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Rebranded by Grace

“And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?"”Acts 8:36 ESV
          What if we baptized people based solely on their understanding and acceptance of the gospel? Our current practice can lead people to think that there is more to salvation than faith in Christ. Some would argue that it would not be fair or honest to baptize someone who does not have a clear understanding of all 28 fundamental beliefs. If some of those beliefs were in contradiction with the gospel then it is true such a step would be misleading. But if all of our teachings are in line with the essence of the gospel we should be able to baptize based on conversion (by grace through faith in Christ alone) rather than additional informational transfer. 
          Instead of lengthy studies before baptism, would it not make more sense to focus on communicating the heart of the gospel, baptize based on conversion, the…

Merit, License, or Love

What are we to say then, are we to continue in sin that Grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1,2
          As we journey toward God’s heart we are likely to encounter all of self’s dimensions. A faith born of love growing from a covenant relationship with our Creator is the only path to health and balance. Talking to our Heavenly Father and coming under the influence of his word as a means of understanding his heart is what it is all about. Whether we understand it or not relationship is a conduit for healing on various levels all at once. In the absence of an honest conversation between our heart and the source of life we will continue wandering trapped in some variant of selfishness. 
          I have spent a great deal of time in these devotionals defining the chains which have bound me personally, the deception of works-based righteousness. Paul’s Ministry was hounded by Judiazers, people who worked to nullify the free gift of salvatio…

It’s not the length of the list

And this is eternal life, that they might know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3
          Legalism is a chameleon and as long as life is more about our freedom or it’s lack than it is about Him, then we are still under the law. 
          Some think they are Holy because of how long their to-do-list is, others think they are Holy because of how short it is. If we keep pursuing Christ as our only hope eventually the list fades from view altogether.
          And this is eternal life, that we might KNOW HIM... the knowledge of Christ’s character is what it is all about. A Holy God who is altogether worthy of our love only gives out lists to those who don’t know him. 
          His heart longs to see his children exchange their lists for a revelation of his heart. We receive this through faith, the choice to believe he is all he claims to be.
          We have not truly thrown off Legalism until we shift from a behavioral focus to a relational one. The Ki…