The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . (Galatians 5:22-23).

The Christian life begins with a great exchange. Jesus Christ took your place, and died on the cross for you. All your sins were placed upon Jesus Christ, and He died in your stead. In the great transaction Christ got all your sin and you were clothed in his perfect righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Salvation is by grace through faith for all who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Legalism kills  Nothing robs the vitality of the Christian life like legalism. It kills grace. "Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God."  Yesterday's grace is totally inadequate for the burden of today. Christ gives the believer a daily supply of grace that never runs out.

DAILY DEVOTIONS  Written for the thinking person to stimulate your spiritual appetite and focus on Christ.


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Acts 2:22  Christ is Alive!  PDF 

Psalm 8:1-9 God's Glory Perfectly Revealed in the Son of Man   PDF  

Psalm 2:1-12 The Song of the Messiah   PDF 

John 20:24-31 Thomas: A Man of Mature Faith   PDF  

John 20:4-8 What John "Saw" in the Empty Tomb   PDF 

Harmony of Trials and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ  PDF

Harmony of Resurrection of Jesus Christ  PDF

Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Christ  PDF 

John 19:31-37 Death of Christ: Factor or Fiction?  PDF 

Ephesians 2:11-22 The Family of God  PDF 

Ephesians 4:1-3 Plea to Maintain Church Unity   PDF 

Ephesians 4:4-6 Basis for Church Unity   PDF 

Ephesians 3:14-21 Praying to be Strengthened in God’s Love   PDF 



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Do you sometimes wonder if someone is looking straight through your keyhole? It is probably the apostle James! His letter contains some salty encouragement for authentic Christian living.

"If you want to have power in your life and to be blessed, go straight to the Sermon on the Mount. . . .as you do so the promised blessings will come . . . it is a description of what we Christians are meant to be . . . " (D. M. Lloyd-Jones).

The book of Joshua beautifully illustrates with graphic word pictures some great New Testament principles on Christian living. Have you wandered around in a spiritual wilderness long enough? Let's go across Jordan and conquer some new spiritual ground in Canaan in this series of messages.

Our spiritual life from beginning to end is grounded in our vital union with Christ. If you are a believer you are in Christ and He is in you forever.

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The person who has accepted Christ as his personal Savior is identified with Christ in all that He has accomplished. The believing sinner is joined to Jesus Christ in His death, in His burial and His resurrection. This is our vital union with Christ. This is the means whereby we walk in the newness of eternal life.

Most people want a life that is meaningful and fulfilling. We want to be free from conflicts and stress. Even more so we want to be less frustrated in our walk with the Lord. Immature believers are filled with turmoil and spiritual stress and struggle.










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 Christ in you the hope of glory . . . that we may present every man complete in Christ" (Colossians 1:27–28).

God doesn't use beautiful flasks to house His fragrance. He has chosen to put the treasure of His fragrance in clay pots. He uses earthen vessels, not the fine china. He takes simple clay pots and fills them with His glory. Fragile and flawed, cracked and leaky clay pots are His choice vessels.

He uses clay pots so He alone can get the glory.

Most of the time these old pots have to be broken before they emit the sweet fragrance of His grace. God does it through the pressures that come in our lives.

The apostle Paul writes: "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed" (4:8-10, KJV).

The NASB reads, "we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also maybe manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh" (4:8-11).

God's power is perfected in our weaknesses. When we die, He lives. When we lose, He wins. When we are weak, He is strong. When we are dependent, He is powerful. When we are tempted, He is triumphant.

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Living in the Light of Life

Jesus Christ is not only human; He is God. “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

How do we cultivate and maintain a daily fellowship with Jesus Christ? What is the secret to abiding in Christ? How do we live in the light, and not stumble around in spiritual darkness?

The individual who has put his trust in Jesus Christ as his Savior may be in personal fellowship with Him all the time. The eternal purpose of God in Jesus Christ is to give us this new relationship with God (John 3:16; 6:37, 39; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21). “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead and is now in His glorified body in heaven, and is God, omnipotent and omnipresent, as close to the believer as any human companion on earth could ever be. Colossians 3:4 says, “Your real life is Christ and when He appears, then you will appear with Him and share His glory!” (GNT).


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He Giveth More Grace Perhaps nothing was more frustrating for the apostle Paul than his "thorn in the flesh." But God had an eternal purpose in the giving to Paul his thorn. That savage pain caused Paul to grow in God's grace. He learned that if Christ is Lord and Master of his life then He knows what is best for His servant and He has the right to chose the thorns. If Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives then we can well afford to let Him choose the thorns because He gives us grace to grow through these painful experiences. He has an eternal purpose in what He chooses for us. God's power is perfected in our weakness. Power is continually increased as the weakness grows. Our weakness opens the way for more of Christ's power and grace. Christ is limited only by the measure of our availability to all He makes available to us.

