Author: tspithaler

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A No Profit Jesus

Galatians 5:2-6 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Coming from a legalistic church upbringing, I can smell...

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Reminder: Reconciled

Colossians 1:21-22 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation I was reading for my devotional time this morning, and I’m not really sure how, but I ended up in Colossians when I thought I was reading I Peter again. Sometimes electronic books can trick us. But there I was reading such a great passage of scripture, I knew it was something the Lord...

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Spirit Changed Change

Galatians 5:5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. I’ve been doing some research on a project I’m working on and it has been quite rewarding, yet tragically revealing at the same time. In the process I have been reading quite a few testimonies and stories of people’s lives as they have become Christians. Nothing is more powerful than a personal testimony of the life changing event in one’s being as the Holy Spirit takes control. A fundamental understanding of Christianity is ‘conversion’. The conversion is seen and understood in a great...

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The Burn Ban Revelation

Romans 13-:1-21 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. As Peter wrote his first epistle to the diaspora, those believers who had been living in exile (as by that time Christian persecution was already rampant in may areas of the then known world), he wrote it to give instruction and encouragement to so many who were living lives of servitude or under social...

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Fighting Materialism and Distraction with Humility

Daniel 10:12…“Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. I recently listened to a fellow pastor share an encouraging word to his congregation via the internet. Speaking right before Christmas, and encouraging his church to stay focused on Jesus this season, he reminded them to remember the ‘joy’ of the season, but to not take it too far. This is itself is a great reminder. As true Christians committed to Jesus and...

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