Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Five

CHAPTER FIVE

newgrowth_300The Lordship of Christ (Who is in Control?)

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10 NASB

When a person comes to realize they are a sinner (they have sinned against God’s law) and they realize they are in need of a Savior to satisfy their sin debt and that Savior is Jesus Christ, the son of the true and living God, Continue reading

Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Four

CHAPTER FOUR

newgrowth_300Our Purpose (Dedicating Yourself To Jesus)

Every structure that is built is built with a purpose.  1 Peter 2:5 NIV states: “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  What is our purpose?  1 Peter 1:15-16 says we are to holy!  In this lesson, we will study what it means to live a sanctified life.  As a believer, it is essential to dedicate yourself to Jesus.

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Family

 

When I was just a boy watching a black & white television set, there were two programs about families that I liked to watch.  One was “Leave It To Beaver” featuring the Clever family;  Ward and June and their two sons, Wally and Theodore (Beaver).   I’m not sure  what kind of work Ward did, but he wore a suit to work everyday and they lived in a two-story house.   June wore “A” line chic dresses with a upturned collar and a nice pearl necklace.  The “boys” always seemed to have clean clothes and a nice bedroom they shared with it’s own bathroom.   Beaver would do something that led to a life lesson about knowing to do right and developing character and morals.

The second program was “Father Knows Best” featuring the Anderson family.  Jim and Margaret Anderson had three children, Continue reading

Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Three

CHAPTER THREE

newgrowth_300Spiritual Gifts(A Love Gift From Jesus)

Each believer has been given a spiritual gift from God.  Our gift was received from God.  It was not chosen or earned by us.  It is essential for us to know which gift/gifts has been given to us and how we are to use them effectively within the church.  We find our greatest joy when we operate in the realm of using the gift given to us. Continue reading

Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter One

newgrowth_300PREFACE

Early in my life, I was raised without much instruction as to how to do things.  Living was hard and took a lot of effort on the part of my parents, to earn a living for the family.  Later, in my life, my future father-in-law provided a lot of instruction in how to do things.  I learned a great deal in his crowded garage, where we spent many hours working together on many projects.

When I became a Christian, my mentors were men that I would watch and try to learn from their behavior and lifestyle.  But there was no one to sit with me and tell me what was needed to live a life for Jesus. Continue reading

A New Discovery?

steve_200I have been thinking of a statement I made in yesterday’s post Update 09.23.16.   I wrote, “…my new life, my still undefined new identity.”  I keep asking myself, “Are you really undefined?”  And I answered with “NO! I’m not undefined.”

I have written about who I thought I am (Can A Man Know Himself?) and I think that was fairly accurate, but since Terrie died, the phrase “new identity” has been used in several  discussions of grief recovery.  Many identified me in association with Terrie.  WE were identified as”Steve and Terrie” or “Terrie and Steve”.

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