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Every issue of About My Father's Business magazine features an ordinary person who believes that God has called them to be a forerunner in helping to establish His kingdom and helping to bring people to Himself.

Page 7 Don’t Live a Cursed Life:

Do you know if you’re cursed? Witchcraft and oc­ cult practices are prevalent and growing. Do you know if you are under a curse? Well, from the be­ ginning of the first rebellion, witchcraft has been in existence, since rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Now, let me ask again, are you cursed?

You might say no, I’m a born again believer, cov­ ered by the blood of Jesus. Well, are you trying to live, stay and be justified and be found righteous before God by being obedient to the law?

Page 9 Letter to the Galatians :

Written by the apostle Paul around 58 AD, the letter to the Galatians focused on defending the fact that Paul was an Apostle sent by God, combating the legalistic­ works centered teaching that was creeping into the church and helping the Galatian Christians understand that their righteousness and justification before God the Father, came through Jesus Christ and the grace that belief in Him provided.

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Nikki rose from the table and she and Ann hugged, evidently glad to see each other. Before they were seated, they were already talking; catching up on things.

“Have you found a church yet?” Nikki began.

“No. It’s not the biggest issues going on right now.” Ann stated casually. Then Nikki’s tone changed tak­ ing on a more serious nature.

Page 19 The Price of Freedom:

Sitting in the coffee shop, Rodney sat back from his laptop and took a sip of the hot frothy drink that was in the mug next to the laptop. The expression on his face was nothing less than disgust and loathing. He cut a quick glance to his left, where a group of peo­ ple sat and seemed to be having a really good time with each other.

From the similar tee shirts that they all wore, it was evident that they belonged to the same organization. On closer inspection, the writing on tee shirts de­ scribed the wearers as The Freedom Riders from a local church in the neighborhood.

Mumbling under his breath, Rodney thought, “What do those people know about freedom? They’re still bound by the chains of institutional religion.”

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Every issue of About My Father's Business maga­ zine features an ordinary person who believes

Every issue of About My Father's Business maga­ zine features an ordinary person who believes that God has called them to be a forerunner in helping to establish His kingdom and helping to bring people to Himself.

In this issue of About My Father's Business, we will feature Robert Bradley. Robert is the founder of Spirit Warrior Ministries and SW Graphix.

Q: So, Robert how did you come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

A: That happened when I was around twelve years old. I was brought up in the church and one day, be­ ing the logical and reasonable kid that I was, realized that I didn’t want to go to hell. And so, I asked Jesus

als. Now, the form of those instructional materials is what’s really crazy right now. Along with the AMFB Magazine, I’m currently working on putting together

a two series of bible studies; one for the AMFBN In­

stitute and one for The Church Connected. The Church Connected is the physical community of be­ lievers who meet under the umbrella of Spirit Warrior Ministries. I’m also working on two other magazines, The Spirit Warrior and Artist Helping Artist. I have what has become a bi­monthly comic strip, Dogg Day Afternoon featuring Mac and have started writing the storyline to one called The Voice.

Let’s see, I’ve just finished the rough draft of a book that I’ve been writing entitled “The Married Help” and people have been asking me to add more to a short story that I submitted to a writing contest. Ap­

to save me and keep me from going to hell. Yep, it was parently, they want me to make it into a full novel. fire insurance salvation.

Q: What has your Christian experience been like?

A: It’s been an adventure to say the least. I’ve always had an interest in spiritual and mysterious things, in­ cluding various Christian denominations, things like Eastern and African religions, as well as, the occult. While getting me into some strange and very bad situ­ ations, it allowed me to examine experience and com­ pare Christianity and its various forms with what the

Aside from that, I’m just maintaining several client websites and working at a company as part­time sales support staff. With all that I’m doing now, I’ve decid­ ed not to take on anymore large website or design projects. I’ll do the one to three pagers, but nothing large that includes a lot of graphics or multimedia. And I’ll take on writing assignments as I get them.

Q: We here at AMFBN consider you a forerunner but how do you see yourself being used by God in

bible actually says. I’ve been able to see the character these last days. of God a little better and have a funny awareness

when something doesn’t seem to line up with His character even when scriptures from the bible are be­ ing used.

A: For me, that’s kind of funny, because I don’t really see myself as a forerunner. I just see myself as some­ one here to help and have been given the gift of teach­ ing and writing. I see myself being used by God to help ordinary people see that there is more to life than the world system that we have been put into. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that

through ignorance. Like the children of Israel, after

I still have a lot of growing to do. But overall, it has been good. Like I said, bumpy at times due to my curi­ ous nature and I probably didn’t mention my lapses

and lack of faith which rears its ugly head at the worst people don’t know about, either through deception or

times.

years of living in a system of “beneficent oppression” when they were given a chance for freedom they pushed against it. I think most people are like that. With freedom come responsibility and the possibility

Q: I know that you are that creator and writer for AMFB Magazine right? What are you currently working on other than writing for AMFBN.ORG

of failure and those two things scare people.

