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There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29

While often misapplied by those seeking to justify women in the pastoral ministry, this word of God teaches that all who trust in Christ Jesus for pardon and are baptized in His name, whether male or female, Jew or Greek, slave or free, are a part of the one body of Christ, members of the holy catholic (universal) church. And those who trust in Christ are the promised offspring of Abraham and will inherit the blessing promised to Abraham — a place in Christ’s eternal kingdom!

Grant that I trust in You, O Christ, that I might be a part of Your church and kingdom and inherit the everlasting joys of heaven. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” Isaiah 57:1

Have you ever considered that sometimes God calls His children home to spare them from the coming judgments upon the evil and wicked?

Keep me faithful to You, O Lord, and preserve me in the true faith unto life everlasting. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27

We are not children of God by our works under the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again. When we were baptized in accord with Christ’s command (Matt. 28:19), we were joined to Christ, our sins were washed away in Jesus’ blood, and we were clothed with His perfect righteousness.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for making me a child of God through faith in Your name and for granting to me, in my baptism, the blessings of forgiveness and life everlasting purchased by Your shed blood. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

We, being deceived by Satan, often take sin lightly as though it can cause us no harm. We need to exhort and encourage each other every day against the dangers of dabbling in sin for, as James writes, “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15).

Give me wisdom, O God, to shun every sin and evil lest I be deceived by sin and suffer eternal death and damnation. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Galatians 3:23-25

God’s law condemns and imprisons all because, although it reveals what is good and right, all are sinners and have come short of keeping it as God requires. Being condemned by the law, the law prepares us for the revelation of the gospel, in which God offers and promises forgiveness and life eternal through faith in Christ Jesus. Now, being counted just and righteous through faith in Christ, we don’t go back under the law and seek to be counted righteous in God’s eyes by our keeping of it.

O just and merciful God, Your law reveals my sin and condemnation and prepares me to hear the comforting words of the gospel – the promise of forgiveness and life through faith in Christ Jesus. Grant that I trust in Christ alone that I might be counted just and righteous in Your sight. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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