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BE COUNTER-CULTURAL IN THESE HURTING AND CONFUSED TIMES


Have you reflected on Galatians 5:22-23 lately? I have been thinking through a Christ Follower’s testimony and his or her disciple making in our turbulent and political times.


Paul begins with the contrast of "the works of the flesh" that everyone can plainly see around them:

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these (Galatians 5:19-21a).


It seems like Paul is describing the outcomes of today’s newsfeeds and the feelings being churned up in you, me and those around us.


Our culture is overwhelmed by many of these “works” with students protesting U.S. support for Israel, political attack ads, borders, taxes, inflation, national debt and on and on.


In direct comparison, Paul shares what a huge contrast a Christ Follower can be to friends, neighbors and anyone we bump into:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience [perseverance], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


Living out God’s Word here, we become counter-cultural in the best possible ways. As we become spiritually fit and strong for the spiritual battles, we ultimately follow the pattern Jesus set Himself when living under the turbulence and tyranny of Rome.


That’s why Back to the Bible is all about encouraging Christ Followers to get into the Bible for themselves and live it out.


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Your gift is the difference maker! Know too that we are constantly looking for new methods of outreach—introducing people to Jesus for the first time or bringing believers back to Scripture and the power it brings to daily life.


Join me and the staff of Back to the Bible this month. Partnership is powerful as we all seek to be countercultural through Galatians 5:22-23.


Onward and upward together,

Arnie Cole, CEO


PS: Be sure to check out all of the great Bible teaching content at www.backtothebible.org or, from your mobile device, click this link GOtandem from the App Store or Google Play and download our Daily Spiritual Fitness App.

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