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The following blog will enable you to stay updated on our most recent teaching and prayerfully encourage you in your relationship with Jesus Christ. If you ever have any prayer requests or questions always feel free to contact me aedwards@fbcconcord.org .
 

Reflections on Kung Fu Panda 3

Foremost, thank you students for participating in

Mystery Night. I hope you had a great time just relaxing and spending time together. One of the activities during the night was attending AMC Concord Mills 24 theatres for the 5:40 P.M. showing of “Kung Fu Panda 3.” There were many good aspects to the movie, but one of the main ideas that ran throughout the movie that might have been new to you was the Chinese worldview of Chi. Reviewing this movie, “Plugged In Movie Reviews” describes Chi as “the energy that flows through every living thing.” The only way to control or direct your Chi is through mastering or knowing yourself.


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Whom do you Trust in the Midst of the Battle? (Read Psalm 3)

 
Life is a spiritual battle! Life is a struggle! Our Bibles do not ignore this. This has been true ever since the fall of man. David, the former king of Israel and beloved Old Testament person, was not immune to a battle either. Following David’s adultery with Bathsheba, life began to go downhill for David. So far downhill that even his son, Absalom, turned on him, won over many hearts in Jerusalem, and forced David to leave his own palace. These series of events are recorded in 2 Samuel 15-19, but his response to this battle is recorded in Psalm 3. In this personal prayer, in the midst of impending danger, i.e. a battle, he begins to complain about his enemies, but then turns to God in confidence and assurance that he will give him the ultimate victory.

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Do you feel secure? Paul Blart vs. God

Romans 8:26-30 (ESV)

(26) Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (27) And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (28) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (29) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (30) And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

If you watch any comedy movies, you are probably aware of Kevin James and his ability to make you laugh. In recent years he has been the star of the movie series “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Both movies revolve around the theme of “security.” If you have watched either movie, you are aware of the inability of “Paul Blart” to keep people secure at times in the mall or the Las Vegas hotel. Sometimes, he literally just falls flat on his face. However, does God ever fall flat on his face? Is our salvation in God secure or is there a possibility that he might fail us? This passage in Romans answers this question.


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Friday, November 28, 2014

Romans 2:4-5, 11 NLT
(Read Romans 2:1-11)
 
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishments for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed…For God does not show favoritism.”

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Romans 1:18a
(Read Romans 1:18-32)
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…” God’s wrath, as described here, is his holy reaction to sin. As well, in this verse, it’s directed to a particular action: the suppression of truth. Human beings have knowledge about God because God has revealed his existence and his “divine qualities” through the world he has created. Since God revealed himself through creation, human beings have no excuse before him.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Romans 1:16-17 (ESV)

(16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Do you wonder why Paul was so eager to tell everyone about the gospel (Rom 1:14-15)? The reason why is because Paul believed the gospel was the saving power of God, in which the righteousness of God is revealed. Though the gospel is the power of God, we as Christians are tempted to be ashamed of the message.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Romans 1:8-15 (ESV)

(8) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. (9) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you (10) always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. (11) For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you – (12) that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (13) I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. (14) I am under obligation both to the Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. (15) So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Romans 1:1-7 (ESV)

(1) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (2) which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, (3) concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh (4) and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. (5) through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, (6) including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, (7) To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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