You Will Know the Truth

The Bible states that “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). If this is true – and it is because it is the Bible – then how come a lot of Christians are not free? I mean, just look at the Church today and see how much bondage believers are still in many years into their walk with the Lord. They are not free and the world, the flesh and the devil (at times) still has a grip on their heart and soul.

Yes, they know the truth; they quote the truth; they believe the truth; they know Jesus who came as a baby in Bethlehem “full of grace and truth;” they listen to sermons explaining the truth every Sunday; they read from the truth most days as they start their day with the Bible and a coffee… So, why are they not set free? Why are they not experiencing freedom as Jesus promised? Read more

Full of ‘truth’

We have been looking at Jesus who was born “full of grace and truth” and have, for several weeks, been focused on the grace He came to demonstrate and the results of that grace in our lives today. I want to switch to the other half of that verse – because Jesus also came “full of truth.” In fact, in a number of places Jesus calls Himself the Truth as in “I am the way, the truth and the light” (John 14:6). Read more

Grace and Truth

The Bible states that Jesus came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). This means that He was balanced and, as a result, was able to live in total freedom. This freedom allowed Him to fellowship with His heavenly Father hearing and seeing His Father on a consistent basis. We too, if we have grace and truth balanced, will discover that we are hearing God more often, more clearly, and with much greater detail – seeing what He is doing so we can become involved. Read more

Online Chat Room Drives Sunni Muslim-Turned-Atheist to Christ

7:33AM EST 12/9/2011 OM International

OM Turning Point Team’s Yeni YaÅŸam from New Life Turkish Fellowship is rejoicing at the recent baptism of a Turkish-Kurdish believer who discovered new life in Jesus in a surprising experience. (OM International)

Keeping you informed of Mission issues and successes – for your prayer consideration as well as Ralph heads to Turkey at the end of February for 8 days of consutation ith Christian Leaders. Read more

Life Aboard the Fellow-Ship

Because of grace we can have fellowship with our Heavenly Father and with His Son whom He sent and who was “full of grace and truth” – Jesus. 1 John states… “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched –  this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” Read more

The Benefits of His Grace

Because of God’s grace each and every one of us can be saved because we are only saved by grace and not through any works we might do no matter how good or even how great. Jesus was born and came as one of us “full of grace and truth” which made Him different than any other human being ever born. His birth led directly to the Cross of Calvary where He died to defeat the power of sin (1 Corinthians 15) because He willingly died because He was “full of grace.” Death had no place in Him and no power over Him because there was no sin in Him and He had never committed a sin in His 30 years of life. He willingly offered His life and died for the sins of others – this is “full of grace.” Read more

Grace and Love

Grace is so wonderful. Because of grace God loved us while we were still sinners and totally ignoring Him (Romans 3:23) and He sent His Son to die for us – not because we deserved it but because of His grace. In love He sent Jesus to die for us (Romans 5:8). Grace enabled God to love us and send His Son for us and thus to become one with us on that first Christmas morning. And, because we are saved by grace and not works He is then able to pour out that same love on us. And, then, because of grace, we are able to love Him in return. The Bible states, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19) and because of this we need to love others (1 John 4:11). Read more

You Were Once Not Lovable

We are looking at grace as we approach Christmas. Grace states very loudly and in a clear manner that we can only relate to God on the basis of His grace. My good works didn’t earn my standing before God; Jesus had earned my standing before Him. I wasn’t just a lovable guy in need of a personal relationship; I was a sinner who needed to be rescued from God’s just wrath by the death of Jesus. Focusing on this sweet truth makes grace truly amazing. It helps when we are struggling against sin. It helps when we need to forgive others and don’t feel that we can. Read more

Life-changing Grace

We are to treat others with dignity and respect – because this is how Jesus interacted with those He came into contact with. We must never attempt to control or manipulate people because this is so contrary to grace. We must always be focused on what is best for others and never on what benefits us  – putting others first. To do is we must simply love, accept, and forgive them.

We are to do what Jesus has already done for us. This means loving people in spite of how they live and what they might do that could injure or hurt you.  Simply love them as Jesus has love you – unconditionally. Remember, our love for others is based on His love for us and not on how people behave or whether they want to accept the gospel of not. It is totally unconditional and comes therefore with no strings attached. Read more

The Family of Grace and Truth

Yesterday was a great day as I got to worship with my church family here at The Sanctuary. This is something I value highly and miss when I am unable to be with you on a Sunday. It is not the worship I miss when away because I worship personally every morning and when traveling I am sometimes in three to four services a day all involving worship. It is the family I miss as you are important and precious to me. You are well – like family! Read more