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In Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia, Paul had a lot to say, so today, I’m going to share some notes on Galatians 5-6

Faith expressing itself through love

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Galatians 5:6 (NIV)

In James 2:17, we are given the following intelligence regarding faith.

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Every day we all have things we must do. Some days we have more to do than others. In the course of our days, there are times when we might get stressed out. Perhaps we didn’t have everything done, so we had to do it another day. Then, on that day, because we added something to our day, something else didn’t get done. Soon, our schedules are off, and we end up stressed out. 

While rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, we get a good description of how everyone worked. Some, like the nobles from Tekoa, didn’t listen to their supervisors (Nehemiah 3:5). Others worked “zealously” like Baruch son of Zabbai (Nehemiah 3:20). We even know that women helped rebuild the wall (Nehemiah 3:12). The one thing everyone had in common though was how they worked.

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When we read the Bible, we see people behaving in ways that may seem strange to us. For example, look at what happens in these passages from Jeremiah.

Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah a son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached Jeremiah the prophet and said to him, “Please hear our petition and pray to the Lord your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do” (emphasis added).

Jeremiah 42:1-3 (NIV)

Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us. Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God.”

Jeremiah 42:5-6 (NIV)
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In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the disciples at Pentecost.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
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