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No Returns

by Tammy Phillips

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

Galatians 5:1 (NLT)

A man was locked away for years. A woman was trapped in an abusive marriage. A couple was saddled with heavy financial obligations. A child was bullied relentlessly. And then, they were set free. The man smiled at the sun warming his face and the woman’s divorce became final on the day she moved into her new apartment, thousands of miles away. The couple’s tax problems were solved and the little boy’s grandmother sent him to a new school.

Would the man go back to prison and ask to be returned to his old cell? Would it be wise for the woman to return to her abusive husband? Should this couple skip some tax laws that would surely put them back into bondage? Would the little boy appreciate it if his grandmother returned him to the school that ignored his cries for help? Of course not!

Each person was set free and surely not one of them Continue reading

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Keep Going

by Tammy Phillips

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

Galatians 1:10 (NLT)

A husband and wife told me that they were notorious for ruining family gatherings because they took turns falling out in the floor drunk. But once they had an encounter with Jesus, they slowly but surely stopped drinking. However, some family and friends, for years, expected this couple’s past behavior to continue. The couple had to continuously walk straight and at times, speak up for themselves. They were no longer the people they had been.

Paul would have understood their dilemma. He was a New Testament mass murderer, zealously pursuing Jesus’ disciples. But he met Jesus on the Damascus Road, experienced intense discipleship and moved on in the ministry God had prepared before he was born (vs. 15).   He was aware that his reputation was before him. But in verses 23-24, Paul stated, Continue reading

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Day 30 Proverbs Challenge: No Alterations

by Tammy Phillips

“Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”

Proverbs 30:5 (NKJV)

In Psalm 119:9a (WEB) says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” There is nothing in the world more powerful than God’s Word ingested, memorized and walked out daily. God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, is our Shield, our Protector. Our reverence for God is often seen in how seriously we take His Word.

God’s Word is called inspired because He divinely influenced a select group of people to write the scriptures. In other words, the scriptures are “God breathed.” So God’s Word is not to be altered.

In Genesis 2:15-17 (NLT), God gave clear instructions to His brand new creation: “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, ‘You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden — except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.’”   The next time God’s instructions about the tree in the middle of the garden were addressed was in Genesis 3:2-3 and Continue reading

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Day 29 Proverbs Challenge: The Blessing or The Curse

by Tammy Phillips

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”

Proverbs 29:2 (NASB)

I have had some splendid supervisors and a few, not so much. My work life has included a major evangelical organization, small ministries, a Christian college and several temporary assignments in secular organizations.

The evangelical ministry I served with for many years had been using a singular workbook in all of their training sessions. Our department was tasked with expanding that resource.  We looked at the programs the ministry was doing and decided we needed a series of workbooks.   Our supervisor, who always made each of us feel like we could do anything, said we could get everything done in six months. Continue reading

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