A: Well, I’m actually trying to slow down and focus on writing and putting together instructional materi­

It is my hope that God can use me to create materials so that His

It is my hope that God can use me to create materials so that His word can be taught, His character known, people can have real hope and the practicality of liv­ ing a holy life dedicated to Him becomes a reality in more people.

Q: How important is it to you that everyone is aware of what Gods doing in this season.

A: I think is extremely important. Technology has made advances globalization or the inter­connected­ ness of the entire world a reality. Unlike centuries or even years ago when contacting and connecting with someone on the other side of the world took a lot of work and planning; now it’s no more than a push of a button. Under the guise of safety for all, governments are implementing policies that are creating the move to a one world government in outward practice. With­

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out a clear understanding of God and His plan for people, societies are going to welcome the government’s intervention in their personal and pri­ vate lives. Currently the buzz words are “hope” and “change” and people may not fully understand where the hope is coming from and what the changes are truly going to be.

Q: How has the enemy tried to stop your vision and how have you overcome him.

A: This is going to sound really simplistic, but you have to pray, really get into God’s word with an open attentive heart and mind, find some solid people who will stand behind you and support you. And with that, I’m not talking about people who will agree with eve­ rything that you are doing or want to do. You need to have balanced fellowship; people who will make you question whether what you want to do is of yourself or of God. And you have to be willing to work and stick it out when either nothing seems to be happening or it looks like you’re going backwards instead of forward.

A: Wow, that’s a good question. I would have to say that he’s used his common tools of lies, deception and fear. He’s tried to keep me back financially, but that has just been a minor inconveniencies. I think that the major ways has been trying to capitalize on my fears and weaknesses. I have a problem saying no and try­ ing to help everybody, sometimes to my own demise.

Q: How long have you been writing and were do you get the inspiration from.

A: I can’t remember not writing. I know in high school and college, I would rather write a paper or papers than take a test. I love to write and it doesn’t

I’ve tended to put a lot of things and people above and matter what. I write all types of things, whether it cre­

before what I should have been focusing on and it has

cost me a lot of time, money and resources that should any subject because I also love to read and do re­

have been used in completing the vision that God has given me; not the desires that others have had for me.

ative, instructional or opinion and it can be on almost

search.

I generally get my inspiration from anywhere. If

something that I see or hear or experience strikes me the wrong way, I’ll right about it. It strikes me the

right way, I’ll write about it. That’s one of the reasons that I believe this is a gift from God. It doesn’t take a lot for me to just start writing. And I found that I very seldom need to create an outline. I usually know what

I want to say and then fill the rest in and around that subject.

Q: If there was one thing you could've have done differently what would it be?

A: I don’t think that there is one thing that I would have done differently. If I could do anything, it would be to change a series of decisions that I made which prevented me from spending as much time as I wanted with my son and being able to do more to help him and his mother.

I think the other way, that Satan has tried to stop me is by playing up my fear of failure and lack of securi­ ty. Sometimes, I would be thinking that I just need to do something and then rationalize myself out of it. I would tell myself that if I did this or that I wouldn’t have anything to fall back on. Or, I need to take care of my family; that’s what a man is supposed to do and I would end up stuck and put things on the back burn­ er. And then I am constantly reminded about the sin that’s in my own life. And with that the thoughts come, “How can you help anybody else when you have so many things wrong with yourself?” “You know, you are being a hypocrite if you think that you can try to help others and you can’t even help yourself.” Those types of thought are what led me to maintain 2Cor. 10: 3­5 as one of my main verses. I have to constantly and consciously cast down imaginations and every

[high] proud thing that tries to put itself above and against the knowledge of God and bring every thought Q: Where is AMFB Magazine going from here? captive and under the obedience of Christ. It’s hard,

but necessary.

A: In the words of Buzz Lightyear, AMFB Magazine is going “To infinity and beyond…” That’s hard to say. To say that it is going global is too limiting.

Q: What advice do you have for our readers who want to follow their dreams in God but keep get­ ting distracted.

Do you know if you’re cursed? Witchcraft and occult practices are prevalent and growing. Do

Do you know if you’re cursed? Witchcraft and occult practices are prevalent and growing. Do you know if you are under a curse? Well, from the beginning of the first rebellion, witchcraft has been in existence, since rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Now, let me ask again, are you cursed?

