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Christianity is a relationship with God. Not a philosophy of life, but a way of life. Dr. Tuttle explains from scripture and from his own experience what the Gospel message is and how we can effectively share it with others. The same power of the Holy Spirit that was available to Jesus and the disciples is also available to us today. Pray that you will recognize and exercise the gifts the Holy Spirit gives you to be effective in your sphere of influence!
In the midst of a world-wide pandemic, do you find it easier or harder to pray? I suspect “easier” in the sense that fear pushes us to pray more often and more fervently. I also suspect “harder” in light of the mounting number of deaths and the minor discomfort of self-quarantine. When I am not sure how to pray, I tend to follow the Lord’s Prayer and fill in the spaces between the lines (so to speak) with the specifics of my life.
What is the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament? Did things go wrong and break in the Old Testament and God had to come, in Jesus, and fix that? Or is the Old Testament plan A and the New Testament is the consummation of plan A? Was the fall – Adam and Eve's big goof – in the Garden wrong? It was clearly wrong – but did it catch God with his guard down? Was it unexpected? Did He not plan for that? Or was that the original purpose from before the foundations of the earth? How does the New Testament address that issue?
Have you ever sinned against a person and never experienced a full release from the guilt? Have you been sinned against and never been freed from the pain? These are two sides of the same coin, but the remedies are totally different. If you have been sinned against, you have to forgive. No matter how difficult, forgiveness is still a necessity. In his model prayer, Jesus says, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt 6:12).
I love a God who pursues us, from the very beginning, before the Lamb was slain, before the foundation. I love the story of evangelism. I love it that God knows who we are, but yet pursues us from the very beginning and continually is looking for an opportunity for our fellowship to be renewed and refreshed.