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Living by Grace

The starting point in this ministry is the life-changing book, Our Oneness With Christ.  This is a study in living by grace through faith. Not simply another book on the theme of "union with Christ" - it probes into new, fresh areas of thought and understanding of this grand theme. The basic sin problem is presented as one of a "know-it-all attitude." Coming to an understanding of our basic sin problem is one of the vital keys to a victorious Christian life!

"Living By Grace" draws upon the five imperatives (or 5 commands) listed in Romans 6:11-13.

Believe      Romans 6:11  -  Reckon (believe) yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Choose      Romans 6:12  -  Do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lust.

Choose      Romans 6:13a  -  Do not present your members (body) as instruments of  unrighteousness to sin.

Choose & Believe      Romans 6:13b  -  Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead.

Choose      Romans 6:13c  -  (Present) your members (body) as instruments of righteousness to God.


Devotional - Week of December 10, 2017

MAKE ME A SANCTUARY

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God …?  1 Corinthians 6:19

A well-known and often-sung chorus in Christian circles expresses the believer’s desire to be a sanctuary for God. It expresses the believer’s desire to be His special abiding place or sanctuary.

Because the Spirit of God already lives in believers, our expressed desire should be for God to have full possession of our lives. He is already at work making that a reality.

From the moment we became a Christian, our heavenly Father has been working in our lives. Jesus says in John 4:14 that from the time of our conversion to Christ, the Holy Spirit has been working to have full control of our lives. Even our God-given description of “saints” reveals that God’s desire and plan is to have all there is of us at all times.

Galatians 5:17 tells us that the Holy Spirit has entered our lives to take control and He is continually at work to do so.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another …

This verse also tells us that the thing that keeps Jesus from having all there is of us is our flesh—our know-it-all attitude—that wants to control our lives. However, the indwelling Holy Spirit is continuously at work in us to make us God’s special abiding place.

In the vine and branch passage of John chapter 15 Jesus says:

… every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  John 15:2

A vinedresser prunes the branches of the vine so that a new crop of grapes can grow. As a spiritual vinedresser our heavenly Father removes those things from our lives that hinder us from being His special abiding place. He desires constant control of our lives in order to bring forth more fruit. Above all, the Father’s desire is that we set aside our flesh.

As we pray for the Father to make us His special abiding place, we can participate in the answer to that prayer by experiencing the crucifixion of our flesh.


An abridged version of Our Oneness With Christ is now available. Only 54 pages, yet it still clearly presents the full, life-changing message of living by grace.

 

Available in PDF format and Kindle Format! - link to Amazon.com

Available in Spanish

 

Our Oneness in Christ is now available in these translations:

UMOJAWETU  NA  KRISTO - Swahili

وحدتنا في المسيح - Arabic


Living the New Covenant

God spoke through Moses to tell the Israelites He would enter into a covenant with them. This was the First Covenant. At the first Lord's Supper, Jesus said  the cup was His Blood of the New Covenant. In Living the New Covenant, David Kuykendall examines the writings of Paul and the author of Hebrews to understand what these two covenants represent and how they affect the lives of Christians.

Available in PDF format and Kindle Format! - link to Amazon.com


Audio Files

Living By Grace - David teaches how to live by Grace.

Daily Experiencing the Abundant Life (in five parts)  - Part 1        Part 2        Part 3        Part 4        Part 5

Choices - God made choices and so do we. Listen to how choices affect us all and how we can make the right choices.

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