Galatians 5:16-25

October 23, 2014Daily Reading

Keep in Step with the Spirit 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to … Read More

Galatians 5:1-15 Application

October 22, 2014Pastor's Blog

Freedom, Faith & Love Freedom is not a license for disobedience. So what does the freedom Paul refers to in verse 1 look like? The freedom Paul refers to is freedom from destructive thinking that we could ever save ourselves or follow the law in order to be accepted by God. Through His death and … Read More

Galatians 5:1-15 Interpretation  

October 21, 2014Pastor's Blog

Paul explains to the Galatian church that they have a profound freedom in Christ. He also explains that they were made free, and refers to freedom to live a Holy life by faith in Christ and the cross. He encourages them not to abandon the cross and go under the old law. The Pharisees (false … Read More

Galatians 5:1-15

October 20, 2014Daily Reading

Christ Has Set Us Free 5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from … Read More

Galatians 5:1-15 Observation

October 20, 2014Pastor's Blog, Weekly Devotional

Choose Jesus I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. – Galatians 5:2 It seems unthinkable to most of us to share your spouse with another person. Choosing to marry is just that: choosing, not sharing! That’s what Paul says to the … Read More

Galatians 4:21-31 Application

October 18, 2014Pastor's Blog

In Paul’s letter, he says Hagar and Sarah, who both bore Abraham’s children, represent two covenants given by God: Old Covenant – God made a covenant with Moses when he gave the people of Israel the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. These commandments as well as the rest of the specific commands he gave to … Read More

Galatians 4:21-31 Interpretation

October 17, 2014Pastor's Blog

In Galatians 4:21-31 Paul shares that God pours out grace not to those who are attempting faultless obedience to the law (which is impossible), instead His grace is showered on those who rely solely upon what Jesus did at Calvary. Adding anything to the cross of Christ is like pouring raw sewage into pristine water; … Read More

Galatians 4:21-31 Observation

October 16, 2014Pastor's Blog

Understanding Paul’s Use of Allegory In Christian culture, a popular allegory can be found in the Chronicles of Narnia movies. Here, the lion Aslan is typically thought of as representing Jesus Christ, even though this is never directly said in the movies themselves. Allegorical interpretation is an interpretive method (exegesis) which assumes that the Bible … Read More

Galatians 4:21-31

October 16, 2014Daily Reading

Example of Hagar and Sarah 21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman … Read More

Galatians 4:8-20 Application

October 15, 2014Pastor's Blog

Known “Earlier, before you knew God personally, you were enslaved to so-called gods that had nothing of the divine about them. But now that you know the real God – or rather since God knows you – how can you possibly subject yourselves again to those paper tigers?” (V. 8-9 the Message) “Paper tigers”… different … Read More