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“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So, if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’” (John 8:34-36)

Everyone born into this world is a slave to sin. The older that we get the easier it becomes. This is why it is much easier for a child to place his or her faith in Jesus Christ than for an old person. As we get older, our sins pile up and we become more and more enslaved to our life of sin.

Often, a person will be sucked into a life of sin by proclaiming his or independence from the godly teaching of his or her parents and the life of faith. Before they know it, they have drifted far away from God and want nothing to do with Jesus.

They have become enslaved to sin when they thought that they were becoming free, but freedom from God is bondage to Satan and bondage to sin. Jesus came to free us from sin and the only ones who are truly free are those who have placed their personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ and have committed themselves to love and serve Jesus.

Real freedom is found only in Jesus Christ. Today, let us give ourselves to God through Jesus Christ and find the true freedom that only God provides!

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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Littlerock Community Church
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“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

A recent trend is a bit disturbing. Some people are excusing their sin by saying that since the Bible teaches love, alternative lifestyles are condoned under the umbrella of “love”. Some are saying that since Jesus said that all the law and prophets can be summarized by “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind” that we need not pay any attention to anything else in Scripture.

But those thoughts fly in the face of this verse. Jesus said that the present heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will not pass away. The entire Bible is our guide for how we should live. As Christians, the Bible teaches us to love all people, but it does not tell us to condone something that is condemned in the Bible.

The gay lifestyle is being actively promoted by Hollywood and through our media. However, the gay lifestyle cannot be supported by the Bible. So, if you have a loved one who has been drawn into this lifestyle, you should never give up loving and praying for that loved one. But if they ask you to support their lifestyle, you are bound by God’s Word to refuse to support their lifestyle.

It may cause some problems as the person involved in that lifestyle may decide to cut you out of their life, but we must be reminded what Jesus said in Matthew 10:35-37 “For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

When a member of your family has turned against you because of your stand for Jesus, the best thing that you can do is continue to show love for them and praying for them in the expectation that the Holy Spirit will work conviction and repentance in their heart. Today, let us all pray for loved ones who have been influenced by this world’s system and have turned away from the faith.

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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Littlerock Community Church
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“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

Jesus asks two questions that are just as relative today as they were during His time on earth. As we look around us, we see that most people are looking at college as a pathway to gaining a nice job, a nice home, and a secure future. But we also see crime on the rise being carried out by those who seek to by-pass college and hard work to take from those whom they consider to be “more privileged”.

But Jesus puts it all in perspective when He asks these two questions because it doesn’t matter whether a person has has gone to college and has achieved a good home and a secure future or if they are living a life of crime, all will someday die and face God.

Jesus is telling us that there is something far more important in this life than going to college and having a “secure future” and there is something far more important than taking from those who have more. Our real purpose on this earth is to prepare for our real life which begins when we die.

Most people would rather to not even think about death, but the reality is that we are surrounded by it. As advanced as medical science is, it is only capable of prolonging what is inevitable which is our death. God will not be asking how much wealth we accumulated on this earth when we die. He will be asking whether we developed a personal relationship with His Son—Jesus Christ

Recently, I have had the honor of performing several memorial services for people who have followed the advice and instruction of Jesus. Those services are such a joy for me as a pastor to conduct. It is so important for all of us to prepare to meet God becabuse none of us know when our life will come to an end. May God grant us the faith and courage to prepare our souls for the next life!

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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Littlerock Community Church
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“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)

Why is it that some of the smartest people in the world totally reject Jesus Christ? One might be led to think that “religion is for children and for fools”, but there is also a great body of the world’s most learned people who have totally embraced Jesus Christ.

This verse gives us a clue to why these things are so. There are those who have grown up in Christian homes and have gone to Christian schools and may have even gone through the motions of making a commitment to Jesus Christ, but never truly experienced a true conversion experience.

If that is the case, they may know all about Jesus, but never really knew Him personally. Those who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior alreday have received the “spirit of the world” and the only way to receive the Spirit who is from God is to have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Until a person truly experiences this, they are incapable of understanding the things that have given to us freely by God.

