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Turning from sin impossible without God' grace and mercy. Our trouble is that we so easily forget all that has been secured for us in redemption  For the Christian to seek significance apart from Christ (is wrong.) Worse, it is an arrogant pursuit that distorts our testimony for Him.  What a powerful opportunity we have to demonstrate to a watching world that Christ has liberated us from this clamoring, driving obsession to gain  significance that can never be found.  Stowell, Joseph, M.  Perilous Pursuits, Moody Press, Chicago IL, (1994, P. 93)

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When the Holy Spirit is paramount in our hearts, He frees us from the law of sin and death, for where the Lord's Spirit is there liberty to be found. He purifies us and exerts in us the power of attraction that the interest of others may be captured, but above all, He establishes between God and us perfect unity since He forever and increasingly eliminates all that would separate us from God. (Pache, Rene, The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL (1954, Pp. 133, 134))

 

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Here is something true and rich: God is personal, so we are personal with Him and each other.  Personal means that God comes close to His people.  When He comes close, He speaks to us and invites us to respond, and when we respond to Him, He hears.  This means that He listens and is actually influenced by what we say.  We could think of it as being invited into His home, where He speaks openly and with love, and He offers the best divine hospitality.  All that is almost too much to take in, but then He invites us to speak of what is important to us,and as we speak, He is engaged, undistracted, and responsive.  We could call it fellowship, even communion. (Welch, Edward, T., Caring for One Another, Crossway--Wheaton, Illinois, (2018, pp. 45).

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"Christian fellowship in the local church cannot be legislated by a constitution, although constitutions are useful; true fellowship must come from within, from the hearts of the believers. If a believer is out fellowship with another believer, it is because one or both of them have gotten out of fellowship with God." Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbe's expository outlines on the New Testament (pp. 582-583). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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"A Christian Lifestyle" is not always modeled by the leaders of our day: Parents, police, politicians, presidents, nor preachers, or teachers. So, how do we raise and influence a generation of individuals who will preserve a true "Christian Lifestyle", into the next generation? Social media and society's acceptance of its demand to center the world of affections on self must be re-directed, or at best Christians must dwell on teaching more on true Christian principles in our homes and in the Churches. We must teach more, in order to re-orient some and both introduce and inform others of God's order, in regard to, affection.

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In the shipwreck, you may feel like you lost it all. Everything is in pieces.  But in the fragments, there are planks that remain-- pieces of desire, of dreams, of hope, of imagination, of longing, that rise to the top of you even now.  They are no longer attached neatly together, but they are still afloat in the swirling chaos of you. You may not need all of them. But almost certainly need one of them. (Martin, Jonathan--2016)

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James concerns his discourse with the outward fruits of faith as a man sees them.  God knows whether or not I am a true believer on the basis of my faith apart from any works, but men can only know whether or not I am a true believer as they observe my life outwardly. Jesus said we can distinguish between the true and the false only by man's fruits (Matthew 7:16, 21). (Leman Strauss, 1956, 1989)

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After appealing for qualities such as courage, willingness to suffer, and faithfulness in the life of a minister, (all Christians are ministers, servants) Paul borrowed images from daily life to illustrate the traits necessary for effective service. He pictures the effective minister in terms of a teacher (2:1-2), a soldier (2:3-4), an athlete (2:5), and a farmer (2:6).  He concluded with an appeal for Timothy to consider carefully the application of these images (2:7). Lea, Thomas D., Griffin, Hayne P. Jr., 1992, P.200)

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Sandra D. Wilson, PH.D., write in her book, "Hurt People Hurt People":Most of our adult life problems are the result of childhood solutions. In other words, something happened a long time ago that hurt us. We protected ourselves the only way we knew how.  But somewhere along the way to adulthood, our method stopped working. (1938; 2001, P. 85)

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The Apostle Paul often talked about the itinerant missionaries who were recognized by churches as constituting a distinct group among participants in the work of spreading the gospel (cf., e.g., Acts 14:4, 14; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11; 1 Th. 2:7).

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