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Stop Making it Difficult

  • For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell. Acts 15:28 WEB

    After Jesus ascended to the Father and the gospel started to spread, gentiles (non Jewish people) started to follow Jesus. They started out joyful and free, but soon men came that taught them: 'Unless you are circumcised and keep the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.' This became a sharp dispute and the apostles had to meet in Jerusalem to resolve it. The letter above was their verdict. Also: 'We should not make it difficult for those turning to God' (Acts 15:19).

    That is an interesting statement for the first church to have penned: 'We should not make it difficult for those turning to God.' There is an invisible force, like a gravitational pull, that draws the church toward legalism. We can feel like we are paying for salvation with our works, when it is a free gift that we only have to accept.

    I have visited churches that were too 'holy' for a sinner to visit at all. The members usually feel like they have had to pay their dues over the years and a newcomer will only be one of them when they have done likewise. It is like they have God locked in a box, and will share Him with whom they deem worthy.

    Almost every time, I watched God start using the new person immediately while the 'holy ones' sat on the bench and watched. God always appears outside of our little box. Some believe that you need to get your life in order first, and then you can join the church. When in reality, if you will just come to the Lord Jesus, He will give you the grace to clean your life up and guide you through it.

    If you are a follower of Jesus, make it easy for others to come to know Him as well. Drop the rule set and focus on introducing them to a Friend. He will ultimately decide who goes to heaven, not us, so the pressure is off our shoulders. If you are not a follower of Jesus: accept my apologies for the way that we have presented Him. He is much more forgiving, loving, considerate and kind than His followers are. Give Him a chance to show you this and you will not regret it.

    Prayer: Father, I pray that You fill my life with abundant grace and help me see beyond the traditions of men. Send Your rain on my life, make me moldable, and teachable. I want to be a part of what You are doing today and to know You in a deeper way. Do not pass me by Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning, and happy Friday! For those attending our live services, the message this Sunday will be "Modern Day Pharisees", and will be a continuation of last week''s message on separating God''s will from our will. If you would like to catch up with the last message, just go to the "Watch" link on the site menu. The service will take place at 11am EST, with the room opening about 15 minutes before. Hope to see y''all there!

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Amen.

July 15, 2016
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Joy Sue Callahan
Joy Sue Callahan

Good morning and a blessed Friday. I've attended churches such as this in my lifetime and found it very sad as it will keep many from coming to know the Lord. 

July 15, 2016
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Sylvia Russell
Sylvia Russell

Amen

July 15, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

July 15, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Amen! Very well said, Pastor. 

July 15, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

July 15, 2016
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith

Amen!!! Wonderful word. 

July 15, 2016
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

I once heard a man named Larry Randoff say; "I think we need a bigger box". I think that truth is still here! God got in a box once, it was called the "Ark of the Covenant" I do not think He will try that again!

July 15, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Thank you :) Pastor's Prayer: Father, I pray that You fill my life with abundant grace and help me see beyond the traditions of men. Send Your rain on my life, make me moldable, and teachable. I want to be a part of what You are doing today and to know You in a deeper way. Do not pass me by Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

July 15, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 15, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum I keep this in mind. So tough to be perfect!!

July 15, 2016
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Linda Lauver
Linda Lauver

I love how you start w/ a fun fact! I find it interesting! The devotions continue to bless and encourage me. Thank you so much for your diligence and continued work on these devotions! God bless you and your ministry richly!

July 15, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

There is an old expression that states, “Don't be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.”

July 15, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Amen thank you for your message today Pastor Dion . We should remember that only one Jesus Christ lived a sinless life for us to try and live up to that standard is impossible since we all fall short as we are only human.  It is only through his grace we receive redemption!

July 15, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

 

July 15, 2016
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Susan Ross
Susan Ross

Excellent!! For so long I have been upset with "religious" people who are too good for any of us lowly sinners. It is great to hear that I am not the only one.

Wishing everyone a very Blessed Day!!

July 15, 2016
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Monje Mellie
Monje Mellie

Amen and amen b

July 15, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen, thank you Lord, more of you and less of me as I try to do your will! 

July 15, 2016
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Great post, Pastor. I do believe that one of the reasons  I stayed away from Church for so long, was because of all the stereotyping..etc. I am going to an awesome Church of God now. My Pastor wears jeans when he preaches. It is a small, but definitely "COME AS YOU ARE" kind of Church. I am so very glad to be back in with other people who love the Lord and are not afraid to show it. RM is also a new door that I am glad I walked through. I am being, so abundantly blessed. I am rich, but I am poor.

July 15, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen great message pastor Dion thank you Jesus! !

July 15, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen. Thank you Pastor Dion for another great message.Have a great weekend.

July 15, 2016
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

TRUE...

July 15, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Soo agree!

July 15, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

VERY good message! Everyone needs to read this one!

July 15, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for a devotion that many of use can connect with. Sometime in all of our lives we came across problems like in your devotion. Amen <3 

July 15, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, I pray that You fill my life with abundant grace and help me see beyond the traditions of men. Send Your rain on my life, make me moldable, and teachable. I want to be a part of what You are doing today and to know You in a deeper way. Do not pass me by Lord, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 16, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen. Thank You Father for taking and accepting me as I was,when I first asked you into my heart.How you Loved me and turned my life around.May I always remember how you changed me;a sinner by your grace and mercy,have given me life,and cleansed me.Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for sinners and the lost.Lord I pray that more people will be drawn to you,and will seek you with all their hearts..In Jesus Christ name I pray.

July 17, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

July 17, 2016