Monthly Archives: May 2012

We are the Body

The United States of America has a long history of embracing personal liberty and self-determination.  From its pioneer spirit to its entrepreneurial energy to its capitalistic economy, America has been an immigrant magnet to those seeking an independent life.  There appears … Continue reading

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Crucifying the Flesh in Community

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.  Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, with those who … Continue reading

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Crucifying the Flesh by the Spirit’s Power

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Gal 5:25).  Another tool in our war with the flesh is following the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  If we “walk by the Spirit” … Continue reading

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Crucifying the Flesh by Love: One More Thought

When our younger children were teenagers, I asked them one evening, “Do you think we have a lot of rules in our home?”  They looked at each other and finally Bethany answered for the group, “Well, we seem to really … Continue reading

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Crucifying the Flesh by Love Unleashed

Another way we “crucify the flesh with its passions and desires” is to unleash the love God has put into our new hearts.  “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not … Continue reading

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Crucifying the Flesh by Faith

It is one thing to preach, teach, and discuss the need to “crucify the flesh”.  It is another matter altogether to put the idea into practice.  That is, how do resurrection-empowered saints “crucify the flesh with its passions and desires” … Continue reading

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Galatians 5 and the War with the Flesh

The Apostle Paul gives a succinct summary of our war with the flesh in Galatians 5:16-25, “But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire … Continue reading

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The Ambiguity of Dead Flesh

In my continuing study of Scripture, I have become more comfortable holding apparently competing spiritual concepts in my head.  Whereas previously I wanted to track spiritual ideas down to a concrete and logical conclusion that fit neatly into a theological … Continue reading

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