The Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God

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Before and After

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Before:

“18 They are blind to true understanding. They are strangers and aliens to the kind of life God has for them because they live in ignorance and immorality and because their hearts are cold, hard stones.19 And now, since they’ve lost all natural feelings, they have given themselves over to sensual, greedy, and reckless living. They stop at nothing to satisfy their impure appetites.” Ephesians 4:18-19 The Voice

 After:

“22 then you know to take off your former way of life, your crumpled old self—that dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust— 23 to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. 24 Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24 The Voice

Hopefully you can see the contrast.  It is very interesting that this message was for believers.  Paul is reminding the believers in…

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Responding To The Call

“As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Going a little farther, He saw James the Son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.”
Mark 1:16-20 (NASB)

When these men answered the call of Jesus, they had no idea where it would lead them, nor did they ask. Only later as they matured in their faith did they begin to learn what following Jesus would cost them.
The same is true with us: We can never know where the decision to follow Jesus will take us as we place our lives in His service. It is, however, not only a matter of what this may cost us; we must also remember that following Jesus will bless us in ways we never could have imagined.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 55

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“If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you. I assure you: Whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven. Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.”
Matthew 18:15-20 (HCSB)

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