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December 27, 2016

Before my father died, he asked me to do something that wasn't in his will.
I assured him that it would be done.  When I went through the law with his
will, I was told that all I was responsible for were those things written
down.  But I was responsible for so much more than that. I was responsible
for promises made.  I was responsible for carrying out the wishes of my dad,
even those that were not written down.  You see the promise is greater than
the law.  Paul uses the same argument with the believers in the church in
Rome: "For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would
inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness
that comes by faith. If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made
empty and the promise is canceled. For the law produces wrath. And where
there is no law, there is no transgression. This is why the promise is by
faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the
descendants - not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are
of Abraham's faith. He is the father of us all in God's sight. As it is
written: I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in God, who
gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist."
Romans 5: 13-18  Our word should be what bonds us together. Our faith in
Christ is what bonds us to God, and our faith tells us to let our yes, be
Yes, and our no, No!   Our faith tells us to speak the truth in love, and to
have this love above all else.  I often wonder why it is so hard for
Christians to confide in each other.  Why is it so hard to be truthful, yet
not hurtful? Why is it so hard to keep promises, instead of having to have
everything written down.   A contract is binding, but isn't our word more
binding, for the believer's word should be better than any contract.  And we
should honor a promise, even if things change, and we no longer are in the
same situation, for the promise has not changed.   When another confides in
us and asks us to keep things between the two, and we make a promise, that
should be binding.  For when a person goes to another in the confidence of
Christian fellowship, they expect that the one they are confiding in will
keep their confidence.  What happens if that person then breaches the
confidence?   There is lack of trust!  There is lack of further fellowship!
I can't help but think that we are our own worst enemies, because we
struggle so much with keeping a confidence.  I propose that we go back to
the Word, and realize the depth of a promise, and the weight it carries with
God. Then if we are not able to keep a promise of confidence, let's at least
proclaim it up front so that we will not be told things that need to be kept
in secret.  The keeping of a secret through promise will become more
important for us, when we start to realize the weight of a promise.  It, not
the law, was what made for a nation to be brought up under the promise of
God to Abraham.  With God it is binding.  With believers, it has to be
binding.  We have a new day before us, and a new year coming up. Why not
make a new promise, one that we intend to fully keep; the promise of faith
in Christ, to ask Him to enable us to keep those things shared between two
people a confidence of faith. Faith that comes from the promise of God in

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father,  Thank You for Grace, so richly poured out on us, even when
we don't deserve Your grace.  I pray Father, for all enclosed here, that
You, Holy Lord, would touch their hearts today.  Give them a confidence of
grace, so freely pour out over them. Let them see Your grace, and the love
that You have for them.  I lift up my family to You in this grace, and ask
for You, Lord to increase our faith.  I pray for: Don, Dwight, Lynn, Sammie,
Michele, Carol, Pam, William, Carrie, Ada, Rheba, Mary, Veronica, Douglas,
Fritz, Dan, Dillon, Tara, Kristena, Kristen, Don, Carolyn, Gene, Terry,
Angie, Isabel, Mike S., Barbara, Candace, Meredith, Abe, Ramona, Ben, BJ,
Ida, JV, Eva, Kelly and her son, Corbin, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Fred, Dotty,
Scott, April, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura,
Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany, Tim, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Alex, Ken, Lynette,
Patrick, Kathy, Jennifer, Montella, Nancy, June, Pastor Berkey, Harriet,
Shelbi, Fisher, Marlaina, Cynthia, Loren, Mike, Pam, Clara, Jerry, Gary,
Diane, Nada.  I pray for hearts to turn closer to You today in Jesus name.

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