The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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Church of Christ

11/07/2012

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"For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these things come from inside and make a man unclean" (Mk.7:21-23).

Jesus lets us know right up front the cause of unhappiness. He lets us know in no uncertain terms what keeps us from having an inner peace. This is a pretty comprehensive list of sins that Jesus enumerates in today's verses. They begin with evil thoughts as the source which leads to evil actions. Such things can destroy families and friendships. Jesus' brother James agreed when he wrote: "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?" (4:1).... What has Jesus done to fix and remove this problem? "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures....... But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing and rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior" (Titus 3: 3-6). God, through Jesus, out of kindness, grace and mercy is able to save us and make us righteous in His sight. In a reference to baptism, in which one is changed through the washing, rebirth, and renewal of the Holy Spirit, one is truly born again of water and Spirit... Jesus is able to strip away all the falderal and get to the very heart of the issue... Jesus removes the problem of unhappiness and lack of inner peace not by treating the symptoms, but by first removing the cause.... SIN! Only Jesus can do this... Only Jesus can make it better...

Have a great day.... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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