Galatians 5:16-25 (Part 1)

This text holds the key to all of life.  Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  In one short statement Paul solves all our problems.  If we do not carry out the desire of the flesh – if we do not sin – all life’s issues that […]

Gentle and Lowly – Dane Ortlund

This is a great book that I highly recommend. Below are some excerpts to give you a taste of the book and whet your appetite, or – if you’re a little more of a SparkNotes type – allow you to say you’ve read it without actually having to take the time. Come to me, all […]

Thought for Today 8/5/20

In that resurrection morning, when the Sun of Righteousness shall appear in the heavens, shining in all his brightness and glory, he will come forth as a bridegroom; he shall come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels. That will be a joyful meeting of this glorious bridegroom and bride indeed. […]

Galatians 5:13-15

Paul shifts gears.  After spending almost the entire letter defending the gospel from the heresy of the false teachers and laying out a case for freedom in Christ versus slavery to the Law, he now elaborates on what it means to live in the freedom he defends.  He wants to make sure his readers understand […]

Galatians 5:1-12

Paul takes his argument up a notch.  He desperately wants the Galatians to understand the seriousness of what they consider.  He says if they continue in their wrong theology they will be severed from Christ and fallen from grace.  Christ died for the very reason that mankind would no longer be required to be in […]

Galatians 4:21-31

This passage is all about freedom but it is addressed to those who want to be slaves.  The first verse shows who Paul directs it to – you who want to be under law.  He goes on to use a somewhat hard-to-understand illustration to show that it is only the believer in Christ who is […]

Galatians 4:12-20

Paul continues his argument against the false teachers’ theology but now makes his pleas personal.  After telling the Galatians in verse 11 that he fears his work with them was in vain, he now reminds them how eagerly they accepted the gospel when he preached it to them.  He asks if they remember how they […]

Galatians 4:1-11

In this text Paul expands on his point from verses 24-26 in Chapter 3.  The Law was a guardian that led us to Christ, but now that Christ has come we are no longer under the authority of the guardian.  We are free.  We are sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  And as […]

Ball of Confusion

It’s a scary and amazing time, isn’t it?  It seems like everything is being shaken.  Have you ever lived through so much change in such a short period?  Is anything the same as it was just three or four months ago?  I saw a poll recently that said 80% of Americans think society is out […]

Galatians 3:23-29. Free in Christ, One in Christ

After explaining salvation from Abraham to Moses to Christ, Paul now further examines the purpose of the Law – an analysis he started in verse 19 – and contrasts what it is to be under it compared to being in Christ.  The Law is a prison and a disciplinarian and is not intended as a […]