’!  Let’s thank God that there are men and women willing to defend freedom with their very lives, yet today.  What greater sacrifice can one be willing to give than to lay down one’s life for his friends?

The Christians independence was declared before the foundation of the cosmos was spoken into existence according to 1Peter 1:20.  There was a battle to be fought, in order to redeem the sin sick souls of humanity.  There would be a life that had to be given in order to gain the freedom from the grips of sin.  It would not be an ordinary life.  It would be God's only Son Himself and not just giving his life for his friends but, giving His life for all of humanity.  Unfortunately, most people are not willing to give up their independence and become totally dependent upon Jesus.  We must be willing to deny self and take up our cross and follow Him.  Jesus requires total dependence not half hearted loyalty.  If God were to ask you why should I let you into heaven? What would you tell him?

Bro. Doug

Who do you trust? Psalms 31:14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." It doesn’t take long in this journey of life for your trust factor to be stretched to the limit. If you happen to be one of those lucky ones that have never had your confidence in someone shattered, you truly are an exception. When our trust is violated we feel like the weight of the world just landed on our heart. It’s been said, to be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. Too many times, we hear how someone has found the love of their life only to learn sometime later of marital unfaithfulness. Leaving the individual devastated to the core and wondering how will I ever trust someone again?

The good news of the Bible is God does not love you and then leave you, he can be trusted. God is in the restoring business.  He first forgives us of our sin, making us a child of God. Then God takes our devastated hurting heart and turns it into a trusting loving heart once again. This can happen through the divine grace of God. The new believer begins to see the faithfulness and promises of God, coming alive in the depths of their heart. One of the greatest joys of the Christian walk is to be delivered from fear.  The Bible says, whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Bro. Doug

Who are you following? John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me”. This Scripture reassures the believer that God still speaks to his children. God knows them personally and the individual recognizes God’s voice. When God speaks, he never violates the written word of God. The Bible is not a book of suggestions to consider but principles to live by. If one has ears to hear Jesus’s teachings; they are the building blocks of life. People were astonished at Jesus’s teachings because he taught with such authority. The Bible tells us that the word became flesh and dwelt among us and that word was Jesus.

This last Sunday being Father’s Day, I encouraged our men to re-examine what they were building their life upon. Sometimes, we men are reluctant to ask for help because our egos get in the way. Some, such as myself, find ourselves wishing we had read the instructions, after the 30-minute project has turned into an all-day ordeal.

Today, more than ever, men need to turn to the author of life for instructions on how to live life, in our ever-changing hurting world. We need men living by the author of life’s book, the Bible. We need to start asking ourselves whose philosophy, principles, teachings and standards for life are we using as a foundation for life. It’s time to turn to the creator’s instruction book. Wise sheep follow and listen to the shepherd. Try reading his foundation manual.

Bro. Doug

Judge not Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that you be not judged. This passage of Scripture is known as the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and it was obvious Jesus was not afraid to ruffle some feathers. This was straight forward teaching, right to the point. People like straightforward thinking, if it fits their point of view. This is one of our problems we have today, as our country tries to accommodate everyone’s point of view.

It is far too easy for the oppressed to become the oppressor, thinking out with the old and in with the new. What one may tout as liberation, in actuality, may become their domination. Unbeknownst to them, their thinking slowly begins to change and the things they abhorred in others, they are now perpetrating on other people. The accuser has become like the accused. This is the cord that Jesus was striking that day.  Being judgmental is a dreadful sin and left unchecked, one will reap dire consequences. Jesus said, what we sow we reap!  Jesus is saying, we are in danger of being judged, when we become so close minded to others, that we do not recognize we have become the judge, jury and executioner of them.

Here are three ways that Jesus was not forbidding judgment. 1. By civil governments upon evildoers. 2. By the church when unholy conduct occurs in the membership. 3. By the way you judge you will be judged!  Christians should make judgments and adjustments of themselves before judging others.

Bro. Doug Christy

Humility; James 4:6,10 But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” We are grateful to see doors opening once again in our community. I rejoice that our houses of worship once again have begun to open their doors. There are special challenges for all of us trying to follow the guidelines so that we do not endanger ourselves or anyone else. Getting used to having a mask on while singing, reading and preaching without having your glasses fog up is nearly impossible. That however is just a small inconvenience compared to the devastation that many have gone through physically and yes financially.

