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Galatians 5:1, 13-25

2010-06-23 — This week’s cartoon is dedicated to Jim L. He doesn’t think Agnus Day is funny. Please pray for his eternal soul.

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BIBLE PASSAGE — For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery…

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

— Proper 8, Series C

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  1. Pastor Kevin Jennings — 2465 days ago #

    Hi, James!

    Luther, 1535 Galatians Commentary: The lust of the flesh is not altogether extinct in us. It rises up again and again and wrestles with the Spirit. No flesh, not even that of the true believer, is so completely under the influence of the Spirit that it will not bite or devour, or at least neglect, the commandment to love.

    The cartoon this week was not so much funny as it was humbling. Great job!

  2. vicki — 2465 days ago #

    i laughed when you asked us to pray for your friend’s eternal soul (or should it be sour like my bad typing tried?!) I think you’re quite funny!

    !!!

  3. Jim — 2464 days ago #

    @ Pr. Kevin: Please accept our humble thanks.

  4. Jim — 2464 days ago #

    @ vicki: You’re too kind. Enjoy your heavenly reward.

  5. Sue Cz — 2443 days ago #

    One can’t appreciate the second list without the presence of the items on the first list in our lives and see how messy our lives can become. Thank God for grace!
    PS your cartoons make me chuckle and give me thoughts to ponder for days and I thank you for it.

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