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84, happily married for 61 years, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandson. I enjoy pistol competition, photography, and computers

YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH

My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 01-11-2021

Jesus was a former carpenter, who decided to preach, but folks knew he lacked the scholastics qualifications.  He “stepped-on” well-established religious customs and rules.  His students were not trained in recognized religious schools.  Married and single women disgraced themselves by following him.  He ignored Sabbath keeping rules and disregarded societal limits.  He may have performed miracles, but religious experts knew his source was Beelzebub.  He allowed a convicted adulteress to walk away free of all charges.  He worked on the Sabbath Day rather than waiting until the first day of the week to perform his miracles.  He disrespected the clergy by using speech that was too demeaning to repeat (Matthew 23).

Is Phariseeism alive and well today?  Most congregations are graced by at least one person who qualifies for that position.  Others are “blessed” with many more.  Those who criticized Peter in Acts 11, that God had added to the saved, were the same party of those who made the meeting in Jerusalem necessary (Acts 15:1-5).

Honest men can be mistaken.  Educated men may allow prejudice to direct them.  Respect may lead an individual to accept another’s point of view rather than what scripture actually states.  A person may be able to quote the Bible, but not be true to context.  Some may give more credit than is due.  One church stated, “Our minister was educated in a prestigious Bible University.  The membership was not.”  Yet, those members may have forgotten more Bible than he has learned.  We all need to study and there are things which we do not know that someone else can help us with.  Perhaps we can do the same?

The Pharisees quoted scripture to sustain their belief system.  Yet they disagreed.  Believers in Jesus do the same.  Imperfection continues to be our gift.  Even among our congregations there are divisive differences.  We preach unity while justifying our personal division.  Jesus’ apostles argued over who was the greatest disciple.  We have been successful in following their lead.  Each attempts to establish his differences as the correct one.  Non-believers are seldom impressed with such in-house solutions.  Jesus was rejected for teaching the truth.  Too many of us fall short of that accomplishment. 

Jesus prayed “that they may be one” (John 17:11).  Sadly, our understanding has been successful in missing Jesus’ point.  Man seems to feel that he needs to help Deity by adding what he feels God left out.  The finished product is a mess rather than God’s message.  It is not appealing when one believes his mess is better than another’s.”  The world is not looking for the best mess.  Civilization is searching for that worthwhile ingredient Paul included in his letter to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 13).  Truth with that kind of foundation will set people free!  We just need to sit at the feet of Jesus, take it all in, then put it in practice.  It might start a revolution!

WHEN ASSUMPTION BECOMES TRUTH!

My Thoughts. . .

Thursday 01-07-2021

Being consistent is a losing game when played with inconsistent information.  Man can be his own worst enemy.  Truth must be sought.  Truth misunderstood is skewed and harmful.  Tradition is often accepted as truth until culture changes it.  Then culture produces a “new” truth.  Although he was standing before the personification of truth, Pilate foolishly asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).  Sadly, some cannot recognize it even when it is staring them in the face.  Due to our inconsistencies, we all are infected by this sickness in one degree or another.

Assumptions are not deadly until one believes his are right and anyone who disagrees will lose his soul.  For example, we preach “unity” but sadly practice division.  Such practices are justified by each division believing it alone has the sacred truth and others do not.  One preacher informed me over 30 years ago that there is “Non-Fatal Error” which will not condemn you and “Fatal Error” that will.  I suggested he send me a list of those which would and would not condemn.  I am a patient person, but the waiting for that list is going into its 37th year.

