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Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. We see the foundation of this in Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." It doesn't take a special gift or ability, but simply faith in the finished work of Christ to live the Christian life.

  • William comments on faith expressing itself through love and what it means to walk by that faith.
  • Samuel wonders if Jesus suffered like Adam and Eve did when he took our sin upon himself.

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Categories: Faith Jesus Christ Grace

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

We're talking about the only thing that counts. Paul used that phrase in Galatians 5:6 and in context it reads like this: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." There were "Judaizers" trying to convince new believers that they had to live as Jews under the law. But Paul writes: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."

  • Lind asks about Proverbs 11:29 "The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left. He shall be the servant of a wiser man." in light of the divorce he's going through.

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Categories: Marriage/Divorce Bible

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

We're called to walk by faith in the newness of life. It's difficult because we think we have it figured out. But there is only one way to pursue righteousness. Paul writes about it in the letter to the Romans 9:30 - 32 "What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works."

  • Could you explain the parable in Matt. 25 about the lamps and oil and the coins? And Luke 12:32-40?
  • Who are the rulers and authorities mentioned in Eph. 3:10?
  • When they talk about him being Elijah, are they meaning literally or figuratively?
  • Do you have to pray for what he always wants?
  • Do I have to pray for what God already wants?

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Categories: Bible Prayer

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

God forgave your sins in Christ and He has made the choice to remember them no more. God's grace has been poured out on you in forgiveness. By grace, Jesus took your sins on himself. By grace, he suffered the punishment for them. By grace, he offered his blood to the Father on your behalf. By grace, he forgave your sins. Now through faith, thank Jesus for what he has done and rest confidently in the forgiveness that is yours in him. Let the love of God turn your fear into faith.

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Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

Is there something special about The Faith?

  • What do we live by? Does Jesus live in you?
  • I am waiting for a husband, how can I be patient in my singleness? Has God forgotten about me?
  • What is prayer all about? How can I build a relationship?
  • Do all believers speak in tongues?
  • Should I leave my church?

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Categories: Prayer Apologetics Love New Covenant

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

How do we deal with tragedy in this day and age? Where do we turn? Philippians 3:6, 7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

  • What does the Bible have to say about blame and guilt?
  • Jose wants to know if God will ever get tired of him and wipe him out.
  • Roger asks about Matthew 16:28, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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Categories: Emotions/Depression Faith Bible

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Romans 3 at first glance looks like Paul is joining faith and works. Romans 3:25, 27 "God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. ... he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus." How do we participate in this grace? By faith. Both Jew and Gentile enter into the grace of the New Covenant by faith. Romans 3:31 "Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law."

  • Is it wrong for a Christian to call themselves if we are indwelt by God?
  • Brad asks about showing oneself approved.

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Categories: Theology

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer, Andrew Farley

Once we came to know Jesus Christ, faith became our way of life. Faith is completely different than the law. In Romans 5:1 we read "therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" How many people are looking for peace? It starts with the Gospel. When we have peace with God we can then truly have peace with one another. We live by grace, through faith in Jesus.

  • Brad talks about faith coming from God
  • Cindy asks about studying to show yourself approved for those who have learning or reading disabilities.
  • My family is Mormon. How do I live my life as a Christian?

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Categories: Faith Bible Christian Living

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

We begin a new chapter this week, From Fear to Faith. Jesus's accomplishment on the cross means your sins are no longer an issue with God. They've been forgiven. Nothing more needs to be done. From a human perspective, this doesn't sound right. Isn't there something more that needs to be done when we sin? The New Testament has much to say about this. The overwhelming evidence in these passages will move your heart from fear to faith. Fear turns grace into a reward. This is NOT the way of grace. Are you willing to trust the love of God to turn your fear to faith? (Chapter 7, page 49)

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Categories: Grace Faith

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

How do we get righteousness?

  • Is there a difference between Jew and Gentile? Can we earn our righteousness?
  • How can I please God? What are the wages of my works?
  • Managing Gods money. Will God punish me if I do not tithe?
  • If I give a lot will I get a lot? What is New Testament giving? 2 Corinthians 8-9
  • Hebrews 9:28 What does salvation mean?
  • Rev. 3:16 Will God spit us out of His mouth if we are lukewarm?

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Categories: Money/Giving Salvation Christian Living

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