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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Key (02/14/13)

TITLE: Unlocking the purpose of a manís life within Godís glory and grace
By Joseph McManus
02/20/13


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Where a man falls short in his walk with Jesus, he is covered by the blood and sacrifice of the cross. A man must not be proud, thusly cursing this sacrifice. Being a child in His Kingdom, a man must choose to allow his heart to be circumcised in His glorious name so that this man may be sanctified for the day of the Lordís return. He must be righteous in humble service, joyful in affliction, and grateful in trials. If he does these things, Christ will unlock the path to His glory.
A fruitful man carries the key of Godís wondrous and majestic will for his life. What is the fruit that is so welcomed in the presence of the Lord? Paul says, ďBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.Ē (Galatians 5:22, 23 NIV) When a manís heart is corroded with worldly expectations, the path of following Jesus becomes tainted with hinges of deceit, corruption and coldness. What, then, is a manís recourse? Luke 10:27(NIV) tells him plainly, ďíLove the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your strength and all of your mindí ; and, ĎLove your neighbor as yourself.íĒ
Sin, the key to destruction, decays the walls of the soul separating a man from his Maker. Why dwell in fleshly desires? What purpose does emasculating the weak serve in honoring the Lord? A man is corrupt at his core, greedy and deceitful. A lie trenches the path before him as he seeks to glorify his life. As the river of lies grows from a stream of untruths into a canyon of bitterness, he finds himself desperate and alone. He must confess his sin to invoke remorse before the Lord, setting his soul aflame with song and worship. Unlocking the cavern of cruelty will open his heart to the waterfall of truth: An eternal life in the LORD.


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CD (Camille) Swanson 02/22/13
Love the line, "why dwell in fleshly bodies" - this was a powerful entry with great messages throughout.

God bless~
CD (Camille) Swanson 02/22/13
correction : "Why dwell in fleshly desires" -sorry.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/24/13
This is an interesting sermon. You make some good points in this piece. There have been several similar stories this week, so you were on topic. I can feel the passion in your words.