Persecution for the Children of Promise

Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as then the child born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so also now. But what does the Scripture say? Drive out the slave and her son, for the son of the slave will never be a coheir with the son […]

Stay in Your Lane or Own the Whole?

Perhaps you have had a leader challenge you to “stay in your lane.” Whether your mind conjured up a football analogy or lanes on an interstate, you got the message. Quit trying to lead everyone else’s area, and focus on yours. And perhaps you heard a different message in a different meeting when the leader […]

3 Miseries of Legalism

Legalism is attempting to earn God’s approval with our works. It is man’s attempt to qualify himself to stand before God on his own merits. We are recovering legalists, for there was a time, before Christ rescued us, when we attempted to find our joy in ourselves, our salvation by ourselves. Now we trust His […]

A Rescue Mission from Prison

Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1) I read the book Ghost Soldiers several years ago on a vacation. It tells the story of what many believe to be the greatest rescue mission in military history. Nearing the end of World War […]

Legalism and a New Circumcision

When we make the results of our walk with the Lord requirements for our standing with Him, we are drifting from grace. When we hold up the personal results of our faith as requirements for others—we act as legalists. A couple of examples… As a result of their time with the Lord and conversations with […]

Two Conceptions; Two Ways to Live

For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and the other by a free woman. But the one by the slave was born according to the impulse of the flesh, while the one by the free woman was born as the result of a promise… Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of […]

10 Reasons to Be Thankful

In the Book of Galatians, we find the apostle Paul was astonished and unsure of what to do with the Galatian believers. At one point, they were overwhelmed with God’s grace expressed toward them. But they had drifted from grace and were attempting to earn God’s approval and qualify themselves to stand before Him with […]

Changing by Adding

The statement, “I love my wife” is completely changed if something is added to the end of the statement. For example, “I love my wife” is a very different message than “I love my wife when she cooks my favorite meal.” Adding “when they behave” radically alters the statement “I love my daughters.” Addition radically […]