In 1974 Henry McCaghren was engaged in a public discussion with a United Pentecostal preacher in Gadsden, Alabama.  Henry made the argument that Jesus is NEVER referred to in scripture in the neuter gender.  His opponent, Tom Sharpe, produced a chart with the heading, “Ho . . . Ho . . . Ho!” on it.  He informed the audience that this was the translation of the Greek in 1 John 1:1-3 where John was referring to Jesus.  Each reference was in the neuter gender!  Brethren had been making this argument for years which Henry had introduced.  In prior discussions, Pentecostals did not give an answer to it, so Henry and I considered it to be a valid one.  Henry did not answer Tom’s chart because he could not.  The next morning, we called Freed-Hardeman College to speak to the Greek professor.  He informed us that Tom Sharpe was correct.  Henry and I were dumfounded.  We later informed brethren that we were wrong concerning this “neuter gender” argument and we needed to drop it.  Some informed us that they would continue using it because most Pentecostal preachers did not read the Greek New Testament.  I was mystified by their response.  Truth is truth regardless of who is presenting it.  A false argument remains false even if the presenter believes it is truth.  Truth is not truth if it is a lie.  Lies can blind people who present them as truth!  Those brethren thought the argument was true because well-known preachers had presented it as truth.  Perhaps they thought that if they recognized the argument as false, it would convict those who originated it as false teachers? Years ago, Thomas Warren met an agnostic in a public discussion.  The agnostic presented his assumption as an argument and wanted Warren and the audience to accept it as truth.  Warren refused to do so and challenged him to prove his assumption was truth.  He could not do so.   When anyone attempts to prove truth through assumed positions, he destroys his foundation.  The divisions existing among churches today are based upon certain doctrines being true.  Yet, some are built upon assumed “truths” rather than the actual kind.  Division is the results.  Corinth was divided four ways.  Assumption was their common enemy.  They were the New Testament church in Corinth.  The Holy Spirit referred to them as “the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27).  They were the “saved” in that city.  Each of the four groups believed they were following the truth and the others were not.  That was their assumption.  Teaching partial truth does not equal perfection.  That problem continues to prevail today!  The only differences between the church in Corinth and churches today is that our divisions number more than four.

JESUS, THE FIRST CATERER!

My Thoughts. . .

Thursday, 12/31/2020

Then Jesus suggested, ‘Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.’ For so many people were coming and going that they scarcely had time to eat” (Mark 6:31 TLB).

This passage reminds me of the following statement, “That’s enough todaying for today.”

Jesus was not only an excellent speaker but delivered thoughts which people needed.  His popularity resulted in crowds beyond comparison.  It was tiring just to walk through them.  Social distancing was unknown.  For some, his miracles were awesome to observe, and thrilling to talk about.  Healings were instant and complete.  On one occasion the “crowd getter” was his ability to provide a free meal (Mark 6:30-44).  Nothing was required except their presence and the ability to eat.  Most were there to feast on his words until their stomachs began talking to them.  Any modern preacher worth his salt would have set Jesus straight about offering people eatable rather than spiritual food!  They would have warned that once the freebies dried up, the multitude would evaporated.  Sure enough, thousands once fed walked away reducing Jesus’ followers to its original twelve (John 6:25-68).

What was Jesus thinking?  You cannot attract nor keep a crowd when you substitute the fallible for the infallible!  If folks can be miraculously healed, why pay a doctor?  If fed, why bring food?  They wanted a healing circus.  A full stomach was a welcomed bonus. 

The apostles were correct in their concern for the crowd.  Yet these crowds had sapped their strength and rest was needed.  Mark acknowledges that they did not have time to eat and the needs of this crowd were draining their strength and questioning their faith.  So often, the larger the problem, the more faith seems to shrink.  Some would condemn Jesus for feeding their stomachs rather than refreshing their souls!

Mark does not go into detail concerning all of the apostles’ thoughts on that occasion.  They were human though!  They were tired.  They had to push through the crowd and were being pushed by it.  Most people would have gone home to eat.  Most would have gone home to relax.  Under those circumstances it would be easy for anyone to ask, “Why don’t these people go home and give us time to rest and eat?”  Then they hear it from Jesus himself.  “Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.”  Can you not hear the deep sighs of relief being expelled by the twelve, who may have thought, “It is about time?” 

When evening came, which we might call “supper time,” rumbling stomachs brought up another question.  These people are hungry.  What is available?  The reply, “Five fish and two loaves of bread” is not a solution.  Then the word “how” was introduced.  There are more hungry people than available food.  How would you and eleven others solve that problem?  Why were the apostles so fretful?  Was Jesus not there?  Had they not seen his miracles?  Were they not in awe of his power?  Ah, but mankind can pat you on the shoulder in praise one minute and stab you in the back the next one.  The thought had been, Let us get away from the crowd and rest.”  The following idea is how can we feed so many?  Saddled, with a faith that sees a few fish and too little bread produces a much larger “How?”