Luke 2:1-20 Christmas: A Time to Celebrate    PDF  

Matthew 2:1-23 The Days After Christ was Born   PDF 

Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel Came by Today    PDF  

John 1:14 "We Beheld His Glory"   PDF 

John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Colossians 1:15-19; 2:9  Mysteries of the Incarnation of Christ Jesus   PDF 

 Luke 1:1-4 How the Gospels Were Written   PDF   

The Believer's Eternal Security is "one of the greatest pieces of sound theology you can embrace," wrote Charles Swindoll. "He who started something will bear the pressure of it and will bring the results exactly as He planned for His greater glory. . . . The happiest people I know are the ones who have learned how to hold everything loosely and have given the worrisome, stress-filled, fearful details of their lives into God's keeping." Like F. F. Bruce said, "Salvation is God's work from first to last; therefore, where it has truly been inaugurated, it will certainly be completed." God never starts something He does not finish. He is persevering.


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Introduction to Christ in the Old Testament    PDF

Luke 24:13-43  The Warm Glow of the Resurrection   PDF 

In the Beginning . . .  Genesis 1:1    PDF

Galatians 2:20  The Exchanged Life  PDF

Acts 1:9-11 Ascension of Jesus Christ   PDF

Matthew 27:46  My God! My God! Why?  PDF

John 14:6-9 Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life   PDF   

John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Colossians 1:15-19; 2:9  Mysteries of the Incarnation   PDF 

John 1:14 We Beheld His Glory   PDF 

John 6:32-33, 41-59; Exodus 16:1-19 Jesus is the Bread of Life    PDF

John 8:1-11 Neither Do I Condemn You   PDF

John 10:1-11  I Am the Door    PDF 

John 11:25-26, 38-45  Lazarus, Is that You?   PDF

John 19:31-37  Death of Christ: Fact or Fiction?   PDF

John 20:4-8  What John "Saw" in the Empty Tomb   PDF

John 20:24-31 Thomas: A Man of Mature Faith   PDF

Colossians 3:5-17 Put on the New Self     PDF 

Practicing the Principles of Christian Living    PDF 

Colossians 3:1-4 A New Relationship with Christ   PDF 

Jesus Christ: The Only Possible Legitimate Messiah  PDF 


Transformed from Glory to Glory  God is pursuing an ever-growing intimate love relationship with each of us that never fades away.
   Who is adequate to be all that God wants us to be in the Christian life? The apostle Paul declared, "It is Christ who is all–sufficient who has made me sufficient for this task." He always thought of God as making him adequate to live and minister the Christian life. Only the Holy Spirit can change our human nature, therefore God calls us to an intimate relationship with Himself. The new covenant we have with Christ produces in us a greater splendor that will never fade. It began the day we put our faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and it will not be finished until the day we stand complete in the presence of God when Jesus Christ returns.

Can you imagine for a moment Christ in all His glorious riches actually dwelling in you through His Spirit?

God's goal is to make us in all respects just like Christ. God is at work, and He is busy changing our lives. The way He does it is a mystery.

The majestic secret of God with us is "Christ in you the hope of glory."

When Jesus Christ comes into your life through the new birth you want to see and experience more and more of Him than ever before. Such a person never outgrows Christ. Once we have an intimate love relationship with Him we grow in our need and desire of more of Him.

Christ dwells within us for the purpose of presenting us complete to the Father. It begins the moment we put our faith in Christ and are born spiritually. The new birth is the beginning of a process that continues throughout the Christian's life on this earth. The growing believer longs for Christ alone. All progress in the Christian life takes place only as we come to understand and put into daily practice the great mystery of "Christ in you."

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 The secret of the Christian life is to know more intimately the Christ to whom the soul is bound forever. Christ will share with us every spiritual blessing that He possesses because we are by grace united with Him. Everything that God wants to give His people is given too them in Christ. Our spiritual life from beginning to end is grounded in our vital union with Christ. If you are a believer you are in Christ and He is in you forever. He admits us into a joint participation with Him. He invites us to come and receive all of the riches and fullness of this communion with Him.
    One of the ways our vital union with Jesus Christ is illustrated in the Scriptures is by a marriage relationship. We have a Marital Union with Christ.

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Alive in Christ  "I have everything I need for joy!" Everything! If you have risen with Christ, you have everything. How do you know that? You are in Christ. You are united with Him. Therefore, everything that has happened to Christ has happened to you. You have died with Him, you have been crucified, you are buried with Him. Yes, you have also risen with Him. "If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God." "For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory."
    We should start every day of our lives by saying to ourselves, "I am a child of God, I died with Christ, I am dead unto sin, I am risen with Christ, I am in this new realm.

Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5)
    Jesus picked up a cutting and turned to His disciples. "You know how Israel is pictured as a vine which is to produce refreshing fruit. Well, she failed. I am the authentic Vine. I am the true and genuine Vine as opposed to a mere copy or symbol. I am the fulfillment of all that this symbol suggests. I am the Vine, the true One."

God the Father has made provision for every need in your daily walk with Christ. Ever since the day you were born spiritually, you became a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are heirs of the throne.
   How sad to think we go through self–imposed spiritual poverty and cheat ourselves out of the riches of God's marvelous grace. The riches are there whether we enjoy them or not. God has provided you with everything you need to live the Christian life.

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Who is Wil Pounds?

Wil is a graduate of William Carey College, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry heard in over 100 countries for ten years. He and his wife served as missionaries in Ecuador for 20 years.  He served as Field Director for the Honduras Baptist Medical Dental Mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, C.A. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions.

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