If we say we have fellowship with him but still walk in darkness, we are lying and do not put the truth into practice. But if we walk in the light, just as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:6-9 – EHV)
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3 – EHV)
The last few weeks in our worship services, we’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit and his work. With that in mind, has anyone ever asked you either of the questions, or something similar?
“Have you made the decision for Christ?”
“Have you accepted Jesus into your heart?”
I have told you these things, so that you may have peace in me. In this world you are going to have trouble. But be courageous! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 – EHV)
If you are like me, you have been praying for peace lately. For almost a week, hordes of individuals have been taking to the streets, looting and destroying businesses, churches, and other buildings; and attacking law-abiding citizens, politicians, and law enforcement personnel. There is major upheaval going on in our country right now. And so, we pray for peace. We pray that cooler heads will prevail, and that law and order would be restored.
Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5 – EHV)
I hope that you took a few moments this Memorial Day weekend to say, Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all our men and women of the military who are currently serving or who have served us and our country in the past and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives so that we could enjoy our earthly freedom. Memorial Day is one of the “official” days each year that we set aside to remember the work of the many individuals who have served or are serving in the military and the many people who have died to protect our freedoms. Many of us know someone who has or is serving, and many of us know someone who died for our freedoms. If your outdoor barbecue over the weekend involved a few veterans, no doubt some good “war stories” were told over a burger and some cool refreshments.
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