Life has a way of turning our basket over just about the time we think we have it full. No matter how self-sufficient we may be or think we are, our mortality in a moment can face us straight on. If you have been fortunate enough not to have one of those moments, chances are before you leave planet earth you will. My concern is that we may miss what God is trying to teach us. God can do more with a broken heart then he can with a proud heart. It’s been said, “to grow tall spiritually, a man must first learn to kneel.” Let’s humble ourselves so Jesus can lift us up. Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness.

Bro. Doug Christy

Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. This Scripture was written to the Laodicean church one of the seven God chose to lay bare his audit of their spiritual condition.  Their spiritual condition was far from what it should have been. Jesus said they were lukewarm, and they could not even recognize their spiritual corruption. They were so wishy-washy that he was about to spit them out of his mouth. After having our church doors closed for over two months, this passage of Scripture came to my mind.  I began to wonder is God knocking on the door of Grace Bible. After He did inventory of our spiritual condition what would He say. Would we even hear him knocking? Would we even care? I am afraid the sad reality would be we have a form of religion and not a relationship. Are we today telling people what they want to hear rather than what the Bible clearly says?

There is a painting of Jesus standing outside of a door knocking. If you look at the door you will notice, there is no doorknob on the outside. When Jesus comes knocking, we must be willing to open the door. If you will open the door you may hear some things you do not want to hear. However, faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God

Bro. Doug Christy

Remember the Scars; John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that to lay down one's life for his friends.”  Memorial Day, being a time with great gratitude, when we remember those who have given their lives in the line of duty for our country. We give thanks to God that we live in the greatest country in the world.  A time of giving thanks for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us and a time of thanking God that there are still those that are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.

However, the horrifying consequences of war leaves scars that run deep into the human psyche.  Whether you were on the winning side or the losing side the scars remain. If you happened to be on the winning side, there is some solace in knowing that the scars were not in vain.  Life is full of scars. There are times that the crushing blows of life seem too heavy to carry.  We cry out why and we get empty answers.

Christians need to remember the scars of Jesus. 1Peter 2:24 says, who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. Jesus gave his life so a repentant sinner can have eternal life in Heaven. His scars paid our debt.  

Bro. Doug Christy

Don’t let your trappings trap you! Genesis 25 -35 Looking at the life of Jacob we can see that God uses imperfect people.  Jacob was known as a trickster, deceiver, liar and the list could goes on.  Far from perfect!  God commanded Jacob to return home and on the way Jacob had an encounter with God that forever changed his life.

          Going back and facing our past can be very challenging.  However one must not let anything stop them from following God’s commands.  We considered three trappings of life that can keep us trapped from following God.

          Trappings Of The World: Some are so trapped by the world they will not let go of their things.  Things, in and of themselves are not bad. Jesus said that nothing should come between you and HIM.  If something does, it just became your god.  Jesus spoke to a rich young ruler who left sad, because his god was money.

          Trappings Of The Past: All of us have a past! God does not want you to let your past, drive your future. In Jesus we truly can find the forgiveness needed to face the future. Philippians 3:13

          Trappings Of Religious Traditions: Those that should have recognized Jesus did not. Jesus was more concerned about being “trapped” by what mattered than someone’s tradition.

I pray that in the future Grace Bible will be known more for what matters….PEOPLE…. than trying to prove we are right. Only Jesus is right all the time!

Bro. Doug Christy    

Godly Mothers Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” In this passage of Scripture, a beautiful picture is painted of a godly wife and mother. We are living in a time when we are redefining what it means to be a mother and father. The Bible tells us that we are to honor our father and our mother. There is one thing that all mankind have in common and that is we all have a mother and a father. Whether one believes in a creator or that we just evolved, we all had a mother.

Motherhood is one of the most important occupations on planet Earth. It’s been said, “No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you----life.” At a time when we are redefining the meaning of family, we still need the old-fashioned way to reproduce.  We still need mothers and fathers. We believers are commanded to honor our father and mother and the best way to do that is to live a Christ centered life.

Here are four good ways to do just that. In everything put Jesus first. Secondly, everything you do, do as unto the Lord. Thirdly, in everything give thanks. Fourthly, in everything magnify the cross because the sinless Savior paid our sin debt in full and gave us a home in heaven. Honor your mother by worshipping Jesus. Give her a call today.

