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“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

“God does not ask us to work to achieve salvation. All he asks us to do is believe. There is not one verse in the Bible that says anything about believing and doing good works so that you will be saved. Not one.”

“Our works are evidence of our new life. They don’t cause our new life.”

“So stop trying and start believing. Take the free gift.”

from Saved: Answers That Can Save Your Life, by Troy Schmidt

November 28, 2012 Posted by | apologetics, books, christian living, pinterest, pragmatic communion, status updates, Word-Filled Wednesday | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

word-filled Wednesday: Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

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May 25, 2011 Posted by | christian living, Word-Filled Wednesday | | 2 Comments

word-filled Wednesday: 1st Thessalonians 5:17

“pray continually”
1st Thessalonians 5:17 (NAS)

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May 11, 2011 Posted by | christian living, Word-Filled Wednesday | | 3 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: Psalms 42:5

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Psalms 42:4-5

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April 13, 2011 Posted by | christian living, Word-Filled Wednesday | , , | 4 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: Ephesians 4:29

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29


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May 20, 2010 Posted by | christian living, Word-Filled Wednesday | , , , | 3 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: John 15:1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
John 15:1-8 (NIV)

A a devotional on this verse, entitled “pruning produces “much fruit”” was dual posted HERE at Pragmatic Compendium and also on my devotions blog, Pragmatic Communion blog.


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May 5, 2010 Posted by | christian living, Word-Filled Wednesday | , , , | 3 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: Treasure

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
Matthew 13:44

A a devotional on this verse, entitled “I’d like to think I would.” can be found on my Pragmatic Communion blog.


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February 18, 2010 Posted by | Word-Filled Wednesday | 3 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: Colossians 1:17

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17 (NIV)


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April 22, 2009 Posted by | christian living, Word-Filled Wednesday, youtube | , , | 4 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

I hate flux.

flux-capacitor

Here’s an excerpt of a devotional I wrote on this verse, back in October of 2005, entitled nosebleed:

“Last month I shared my prayer as I seek God’s direction in my life: “Lord, please use people, circumstances, your Word and your Spirit to guide me in the direction I need to go in order to glorify you . . . and please, please, please SLAM the door in my face if I even BEGIN to move in direction you don’t want me to go.”

I got a door slammed in my face.

I’ve been teaching Business and Professional Communication at the University of Central Florida since the Fall of 1998, so when I received my contract for Fall of 2005, I signed it and mailed it back – no big deal. After 7 years, it’s routine.

Two days later, the phone rings. It’s my “boss.” He’s the guy who handles the scheduling and staffing for the Organizational Communication courses. He’s new to the job this semester, taking it over from my old “boss” who recently retired. He’s nice. Friendly. Turns out, he was one of my instructors when I went to UCF.

In a nutshell? UCF is going through the re-accreditation process and he needs to “confirm” my “credentials” before he finalizes the schedule. So, we go over my resume, I tell him some recent work history and then there’s the teaching of this class for the last 7 years. Twice in those 7 years, I’d been asked to allow new instructors job shadow me. So, it’s a nice conversation. I’m confident I’ve highlighted my qualifications for the job. He thanks me and tells me he’ll let me know.

I spend the next 24 hours thinking about the possibilities. Will they offer me a full time associate position? A visiting professor position? Do I really want to work full time? How would it impact my family’s life?

The next day, the phone rings and he greets me with:

“Julie, the news isn’t good.””

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March 18, 2009 Posted by | poor me some whine, Word-Filled Wednesday | 6 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: Romans 8:1-4

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1-4 NIV

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Here’s an excerpt of a devotional I wrote on this verse, entitled, never going to stop trying:

” . . . I can’t be a “first-class” Christian. What is that anyway?

I’m going to try to follow Christ. And in this “striving” Mr. Griffith talks about, I have been able to see the sin in self-condemnation.

I will sin. Any minute now. I don’t know how, but I will. I’m human. And I don’t want to waste one minute berating myself. It’s as if Jesus is standing there, waiting on me, with scars on his hands and feet, asking me to come and I respond by saying:

“I’ll be there in a minute. I’m not finished punishing myself yet.”

If Jesus was actually physically standing there, I wonder if he would roll his eyes and say:

“You just don’t get it, do you? Come here. RIGHT NOW. Sit down. Let me explain Grace one more time.”

Instead of wasting time and devaluing Grace by berating myself, I need to sincerely repent, ask forgiveness and try again. I need – and want – to start striving again as soon as possible. Self-condemnation prevents me from doing that. Self-condemnation delays my striving.

I can’t be perfect. It’s just not possible. But I’m not going to let that stop me from trying to follow Christ. If I wander off the road, the Holy Spirit is my GPS. I will find the “right” road again. But I refuse to stand there, in the middle of the “wrong” road, whining about the fact that I got lost.

Again.”

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | christian living, intentional living, Word-Filled Wednesday | , | 6 Comments

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