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Who’s Your Master?

“Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (Rom 6:16 NASU).

In the ancient world one could become a slave in a number of ways. He could become a slave as spoils of war, be sold like Joseph by someone more powerful, be born into it, or sell himself to his creditor to pay off his debts. The latter is commonly known as a bondservant.


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Are You A Fraud?

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).

In 2009, Sir Terry Pratchett wrote, “I wish I was a real author. I feel like a fraud.” When he wrote this, he had sold over 45 million copies of his books. Queen Elizabeth had knighted him for his literary contributions to England. Today, he has sold over 85 million books.


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Forgiveness

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
Jesus went on to expand that part of the model prayer. “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14 and 15).
We have forgiveness because of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. He shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28). God forgives us because of His Son’s obedience (Hebrews 5:8-9, and Philippians 2:6-9). However, we must obey Jesus (Hebrews 5:9) and demonstrate our appreciation of His forgiveness. If we refuse to forgive others, who are created in God’s image, we can render God unable to extend his forgiveness to us (Matthew 6:15).

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