The Pioneer and Perfecter of Faith

Joy is something the message of Jesus causes in our hearts. And once it’s there, it may be covered up… we may look elsewhere… experience other emotional things that cover it over… but that joy is still there. Sometimes we just need to rip away those barnacles and have that joy shine through us again. Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” His joy imparted to us. The joy of the Lord is our strength. * Wayne shares his thoughts on what joy means to him.
* Jake is struggling with his marriage and asks for advice. * How should Christians use the Lord’s prayer?

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The Joy Given by the Holy Spirit

We see in the Book of Luke that the proclamation of Jesus’ birth – the very reason for our joy. And in 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 we read: “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. ” * Brad comments on Acts 13:52.
* Cynthia asks the difference between feasting and gluttony. * William asks about Jesus being accused of being a glutton and drunkard.

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The Cause of Joy is Jesus

One of the things that mark the Christmas is joy. In Luke about the birth of Christ we read: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’ And we see at the end of Jesus’ life he says these words: “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.” Jesus’ grace is what brings joy and thankfulness to us.
* Why did it take so long to fully understand God’s grace. Was it the Holy Spirit that revealed this to me? * Clay calls about Luke 2 concerning census and taxation.
* Jesus has already forgiven past present and future sins so shouldn’t we just confess our sin instead of asking forgiveness?

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You Are Free – Lesson 35

God’s plan for the Israelites was freedom. But Pharaoh was stubborn. He was not going to let the Israelites go. They were far too valuable to him and the Egyptian economy. Through a series of plagues, God displayed his awesome power. And with each one, Pharaoh’s heart hardened even more. It was the last plague, which we know as the Passover, that compelled Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. The story of the exodus describes your new life in Christ. Your old way of life has come to an end. You are no longer a slave to sin. You are a child of the living God. But not just a child. God declared you to be a son. (Chapter 11, page 83)

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Christ is Our Joy!

There is no more appropriate theme for the month of December than joy. So many are full of joy upon their salvation but lose it over time. Why? Because they’ve replaced the joy of the Lord with salvation by works. Joy comes from keeping our eyes on Jesus. He is our joy. * David wants to know if people who are condemned will suffer eternally. * Bruce asks: “would you please explain Matthew 13:52”.
* A caller wonders what it truly means to use the Lord’s name in vain. Is it blasphemous?

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His Good, Pleasing, and Perfect Will

Thank you for all those who made #GivingTuesday a success.
* Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” * Pete asks what Jesus said about confession.
* Tim is trying to understand the true meaning of the term “anti-nomianism”. Does it apply to true, pure grace believers? * Lucy calls to say thanks for Basic Gospel and Andrew’s ministry.

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Your True and Proper Worship

Today is a great day for ministries such as ours. It’s known as #GivingTuesday. It’s a chance for people to give their favorite charities and express their heart of thankfulness.
* Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” * Carlos asks: “How do I live a life in obedience to Jesus?”
* Ryan from Alberta calls to update us on his condition and tells us how the reality of the forgiveness he has in Christ has impacted his life. * #GivingTuesday https://raisedonors.com/basic-gospel/giving-tuesday/

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