therefore; keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1 I read the first three chpt. of Galatians in church yesterday, and it reminded me of Nonnies post about her sister, and the trouble we sometimes have with our own christian family, and church. Side note: I took myself off to church yesterday byself, thinking i was such a good girl. I was home alone, dad and boys went fishing, and could easily stay home. After posting to asatrump, i went to church, because there wasn't any real reason not to, i felt okay. And wouldn't you know they were having there annual meeting and voting!!!(we aren't offical member) LOL!! joke on me!! So i read the bible. Gal: 3:1-14 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you; did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by HEARING with FAITH? (I talked about hearing and faith in last post) Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the Flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain-if indeed it was in vain? Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by HEARING with FAITH? Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED IN YOU". So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the beleiver. For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed Is Everyone Who Does Not Abide By All Things Written In The Book Of The Law, To Perform Them." Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "He Who Practices Them Shall Live By Them." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, "Cursed Is Everyone Who Hangs On A Tree"- in order that in Christ Jesus the Blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receiver the promis of the Spirit through FAITH. I now this seems like a handful, but if you read it slowly, it really makes sence. We are believers by faith, by hearing and believing. Let no one lay the yoke of the law back on you, "if you would just do better you wouldn't be sick!" It's what Christ did FOR us, we, all, are cursed under the law. Paul seems pretty riled up here, because some are going back to the way of the law. But, also remember that we are called to live good clean lives, continuing to grow in Christ, and not knowningly walk in sin. Paul says in Romans 6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might abound? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin continue in it? We are to walk in newness of life, Be encouraged today! May the peace of Christ rule and reign in your hearts.