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Never Alone

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The worst test I ever went through was when Avery was born, and she fought for life for three and a half months. When we finally got her home, she went right back into ICU and fought for another couple of months until they finally found out what was wrong. They were able to treat it but it depleted things in her body, and some of the meds they were giving her had to be replaced. They gave me her medicine at 6:00 PM on Tuesday night. We were bringing her home the next day. Finally, she was coming home! I gave her the medicine, and instantly she was nauseousness and crying; something was wrong. I complained three times to the nurse saying, "Something’s wrong, something's wrong, something wrong!” They said, “Oh no, everything's fine just the way it's written.” But we knew something was wrong. They said they would give her the next dose and if anything was wrong, they would call us.

We drove home, and I'll never forget my bride; her head hit the pillow, and she said, “I've got a really bad feeling.” It had been a gruesome couple of months it was just raw emotion. We fell asleep.

We woke up an hour later with a call from the hospital. “Mr. Friedmann, get here as fast as you can.” There was no time to talk as they quickly informed us that we might not make it in time. As we're driving, I'll never forget, Janet reached her hand over to mine, and she said, “Is this all the time we get?”

We walk in, and Avery's out, her heart has stopped, and they’re working on her. The doctor came in, and he said, “What's wrong?” I said, “The medicine you gave her, that’s what's wrong!” 

He came back twenty minutes later and let me tell you again, to his credit, this was a man. He walked up to me and said, “It's my fault. I was in a hurry, and I miscalculated the dose, and I gave her five times what she was supposed to have.”

You’ve got to understand that at that moment, everything in me wanted to take this guy and put his head through the wall. But... “No test has overtaken you. Every test is common to man. It is showing that you're not up to the demand, but there's Someone who is. Lay hold of that Someone, and you will overcome.” 

Trusting Jesus, I reached out, and I grabbed that man, and I said, “I love you. I forgive you. Forget about us and go do whatever you need to do to make her better.”

She was out for twenty-two minutes in a coma. Five days later she woke up. And this summer, this child, is going to go work in the burn ward in South Africa at the Red Cross hospital and add more gray hair to my head and for that too, He is sufficient. 

I don't know what you're going through, but I know the world we live in, and that means you're either going through it, coming out of going through it, or you're going into it. But you don't have to go into it alone, and that is such good news because you're not up to the demand, but there's Someone who is, and all it takes is faith to say, "Lord, I'm not up to the demand, I need you." And He's there. Isn’t that wonderful friends?!

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The Way of Escape: His Life Inside Us

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But God is faithful! Did you see the words, “But God”? “We were dead in our trespasses and sins, but God who is rich in His mercy and grace.” It's all over the New Testament. Whenever you have this horrible negative reality, there’s a “But God,” and this great opportunity on the other side of that available at the moment of faith, praise God!

"He will not permit you to be tested or tempted beyond that which you are able, but with the test or temptation will make a way of escape that you may be able to bear it." And the way of escape my friends is His own life inside you! God will provide, God will provide.

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The One Who Brings Us Through This World

We live in a very dark world, and perhaps you’re hurting today. May Frank’s words in this short video remind you that there is One who can bring you through this world victoriously and He is reliable, and He is trustworthy. Will you put your hand in God’s and journey with Him today?

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How Far Will You Go With Your God?

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Nick was just your average ordinary guy in Communist Romania, and then he found the Gospel, and this is what he said to the guy who led him to Christ, “I will serve God, but I can't go into the ministry. God don't push me that far.”

It took only a couple of years, and Nick answered the call to go into the ministry. Nick thought, “Well God, I'll do the ministry, but don't lead me away from my kids. Don't push me that far.” Pretty soon he's travelling around the country. How many of you know that it was dangerous to be a Christian in a communist country? Nick thought, “Oh God, don't let me get arrested. Don't push me that far.” Can you guess what happened? He got arrested, and they said to him, “Stop preaching in Christ or you don't know what we can do to you!” 

“Oh God, don't push me that far,” Nick thought. He continued to travel all over the country and teach Christ. So they arrest him again, and this time they tell him, “Don't you know where you are? Don't you know who we are? We have the power to kill you!” And out of Nick's mouth came these words, “Even if you kill me, my messages are on tapes all over this country. My blood will be sprinkled over those messages, and the power of Christ to transforms lives will magnify!” The Communist officer said, “We are not so stupid as to give you your wish.” Later, one of Nick's friends spoke to him and said, “What happened to “God don't push me that far?” Nick replied with these words, “We need to go all the way with our God.”

My friends, how far will you go with your God? May we all go all the way!

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Our Only Hope

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The evangelical community needs to wake up!

So much time, energy, and money are spent lobbying and trying to change our culture through political means. That is not our job. Our job is not to moralize the dead but to bring them Life in Christ. Our job is not to change the culture we live in, but to change the people who live in the culture and when enough people in the culture get "changed," (born again and instilled with Life from God,) those changed people will change their culture.

