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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Defeating Condemnation

Romans 8:33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Satan, the grand accuser of the brethren is disarmed in this! How can Satan stand up to the very God, who Himself, justified us by His own blood?

When I was in elementary school I was an honor student consistently. But one semester I actually struggled with a subject and ended up with a C.

The school Principle, as an object lesson for me, decided to have me come to his office and make me announce over the loud speaker to the entire school that I had made a C, I was mortified. I cried and was devastated by having to do this.

In essence, that Principle condemned me that day. He basically deemed me as a loser in front of the whole school.

When my dad got wind of this, he was outraged. My brothers were upset, but they couldn't do anything about it. But, my dad visited that principle unannounced to me. It turned out that my dad went into his office, drug him across his own desk, and told him he would publicly apologize to me over the loud speaker to the whole school, and he had better never embarrass me like that again. So, while in class the loud speaker came on and a very shaky voiced Principle loudly apologized to me before the entire school for what he did.

When someone is seeking to condemn you or I, we need someone great to take up our defense.

Who is he that condemns? Remember how the 8th chapter of Romans begins?

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Condemnation rests on all who are without Christ! But for us who are in Christ, there is none to be found. This is true freedom!
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