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Tax men came to Peter and asked, “Does your teacher pay taxes?”

Peter said, “Of course.” But as soon as they were in the house, Jesus confronted him. “Simon, what do you think? When a king levies taxes, who pays—his children or his subjects?” He answered, “His subjects.”

Jesus said, “Then the children get off free, right?

Jesus made a special point to Peter that the kings of this world don’t charge their own children taxes. There are certain advantages to being a relative of the one in power.

Same with God — His Children live in His kingdom for free, too.

Why point that out? Because receiving Christ changes a person from being one of God’s “subjects/servant” to one of God’s “children”

So then, you are no longer a slave but a child. And since you are his child, God will give you all that he has for his children. – Galatians 4:7 (Good News Bible)

If you are Christ’s come to God as his child not his servant; it will change your prayer life!

— fritz

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I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. …To those outside the law I became as one outside the law that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. – 1st Corinthians 9:19-22

Today this sounds insincere – probably because of the word “win”, as if he is saying he pretends to be different things to different people to manipulate them.   But it would be a mistake to think that.

He was not saying he pretended to be something wasn’t nor did he try to manipulate.   Paul was a Jew so he could honestly relate to those who were Jewish – a jew can serve Christ and still be a jew, Paul did.   He was free from legalism (or “The Law”) so he could honestly relate to those who had no religious affiliation – they, too, can follow Christ’s laws, Paul did.   And he certainly knew weekness, completely relying on Christ to give him life – the weak can follow Christ in their weekness, Paul did.

Paul is saying he utilized his life experiences to bring the comfort and salvation of Jesus to all he met, regardless of their place in life’s menagerie.

Related Post: Why Me? – May 9, 2011

– fritz@langgang.com

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All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. – Galatians 3:27 (CEB)

Our criminal history with God has been expunged,1 so why continually dredge it up in prayer? Before coming to Christ, Yes! we need to be aware we are sinners in need of redemption, but not afterwards!

Though I am a sinner in my sight2 I am not one in his! He see me redeemed, clean, and dressed in his beloved son! He begins his character changing work in me, making me more like Christ in my actions, not from guilt but gratitude.

Prayer: Father, I am grateful that though I see my failures you see your son who died for my sins and ever lives his life in and through me!

Sound Bite: I have given my life to Christ, I am redeemed, and I will not let anyone tell me different.

– fritz
1 – Related Post: Expunged – April 23, 2011
2 – Related Post: Grasshoppers! – April 24, 2011

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“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach” – Mark 3:14

Which apostles can you name?

Bartholomew and Thaddaeus were just as anointed as Matthew and John, just as called and important as the later apostle Paul – but there is something most of the original apostles did NOT do – they did NOT write!

Their lives were not wasted, they had purpose and success in their own way, but it was the writers who’s message endured through changing cultures and dynasties.

Not all who write are remembered but, except for our Lord, none are remembered unless they write.

Do you possess a God-given faith? Do you want it to be passed to your children, or to their children?

Write!

It doesn’t have to be much, just done.

– fritz
Related Post: Carpe Diem, June 5, 2010

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Gospel – Like a Cake Mix!

“[B]ut the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” – Hebrews 4:2b

I’m no cook, but I do know that just putting dry cake mix in the oven doesn’t work – Something has to be added to make it stick together and become an actual cake!

The Gospel is like that,  Faith is required to make it hold together in a person’s life and become a blessing.

Where does the faith come from? God, gives faith for the asking.

– fritz

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Covered Feet


[T]ake … the whole armour of God, … your loins girt about with truth … the breastplate of righteousness … your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” – Ephesians 6:13-15

A person doesn’t need to recognize a battle to be in one. Society may call it an emotional problem, an addiction, a family issue, a legal battle, but unless we recognize the spiritual aspect of our struggles we can’t endure.

The Bible says we have the armor – we just need to put it on and use it!

Third listed is the preparation of the gospel of peace; literally, preparing the good message of God’s peace and prosperity. The focus is not survival but thriving and taking that peace and prosperity of victory to others.

“Praise be to the God … who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2nd Corinthians 1:3

– fritz

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“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:1-2 (KJV)

The Gospel is not a life insurance policy and Jesus is not the insurance agent we call only to renew or check our coverage.

Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins not so we can get to heaven but to remove the barrier (our sins) between us and God so we can live, work, and walk with Him now and forever; heaven is the by-product

This has always been God’s desire.  Notice Adam and Eve:

[Adam and Eve] heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: … And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? – Genesis 3:8a, 9 (KJV)

Walking with God in the garden each day was a common occurrence, unfortunately interrupted by sin.

God’s desire never changed.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? – Mica 6:8 (KJV)

Jesus’ parting promise to his disciples was NOT heaven, but living with God; the place may change but the company doesn’t!

“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (Jesus – John 14:23 KJV)

Question: How would my living be different if my goal was to live, work, and walk with God now and forever?

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