Problems often arrive to test our faith.  One negative seems to covet company and produces others!  Humans are never silent when a vacuum exist to be filled with more dead-end opinions.  One’s lack of faith produced more questions, pitting five fish and two loaves against the number five thousand.  The expression, “O ye of little faith” was a statement used by Jesus on several occasions (Matthew 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8).  But before judging the apostles, why not ask, “What about us?”

Long ago each Israelite did “what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  Human nature has not changed.  There will always be those who see the negatives and feel compelled to criticize the positive.  Failure is preached and retreat is the answer of a wavering faith.  When life demands surrender, Jesus still invites, “Come to me . . .” (Matthew 11:28).  He filled stomachs as well as open minds.  Sometimes as disciples, we dwell more with the negative than the positive.  We even justify the path we choose.  Jesus gave them food because they were hungry.  They had the desire to eat, but not to be filled with eternal words.  Even one out of the twelve sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  One denied him three times.  The rest fled as if they were the defeated leaderless.   We will have our own surrenders, questions, doubts, and failures, but we belong to him who liberally loves and cleanses us.

“FEAR NOT!”

My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 12-28-2020

The expression “Fear not” is found fourteen times in the New Testament.  Naturally, there are some parallels in Matthew through John where the expression is found in the same event.  The word for fear in Greek is phobeo.  It is found 90 times and translated as fear 62 and afraid 28 times.  Individuals such as Joseph, Zacharias, Mary, Peter, the apostles, Paul, and others were told to “Fear not.”

Is it not easier to lay those two words, “Fear not,” upon another’s shoulders rather than ours?  The words were given to individuals so they would “trust” in God rather than allow “fear” to ruin their day.  Yet those words do not relieve believers from harm.  Joseph was told to take Mary as his wife though she was pregnant.  When the angel left, did Joseph think, “No problem.  It was just a bad dream”?  Were there any difficulties?   Did Joseph feel guilty about claiming Jesus was his son?  Did he question whether his dream was a nightmare rather than an angel actually conversing with him?  Satan is often successful in filling our mind with sticky doubts.

An angel appeared to Mary telling her she would be pregnant without the aid of a man.  If fornication meant death, would a young girl who was engaged to an older man not have questions?  Would he accept the real reason for her pregnancy?  Would there be difficult questions being asked of her that would demand answers which would sound crazy to others?  Would she not have to choose her words carefully?

If God gives a command and then prefaces it with “Fear not,” would that not warn you of possible problems?  Would you have any questions?  “What will people say?”  “Will I lose my family?”  “Will my family feel the weight of persecution for my actions?”  “Will this affect my job, or my pension or retirement?”  “Will my reputation be ruined?”  What did the brave apostles do when the Temple police and crowd showed up to arrest Jesus?  Did they not ultimately choose darkness to clothe themselves with?  Did they not later meet in a room with a locked door? 

Trusting God!  What does that look like?  Does that guarantee that my family and I will not be mistreated?  Will I have smooth sailing with no obstacles in my tomorrow?  Daniel never worshiped an idol, nor did he turn away from God.  Yet he walked the 1,135 kilometers from Judah to Babylon with thousands of other slaves.  He rejected the king’s diet for young men in his position, knowing it could end badly for him.  He was put in a cage with hungry lions, yet none did a taste test on him.  Smooth sailing?  No questions?  No negative thoughts?  Doesn’t “trust” mean all negatives will be removed and lottery won living will be one’s future?  Jeremiah was promised that he would not be killed.  God kept His promise.  Yet, he was jailed.  He was put in chains.  He was mistreated.  He was condemned.  Even family members were against him.  Twelve men wanted to reign with Jesus, but he did not come to drive the Roman army out.  They refused to understand that his plan was to die in order to reign.  Peter attempted to protect him, but Jesus told him to put up his sword.  What king does that?  What king establishes his kingdom without an army and hangs upon a cross to get it?  Doubts.  Questions.  Locked doors.  Fear!

Fear not!”  Dynamite words that blow your world away so you can see His!  “Fear not!”  Even if you do allow fear with its accompanying doubts, Jesus is the great comforter.

WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 01-04-2021

When some Christians talk about worshiping God, the following points are often emphasized:

1. Be well dressed.

2. Be devoted and respectful to God while in the auditorium.

3. Make sure we cross every “t” and dot every “i” so our worship actions will be acceptable.

4.  Make sure we demonstrate correct and reverent attitudes while in the auditorium.

5. Make sure our worship is not casual.

6. Let us figuratively bow down when we worship.

Sunday is when some put on their “church” face, project the right attitude, clean up their speech, practice their holy actions, and project a righteousness until the “closing Amen.”  Some are copying and glorifying the kind of worship man produces rather than what God identifies as such.  Some identify their sanctuary with the acceptable term “auditorium.”  They go to the building to be with God for an hour.  After that hour they will exit the building and return to normal life.  They will hang their respectful clothing in the closet until the following Sunday.  Their respectful attitude is left at the building and they act “normal” the rest of the week.  Their actions manifested at the church building are usually to impress God and man.  However, when they go home, God waits at the church building for their next visit. 

Some do compartmentalize their faith.  They go to the church building to worship God.  When they leave the building, they are no longer worshiping.  The rest of the week belongs to them.  They have fulfilled their duty as a Christian.  Their faithfulness is wrapped up in their weekly visits to God’s House of worship.  They have worshiped in spirit and in truth completing that week’s requirements (Hebrews 10:25). While “in church” they are disturbed by a young mother with two children under of the age of five.  The two are interrupting their worship with their child-like curiosity.  They are not misbehaving, just looking around.  Why does she not leave them at home with her husband who is not a Christian?  Does she not have any respect for those who are present to worship the Lord?

TWO HISTORICAL BABIES!

My Thoughts. . .Thursday, 12-24-2020

God was silent for four hundred years between the last prophet of the Old Testament until the announcement to Zacharias that his son’s name would be John (Luke 1:5-60). An angel told Joseph that Mary’s son was to be named Jesus (Matthew 1:21). Two related babies were born six months apart. John first, then Jesus.


“John” means “Yahweh has been gracious” and “Jesus” means “Yahweh is salvation.” Both babies were named by an angel rather than by the parents (Matthew 2:21; Luke 1:59-63). Both names included the divine name “Yahweh.” So, when people say “John” or “Jesus,” they are mentioning Yahweh whether they realize it or not! But the divine reason for doing so goes much deeper than that.


John announced Jesus as the expected Messiah (Anointed One). John prepared his Jewish audiences for that arrival by calling upon them to “repent” and be immersed “for the remission of sins.” Hundreds, if not thousands responded to his preaching. Even Jesus went to John to be immersed by him. The difference between Jesus’ immersion and theirs was, Jesus did it to “fulfill all righteousness,” they did it to receive “the remission of sins.” Also, the Spirit descended upon him with Yahweh stating, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:15, 17).


John was arrested and murdered, whereas Jesus continued to move toward Golgotha and a Roman cross. Although a modern comedian has a familiar statement, “Gitter done,” God is not on our timetable. How many generations lived and died during that four-hundred-year delay? Think of those people waiting patiently for their prayers to be answered and dying disappointed because the Messiah did not arrive. We are living about two thousand years after his time on earth. He promised to return. Some hope he never will come and catch them in their sins. Some are impatient, believing two thousand years equals a failed promise. Some have given up hope. Some are disappointed that their predictions of his return were not true. Some continue to give dates even though they are marked with failure. Some do not allow their failed predictions to stop them from giving newer ones. Their interpretations will always end in failure.


When Jesus does return, every knee will create a small dust storm. Wailing will begin with some and never stop. Disbelief will disappear. Fear will be the common emotion. Some will hear the word “Depart,” but will know it was their destiny before it was ever spoken. The judgment that was laughed off by some will no longer be their joke. Begging will be heard but with no success. There will be shouts of joy when the two words “Well done” are uttered.


Everyone will go home. Some will not be happy with the dwelling they chose. Others will be speechless, unable to take in the magnificent sight of dwelling with God throughout eternity. Two thousand years ago, two related baby boys were born six months apart, and each with “Yahweh” in their name.