That’s because the law was never meant to bring life. It was meant to show people that they were sinful and that God is holy. The law was made to be a tutor to show us how we should be, to show us how we can’t be and to show us that we need a savior who is all that we should be and can be. The law was made to guide us to Jesus Christ and through Him the availability of

“Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. (20) Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one. (21) [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. (22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. (24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmas­ ter [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (25) But af­ ter that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Gal 3:19­27) Understanding that Christ has paid the price for our freedom and redemption from the curse of the law is vital for all believers. It changes our motivation from have to into a motivation of want to. It changes our

You might say no, I’m a born again believer, covered

by the blood of Jesus. Well, are you trying to live, stay God’s grace and deliverance from the law. and be justified and found righteous before God by

being obedient to the law? Do you come before God saying that, “I don’t steal, I’ve never killed anyone, I don’t commit adultery, I pay my tithes and I’m a faithful member of a bible be­ lieving church.” Do you feel that if you are good enough, you’ll be okay? If you believe those things and are trying to live that way, you are living a cursed life.

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“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is

ten, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. (13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree” (Gal 3:10­13)

Do you believe that God will not command you to do something that He knows that you can’t do? Shocking as it may sound the answer is yes. Did you know that nobody is able to obey all of God’s laws all time and that if you mess in one point you have nullified your obedience in all of the other places?

prayers from God will You, to God thank You. It changes our attitude from that
prayers from God will You, to God thank You. It changes our attitude from that

prayers from God will You, to God thank You. It changes our attitude from that of a victim to that of a victor. Break free from the curse that binds you. Re­ member, “He who the Son sets free is free indeed.” and “To him who is forgiven much loves much.” we can ask or think, according to the power that works

we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us. This is so

in us. This is so that God will be glorified in His church through Christ Jesus throughout all ages and world without end.

Christ Jesus throughout all ages and world without end. No Matter What profession You’re in Live
Christ Jesus throughout all ages and world without end. No Matter What profession You’re in Live
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Live a life Worthy of your Calling
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Written by the apostle Paul around 58 AD, the letter to the Galatians focused on
Written by the apostle Paul around 58 AD, the letter to the Galatians focused on
Written by the apostle Paul around 58 AD, the letter to the Galatians focused on
Written by the apostle Paul around 58 AD, the letter to the Galatians focused on

Written by the apostle Paul around 58 AD, the letter to the Galatians focused on de- fending the fact that Paul was an Apostle sent by God, combating the legalistic-works centered teaching that was creeping into the church and helping the Galatian Chris- tians understand that their righteousness and justification before God the Father, came through Jesus Christ and the grace that belief in Him provided.

After the greeting, Paul immediately ad- dresses the problem, that they were mov- ing away from the true gospel of grace and into a gospel of works and law.

From there He deviates slightly and ex- plains his life, conversion and calling. He discusses his interaction and association with the other apostles, as well as other Christians who knew him as the persecutor of believers in Christ.

Then Paul explains and describes the pur- pose of the law, including its weaknesses. He explains the strength, purpose and ne- cessity of grace through faith.

The focus of the letter centers on the fact that through Jesus Christ, we are free from the curse of the law and free to live a life of service to God and each other.

Paul addresses the inner struggle between our human nature (the flesh) which wants to live based on sin and the law and that of the spirit which wants to live based on grace and righteousness.

“ Ye have been called unto liberty

[freedom]; only use not liberty for an occa- sion to the flesh, but by love serve one an- other.” (Gal. 5:13)

Chapter One

Gal 1:1 Paul, an apostle (not from men, nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), Gal 1:2 and all the brothers with me, to the churches of Galatia. Gal 1:3 Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Gal 1:4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might de­ liver us from this present evil world according to the will of God and our Father, Gal 1:5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Gal 1:6 I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel, Gal 1:7 which is not another, but some are troubling you, and desiring to pervert the gospel of Christ. Gal 1:8 But even if we or an angel from Heaven preach a gospel to you beside what we preached to you, let him be accursed. Gal 1:9 As we said before, and now I say again, If any­ one preaches a gospel to you beside what you have received, let him be accursed. Gal 1:10 For now do I persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Gal 1:11 And, brothers, I make known to you the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not according to man. Gal 1:12 For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it except by a revelation of Jesus Christ. Gal 1:13 For you heard my manner of life when I was in Judaism, that I persecuted the church of God with surpassing zeal, and ravaged it. Gal 1:14 And I progressed in Judaism beyond many contemporaries in my race, being much more a zeal­ ot of the traditions of my fathers. Gal 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and having called me by His grace, Gal 1:16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the nations, immediately I did not con­ fer with flesh and blood; Gal 1:17 Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those apostles before me, but I went into Arabia and returned again to Damascus. Gal 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days. Gal 1:19 But I saw no other of the apostles, except James the Lord's brother. Gal 1:20 And what I write to you, behold, before God, I do not lie. Gal 1:21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and of Cilicia, Gal 1:22 and was unknown by face to the churches of Judea in Christ.

