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Be set free and walk in the Spirit

Be set free and walk in the Spirit
We finish Galatians today and as usual Paul never minces his words. When he speaks it's fairly clear what he wants us to know. This morning his passion is to refocus his hearers on the true gospel and not to be distracted by the counterfeit. Be blessed .Galatians 5: Christ Has Set Us Free1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, a...
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A new identity in Christ

A new identity in Christ
Identity is such a big issue when it comes to our understanding of salvation. Paul looks at this very issue when considers 2 sons, 2 women, 2 mountains and 2 Cities. Be blessed.Galatians 4:Sons and Heirs1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything,2 but he is under guardians an...
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He was cursed so we would be justified

He was cursed so we would be justified
Paul makes the bold declaration again – 'We are justified by faith'. Always good to be reminded. Be blessed everyone!Galatians 3:By Faith, or by Works of the Law?1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works ...
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Pleasing God rather than man

Pleasing God rather than man
We begin Paul's book of Galatians. It's all about the gospel of grace that annuls our sin! The thing most needed in these uncertain days.Galatians 1: Greeting1Paul, an apostle---not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead---2and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:...
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Obedience brings blessing

Obedience brings blessing
We take a step forward as Ezra records his personal account of what led up to his departure from Babylon and his eventual arrival at These last two chapters contain valuable lessons about holiness and the God we serve.Ezra 9: Ezra Prays About Intermarriage1 After these things had been done, the officials approached me and said, "The people of Israe...
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Study God's word, then apply it

Study God's word, then apply it
We take a step forward as Ezra records his personal account of what led up to his departure from Babylon and his eventual arrival at Jerusalem. Ezra 7:Ezra Sent to Teach the People1 Now after this, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,2 son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub,3 son o...
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Keep building!

Keep building!
After significant opposition the temple building program finally begins. This always happens with a determined spiritual work to build God's house.Ezra 5:Rebuilding Begins Anew1 Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel who was over them.2 Then Ze...
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The building program starts then stalls

The building program starts then stalls
The Jews return and start building. All is well at the start and then the opposition and persecution begin. Plenty of lessons here for us.Ezra 3: Rebuilding the Altar1 When the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in the towns, the people gathered as one man to Jerusalem.2 Then arose Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with his fellow priests...
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Ezra - The Jews return to build

Ezra - The Jews return to build
We sandwich Ezra in between the book of Numbers this week. Ezra is about the prophetic fulfilment of the return of Israel to Jerusalem as they build on the promises of God.Ezra 1: The Proclamation of Cyrus1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spiri...
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The heart of our offering

The heart of our offering
Continuing our theme of law and order through numbers. All tribes participate in the offerings at the tabernacle. Numbers 7:Offerings at the Tabernacle's Consecration1 On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its uten...
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Separation, atonement and the Nazarite vow

Separation, atonement and the Nazarite vow
Separation, atonement, jealousy, discerning adultery, the Nazarite vow and the Lord's blessing are all part of today's reading. Numbers 5: Unclean People1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,2 "Command the people of Israel that they put out of the camp everyone who is leprous or has a discharge and everyone who is unclean through contact with the dead....
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Jesus is risen!

Jesus is risen!
Jesus died for sin and rose again, defeating sin and death. Mark reminds us again of this good news! Mark 15:Jesus Delivered to Pilate1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate.2 And Pilate asked him,...
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The oil of grace

The oil of grace
Today's reading shows both the trial and the triumph of what Jesus did for His people and how His entire ministry was based on fulfilling the words of OT prophecy. Mark 14:The Plot to Kill Jesus1 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth...
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Beware of the leaven...

Beware of the leaven...
Although many see the miracles of Christ and see Him as the Messiah He does not want that fact to get out.Mark 7:Traditions and Commandments1 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem,2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.3 (For the Pharisees and ...
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Walking on water and feeding the thousands

Walking on water and feeding the thousands
Jesus confirms His Messiahship through His ministry of miracles. John the Baptist's life and death.Mark 6: Jesus Rejected at Nazareth1 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these...
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Peace, be still

Peace, be still
Jesus continues to confirm His Messiah-ship through the calming of the storm and His ministry of healing.Mark 4: The Parable of the Sower1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.2 And he was teaching th...
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Jesus begins His ministry

Jesus begins His ministry
Jesus' healing ministry begins in earnest and as such comes under fire from family members and religious leaders who have no understanding of who He is and what His ministry involves.Mark 2:Jesus Heals a Paralytic1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.2 And many were gathered together, so that there...
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John the Baptist prepares the way

John the Baptist prepares the way
We travel back into the NT by going through the gospel of Mark for the next two weeks. John the Baptist proclaims the way for the Saviour to begin His ministry.Mark 1:John the Baptist Prepares the Way1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face,...
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Living waters will flow out from Jerusalem

Living waters will flow out from Jerusalem
When Christ returns to fulfil the OT prophecies about Jerusalem and Israel and to gather His bride – the church, there will be no mistaking the event. Zechariah explains.Zechariah 14: The Coming Day of the LORD1 Behold, a day is coming for the LORD, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst.2 For I will gather all the nations agai...
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A time of fire and revival in Israel

A time of fire and revival in Israel
Israel will again be restored back to their Messiah Yeshua, but it will only come through a refiner's fire at the end of the age.Zechariah 13: 1 "On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.Idolatry Cut Off2 "And on that day, declares the LORD of host...
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