God is with You

The truth for every believer is that you’re never alone because Christ is with you. We believe that our loneliness will only go away through human connection. But it’s only through Jesus Christ that we’ll find contentment so we can reach out to others to serve others in love. That’s our highest calling – to serve one another in love. John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
* Debra is looking for encouragement in the midst of getting her teaching degree.
* A Long Island NY caller struggles with loneliness and asks how he can overcome and combat this “lingering loneliness in me”.

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Never Alone Again

Loneliness is a big thing in the world today. We are connected through Facebook, Twitter, and so many other social apps. But we still feel cut off from the rest of the world. The Gospel can lift us out of this loneliness because Christ is always with us. ” Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” Hebrews 13:5 * Is Mark 16:9-20 supposed to be in the Bible?
* Is self-hatred a sign that we aren’t content?
* Stephanie asks how to find a grace-based church.

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One Spirit with the Lord

One of the great realities of the New Covenant is that we’ve become one with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 6:17 “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” This is an adventure in union with Christ Jesus himself. And it can’t get any better then that.
* Geoff wants to know our thoughts on church membership. Getting baptized the “correct” way and members voting to let someone join. * What does it mean to be above reproach?
* What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit?

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Is Everyone Going to Heaven?

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, that life is the very thing we need. He is the only source of life. “He who has the son has life. He who does not have the son does not have life.” * Can a Christian’s name be blotted out of the Book of Life?
* Join us in Israel May 25 – June 6, 2019 https://basicgospel.net/israel for information. * How can we be in Adam and in Christ at the same time? Do we have two natures?

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Hebrews – So Great a Salvation, part 14

Hebrews 11 is an insightful look at old-testament saints. Without faith it is impossible to please God and these saints are a wonderful example to us today. Through the lens of faith, we can experience the life God provides. Notice that there is no mention of the sins of these old-testament saints, although each of them were flawed in many ways. God is only concerned with their faith. The same is true for us. Abraham’s story is a story of faith; in fact, he is called the Father of Faith. He is a pivotal character in the story of God’s provision.

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Everything We Need

We live under a New Covenant. The old did its work. It showed us our sinfulness and our need for Christ. And now that it has done its job, the New Covenant is ours. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises…” 2 Peter 1:3-4
* Sally asks about Galatians 5:21. She’s concerned about her friend who struggles with alcohol.
* Judy would like to hear our take on God’s word on war, praying for our enemy, and loving our enemy.

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Every Spiritual Blessing

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 1:3 We’ve talked about the fact that we are New Covenant believers and here Paul is telling us about our inheritance in Jesus Christ. All too often believers live as if they are spiritual paupers. It’s important to understand the grace of God we have in Christ.

  • Join Andrew Farley April 27-29 for Convention 220 http://network220.org
  • How can God treat us like we never sinned?
  • If we are made perfect by God’s power and grace as his children in heaven and sinful desires are no more, how did Lucifer have the capacity and desire to sin against God?
  • Couldn’t a perfect man die for our sins?
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