Gal 1:23 But only they were hearing that he who then persecuted us, now preaches
Gal 1:23 But only they were hearing that he who then persecuted us, now preaches
Gal 1:23 But only they were hearing that he who then persecuted us, now preaches

Gal 1:23 But only they were hearing that he who then persecuted us, now preaches the faith which he once ravaged. Gal 1:24 And they glorified God in me.

Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ, we also were found to be sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Let it not be said! Gal 2:18 For if I build again the things which I de­ stroyed, I confirm myself as a transgressor. Gal 2:19 For through the Law I died to the law, that I might live to God. Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf. Gal 2:21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if right­ eousness is through law, then Christ died without cause.

Chapter 3

Chapter Two

Gal 2:1 Then through fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. Gal 2:2 And I went up by revelation. And I put before them the gospel which I proclaim in the nations, but privately to those seeming to be pillars, lest I run, or I ran, into vanity. Gal 2:3 (But not even Titus, the one with me, a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.) Gal 2:4 But because of those false brothers stealing in, who stole in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus; they desiring to enslave us; Gal 2:5 to whom not even for an hour did we yield in

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who bewitched you not to obey the truth, to whom before your eyes Jesus Christ was written among you crucified?

subjection, that the truth of the gospel might contin­ Gal 3:2 This only I would learn from you: Did you re­

ue with you. Gal 2:6 But from those who seemed to be something (what kind they were then does not matter to me; God does not accept the face of man), for those seeming important conferred nothing to me. Gal 2:7 But on the contrary, seeing that I have been en­

ceive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing of faith? Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, do you now perfect yourself in the flesh? Gal 3:4 Did you suffer so many things in vain, if indeed it is even in vain?

trusted with the gospel of the uncircumcision, as Pe­ Gal 3:5 Then He supplying the Spirit to you and work­

ter to the circumcision; Gal 2:8 for He working in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision also worked in me to the nations. Gal 2:9 and knowing the grace given to me, James, and Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, gave right hands of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we go to the nations, but they to the circumcision. Gal 2:10 Only they asked that we remember the poor, which very thing I was eager to do. Gal 2:11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was to be blamed. Gal 2:12 For before some came from James, he ate with the nations. But when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those of the circumcision. Gal 2:13 And the rest of the Jews also dissembled with him, so as even Barnabas was led away with their dissembling. Gal 2:14 But when I saw that they did not walk uprightly with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before all, If you, being a Jew, live as a Gentile, and not as the Jews, why do you compel the nations to judaize? Gal 2:15 We Jews by nature, and not sinners of the na­ tions, Gal 2:16 knowing that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ; even we believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith in Christ, and not by works of the Law. For all flesh will not be justified by works of law.

ing powerful works in you, is it by works of the law, or by hearing of faith? Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. Gal 3:7 Therefore know that those of faith, these are the sons of Abraham. Gal 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the nations through faith, preached the gospel before to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all nations be blessed." Gal 3:9 So then those of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Gal 3:10 For as many as are out of works of the Law, these are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the Book of the Law, to do them." Gal 3:11 But that no one is justified by the Law in the sight of God is clear, for, "The just shall live by faith." Gal 3:12 But the Law is not of faith; but, "The man who does these things shall live in them." Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone having been hanged on a tree"); Gal 3:14 so that the blessing of Abraham might be to the nations in Jesus Christ, and that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Gal 3:15 Brothers, I speak according Gal 3:29 And if you are Christ's, Gal 3:15
Gal 3:15 Brothers, I speak according Gal 3:29 And if you are Christ's, Gal 3:15
Gal 3:15 Brothers, I speak according Gal 3:29 And if you are Christ's, Gal 3:15

Gal 3:15 Brothers, I speak according Gal 3:29 And if you are Christ's,

Gal 3:15 Brothers, I speak according to man, a covenant having been ratified, even among mankind, no one sets aside or adds to it.

to man, a covenant having been ratified, even among mankind, no one sets aside or adds to it. Gal 3:16 And to Abraham and to his Seed the promises were spoken. It does not say, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, "And to your Seed," which is Christ. Gal 3:17 And I say this, A covenant having been ratified by God in Christ, the Law (coming into be­ ing four hundred and thirty years after) does not annul the prom­ ise, so as to abolish it. Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance is of Law, it is no more of promise; but

then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise. Gal 3:2 This only I would learn from

you: Did you receive the Spirit by Gal 3:16 And to Abraham and to his

works of the law, or by hearing of

Seed the promises were spoken. It does not say, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, "And to your Seed," which is Christ. Gal 3:17 And I say this, A covenant having been ratified by God in Christ, the Law (coming into be­ ing four hundred and thirty years after) does not annul the prom­ ise, so as to abolish it.

faith?

Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, do you now perfect yourself in the flesh? Gal 3:4 Did you suffer so many things in vain, if indeed it is even in vain? Gal 3:5 Then He supplying the Spirit to you and working powerful

works in you, is it by works of the Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance is of

law, or by hearing of faith?

Law, it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by way of promise. Gal 3:19 Why then the Law? It was added because of transgressions, until the Seed should come to those to whom it had been prom­ ised, being ordained through an­ gels in the Mediator's hand.

God gave it to Abraham by way of Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed

promise. Gal 3:19 Why then the Law? It was

God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.

added because of transgressions, Gal 3:7 Therefore know that those of

until the Seed should come to those to whom it had been prom­

faith, these are the sons of Abra­ ham.

ised, being ordained through an­ Gal 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing

gels in the Mediator's hand. Gal 3:20 But the Mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Gal 3:21 Is the Law then against the promises of God? Let it not be

that God would justify the na­

tions through faith, preached the Gal 3:20 But the Mediator is not a

gospel before to Abraham, say­ ing, "In you shall all nations be blessed."

mediator of one, but God is one. Gal 3:21 Is the Law then against the promises of God? Let it not be said! For if a law had been given which could have given life, in­

said! For if a law had been given Gal 3:9 So then those of faith are

which could have given life, in­ deed righteousness would have been out of Law. Gal 3:22 But the Scripture shut up all under sin, so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under Law, having been shut up to the faith about to be revealed. Gal 3:24 So that the Law has become a trainer of us until Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Gal 3:25 But faith coming, we are no longer under a trainer. Gal 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:27 For as many as were bap­ tized into Christ, you put on Christ. Gal 3:28 There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is no male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Je­ sus.

blessed with faithful Abraham.

Gal 3:10 For as many as are out of works of the Law, these are under

deed righteousness would have been out of Law. Gal 3:22 But the Scripture shut up all under sin, so that the prom­ ise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who be­ lieve. Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under Law, having been shut up to the faith about to be revealed. Gal 3:24 So that the Law has be­ come a trainer of us until Christ, that we might be justi­ fied by faith. Gal 3:25 But faith coming, we are no longer under a trainer. Gal 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Je­ sus. Gal 3:27 For as many as were bap­ tized into Christ, you put on Christ.

a

curse; for it is written, "Cursed

is everyone who does not contin­ ue in all things which are written in the Book of the Law, to do them."

Gal 3:11 But that no one is justified by the Law in the sight of God is clear, for, "The just shall live by faith." Gal 3:12 But the Law is not of faith; but, "The man who does these things shall live in them." Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made

a

curse for us (for it is written,

"Cursed is everyone having been hanged on a tree"); Gal 3:14 so that the blessing of Abra­ ham might be to the nations in Jesus Christ, and that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

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Gal 3:28 There cannot be Jew nor Gal 4:12 Brothers, I beseech you, Greek, there
Gal 3:28 There cannot be Jew nor Gal 4:12 Brothers, I beseech you, Greek, there
Gal 3:28 There cannot be Jew nor Gal 4:12 Brothers, I beseech you, Greek, there

Gal 3:28 There cannot be Jew nor Gal 4:12 Brothers, I beseech you,

Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is no male nor fe­ male; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise.

salem which now is, and is in slavery with her children. Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem from above is free, who is the mother of us all.

be as I am; for I am as you. You have not injured me at all. Gal 4:13 But you know that through infirmity of the flesh I

preached the gospel to you be­ Gal 4:27 For it is written, "Rejoice,

barren one not bearing; break forth and shout, you not travail­ ing; for more are the children of the desolate than she having the husband." Gal 4:28 But brothers, we, like Isaac, are children of promise. Gal 4:29 But then even as he born according to flesh persecuted him born according to the Spir­ it, so it is also now.

ture say? "Cast out the slave­ woman and her son; for in no way shall the son of the slave­ woman inherit with the son of the free woman." Gal 4:31 Then, brothers, we are not children of a slave­woman, but of the free woman.

Chapter Five

liberty with which Christ has

made us free, and do not again be held with the yoke of bondage. Gal 5:2 Behold, I, Paul, say to you that if you are circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. Gal 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do all the Law, Gal 5:4 you who are justified by Law are deprived of all effect from Christ; you fell from grace. Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteous­ ness out of faith. Gal 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any strength, but faith work­ ing through love. Gal 5:7 You were running well. Who hindered you that you do not obey the truth? Gal 5:8 This persuasion is not from Him who calls you.

fore, Gal 4:14 and you did not despise my temptation in my flesh, nor did you spurn it. But you re­ ceived me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. Gal 4:15 What then was your bless­ edness? For I bear you record that, if you were able, plucking out your eyes, you would have given them to me.

