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 missed them when they were gone. My family and I are hoping we can visit Washington D.C. before school starts 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 one of my favorite Bible verses, 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 Paul writes in this verse is, “I have been crucified with Christ.” What does Paul mean by this? He means this 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 sins 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 and 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 you worshiping our Lord with us!

Blessings,

RJ

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