Hello friends! It is hard to believe that summer is almost over and fall is just around the corner. Where did summer go? My family and I are having a wonderful summer! Monica and Micah have spent a lot of time in Ohio this summer visiting relatives and friends. I sure miss them when they are gone. My family and I are hoping we can visit Washington D.C. before school starts again this fall.  Monica and I want to take Micah and show him our Nation’s Capital and also visit the Bible Institute. I am truly looking forward to it. 

In this month’s blog, I want to share with you a Bible verse that is changing my life.  I have been thinking about this Bible verse since last Thanksgiving.  This verse is Galatians 2:20. If you are looking for a Bible verse that will change your life memorize Galatians 2:20!  This is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote the following in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I, who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

The first five words we see in Galatians 2:20 is, “I have been crucified with Christ.” What does Paul mean by this? He means when Jesus Christ died on the cross, Jesus died for him personally. In other words, the moment Paul came to faith in Jesus, the moment he confessed and repented of his sin and placed his personal trust in Christ, it was like Paul was on that Cross with Jesus. Paul is simply saying when Christ died, I died with him, and when He arose, I arose with Him. And the same thing for us, when you and I put our faith and trust in Christ we also died with Him at the cross and when He arose, we arose with Him. 

Then Paul writes in Galatians 2:20, “I no longer live but Christ who lives in me.” What does Paul mean by this? It means I die to self.  I Paul no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in me. Paul says I am not the old me, the old me is dead, crucified with Christ on the cross.  Paul says, I don’t live for the law, I live for Christ. I don’t live for the approval of man or this world, I live for Christ. I don’t live for the pleasures of this word, I live for Christ.    I put all my trust in Him, and I seek to please Him to love Him, to honor Him, and to worship Him! And this to me is wonderful and it grips my heart.

If you have no church home we would love for you to come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you and your family worshipping our Lord with us!

Blessings, RJ

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