Gal 4:16 So then did I become your Gal 4:30 But what does the Scrip­

enemy speaking to you the truth? Gal 4:17 They are zealous for you, but not well. But they only de­ sire to shut you out, that you be zealous to them.

Chapter Four

Gal 4:1 But I say, Over so long a time the heir is an infant, he does not differ from a slave, though being lord of all; Gal 4:2 but he is under guardians and housemasters until the term appointed before by the father. Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were infants, were in bondage under the elements of the world. Gal 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, coming into being out

of a woman, having come under Gal 4:18 But it is good to be zeal­

ous always in a good thing, and not only in my being present with you. Gal 4:19 My children, for whom I

Law, Gal 4:5 that He might redeem those under Law, so that we might receive the adoption of sons. Gal 4:6 And because you are sons,

again travail until Christ should Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the

be formed in you,

God has sent forth the Spirit of Gal 4:20 even now I desired to be

present with you, and to change my voice; for I am in doubt as to you. Gal 4:21 Tell me, those desiring to be under Law, do you not hear the Law? Gal 4:22 For it is written: Abraham had two sons, the one out of the slave­woman, and one out of the free woman.

slave­woman has been born ac­ cording to flesh, and he out of the free woman through the promise; Gal 4:24 which things are being allegorized; for these are the two covenants, one indeed from Mount Sinai bringing forth to slavery, which is Hagar. Gal 4:25 For Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jeru­

His Son into your hearts, cry­ ing, Abba, Father. Gal 4:7 So that you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, also an heir of God through Christ. Gal 4:8 But then, indeed, not knowing God, you served as slaves to those not by nature be­ ing gods.

Gal 4:9 But now, knowing God, but Gal 4:23 But, indeed, he out of the

rather are known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements to which you again desire to slave anew? Gal 4:10 You observe days and months and times and years. Gal 4:11 I fear for you, lest some­ how I have labored among you in vain.

Gal 5:9 A little leaven leavens all the lump. Gal 5:10 I have confidence in

Gal 5:9 A little leaven leavens all the lump. Gal 5:10 I have confidence in you in the Lord, that you will think nothing else, but that he troubling you shall bear the judgment, whoever he may be. Gal 5:11 And I, brothers, if I yet proclaim circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the offense of the Cross has ceased. Gal 5:12 I wish that those causing you to doubt will cut themselves off. Gal 5:13 For, brothers, you were called to liberty. Only

Gal 6:5 For each one will bear his own load. Gal 6:6 But let him who is taught in the Word share with the one teaching in all good things. Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap. Gal 6:8 For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit. Gal 6:9 But we should not lose heart in well­doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint.

do not use the liberty for an opening to the flesh, but Gal 6:10 So then as we have time, let us work good to­

by love serve one another. Gal 5:14 For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Gal 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another. Gal 5:16 I say, then, Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. And these are contrary to one another; lest whatever you may will, these things you do. Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not un­ der law. Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lust­ fulness, Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, Gal 5:21 envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long­suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23 meekness, self­control; against such things there is no law. Gal 5:24 But those belonging to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Gal 5:26 Let us not become glory­seeking, provoking one another, envying one another.

Chapter Six

Gal 6:1 Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempt­ ed. Gal 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so you will ful­ fill the Law of Christ. Gal 6:3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, being nothing, he deceives himself. Gal 6:4 But let each one prove his own work, and then he alone will have a boast in himself, and not in an­ other.

ward all, especially toward those of the household of faith. Gal 6:11 See in what large letters I write to you with my hand. Gal 6:12 As many as desire to look well in the flesh, these compel you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. Gal 6:13 For they themselves, having been circumcised, do not even keep the Law, but they desire you to be circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. Gal 6:14 But may it never be for me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision has any strength, nor uncircumcision, but a new crea­ tion. Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them and upon the Israel of God. Gal 6:17 For the rest, let no one give troubles to me, for I bear in my body the brands of the Lord Jesus. Gal 6:18 Brothers, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

The book of Galatians text taken from the Modern King James Version of the bible

Entering the restaurant door, Ann quickly scanned the dinning area. As the hostess approached her,

Entering the restaurant door, Ann quickly scanned the dinning area. As the hostess approached her, she saw who she was looking for. Explaining to the hostess that her party was already there, she walked over to the table.

Nikki rose from the table and she and Ann hugged, evidently glad to see each other. Before they were seated, they were already talking; catching up on things.

