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Posts from February 2016

Grace and the Law in Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

By Pastor Don Strand A friend recently asked why Paul talks about grace before he discusses the law in his letter to the church at Galatia.  Here is the explanation. Galatians was a letter written by Paul before 47 A.D. is the earliest letter in the New Testament.  He wrote just 17 years after Jesus’…

Exalting Christ in Your Life Because of Who He Is: Part Three.

By Pastor Don Strand Two weeks ago, in part one of Exalting Christ in Your Life, I wrote that we exalt Him because Jesus is the “Son of God.”  Last week in part two we saw the significance of the title Jesus used most often describe Himself, “the Son of Man”, and why He did so.  Both of these titles help us…

Exalting Christ in Your Life Because of Who He Is: Part Two.

By Pastor Don Strand In Romans 12, Paul tells us that our only logical, reasonable and appropriate response to the gracious gift of saving faith is “your rational service.”  This “rational service” in the original language is to hold someone or something in high esteem, to honor, to love and respect, in other words, to exalt.  Last week, in part one of…

Exalting Christ in Your Life Because of Who He Is: Part One.

By Pastor Don Strand In a recent blog on this site, Jim Nikkel wrote of exalting Christ in your life as the necessary response to God’s gift of saving faith.  Jim stated that exalting Jesus Christ is the secret to experiencing purpose and passion, confidence and compassion in your life.  He explained that exalting Christ means to give Him the first place…