Study the Epistles daily with Pastor Rick

Did you know that there are 27 books in the new testament and 260 chapters total? The epistles or letters are Romans through Jude. The letters are to me the heart and soul of the new testament, tremendous spiritual growth can happen with the letters. There are 21 letters or books as we call them, they have a total of 121 chapters. So then if you read 1 chapter from the letters a day , you will read the letters ( Romans through Jude ) 3 times in one year!!  I am telling you this will bring spiritual growth to your life! So let's get started! We will start with Galatians chapter 1 and proceed. Each day I will have a  comment for each chapter. I encourage you to say a quick prayer first, and then ask God for wisdom and understanding, then be prepared to write in your Bible or mark in your electronics. Hey, you won't understand it all the first time and you might miss a day, just resume the next day , once we get back to Galatians it starts over again, just STAY at it !! If you have any questions please ! You can ask me at church, phone or email.

Listen! Once again! This will help you!-- guaranteed!!!

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  • Pastor Rick Doran

This is a famous Bible chapter and many can relate to what Paul says in verses 14-25.  I recommend reading The New Living Translation (NLT) for these verses!

I too drew comfort the first time I read these verses.  I could so relate to wanting to do the right thing but instead doing the wrong.  Over the years I began to realize that’s not where God or Paul meant for us to stay.  I mean really, these verses don’t really indicate a peaceful state of mind!  Let’s look at the 1st verse of Chapter 8 which is a continuation of Chapter 7.  It says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, (who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”)  You see folks, those verses in Chapter 7 are consoling, but really they are a picture of someone walking in the flesh or old nature.  God wants us to walk in the spirit where we have peace of mind and the ability to conquer sin from our lives. Yes, sometimes I find myself back feeling like Chapter 7, but I choose not to stay there!  I make decision to read the Word and pray and praise. It may not happen that day, but if I keep at it I always find peace.  Let this be forever settled. God has called us to peace!!!

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  • Pastor Rick Doran

“Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:12 Amp

Yesterday in Chapter 5, we discussed the word reign, and how that God wants us to rule and reign in life - especially over sin!. 

Now look at the above verse. Notice how if sin is your ruler what it produces- cravings, lusts and evil passions.  I guarantee that you will have no peace if sin is your ruler.

Look at Galatians 6:8  “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”  So how do we stop letting sin dominate us?  We sow to the spirit!  How do you do that?  You are doing it right now . By reading the Bible and studying with this plan you are actively feeding your spirit, or as Romans 12:2 says “renewing your mind“.

The key is to consistently read your Bible daily and pray. Folks, I know by experience that if you stick with it that, little by little you will grow stronger and your ability to rule over and say no to sin will get easier!

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  • Pastor Rick Doran

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will (reign in life) through the One, Jesus Christ.)”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:17

Let’s look at the word “reign“.  It means to rule or reign like a king.  Revelation 1:6 says that Jesus “has made us (kings)and priests to His God and Father”.

If we are made to be kings, then what are we ruling over?  I believe in context to this chapter that He is addressing sin and death. However, I do believe that there is a greater meaning here; that Gods wants us to reign in many aspects of our lives. But I want to focus on sin at this time.  We don’t have to be slaves to sin.  I am telling you God wants us to have victory over sin! Yeah, I know it can be a struggle, but just keep following Jesus and growing in Him.  In time you will not be dominanted by sin, your flesh, this world or the devil.  

Remember Romans 8:37 “Yet in all these things we are more than (conquerors) through Him who loved us.”

I have struggled at times In my life against some real giants! Sinful giants! And yes, I fell sometimes, but I kept getting up. I believed God wanted me to have victory! I have by the grace of God defeated some big time giants in my life. I am not a slave to this world or the devil. I am more than a conqueror!!! And so are you.  Just keeping believing!

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