“Have you found a church yet?” Nikki began.

“No. It’s not the biggest issues going on right now.” Ann stated casually. Then Nikki’s tone changed tak­ ing on a more serious nature.

“What do you mean, ‘it’s not biggest issue going on?’ You need to be in a church. You need to have fellow­ ship with the believers.” Nikki continued.

“watch after your soul. You just want to do your own thing.”

A hardened smile played on Ann’s lips. “Well, Nikki; you’ve been in the church for a little while, do you know the differ­ ence between liv­ ing for the church and living for the kingdom? Do you understand what it means to live by the law and what it means to live by grace?”

to live by the law and what it means to live by grace?” Nikki paused for

Nikki paused for a moment. Finally, she said, “Yes, I know and I know that you need to be in a church and under a pastor. How do you think you’ll grow? God didn’t make any Lone Ranger Christians, you know.”

“I do fellowship with other believers. Just going to a church building doesn’t mean that you are in a

church.” Ann sat back a little, knowing where this was And so conversations like those are taking place be­

going.

The food came and with the food the subject changed.

tween family and friends all over the church world. As the church becomes more out of touch with the culture and the community, a tension is being created be­

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tween those who are comfortable with the way things are and the way things are going in the church and those who want a change. Those who want a change, sense that there is more and they want to embrace the life of God in all of life.

Unfortunately this tension is one that has been going on for centuries. And it is one of the issues that were addressed in Paul’s letter to the people in the churches of Galatia. The tension develops when people who understand and live based on the freedom that they now have in Christ interact with people who are still bound by legalism (trying to measure up and gain God’s approval by following a set of rules and regula­ tions to govern their actions and the works that they do) and/or people who understand their freedom but don’t want to go against a legalistic majority and so they act differently around different groups of people.

so they act differently around different groups of people. This is not to say that people

This is not to say that people shouldn’t defer and be understanding around other believers who are new to the faith and just getting their bearings in the new world of Christianity. That is dealt with in Paul’s let­ ter to the Roman church. What this addresses is the use of rules, traditions and religious peer­pressure – the law, to nullify the work of Christ on the cross and keep people in bondage.

Right from the start Paul states the problem, “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him [God] who called you into the grace of Christ unto a different gospel.” The Christians in Galatia were moving into a different form of “good news.” There were professed teachers of enlightenment who were actually steering the people away from God and the grace of Christ and there were Jews who were demanding that the Gala­ tian believers keep the law in order to have a true rela­ tionship with God.

The apostle Peter gave in to the religious peer­pres­ sure and in his desire to be accepted acted differently around different people. His motivation wasn’t to help or to defer to weaker brothers and help them move into grace. He just didn’t want to go against the sys­ tem; he wanted to be accepted by his Jewish brothers when he was with them and be accepted by his non­ Jewish brothers when he was with them, so he acted like a chameleon. He acted two­faced.

Peter understood his freedom in Christ, but he wasn’t living like it. And Paul confronted him on that issue. It’s a lot easier to go with the flow and be accepted, even if it means that you deny what you truly believe. Standing up for and living out the truth is hard work and it sets a person up as a target for ridicule and re­ jection.

“But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face because he was to be blamed. For be­ fore that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles; but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the cir­ cumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with them; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the

gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, ‘If thou, be­ ing a Jew, livest

gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, ‘If thou, be­ ing a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to

live as do the Jews? … Knowing that a man is not jus­ sense of guilt.” tified by the works fothe law, but by the faith of Jesus

Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we

might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the not putting down churches and my church in particu­

works of the laws shall no flesh be justified…” (Gal

2:11­16)

because God has given you gift of singing and you want to give that gift back to him in thanksgiving and praise, not because you feel that you have to out of a

Nikki’s tense defensiveness started leaving. “So you’re

lar?

Ann said quietly, “No, not at all. I just want you to re­ alize that what Christ did for you is to free you from

good church, but we have a tendency to find it easier to listen to man, including ourselves, than to listen to God sometimes. Ann and Nikki prayed and they rose and left the restaurant, both smiling and talking.

Peter’s fear, like the fear of other Jews, was leading

the Galatian believers away from the freedom of grace. having to and freeing you to want to do. You’re in a

As Paul states, “… false brethren unawares [were] brought in, who came in secretly to spy out our free­ dom which we have in Christ Jesus that they might bring us into bondage…”

Finishing her meal Ann looked Nikki straight in her eyes and simply but firmly said, “Nikki, are you in a right standing with God the Father because of the things you do, like going to church and singing in the choir. Did your pastor or your church make you right­ eous? Or are you righteous because Jesus paid the price and made you right before God the Father when you exchanged your life for His?”