THE UNBELIEVABLE WOMAN WHO BELIEVED

My Thoughts. . .

Thursday, 12-17-2020

Culture changes with time.  Things that were once punished by the law when I was growing up, from the thirties to the fifties, are no longer considered wrong by our culture.  For example, back when I was a preteen, if two men wanted to marry, or two women, they would have been strung up and left for the buzzards to bury.  If a high school girl was known as “loose” the boys waited in line, but none of them wanted to marry her.  Movies did not display nudity, nor did radio nor TV allow cursing or profanity.  At school, prayer was expected in home room classes.  Local preachers made the Commencement Speech to graduating seniors.  However, culture changes.  Just as the culture of the forties and fifties changed, there is a difference between biblical first century culture and U.S. culture yesterday and today.

In the first century, if a girl was promised in marriage to a man and she became pregnant by another, she could be stoned for committing fornication.  If she was married and was unfaithful, she would suffer the same fate.  When the angel appeared to Mary and told her she was going to become pregnant, it was shocking (Luke 1:26-38).  Mary’s reply was, “I haven’t been with a man.”  The angel spoke of a heavenly union which would produce her pregnancy.  Even if you lived in a deeply religious community, how would you explain this pregnancy as divine and believable so you would not end up in a rock party?  Perhaps someone could have pointed an accusing finger and sneeringly rebuked Mary with, “You expect us to believe Yahweh had sex with you?  Accusing God of such actions is an abomination!”

Even in our permissive culture, most people would laugh at Mary and then seriously ask, “Really, who is the father?”  Imagine the faith this young girl had to possess to get her through what could have been a horrible mess with serious consequences?  Her future husband could have abandoned her, and no one would have criticized him.  A friend might have offered him a heavy rock to throw if it had gone that way.  Even if she were not punished, who would want her after that?  Her out-of-wedlock pregnancy would have brought shame upon her and her family.  Whispers, finger pointing, harsh words, and an isolated life could follow.  Think of what other children would call her son?  Did Mary have some doubts?  Scripture does not lay it out for us, but when Jesus did activities which were out-of-the ordinary, she kept their memory bottled up in her heart.

Mary could have easily been disappointed in God for putting her in that situation.  Yet, despite those moments, she was there at the cross.  Her hurt was deep and her sorrow unquestioned.  She was a woman in a society and culture drastically different from ours.  Life was not always easy.  Criticism was there to burden.  Yet God saw something in this woman that others were too blind to understand.  Did she have questions?  Who doesn’t?  Did she have moments when doubt crossed her mind?  It happens.  When Jesus was tried and punished, she was there to see his pain and hear his words.  She could not remove his pain, nor quieten the negative challenges he received.  Most of the apostles were in hiding, but not her.  She may have been a woman, but she was a strong one.  The angel had truly announced, “God has blessed you above all women” (Luke 1:42).  She still is!

BEYOND SLAPPING!

My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 12-14-2020

If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also.  If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.  Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. . . . And if you lend money . . . . Lend to them without expecting to be repaid.” (Luke 6:29-30, 34-35 NLT).

In France, due to my not knowing the culture, a man slapped my face because he thought I had insulted him.  I was not expecting his reaction, and although it stung, I did deserve it.  He left, so I did not turn the other cheek.  Later I did think about what Jesus said.  I have lent money, let others use tools, or borrowed furniture items and never had them returned.  I wanted to ask some for a return but did not have the opportunity.  Thankfully, I have never had someone to ask me for my house.  I have never had anyone to ask me for my bank account or my car.  I might remember Jesus’ words if that happened, but I doubt if I would willingly turn over anything to that person.  Even if the person quoted Jesus’ statement from Luke 6, and scolded me for my disobedience, it would not move me to gift him with those items.  Would I justify myself for not honoring that possible freeloader?  More than likely.  Was Jesus talking about that kind of experience?  Probably not.  Yet, there are some who would not question that individual, but freely give it all, then step aside without question, believing he was doing God’s will.  Maybe so.