It is time for the church to really draw Life from God and then express that Life to the dead around us. It is time to radically declare Christ, not morality to a dead and dying world.

He is our only hope, NOT legislation!

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The WOW of Christ

As I get older, I am finding myself less and less interested in the new and novel. Rather, I'm finding myself increasingly focussed on what Paul referred to in Corinthians as... "the simplicity of Jesus"...

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Seek the Mind and Heart of Christ

Jesus came to bring us GRACE, but also to bring us TRUTH. Jesus came to bring us Father's LOVE but also His MIND!

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Identity and Value

A CHILD OF GOD WITH INFINITE VALUE - that is how you should define yourself because that is how God defines you...

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Called to The Struggle.

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Hi Frank,

I know of some professing believers who have demonstrated a genuine walk with the Lord, and yet are choosing an “alternative life style”. They say it’s okay because the church they are attending says it’s okay and that they still love Jesus etc. etc etc. 

What would your rebuttal be to the young adult who says that his or her choice is okay because they are okay in their relationship with the Lord? Curious to know your thoughts.

Thank you, Frank!

What a difficult question you ask...

I find it very interesting that Jesus said salvation is a narrow road (Matthew 7:13). He also told us that we will know someone who's saved by their fruits (Matthew 7:16). He also said that there will be many who claimed to love and follow Him, but He says He NEVER knew them (Matthew 7:23). It seems that it's so difficult to be saved!

Yet I marvel at how easy He made it in John 3, when He says "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life."

The account of the bronze serpent is found in the book of Numbers. The children of Israel had been attacked by poisonous snakes. God directed the leaders to create a bronze serpent and put it high above the camp. All it took to be healed of the serpent bites was for people to look on the snake. I call that the "glance of faith".

It figures to me, that if God wants to save His people, and He does, that He would not make it difficult. 

There are those who claim to love Jesus, yet continue in an unbiblical lifestyle. I point those individuals to Jesus' words in John 12-14, "If you love me, keep my commandments." So, assuming they've genuinely received Christ, they are firm in their standing as children of God. However, if they pursue a sinful lifestyle they are not ok in their relationship with Jesus - in that they are failing to love Him and "grieving" the Holy Spirit.

Bottom line, they are still caught in the great plague of a man-centered Gospel, rather than a Jesus Gospel. The focus is on themselves, what they want, how they want to live.

Even as I write this now, I can hear the rebuttal: "No, they aren't actually saved!" Really?

What's fascinating to me is how Jesus promised He'd never leave us - and He meant it. Regardless of the behaviors we are engaging in or the sins we are committing, we take Christ with us into them. I think of 1 Corinthians 6, where Paul says that a believer who goes to a prostitute not only joins himself to her, but joins Jesus to her as well!

You would think that if ever there was a time that Jesus would say, "I am not going with you into this", sleeping with a prostitute would be such a time. Engaging in homosexuality would be such a time, but as He promised, "I will never leave you."

So what am I saying?

Of course we cannot ultimately know if the individuals you're referring to are saved or not. They very well could be. For me, 1 Corinthians 6 raises an interesting and challenging hurdle. In it, Paul makes a list of people who do not inherit the Kingdom. Of course, there is the murderer and the adulterer and the homosexual in that list. He also includes the angry and the selfish and the one who covets. I daresay that every human on earth gets caught somewhere on that list.

The key though, is verse 11:

"Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."

NO ONE would ever ask Christians to celebrate the sin of murder or adultery, but the LGBTQ community is not only asking us to accept their behavior, but CELEBRATE IT! That to me indicates a conscience that was either never redeemed or has been cauterized by sin so badly that such a one does not hear the convicting work of the Holy Spirit anymore (Hebrews 2). 

Here at Grace Life, we affirm our love for such individuals. In the same way that some individuals are born with an extra propensity for lying, or an extra propensity for anger, some are born with a propensity for same sex attraction. We call them to "the struggle": the challenge to live according to how they have been re-born and made new.  They are to walk new instead of according to the propensity they were born into in Adam.

You are Loved,

Frank

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I'm a Former Legalist. And so Are You.

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We are all former legalists... Rom 5 says "the whole world is shut up under the law."

I've been seeing something happening lately that I'd like to talk about.

Mainly, I'm noticing that as some people find freedom and life in the grace of God, they become very cynical and mean to the 'legalists' or 'religionists'. I'm noticing such people almost boasting how they cannot stand such people or their teaching. That they cannot even bear to listen to such teaching, that they would rather not go to church at all rather than sit under such teaching.

Isn't that amazing, when religious and legalistic is exactly what we used to be before finding the New Covenant? Why are we not going back into the legalistic cesspool we came out of to rescue those who are still stuck in there?

