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Dr. Terrance Toney, Sr., Pastor

January 2022 Newsletter                                     Christian Education                                             Volume 1 Issue 3

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NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

New Life

When we decide to follow Jesus, we've been raided to new life in Christ.  Colossians 3:1 says, "Christ's resurrection is your resurrection, too." Meaning, because of Jesus' death on the cross and subsequent resurrection from the dead, we've been raised to a new life in Jesus when we say yes to Him.

It might seem confusing and hard to grasp, but it doesn't have to be.  Jesus came and died to cover all the sins of everyone who ever live - that's us - and when we give our lives to Him and make the choice to follow Him, we get a new life in Him.

 

Two thoughts to help your better understand what a new life in Christ is:

Adjust your gaze.

When we say yes to Jesus, our old life is gone, right?  Now always.  What comes naturally is to choose the things that we are accustomed to and feel good in the moment.  Out affections are often set on the temporary joys and sorrows of this.  Yet, God wants more for us!  We must do our part and fix our eyes on Jesus so that the burdens and struggles in this world don't continually rob us of new life.

Make Him your life.

The first part of Colossians 3:4 says, "When Christ, who is your life..."  Too often this isn't true for us.  Jesus might be part of our lives but He isn't our life.  Basically, we ask Jesus to be our Savior, which allows us to spend eternity with Him, but we aren't quite sure we want Him to be our Lord and rule every aspect of our lives while on earth.  

  • He inhabits part of our thoughts, but we don't allow Him to be Lord over all of them.

  • He occupies part of our day, but we don't allow Him to be Lord over all of it.

  • He's invited into some of our decisions, but don't allow Him to be Lord over all of them.

 

We often think that just because we become Christians, we should supernaturally change.  That when we say yes yes to Jesus, He comes into our lives and we just change without an effort on our part.  And while that can happen because our God can to anything, we still have to be engaged in the battle for our spiritual holiness.

Related Scripture Readings - Colossians 3:1-4

 

 

 

A Prayer For You

I said a prayer for you today,

And know God must have heard.

I felt the answer in my heart.

Although He spoke no word.

 

I didn't ask for wealth or fame,

I knew you wouldn't mind,

I asked Him to send treasures 

Of a far more lasting kind.

I asked that He'd be near you 

At the start of each day,

To grant you health and blessings

And friends to share your way.

I asked for happiness for you

In all things great and small,

But it was for His loving care

I prayed the most of all.

 
 
 
 
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10 Bible Verses to Memorize

 

There are so many verses that could be remembered, however these seemed to be the ones that are used a lot to correct and encourage our children, and ourselves as we learned to walk our faith daily.

Joshua 24:15b

 “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Ephesians 4:32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Luke 6:31

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Psalms 19:14

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Mark 12:30

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”