Bro. Doug Christy

Prayer Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Prayer is the most neglected privilege of the Christian faith.  In every church, I have pastored or attended, the weekly prayer meeting will be the least attended service of the week.  Could it be, that we have exchanged the power of prayer for the persuasion of the performance?  Could it be, that most of what we do on any given Sunday could be done in the power of the flesh rather than by the Spirit of God?  We fool ourselves into thinking that God is pleased with the ritual that I have just performed.

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is teaching about persistence in prayer. However, Jesus is not teaching that he is a genie in the bottle and that whatever you want, it’s yours for the asking. It’s been said, ‘don’t ask God for what you think is good; ask him for what he thinks is good for you.’ Here are some principles that must be a part of our prayer life. We need to stay plugged in to the power source and that power source is Jesus. Prayer must have a direction. All religions have some type of prayer or meditation.  Christians pray to Jesus who was killed for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Be persistent, the creator of the universe will answer.

Bro. Doug Christy

Mercy Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us”. Mercy is one of those words that is much easier to talk about than to demonstrate. We should choose Jesus as our example of demonstrating mercy. Mercy is not giving someone what they deserve but giving them what they don’t deserve. When someone has wronged you deeply or hurt you physically our tendency might be to try to get even. Depending upon how egregious the offense, you will find onlookers more than willing to encourage you not to let this offense go unchallenged. It’s been said, we hand folks over to God’s mercy and show none ourselves.

You may have heard someone say or you may have said that’s just the way I am, thinking that your behavior should be excused. The bottom line for every believer is to be like Jesus. Our life is to reflect his great love for us on the cross. Jesus offers mercy when we deserve just the opposite. Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.

We need to be demonstrating the mercy of God. There are hurting people all around us. We as a Country will be facing extraordinary times ahead. People need to hear of the loving mercy of God and then see mercy demonstrated by the way we interact with each other. Jesus put it something like this, owe no one anything but love. Let us show mercy by loving others.

Bro. Doug Christy

Worry Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is dealing with a subject that most of us like to think someone else has, rather than me.  Sometimes those of us who like to consider ourselves spiritual would say things like, I'm just being concerned or I'm just considering my options or I just don't want to be caught off guard.  Call it what you will but worry for the Christian is a lack of trusting God.

Jesus is telling the disciples don't let the cares of this life so consume you that all you can think about is your lack of resources to meet your needs. It’s been said, “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

All of us are facing very challenging times right now and an uncertain future.  Believers never face anything alone.  We are at the top of God's priority list.  Jesus promises the believer, if you will seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness he will take care of you.  A promise is no better than the one making it.  When the creator of the cosmos tells us, he will take care of it, that should settle it.  Rather than worrying about self, let’s trust the Savior for our future and spend more time praying for one another.

Bro. Doug Christy

Easter fact or fiction: Matthew 28:6 "He is not here; for He is risen,” Seven things one should consider before discounting the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  1. The obvious: The empty tomb.  However, some might say the body was stolen.  But having a sealed tomb with armed guards makes this highly unlikely. 2.  Hush money: The guards were paid off to keep their mouths shut to the truth and instead tell the world that they were derelict in their responsibilities as soldiers. 3.  Prophecy fulfilled: Jesus foretold of His suffering, humiliation, death and His resurrection on the third day.  A true prophet’s prophecy must come true or he is not a prophet. 4.  First to see Him were women: This also proves the inspiration of Scripture. First century men would not have said the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus were women.  It truly was a boys club then. 5.  Eyewitnesses: Jesus was seen by over 500 people during a 40 day period.  6. Changed disciples: During the crucifixion, His disciples were heading for cover in fear of their own lives.  Surprisingly, something changed their minds completely.  It was the resurrection!  The Disciples would end up giving their lives for the sake of the gospel.  It seems rather absurd to think these men would die to keep a lie alive.  7.  Changed worship: To the first day of the week.  This by itself was a monumental change. Fact or fiction the evidence says; HE IS RISEN!

