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October 26 - Evening

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death."
- Romans 8:1-2

The Law of the Spirit

Through the work of Jesus the man who believes in Jesus Christ is not condemned because in Christ there is a new principle in affect. The law, or principle, of the Spirit has set them “free” from the law, or principle, of sin and death. The word “free” is aorist indicative active of eleutheroo and means “to liberate, to make free.” The principle of the Spirit who gives life has liberated us from the principle of sin and death. The principle of sin and death was separation and condemnation from God. The principle of the Spirit who gives life is fellowship, sonship and acceptance by God. The principle of sin and death is real and still exists, but a greater principle has empowered us in order to set us free from the limits of the principle of sin and death.
Think of it this way. There is a principle of gravity in the natural world that affects mass. A mass of metal is held in bondage to the earth by the principle, or the law, of gravity. But, there are other laws of physics besides the law of gravity. For example, there is the law of lift and thrust. A mass of metal called an airplane setting on a runway is bound by gravity, but if that airplane begins to move and gains enough velocity the law of lift overrides the law of gravity. Or, we could say, the law of lift sets the airplane free from the law of gravity. This is true because, “Lift is proportional to the square of the velocity of an airplane and as a plane goes faster, its lift increases.”
So, the man who believes in Christ has gained life.  There is no condemnation, because the principle of the Spirit overrides the law of sin and death.
Eutrapelia (Gr) - Coarse Joking (Eng) - the Greek word eutrapelia means "coarse joking" in its one use in the NT at Ephesians 5:4. Eutrapelia is made of two Greek words. The first is eu which means "good," "to be well off," "fare." And, the second, is trepo which means "to turn" and is translated "shifting in James 1:17. Together eu and trepo make eutrapelia which means "pleasantry," "humour," "coarse humor."
Do I get burdened down in guilt and sin?
Do I feel trapped by the law of sin and death?
As a believer in Jesus Christ I will build momentum towards the things and thoughts of God so that the law of the Spirit can take affect and lift me out of bondage to sin and guilt.

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Your godly influence
on others


Peace among members
Slovakia - creative ways of ministering are appearing; need training

This is the very impressive siege ramp that the Romans constructed to the top of Masada. They did this so they could roll their battering rams and siege engines to the top to attack the walls of Masada. More information about Masada is here.
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This master course stone in the west wall of the Temple Mount is found today in the Western Wall tunnels. It is 15 feet wide 41 feet long and 11.5 feet tall, and weighs 570-630 tons. It was used to stabilize the 20 feet of ashlar blocks in the wall that continue down to the former street level of 30 AD. In 70 AD the Romans tore down the Western Wall to this level but could not move this stone. They chipped away at the stone at the far end, but eventually gave up and left this as it is today. See details of the Western Wall Tunnel here.
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Someone to Quote

"Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible."
- Ronald Reagan

Something to Ponder

In Joshua 1:3-4 the land given to the Israelites is "from the wilderness" to "the River Euphrates" including "the land of the Hittites" all the way "to the Great Sea" (Mediterranean). This equals 300,000 square miles. The most Israel ever occupied was 1/10 of this, or 30,000 square miles.

Here’s a Fact

Haran, which was a commercial center in the days of Abraham, was deserted 1800 and unoccupied until 800 BC. This means it is very hard to believe that someone would make up a story about Abraham and use Haran as a commercial center anytime after 1800 BC. But, in 2000 BC when Abraham was traveling from Ur to Canaan, Haran was a commercial center that would have been well known to him.


"As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife." - Proverbs 26:21

Coach’s Corner

Do you understand Paul’s words to Timothy when he said, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”? Are you really ready for that? 

Ephesians 5:4
New International Version (NIV)
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
James 1:17
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17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
1 Corinthians 1
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Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Church Divided Over Leaders
10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;     the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Luke 13
New International Version (NIV)
Repent or Perish
13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
The Narrow Door
22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
He said to them,
24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”
Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem
31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”
32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!
34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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