Author Archives: Jesse Medlong
Thank you for sending Jesus to us who experienced what we experience and went through what we go through. He gives us a way to truly relate to God.
We thank you also that while here on earth he exercised divine authority. In doing so he shows us that he truly is God as well as a perfect man.
Help us to be more like him in desiring to see sinners saved. Help us to never consider ourselves too good for someone else. Help us to never see ourselves as better than those around us. Help us to serve them well in order to better serve you.
Let us remain flexible, eager to grow and change for the better so that we can continuously be used by you. If you should decide to do something new and exciting, we want to be a part of it.
Help us to recognize when…
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13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus is still eating with sinners. The church is…
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We understand that when Jesus came as a sinless Savior entering a sinful world, all of history changed. We benefit from his example and incomparable service to us.
Help us to appreciate how much he identifies with us by enduring temptations, caring for our needs and ultimately dying so that we might receive eternal life.
Help us to be willing to serve him as our God and Savior, being willing to leave anything and everything behind that stands in the way of complete devotion to our Lord.
Help us also to be willing to serve him right where we are, if that is your will for us.
Give us supernatural insight so as to always be aware of the spiritual battle that is raging around us. We want to continue to further your kingdom and see your word go out to everyone everywhere.
And help us to be…
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When John the Baptist saw the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he had some harsh words for them. He knew coming to observe him was insincere. One thing he said that was not so harsh though was,
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matt 3:8 ESV throughout)
This is helpful for anyone. His point was that no birthright or position, however lofty or admirable, was going to be enough to please God. Those with the best social standing still need to repent. And repentance, that turning from sin toward God with a new attitude toward both, is going to be visible. One passage that shows us the contrast of a pre/post repentance life is Gal 5:19-24.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like…
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