Bro. Doug Christy

Jesus enters Jerusalem, Luke 19:38 “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!” Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" This Scripture is known as the Triumphal Entry, Palm Sunday, the Passion Week or the Holy Week.  However, one would prefer to refer to Jesus’ last week it should be said; “There had never been a week like it before or since.” Not because it was a hard-hitting, fast pace, highly emotional, and someone falsely accused loses his life that made it unique.  What made this human suffering so unique was the one who suffered. God's only son coming to pay the penalty for our sins so mankind can spend eternity in heaven with him.

Let us not be so turned inward, with all the anxiety fear and emotion that the world is going through right now, that we discount the upward dependence. Could God be using this time to remind us of our mortality? Could God be using this as a spiritual awakening to his creation? Could God be using this to show us where we place our hope and trust? Could God be saying, is mortal man still thinking mortal man can save himself?

My prayer is that when mankind finds their antidote, which I hope they find quickly, we will not miss what God is trying to show us. The creator loves us so much that he sent his son to redeem us from the penalty of our sin.

Bro. Doug Christy

Waiting: Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength…” Waiting is not always our best virtue or at least not mine.  Have you ever said something like: Lord aren’t You listening, I need some relief, I can't take this anymore, or if you really loved me you would do something about my circumstances. 

If you haven’t had any of those emotions yet just wait. If some of the predictions come true, about the virus, we all are going to be experiencing circumstances beyond our control. Waiting or being patient may have been easy for you, but not for a lot of us.  It is quite a challenge, to put your life on hold when facing such dire challenges about our future. This passage of scripture assures us if we wait on the Lord, He will renew our strength!  One of the joys of the Christian walk is to come to a point where we realize that the Creator of the cosmos knows exactly what we need and when to renew our strength. God is always on time. We Christians are not immune to challenges, heartache or pain. Waiting on the Lord means not telling God to catch up with our plans but, that I am going to start following yours.

Waiting does not mean inactivity. Be looking for opportunities to demonstrate your faith. Actions do speak louder than words and others might then be interested in hearing about the benefits of waiting on the Lord.

Bro. Doug Christy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” We truly are living in uncertain times. I’m not sure if we will be able to resume services April 5th.  We lived through the horrors of 9/11. That was inflicted in broad daylight for the world to see the brutality that man can inflict upon each other. When the dust settled that day, we knew for the most part who the perpetrators were.

However, today as we are watching our country and the world seemingly come to a screeching halt our fear, anxiety and worry is rising like a thermometer. We have no way of knowing who or what we may meet that may infect us with the life-threatening virus 19. Are we going to have a recession or a depression? Anxiety, fear and worry are real emotions that all of us face to some degree. Had we had service today I would’ve shared some of these things.

It’s been said, adversity introduces a man to himself. Remember in your time of need where your strength comes from. Your Heavenly Father has a hold of you, and He won’t let you go. Heed your government officials. Be in prayer for everyone. Read Scripture and listen to uplifting sermons. Stay in touch with others by phone. With God’s help we will get through this together.

Bro. Doug Christy

The Lord’s table: 1st Corinthians 11:26,28 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”  When we come to the Lord's table, it’s not a time to point out someone else's sin but a time to ask Jesus to reveal to you those areas in your life that are not pleasing to Him.  When coming to the table there is no room for pride.  I heard an elderly gentleman once pray, “Lord, take your finger and stir around in my heart.”

When God stirs around in someone's heart their life will never be the same.  Jesus didn't come just to stir our emotions but to change our lives. Jesus died on the cross, shedding his blood, paying the sin debt of mankind. Today many are telling the creator, if you really love us, you will let us determine what sin is.   Mankind has a sin problem.  This Scripture gives us a command to proclaim the meaning of the cross until Jesus returns.  Proclaiming the Lord's death means that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.  The loving Savior brings hope to the hopeless, brings help to the helpless and brings forgiveness to the repentant.  The message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection needs to be proclaimed.  Jesus came to seek and to save sinners.

 Bro. Doug Christy

Who do you trust? Psalms 31:14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." It doesn’t take long in this journey of life for your trust factor to be stretched to the limit. If you happen to be one of those lucky ones that have never had your confidence in someone shattered, you truly are an exception. When our trust is violated we feel like the weight of the world just landed on our heart. It’s been said, to be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. Too many times, we hear how someone has found the love of their life only to learn sometime later of marital unfaithfulness. This leaves the individual devastated to the core and wondering how will I ever trust someone again?

