We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Sit, Walk, Stand: Reflections On A New Life {Sunday, July, 5, 2015}

by Martha Jackson

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15

Paul wrote this and I’m so glad he did. As a sinful person, this is what I do. It doesn’t mean that I’m not in Christ but it does mean I have some growing up to do.

“Authentic” is the new buzzword these days in our culture. It is a must to live as authentically as possible. As I understand the culture’s definition of authenticity, anything you choose to be, is authentically who you are. By that definition I’m my most “authentic” self when I’m screaming at my kids for the fourth time to get into bed. I’m authentically angry. And I guess I’m free to be authentically angry and scream at my kids. I mean, hey, it’s a free country.

By Webster’s definition authentic means of undisputed origin; genuine or made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original or based on facts; accurate or reliable. As I see it, every human who has ever walked the face of the planet has lived an authentic life.

“We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  Romans 3:23

The best news though, is that through Christ we can have freedom of self and freedom from self at the very same time. Because of Christ, I can be free to truly authentically be who he created me to be, and be free from the old me. There is hope for me and you to do what is right and not do what is wrong. I think the lie that I have bought into from the culture and the evil one is that I must be all one or the other in order to be authentically anything. The truth is that I am an undisputed, genuine, traditional, original sinner who hopefully more and more resembles the original Christ.



Martha has been a wife for 17 years and is the mother of three children ages 10, 9 and 5.  When she’s not folding laundry, cooking meals, helping with homework, kissing boo-boos, grocery shopping, cleaning house and running errands; she loves to hold babies at Immanuel MOPS!




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