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FOCUS ON WHO, NOT WHAT

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  Romans 14:1-23 On the last night Jesus spent with His disciples in the upper room, He washed the disciples feet, exposed the Betrayer amoung them, instituted the Lord’s Table and when this was all done, Jesus bowed His head and prayed, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do”….. He goes on to say, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. "I do not ask for thes

THE URGENT CALL TO HORIZONTAL LOVE

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  Romans 13:8-14 Love is a demonstration of fulfilling the Law through the  finished work of Christ on the cross.  Brian Chappell said in his commentary “Mere outward conformity to the Law is not what God requires. The person who does what God says with a resentful heart and begrudging obedience does not bear the mark of the true child of Light. The heart renewed by the Spirit desires to please God, is anxious to find out what He desires, and is motivated by the sense of bringing God pleasure.”  And it’s this love that has called the church to wake  up while they still have opportunity.  Godly love does not harm their neighbor  Godly love fulfills the law and this love is to be taken seriously as you and I become more and more like our Savior.  We are surrounded by sinful practices from all sides; we are not immune to the dangers around us, and Paul knows this to be true.   Paul says “you know the time” (v11)   There is dangers that can cause the child of God to become dese