The good news of the Bible is God does not love you and then leave you, he can be trusted. God is in the restoring business.  He first forgives us of our sin, making us a child of God. Then God takes our devastated hurting heart and turns it into a trusting loving heart once again. This can happen through the divine grace of God. The new believer begins to see the faithfulness and promises of God, coming alive in the depths of their heart. One of the greatest joys of the Christian walk is to be delivered from fear.  The Bible says, whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.

 Bro. Doug Christy

Saved by Grace: Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Many times, the terminology that our houses of worship use can be very confusing to the listening world.  Words like grace, saved, faith, gift of God, works and boast may leave the believer comforted only to leave a nonbeliever asking questions. The one question that most evangelicals would love to hear someone ask is, how can I be saved? Many are saying we are now living in a post-Christian period and if that is the case we probably would hear someone say; saved from what? We Christians need to be busy today sharing a simple clear gospel message and this passage is just that.

There is a deep humbling that this passage should bring to the heart of the believer. The first step for someone to become a believer (saved) is to come to realize they are a sinner and they deserve to be eternally separated from God because of their sin. No one can save themselves it is the gift of God. The gift of God was giving us his son to die on the cross for our sin. Grace is totally undeserved. Faith is putting a wholehearted trust in Christ. It is impossible for us to work our way into heaven. There is no room for boasting. It’s all by his grace.

Pastor Doug Christy

When testing comes: John 6:6 “But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.” The miraculous feeding of the 5000 appears in all four Gospels. This was a major faith builder for those early disciples. The disciples were about to witness Jesus feed nearly 15,000 people using five loaves of bread and two fish if you counted the women and children that were there. Jesus was about to present a crisis to his disciples when he asked them where can we buy bread to feed these people. His request was impossible to complete, humanly speaking.

Philip and the rest the disciples were about to witness their anxiety over their circumstances change before their very eyes. The multiplication of the bread and the fish, with12 baskets of bread left over, truly was a game changer for those disciples.

All Christians go through times of testing. When God brings times of testing or trails into our lives it is not to hurt us but to make us more like him. Here are a few things that we believers need to keep in mind when challenging situations interrupt our day. Our circumstances never catch God off guard. He is an all knowing, ever present and compassionate God. We need to keep our focus on the one who can multiply the bread. God is using this situation to strengthen your trust in him. Finally, dear child of God, you never face a situation alone.

 Pastor Doug Christy

No smorgasbord Christians:1John 2:5 “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.” Once again, the apostle is driving home the point, if you claim to be a Christian your deepest desire is to live by the word of God. If you’ve ever eaten at a smorgasbord you had the luxury of picking and choosing what you want to eat. If you’re anything like me, you probably have overeaten, and may need to confess the sin of gluttony upon leaving the restaurant. It’s satisfying being able to pick what you want and the quantity you want for as long as you want. Unfortunately, many Christians today are of the opinion that their opinion is what matters. We think we can pick and choose what parts of the Bible we will adhere to and disregard the rest. We come to God’s table telling him we know what is best for us spiritually. The proof that an individual is truly a Christian is how willing are we to deny self and follow Christ.

There is a direct correlation between feasting on the word of God and the love of God being perfected in your life. If we love Jesus, we will keep his commandments. Believers have a deep heartfelt desire to live by the word of God and the love of God is changing them from the inside out. No picking and choosing allowed!

 Pastor Doug Christy

Our advocate: 1John 2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Most of us, if not all of us, look for companionship. Even the most independent of us find those times in life where we wish we had a friend we could share our intimate feelings with. Or perhaps it’s when tragedy knocks at our door, we are thankful that we have a neighbor who cares. All of us need to know that someone cares. This verse starts off letting the believer know someone cares. Believers are a part of the family of God. We are his dear children and he loves us with an everlasting love.  Nothing we can ever do will separate us from the love of God. God has provided us an advocate to go on our behalf before him. We may have been able to hide our sin from our earthly parents, but it is impossible to hide sin from the all-knowing God. How can sinful mankind come before a holy just God? The answer is we cannot be justified before God based on our goodness. The only way we can come before God is through the righteousness of his son Jesus. We can come before God because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We have a friend in Jesus who truly is our advocate.

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