Help Him/Her Out.

This is our calling to follow God – this isn’t the responsibility of the government – this is the Christian calling. In this church family - See someone needs help – help them.  Something needs to be done – do it. In doing so, you are proclaiming there is a Kingdom and King.  You are making a difference in the world.  Refuse to walk to the other side of the road and avoid those God has brought into your path.

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Vince Armfield
Freedom comes with choice; walk with God. Part I

As Christians we have a responsibility to take charge of our freedom in Christ.  Being careful not abuse freedom, we must know what to do with it; it’s not a proverbial blank check to sin.  Do not allow the grace of God to serve as a rope that when taken and miss-used one can end up hanging themselves.  Paul writes, don’t allow freedom to be an opportunity for the flesh BUT through love serve one another.  Turn from an inward “me-focus” to an outward “other-focus.”

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Vince Armfield
It Was For Freedom That Christ Has Set Us Free

Imagine a freedom that enables you to be fully human as God intended.  Freedom from guilt, fear and completely secure in relationship with God and others.  Freedom from sin – sin like pride that lifts us up against one another and leads us away from God.  It was for this freedom – from sin and shame that enables us to be all that we were intended to be on our own and in community with both God and others. Imagine going into a conflict and knowing the other person is thinking the best of you and you them. Wouldn’t that be a freeing situation in which to resolve problems and maintain relationships that are healthy?

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Vince Armfield
When God Sees You, He Sees Jesus.

All one in Jesus:  As a result of being in Christ – the Christian’s essential identity is sealed.  He or she is a Son of God.  That is how we are to know one another in the church.  Distinctions such as being male and female, free or slave remain.  Paul was focused on the essential identity of the Christian being new – In Christ.  In society we work out our identity and things change from the inside out.   It starts with the heart from there we affect change in our homes then our church families and eventually our surrounding society.  God chose to work through the hearts of people to affect change and not legislate morality from the outside in.  One can make laws and still miss the heart. 

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The Gospel of Grace Leads with Relationship Over Rules: Galatians 3

People are looking for authentic relationships and faith.  People are probably watching you.  Do you think you were on the minds of the people referred to in Hebrews Chapter 11, Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and countless others when they followed God in faith.  They impacted the world (from their perspective - their little world) and perhaps even your life. 

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