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March 2016

So, What Happens after Easter?

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WHAT HAPPENS (1)Speaking from my own personal life and experience, after Easter celebration I go back to living my regular schedule, doing the same things I did the week before, not dwelling on Christ as much as I should be and so on. During the time of Easter our emotions start to rise and we feel as if we are closer to God than ever; but in reality you feel that way you do because you saw a clip of Jesus getting whipped by soldiers and it made you sad.
This is an encouragement to the saints in the body of Christ, don’t let this be something that just happens once a year and then you forget about him until the next year. Let your eyes continually be fixed on Jesus (Heb 12:2), Consistently grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18), Fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12), Remain pure in heart (Matt 5:8), Remember that you are dead to sin, and alive to God (Rom 6:11).

Our foundation in Christianity is all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He died so we can live, and he rose to show we have victory over death through him.

If you think there is something you can’t overcome because you are too deep in, well…For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Rom 6:14)

If you truly believe nobody loves you, well… By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16)

If you tried so hard to be good and do good but believe that if God came back right now for his elect, you wouldn’t be part of them, well… “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).

5 Ways to Master Your Money

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5 WAYSWe all (well, most of us) have something to pay off, whether its school, a car loan, a new home you’ve purchased and so on. When it comes to financial situations, they can become quite discouraging and much of a struggle to even look at how much you owe. I’m an advocate of tackling and mastering all areas in our individual lives, and one very important area we will be discussing is “How to Master Your Money”. It is important to be financially sound and stable; reason being because you do not want to be somebody that is always borrowing and never having enough to pay back. Proverbs 22:7 says “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is a servant to the lender. Other versions say a “slave” to the lender. The person or thing you now owe becomes your master.

Contemplate on some financial decisions you’ve made, and ask yourself if it was a smart idea to have purchased the things you did. I sure made BIG MISTAKES as a young man with my money lol. But everything becomes a learning lesson and is supposed to make us wiser. I’m glad I made most of my financial mistakes while I was still living at home, that saved me big time!

Here are 5 ways I came up with to master your money and take control over your income.

  1. Have debts? Pay it off Buddy
    The mistake many of us make is that, by the minimum payments were paying on our credit cards, we think it becomes alright to purchase more and more things. But that just increases the amount of time it will take to pay it all off and increases the interest rate. When you have things like a car, and student loans to pay off, don’t take those lightly. If you have other things you have to pay for, especially on your credit card, pay it off and have that liberty of being free from a monthly payment coming out of your account. It may not sound like anything special but that gives you the liberty to have money for yourself.
  2. Don’t use your credit card if you know you cannot pay it off.
    If you know you can’t pay off what your buying in the next 2 months, don’t purchase it. Live within your means and don’t always go for the things you want. Go for the things you need.
  3. Live a reasonable lifestyle
    as I said, Live within your means, and if possible live below your means. It is only temporary and there will be a time where you will be able to get the things you want and go the places you’ve always thought of traveling to. It takes time and planning, though it seems as if it may never happen, persevere and have in mind that you will one day you can save all you want, give all you want, and spend when you want.
  4. Educate yourself on finance
    Deep down, everybody thinks they know everything there is to know about how to save and spend, but reality is we know nothing until we actually study the topic. There are many things we must educate ourselves on in order to save, and invest correctly. There are many books and authors that can educate you on the topic. A few names would be Dave Ramsey, Chris Brown (not the singer lol), and Rachel Cruze.
  5. Budget your money!
    Budgets are super super super important. It helps you to keep track of all your money and what your spending on. When you budget your money, you are in control of your money and are basically paying for the necessary things you ought to pay for. For instance, my budget consists of school, car, insurance, tithes and rent payments. Once these payments are down, I put a specific amount in for saving and whatever is left is for me to spend. When you continue a consistent pattern of this, you will see that you actually have control over your income and where it’s going, it’s a really good feeling. Especially for a young Christian man like me.

ONLY ONE GOSPEL! (Galatians Made Easy)

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Galatians 1:6-10

Going through this text, it is assumed that the Galatians had turned away from him, who called them in the grace of Christ, to another gospel. We don’t necessarily know what the other teachings were, but it was clearly not the good news of Christ; that man had fallen and was in desperate need of redemption through the only one who could provide it (Jesus)!
ONLY ONE GOSPEL!

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Vs6,7: The use of the word Marvel reveals Paul’s on going shock at the Galatians’ defection of the gospel of God’s amazing grace. The Galatians had clearly fallen for a different gospel, one which was not another true message of salvation at all. When we look around today there are many messages, doctrines, and theologies that we must be careful of, the bible makes the message of salvation clear for those awakened by the holy spirit. There were many in that time trying to cause trouble, and those were the ones who sought to pervert this precious gospel we have for their own selfish gain. There are many of these still in our generation today.

Vs8,9: Paul moves from the hypothetical (in v6,7), to actually denouncing the Galatians perversion of the gospel. Paul declares that even if an apostle or an angel from heaven presents to you another gospel, let him be accursed! And with that being said, anyone who proclaimed a perversion of the message that the Galatians received from Paul, fully deserved Eternal destruction. Paul’s seriousness and concern for the purity of the gospel message is revealed by his assertion that he would condemn to destruction anyone who taught a false gospel.

Vs10: Pleasing man was neither Paul’s mandate, motivation, nor source of his authority (see vs1). Paul continually sought approval from God. He did not base his decisions on the opinions of people or things. He single-mindedly aimed to please God in all he did and devoted his life to the cause of the Gospel. As an apostle, Paul was a mighty leader, but always knew at the end of the day he was simply a bondservant of Christ Jesus, the Magnificent.

[Prayer May we have this same zeal and passion for the gospel as Paul did, May our live be devoted to Jesus and his work he assigned us to do. Lord empower, and equip us to do just as your word says to do, In Jesus Name, Amen.]