Though I understand the zeal, I do not understand the lack of compassion. Jesus, though rejected by the legalistic world never stopped presenting Himself to them, and no Pharisee was ever afraid to go into His presence. How are we going to win the legalistic world if we do not spend time with them?

 We should be so secure in our position, that we can sit under any teaching without it "making us sick." We must remember that many of these dear people who are legalists, do in fact name Jesus as their Lord and Savior, making them our brothers and sisters in Christ. They may be misguided. They may be no small source of discomfort for those of us who are free.

We should be so free that we can sit under their teaching and not have it ruin our day. Paul said, "I become all things to all men that I may win some." The grace of God was never intended to make us isolate and insulate ourselves from the world of religious men and women. That is what the Jews did and in doing so they failed to reach the world with the light that they had been given.

We who secure in our true identity and grounded in our freedom should be able to live in the camp of the religious without their dogma and behavior causing us unrest.

Now that, my friend, is true freedom.

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The Duty of the Church

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It was NEVER the duty of the church to change the culture it exists in. The duty was to transform the people in the culture until there were enough transformed people that cultural change naturally occurred.

Our mission today remains to herald the good news of Christ and be used to transform people.

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Heavy Upon Us

He oppresses us with His glory, forces His glory upon us so we can bathe in and share it with Him.

He oppresses us with His glory, forces His glory upon us so we can bathe in and share it with Him.

God will not let anyone compete with His glory, He is jealous of what is rightfully His. This is fact! Remember the "god" Dagon? It had to bow before the ark of the covenant every day. God will not let anyone or anything rob Him of His glory. However, He gladly and willingly shares His glory with his kids...

In II Cor 4:17, God calls this phenomenon an eternal WEIGHT of glory. Amazing choice of words. IT IS HEAVY UPON US! Dare I put it this way: He oppresses us with His glory, forces His glory upon us so we can bathe in and share it with Him.

WOW!!! Bring on the oppression!!!

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Side by Side or Inside?

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us

Sometimes, I hear people say that they wish they could have walked with Jesus side by side. That is a nice thought, but unfortunately betrays a lack of understanding and experience of the glory of the New Covenant that Jesus established.

In John 14, when the disciples were concerned that He was leaving them, He told them that when He went away, the Father would send "another" comforter. Here is a great choice of words by the Holy Spirit written word. He did not choose the word "heteros" which means another of a different kind. He chose instead the word "allos" which means another of the same kind.

When Jesus went away and returned to His throne, LISTEN,
He sent back One, the Holy Spirit, Who is another just like Jesus Himself.

Now let's ponder Jesus for a minute - He was so patient with the disciples, He defeated temptation, He had compassion for the hurting and the struggling, He rescued the adulterous woman from condemnation by the community of legalists, He intimately conversed with the outcast Samaritan.... hmmmmm, no wonder they did not want Him to leave. Where in this world are you going to find a friend like that, Who is so loving, and gracious, and merciful, and POWERFUL!?

The answer is, "INSIDE YOU!"

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us. No my friend, as good as it would have been to see Jesus on the outside, it is more glorious to experience Him living inside us through the presence of the Holy Spirit, Who is another just like Him. The compassion, mercy, grace, and power of Jesus lives inside me through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

This is the glory of the New Covenant!

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Commandments Function?

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The grace of God in the establishment of the New Covenant did not eradicate the imperative mood in the Greek New Testament. To the one who has really come to understand and is abiding in Christ, these commands function merely as reminders of what their true identity is and who they are in Christ. All that believer need do is abide and they will be expressing obedience to those commands as the Christ Life is lived through them. To the believer who is in process of their understanding, these commandments function as promises, reminders to the believer that what God is calling them to do, He will do through them as they trust Him by faith.

Obedience is simply the by-product of abiding in Christ.

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Who Are We?

And who are we?  Well, we were so fantastically created and intended for such incredible purpose, that it takes multiple descriptions to fully define ourselves.

And who are we? Well, we were so fantastically created and intended for such incredible purpose, that it takes multiple descriptions to fully define ourselves.

It has become quite popular with the internet age to research one's genealogy. In doing so, we learn who we are in terms of our race and culture. This is an absolutely essential thing to do when it comes to understanding our spiritual genealogy. If we do not know our source, our beginnings in God, then we will be lost when it comes to truly understanding who we are. God created us and designed us to function in intimate relationship with Him. Because of the finished work of Christ which enables us to be restored to God, we now have the opportunity to be restored to who we truly are.

And who are we? Well, we were so fantastically created and intended for such incredible purpose, that it takes multiple descriptions to fully define ourselves. The New Testament tells us that we are:

Saints - holy ones of God. 
Soldiers - those involved in a great conflict between God and evil.
Farmers - who sow seed and reap the harvest of life as we lead others into relationship with Jesus.
Fellow workers - an amazing thought to be sure, that God has considered us worthy of participating in His kingdom work.
Joint heirs with Christ - a mind-blowing statement that we share in the inheritance of God's own precious son.

