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Sowing and Reaping

Friday, October 05, 2018

Jeremiah 29.11 says that God intends to give us a future and a hope. That is all contingent on our commitment to persevere in living by God’s way. One of our greatest dangers is complacency. This is why Paul wrote in Galatians: let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 

Modern society tells us there are no moral absolutes. There could be no greater lie. Since creation, most humans, regardless of any relationship with God, have recognized there is a basic standard of right/wrong. A basic kind of moral sowing and reaping. Greek mythology featured the goddess Nemesis who sought out and punished every person who became too prideful and arrogant. It’s where we get the phrase “you’ve met your nemesis.” No matter how much a person sought to avoid Nemesis, she always found her victims and mightily humbled them.

Scripture sheds light on moral law clearly and often. What you sow, you will reap. Spiritually, there are only two fields to sow in: our flesh or the Spirit. Those who sow to the flesh will come to regret it. Those who sow to the Sprit will reap eternal life. Because of this, we need to be committed to doing good. It is a call to action - taking every opportunity for God’s glory. Your doing is not in order to be saved, it is because of the salvation you have already received. Now you’ve been called to be a living testimony of God’s glorious grace.

Our plan of study on Sunday will cover Galatians 6.7-10. We’ll talk about:

  1. Galatians 6.7b - The Divine Law
  2. Galatians 6.8 - The Divine Law Explained
  3. Galatians 6.9 - The Divine Law Fulfilled
  4. Galatians 6.10 - The Divine Law Applied

As you get ready for worship, be thinking about these things:

  • What are some examples where you have seen the principle of sowing and reaping bear itself out? In the lives of others? In your own life?
  • What happens if we sow to the flesh?
  • What does sowing to the Spirit mean?
  • What should we understand about the word opportunity as found in 6.10?

Sunday Song Leader: Jim Rutter

Sunday Scripture Reading: Jason Pratt

TEXT: Galatians 6.7-10

The Value of the Blood of Jesus

Monday, October 01, 2018

The following article was in the Sunday Morning Bulletin:

I assert without fear of contradiction that the inspired writers attribute all the blessings of salvation to the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  If we have redemption, it is through His blood; if we are justified, it is by His blood; if washed from our moral stains, it is by His blood which cleanses us from all sin; if we have victory over the last enemy, we obtain it not only by word of the divine testimony, but through the blood of the Lamb; and if we gain admittance into heaven, it is because we have washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14).

Everything depends on the blood of Christ, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).

-Jaime Restrepo

The Weight of Your Cross

Monday, October 01, 2018

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me – Matt. 10:38.

A young man no longer could deal with his problems. He fell on his knees, praying, "Lord, I cannot continue, my cross is too heavy."

The Lord, as always, came and answered him, "My son, if you cannot carry the weight of your cross, keep it inside that room, then open that other door and choose the cross that you want."

The young man sighed in relief. "Thank you, Lord," he said, and did as he was told.

Upon entering, he saw many crosses, some so large that he could not see the top. Afterwards, he saw a small cross resting on one end of the wall.

"Lord," he whispered, "I'd like that one over there."

And the Lord answered, "My son, that is the cross you just left."

When the problems of life seem overwhelming, it is always useful to look around and see the things that others face. You will see that you must consider yourself more fortunate than you imagine.

Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus told his disciples, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

- Jaime Restrepo


Monday, September 24, 2018

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him – 1 John 4:9.

A house of a very rich widow caught fire. Sadly the lady died in the fire. While the firemen tried to control the flames, they realized that her 5-year-old son was inside the house. There was no way to get to him because the stairs had fallen.

The building had no elevator and they did not know how to get to the child. Only one man passing by the scene saw a solution. He noticed a tube next to the flames that reached the window where the child had appeared. No one could touch the tube because it was so hot. But that man, bravely, slid down the tube (burning his hands) to where the child was, saving the child’s life.

A year and a half later, it was aired in court to see who qualified to adopt the child (being the administrator of all wealth). Many requested and demonstrated what they believed was necessary to qualify: Trajectory, Business, Solidity, Riches, etc.

But the boy did not approve of any of them. The judge was calling back to those who had attended, when an unknown man entered the room. He walked slowly forward with his hands inside his pockets. The judge asked for his credentials, to which he replied, "Your Honor, I have no wealth or business that makes me compete against all those who aspire to adopt the child."

The judge told him, "Well, what are you doing here? Some reason must show why you want to be adopt the child." The man replied, "I only have these signs of selfless love" (When saying this he showed his hands which were white, burned, and scarred).

The child, upon seeing him, recognized the man who had saved his life and with tears in his eyes he ran to him and embraced him. The man was the one who adopted him.

Brothers: Christ Jesus paid for you an incalculable price. He gave his life to save yours, and also takes you sculpted in the palms of his hands. He wants to adopt you as his son, change your misery and illness for his joy, wealth and eternal life. Will you accept its adoption?

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.– Galatians 4:4-5.

- Jaime Restrepo

The New Passover

Monday, September 24, 2018

The following article was in the Sunday morning bulletin:

The death of Jesus occurred at the very hour, according to the law, when the pascal lamb was slain. Jesus set aside the Passover and founded the Lord’s Supper in its place.

By His authority, He bade Jew and Gentile to turn away from Moses and think of Him. He was the true pascal lamb. In John 6:48, Jesus said, I am the bread of life.  We feed on Christ when our minds are occupied with His truth, our hearts nourished by His love, and our wills are His will.

In Galatians 2:20, Paul said, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. Christ must be in us if He will do us any good.  Our body assimilates the bread and wine to keep us alive.  He who feeds on Christ is Christlike. He must be our daily bread if we are not to pine with hunger. It is only through the power of Christ’s shed blood that we have remission of sins. As blood is the life of our bodies, so the fruit of the vine represents the spiritual blood of Christ in us.

- Jaime Restrepo

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