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WEDDED TO CHRIST DEAD TO THE LAW

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  Romans 7:1-6   We have been crucified with Christ as Paul explained in the previous chapter which produces a freedom we never had previously.  Previously, we were slaves to sin and death, and slaves to our master the devil.  We know this was true because the Law held us captive because we broke God’s law and we were bound by the law in judgement and death.  But the gospel delivered us from this bondage…. though the Law is perfect, because it’s God’s law for His creation.  Understand! The Law is His statues, commandments, ordinances and testimonies .  In Deut 6:1-9 we read this revealed truth about God’s Law. “…Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. A

IT’S SCARY WHAT A SMILE CAN HIDE

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  Selected Scriptures   I titled my message after a post a friend put up  on his Facebook.  A personal friend who is going through what we are about to venture into this morning.  A quick disclaimer… we are only dipping our foot into an ocean over the issues of mental health.  It is very scary thing to think about “What a smile can hide” and not have some form of brokenness over the possibility of people who have smiled to you and me, and inside they are screaming “for the pain and suffering to stop.”  I don’t claim to have the answers, but I hope to bring awareness you, so we can navigate and not ignore and override the truth behind mental illness.  As Paul said “take heed least he fall.” none of us know what tomorrow brings.  We know where we will spend eternity, but we do not know whether we will go through these issues ourselves.   The feeling of stress and uneasiness goes with being a human.  You and I can attest to that when we woke up this morning getting ready for chu