Most people find letters in their mailbox each week asking for money.  Most requests are lawful, and they are doing a legitimate work.  Yet, I do not respond to all although I have helped a few.  The problem with some is that they want a certain amount each month rather than a one-time contribution.  Was Jesus saying in Luke 6 that I must help because I am asked?  Some will ask because they know they can make enough money on a street corner in less time than working to earn that same amount.   Paul told the Thessalonian church that if a man would not work, he should not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).  Was Paul contradicting Jesus.  Perhaps we are missing the context of both passages.

So, despite certain circumstances not being discussed in a passage, there are times and conditions where some people do not deserve our help.  These are not the people Jesus is referring to.  Jesus fed 3,000 on one occasion and 5,000 on another.  Yet, he did not continue to feed them.  When the free food was no longer available, their hearing ability dried up and they left.  Out of all those thousands, the only remaining number was 12 (John 6:67).  Did Jesus contradict his own teaching?  No, again context must be examined.

There are preachers who will tell their audience that if they will give him one hundred dollars, God will return two hundred to them.  So, people will respond with that amount of cash or more.  When it is not doubled after a month or more and they complain, they hear the rest of the story.  “You were not rewarded because you had doubts.”  The preacher is a hundred dollars richer and the giver has been religiously scammed.  So, be careful what you hear or believe (Mark 12:22; 1 John 4:1).  There are people who may ASK who have no intentions of working for a living.  If you feel compelled to give, that is your choice.  However, you may find that person has friends who also know how to ASK!  Each passage has its own context and there is a reason behind what is being said.  Too often people miss that context and end up believing something different from what was being taught.  I could be wrong on that, and if so, I’ll turn the other cheek so it can be slapped! 

TRUE OR FALSE?

My Thoughts. . .

Thursday, 12-10-2020

According to 1 Corinthians 3 and 6 God dwells within the saint.  That is one of the big differences between one who is a saved sinner and another who is a non-saved or alien sinner.  Sometimes we used phrases which are inherited from others rather than from scripture.  Check out the following and determine whether scripture teaches it, or it originated from those who are the “others”?  If you believe a statement is from scripture, document the passage that states it.

We often give our reason for going to the church building, is so we may “worship God.”  That purpose sounds reasonable, even “scriptural.”  Yet is it actually stated in the New Testament?   

1). The church building is not equal to the Jewish Temple, requiring that one must go to that location to be in God’s presence (John 4:19-21)?  True or False? 

2). Scripture never restricts worship to a specific location, day, nor number present?  True or False? 

3). Most English translations of the New Testament never use the word “worship” showing it is the purpose for that Christian assembly?  True or False? 

4). Although God may be there when two or three believers come together, that passage does not imply that such numbers must exists for God to put in His appearance (Matthew 18:20)?   True or False?

5). When one is added to the saved by God, God takes up His abode in that individual?  True or False?

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?  . . . for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NIV).

6). When God adds you to the saved, He cleans you up and continues to cleanse you so you may continue to be a “holy temple” or dwelling place for Him?  True or False?

7). You do not have to travel anywhere nor cover any distance to be in God’s presence?  He lives IN you!  True or False?

8). If you have an argument with your wife, husband, children, or parents, God is there?  True or False?

9). If you lose your temper, God is there?  True or False? 

10). If you pray, even with your eyes wide open and you do not bow your head, God is there.  If you sing along with the Gaither’s, God is there.  True or False? 

11). You may ignore Him, but He is still there.  You may think He does not know what you are thinking, but He is still there.   True or False? 

12). Before you arrive at the church building, God was and is in you.  When you are in the church building, God is in you.  When you leave the church building, God is in you.   Where you go, God is in you.  True or False?

13). God is in you when you are in the Bible class.  God is in you when you are in the church auditorium or sanctuary.  God is in you before, during, and after the preacher speaks.  If you go where you hope no one sees you, God is there.  You cannot run, drive, or fly fast enough to leave him behind.  He is living in you!  True or False?

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV).

14). God knows when you are good, bad, or in-between.  He expects you to remember that you are a sinner, but you are a redeemed sinner (1 John 1:5-10)?  True or False? 

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV).

15). Jesus took ALL your sins upon himself and in exchange, you received from him his righteousness.  Remember this and rejoice.  You belong to Him!  True or False?

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