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How to be secure?

Assurance. Security. Confidence.  These are words that most Christians desire in their relationship with God.  We want to be confident that we really are God’s children. We desire to have the confidence that we are a part of God’s elect.  We want to know that we have eternal life.

In this way, we are not much different from the earliest Christians.  They also wanted assurance. In the book of 2 Peter, Peter provides this type of confidence.  He tells readers that they can make their election sure.  He gives them a promise that they will never stumble.  How?

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Opening Day

Today is the opening day of baseball season.  To a lot of people it means that Spring has finally arrived.  For baseball fans it is a day of optimism (except maybe for Royals and Pirates fans).  Everyone is convinced that this is the year for their team.

I guess that is what makes Opening Day a cultural phenomenon.  It represents a clean slate.  It represents new optimism.  It provides hope that your team will win it all.

When I think about  Opening Day analogies to the day of salvation come into my mind.  Allow me to share it with you.  Our day of salvation brings:

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What can we learn from “saint” Patrick?

While I’m not Catholic, I think the man we know as “Saint Patrick” provided a good example for the way we should view evangelism and Christian service. As a teenager, Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and forced into slavery for six years. During this time he learned the language and customs of the Irish people. He also grew close to God during this time. After the six years, he escaped and made his way back to his family.  Then he decided that the people of Ireland needed him. So, he began to learn the Bible and train for mission work. Once he was ready, he returned to Ireland and preached to the people for 40 years before he died. As he converted the Irish, he made disciples out of them. Many of his followers went on to become renowned religious leaders as well.

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Power of Words

Words are powerful things. They have the power of life and death. God chose to reveal himself to man in words. Much of the impact we have on others comes through our words. So, realizing how powerful our words can be, what kinds of things do you say to others?

What we say reflects the contents of the heart. Like a treasure chest, each soul stores up ideas, attitudes, wishes, and agendas. From this storehouse of feelings, emotions, and ideas, we pour forth our words. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. What kinds of things come from your heart and out your mouth?

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Be Transformed

The Jews and Gentiles could not get along.  Both groups were arrogant.  They fought.  There was major disunity. The problem was they were viewing themselves on a very worldly level.  They were allowing the standards of the world to become their standards. They were truly being conformed to the world.  This was the problem in the Roman church.

Paul wrote in response:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

-Romans 12:1

Paul understood that true change, and Christian unity, could not be established unless the people made a firm commitment to not allow the world to set the agenda.  They had to commit to allowing God to change their minds.  This meant viewing each other through the lens of the gospel.

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