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Living as a Saint and a Sinner

Living as a Saint and a Sinner

Did you know there are beach pebbles that need water to stay white? If you take them away from beach they turn boring grey and they lose their whiteness? It is the same way with Christians. If we stay away from baptismal water and daily renewal we become grey, we lose our whiteness. I got an email yesterday from a new friend asking about “how does one saint not be also a sinner”. We all have experienced how difficult it…

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Constant Renewal through Fellowship with God?

Constant Renewal through Fellowship with God?

“While others still slept, He [Jesus] went away to pray and to renew His strength in communion with His Father. He had need of this, otherwise He would not have been ready for the new day. The holy work of delivering souls demands constant renewal through fellowship with God.” (Andrew Murray) If Jesus needed constant renewal there is no way we could do without it! In some ways I think constant renewal through fellowship with God is truly what living…

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Stiched with God’s Grace

Stiched with God’s Grace

“For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13, NIV)God, indeed, sticthed us together in our mothers’ wombs but that is not the end of the story. God is calling us to be daily stiched with God’s grace. The first step is to surrender to God’s will. Because, as Martin Luther states it: “God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him”. ~Martin Luther…

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WILD GRACE Blog Carnival Presents Stories of the Power of the Resurrection

WILD GRACE Blog Carnival Presents Stories of the Power of the Resurrection

It’s Blog Carnival time!!! Until now I have used the blog carnival method but decided to combine the two for this edition. So, you are invited to add your own link to the widget below!Wild Grace is a blog carnival that brings together followers of Christ around the globe to celebrate grace and the Giver of Grace. The purpose of the blog carnival is to share blessings & wild grace to encourage each other on our faith journeys. It’s Easter…

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Living in the Presence of the Holy Spirit

Living in the Presence of the Holy Spirit

Father, Son and who? The Holy Spirit seems so untangible that sometimes we seem afraid of approaching the subject all together. But let’s check out what living in the presence of the Holy Spirit could be! Jesus told his disciples:”And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he…

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Receiving the Grace of Christ – Amazing Race or Amazing Grace?

Receiving the Grace of Christ – Amazing Race or Amazing Grace?

Is receiving the grace of Christ an amazing race or amazing grace? It is a relief to know it does not require to be the winner of the amazing race to receive the grace of Christ. There is nothing we can do to earn the grace of Christ. It is the amazing gift from God; it is amazing grace. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when…

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Knowing the Love of God

Knowing the Love of God

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is…

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(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 4/5.

(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 4/5.

This is the fourth part of a series looking at how to (re)make Jesus Christ the center of our lives. We’ve talked about focusing on God, repenting and confessing our sins. Today we talk about bearing fruit because fruits should naturally follow repentance and confession. As John the Babtist said “Bear fruit worthy of repentance.”(Matt. 3:8). Peter is a great example of a person who repented, confessed his sins and then moved on to produce spiritual fruit in his life….

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Putting Christmas Into Practice

Putting Christmas Into Practice

The second day of Christmas is a national holiday in Finland and many other European countries. This day is a good day to reflect what Christmas means in our everyday life. It was great to celebrate baby Jesus and welcome him to the world. But what does it mean to us that Jesus was born 2000 years ago? It is time to put Christmas into practice! It is time to put our faith into action! The fact that God chose…

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