The struggle and the confusion on Nikki’s face were evident. Trying to smile, and jokingly but defensively admitted that her righteousness came through her be­ lief in Jesus.

“Then live like it. Chose to go to church because that’s where God wants you, not because you feel obligated and are trying to gain His approval. Sing in the choir

Fear, religious peer­pressure and legalism are still prevalent in the church today. But as those who are free, a stand has to be taken, because, “I through the law am dead to the laws, that I might live unto God.”

“I am crucified with Christ: nev­ ertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh [in this body on earth] I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Gal 2:20­21)

God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Gal 2:20­21)
God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Gal 2:20­21)
God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Gal 2:20­21)
Sitting in the coffee shop, Rodney sat back from his laptop and took a sip
Sitting in the coffee shop, Rodney sat back from his laptop and took a sip

Sitting in the coffee shop, Rodney sat back from his laptop and took a sip of the hot frothy drink that was in the mug next to the laptop. The expression on his face was nothing less than disgust and loathing. He cut a quick glance to his left, where a group of people sat and seemed to be having a really good time with each other.

From the similar tee shirts that they all wore, it was evident that they belonged to the same organization. On closer inspection, the writing on tee shirts de­ scribed the wearers as The Freedom Riders from a local church in the neighborhood.

Mumbling under his breath, Rodney thought, “What do those people know about freedom? They’re still bound by the chains of institutional religion.” Rodney had broken away from the local church that he had grown up in; the church that he had spent years in. He had found that it was too limiting and that his spiritual growth had come to a stand still. Now, Rodney spent time with a group of believers who studied the bible, spent time in prayer and tried to work in the commu­ nity. He felt free; free to worship and serve God based on his gifts and his understanding of scripture.

However, without his knowing it, something had hap­ pened to Rodney’s sense of understanding and com­ passion. Patience was not a fruit of the Spirit that was readily evident. One of the young men from the group at the table rose and approached Rodney. “I know this guy is not going to come over here and try to convert me…”

Holding out his hand the young man introduced him­ self and asked if he could sit down. Trying to demon­ strate his superior sense of freedom, he invited the young man to have a seat. The conversation started with general small talk. The young man stated that he and his friends attend the church down the street and that they were just hanging out.

As the conversation continued and moved into areas of religion. Rodney felt he knew what was coming next and he would head it off. Straining to smile, he started with a chuckle in his voice, “So, are you here to convert me? Well, if you are, it’s too late. I’m al­ ready a Christian.” Rodney’s body was tense.

The genuine smile and warmth that came from the young man caught Rodney slightly off guard. But, he recovered, knowing that somewhere in the next set of questions that warmth was going to change.

knowing that somewhere in the next set of questions that warmth was going to change. About
Then it came, “Do you belong to a local church in the area?” “Nope; I

Then it came, “Do you belong to a local church in the area?”

“Nope; I used to but I found that I get more out of small gatherings with a group of Christian friends.” The response that he got truly did catch him off guard. “Would you mind if me and my friends came by some time? We always look for other believers to fellow­ ship with?”

“That wouldn’t be a problem. It’s funny; I just knew you were going to start in about me needed to have a church home.”

“Naw; the traditional church scene isn’t for everyone. Jesus said that who the Son sets free is free indeed. For me, the teaching, the people and the structure are all good. I couldn’t see going any place else.”

It is said that there is a cost for freedom and that there is a responsibility that is inherent in freedom. Free­ dom without responsibility is license. This theme is echoed throughout the letter to the Galatians with the bottom line being the fact that, “ye have been called

unto liberty [freedom]; only [use] not liberty [freedom] for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Gal3:13

So, what is the cost of freedom; love. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of an­ other.” (Gal. 5:14­15) God is love and Jesus fulfilled the law; loving us as He loved Himself.

And, what is the responsibility of freedom; service. “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meek­ ness; considering thyself, lest thou be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” (Gal. 6:1­

3)

Closing his laptop, Rodney pulled his chair to the oth­ er table and joined the young man’s group of friends, who quickly became Rodney new found friends. As they shared their common and different experiences, Rodney came to see that instead of using his freedom

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty [freedom] wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty [freedom] wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be
not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1)
Based on this verse, we can see that Paul was talking to people who had come out of bondage
and were in danger of going back into bondage. Having tasted freedom, why would people
want to give it up? Because freedom is something that is hard to maintain (“Stand fast
therefore in the freedom”), is constantly under attack (“entangled again”) and it is some-
thing that was a gift and not earned making it hard to accept (“Christ made us free”).
Also, on the other side of the coin, getting into bondage is something that hap
ubtlety (“be not entangled”) and once it happens it's hard to get out of (“the yoke of bond-
age”).
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