Maybe you know someone who fits this description today. The greatest thing that you can do for them is pray because they are undoubtedly going through a spiritual battle right now and your words will be meaningless until the Holy Spirit opens their spiritual mind and they encounter Jesus Christ. Let us be faithful in praying for them today.

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17-18)

The more we get to know God, the more precious are His thoughts. Those who only see God from a distance, tend to see Him as some impersonal being who delights in bringing havoc and destruction upon humans.

But when we take the time and energy to truly examine the character of God, we see a totally different picture. We see a God who loves us in a deeper way than is possible for us to love anyone. We see a powerful God who is also all knowing and is capable of enforcing His will at any time upon any being.

This is why David was able to pen these words in this psalm. David meditated on God’s Word daily and that resulted in David gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of who God is. By his personal experience David saw that his relationship with God was based more upon his daily meditation and prayers with God than it was upon his ability to refrain from sin.

As David got to know God, he realized that there was so much more to learn about God. That reminded me of when I was working on my doctoral degree and one of my professors said that receiving a doctoral degree doesn’t mean that a person has mastered a body a knowledge—instead it causes a person to recognize how much more that there is to learn!

Let us praise God today for who He is and that He seeks to reveal Himself to us through His Word!

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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Littlerock Community Church
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“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence...”. (2 Peter 1:3)

I was reminded again yesterday that it is God’s divine power that grants us ”all things that pertain to life and godliness”. A dear friend and brother in Christ, Richard Doss, stepped into the arms of Jesus. He was a man who truly lived an exemplary life and had a clear picture of the wisdom and power of God and was truly ready to face death.

Whether it was in our adult Sunday School class or in our small group that meets on Saturday morning, Richard was always able to challenge all of us with his deep and profound comments and questions. He was able to do that because of his intimate walk with Jesus Christ.

He was a man who had personally experienced the ”knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence.” Richard could be often heard giving all of the glory to God. I will deeply miss him, but I also know that the angels of God and God Himself are rejoicing today because Richard is in their presence today.

Today, I would like to challenge all of us to take this verse as literally as Richard Doss did and seek the close walk with Jesus that Richard experienced.

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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Littlerock Community Church
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“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” (Psalm 25:5)

The only source of ultimate truth is God. Throughout all human history, men and women have developed their own philosophies of life and explanations for the three basic questions: 1) Where did I come from; 2) What is my purpose on this earth; and 3) What happens to me after I die.

But the true answers to these questions come only from God. God has revealed Himself to us in His Word (the Bible). As we read and study the Bible, we are able to learn more about God and answers to those three basic questions.

As those questions are answered, we recognize the salvation that God has provided for us through faith in Jesus Christ. Once we have acquired this kind of faith, it becomes quite natural for us to look forward to and wait upon God all day long. Since absolute truth and direction come from Him, we look to Him to lead us each and every day. Let us thank God for loving us and providing His Word so that we may learn more and more about the God who created and sustains the universe in which we live.

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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Littlerock Community Church
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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Life has a way of throwing things our way that cause us to become worried or anxious. This verse delivers a command to us to not be anxious. At first glance this seems like an impossible command to keep.

But it gives us the antidote to being anxious and that is prayer. To those who are not believers and have not seen the powerful results of prayer, there is a tendency to minimize prayer and see it as just a “Christian ritual”. But for those of us Christians who have personally witnessed powerful movements of God is answering prayer, we know that it is not a mere ritual.

When we are faced with a problem or difficulty that life has brought our way, we can bring “everything” to God in prayer and ask Him to intervene. We are to pray with an attitude of thanksgiving because since God is both all powerful and all wise, He may not answer our prayer in the way that we expected or hoped, but it is for His glory and for our ultimate benefit.

Let us thank God today for the challenges that life sends our way today!

Dr. Chuck Pedersen
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Littlerock Community Church
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