We could go on and on with declaring our multi-faceted identity that we have been restored to through faith in Christ, but I want to stress what I believe to be the supreme aspect of who we are. In the New Testament, we are told that we are now a child of God. Why do I say that is the supreme statement of our identity? Because it is the only aspect of our identity that comes with "THE RIGHT" to say it is so. John 1 says, "when we receive Jesus, we have the "RIGHT" to be called a child of God!"  Ponder the glory of that --- by faith, I am a child of the Sovereign Mighty God of the universe! He calls me son... and I get to call Him "papa". This is my RIGHT because He said it is so.

WOW!

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This is No Time for Wimpy Christians

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Christianity is anything but an ethereal float through this world. It is a battle, that we must actively contend in. I am not so sure that we shouldn't call it "conflictianity".

In I Corinthians 16, there is a very concise but powerful call put forth by the Apostle Paul. "Be alert"... The phrase occurs some 22x in the New Testament. It means to be aware (of the danger), to be on guard (taking every thought captive), to watch (for he lurks around every corner.)

We are the light of the world which instantly puts us into a struggle with him who is the prince of the darkness. He travels the world like a ravening and roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He is the tempter, laying snares that can trap us, sowing lies in the hopes of leading us to make choices that will have devastating consequences.

I love the glory of our new identity in Christ, that we no longer sinners, but saints. We must realize though, that ours is a multi-faceted identity. Father's Word also says that we are soldiers and that because we are in an epic battle. Embrace who you are and whose you are, and fight this good fight of faith with the courage that the Lion of Judah places inside us with His presence. This is no time for wimpy Christians.

I raised my kids on a mantra, I share it now with you...

TRUST GOD AND KICK BUTT!

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I Seek To Live The Same Way...

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Every once in a while, we will read something or hear something from someone, and it is instantly knit to our spirit and we never forget it.

This happened to me several years ago with my friend Lynn Hiles. We were in a restaurant and he told me these words:

"I want to so live my life, that when I go to heaven and see Jesus, the first thing
He will say to me is 'Man, I had a blast hanging out in your body'.

Isn't that awesome? Thank you, Lynn. I seek to live the same way...

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Another Journey Of Being Conformed

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You will know that you have gained the heart of God when you want more for people than they want for themselves.

That in turn, will break your heart.

You will have then been more conformed to the image of Christ, for He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. He wept over people who missed out on all that He came to bring them...

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What Can Fill The Human Spirit?

As an old saint said so well...  "The human spirit, created by God, will only rest when it rests in God."

As an old saint said so well... "The human spirit, created by God, will only rest when it rests in God."

WE KNOW THIS!!! We really do...
But oh if we could only live it out on a consistent basis!

A spiritual hunger CANNOT be met by a physical entity!

or...

As an old saint said so well...
"The human spirit, created by God, will only rest
when it rests in God."

There is much in this world that will satisfy the human soul and there is nothing wrong with that; time with a good friend, romping with a puppy, sitting on the shore of a beautiful lake. But sadly, there is much in this world that can empty a human soul.

HOWEVER,

And here lies the glory --> there is nothing, NOTHING, that can fill the human spirit but the Spirit of God Himself.

... and there is nothing in this world that can empty what He has filled!!!

GLORY~~~

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The Badge We "Wear"

It is only Jesus that minimizes our differences and unites us!

It is only Jesus that minimizes our differences and unites us!

The LAW maximizes our differences and separates us. I baptize by immersion. I am better than you. I use the KJV, I am more spiritual than you. I read my Bible every day, I am more spiritual than you. Do you hear it?

"I" --- "I" --- "I" ...

or maybe it would be better 

"AYE" --- "AYE" --- "AYE"

IT IS SO UGLY THIS SPIRIT OF LAW!!! THIS SPIRIT OF COMPETITION!!!

It is only Jesus that minimizes our differences and unites us! I baptize by immersion, I use the KJV, I read my Bible every day. But none of that is what makes me who I am. The Badge I wear is Jesus. If the badge you wear is Jesus, then you are my brother, even if you sprinkle, even if you read the Living Bible, and even if you never read your Bible.

WE WEAR THE SAME BADGE --- JESUS!

And that badge unites us more than anything that might seek to divide us. 

This should be especially true for us in the camp of GRACE (which last time I checked is Jesus!) We have more that unites us than that which separates us from our religious brothers. We have more that unites us than all those other badges that divide us....

Our real BADGE is not that we know grace, but that we know the PERSON OF GRACE...

Wear that badge very proudly and LOVE THE BRETHREN!!!

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