All posts by Josh Strelecki

Josh Strelecki, Pastor-Teacher of Twin Cities Grace Fellowship

Christ Is All

For many finding the center of their lives is troubling. Is it this or is it that? One day it’s this and another day it’s that. Chasing that which brings us feeling no matter what it is or at what cost is a painstaking endeavor. Uncertainty, apathy, and despondency oftentimes results. The soul is designed ...

Redemption | The Unspeakable Gift We Speak Of

The redemption God the Father has the apostle Paul mention in Ephesians 1:7 is not redemption from man to man; but rather, the redemption of the soul to God. The price for the soul is precious. The ransom must meet the justice of Almighty God. The price for man ceaseth forever. The price of the ...

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

We all experience hardness. As Christians with exercising ourselves unto godliness it is even harder. Paul exhorts Timothy to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:3-4). Our tendency is to exalt our hardness making it a mountaintop no one else has tackled. Instead of allowing others to bear your burden ...

God’s Riches | Redemption their Depth, Adoption their Height

Redemption is the transaction of the riches of God’s grace imputed to the bondage and ransom you are naturally under, so you may receive the adoptions of sons and all the spiritual blessings thereof. Redemption is the depth of God’s love, the depth of His grace whereas adoption is the height. Redemption is God’s means ...

Adoption | The Height of The Father’s Love and Grace

The further revelation of our predestination unto the adoption of children in Ephesians 1 gives us access to the glory of what God counseled and purposed in Christ before the world began. God’s predestination is the ordaining of what He will work all things after. As He began to work all things after that counsel, ...

Fighting the Good Fight | Some Brief Thoughts on Our Calling and Election

The greatest freedom we could ever possess is not the freedom that our birth, family, or nation could ever provide. It is a freedom that isn’t deterred by death, but undeterred by death. This freedom is in Christ and as such is the greatest freedom we possess. All too often believers begin to hold forth ...

Before Him Beloved

God chose us to be holy in Christ. The purpose God would have with His creatures would be in, by, and through Christ and on holy ground. For those in Christ this is the destiny God determined before the foundation of the world. God would not only choose this but provide for this end by ...

The Rich Heritage of Christ

Learning your heritage and knowing the ancient landmarks increases your understanding of the inheritance we possess and will enter. A rich family inheritance is rooted in generations that were before and have passed. Carnal, earthly, temporary riches passed down from one generation to the next are weak and finite. They are experienced by their possessor ...

Deadly Regrets – “If Only?”

“For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: ...

Resolutions or Renew Pt. 3

(from a church email in 2017) Godliness, that is, god-like-ness is the very thing that He is faithfully performing by His words. His words renew our mind, shape our thinking, search our inward parts, and discern the thoughts and intents of our heart; and, as it effectually works, it is to the end of accomplishing ...

Resolutions or Renew Pt. 2

(from a church email written in 2017) Looking at resolutions needs to be put into perspective. Oftentimes, resolutions are good and nothing morally or ethically wrong with them according to the world. In fact, some may think why even talk about resolutions for they are often made privately; therefore, they are hands off, and to ...

The Counsel of His Will of All Things

The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ appointed the Word heir of all things. All these things are in the bosom of the Father and would be represented by the Word and Wisdom before the earth ever was. Christ, the express image of God’s person, the brightness of His glory, and all the fulness of ...

Resolutions or Renew Pt. 1

(from a church email written in 2017) As the New Year begins to take shape and resolutions begin to be sought after thinking of “godliness” can provide soundness and “power” behind decisions.  The sound doctrine of God’s Word unto godliness will aid in determining the value of a resolution and the value of pursuing them ...

Light & Darkness

(reposting from old blog from Dec. 29th, 2011) Being made aware of certain events, details, and other random information is a part of our everyday life. Gaining knowledge and exercising knowledge begins as soon as we wake up in the morning. We do this particularly in specific areas of expertise. In other words, in our ...

The Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Father-Son description between the Godhead denotes intimacy and love as God chose to reveal Himself through that which He ordained, that is, the family. Wherefore, the family distinguishment is exclusively chosen by the Godhead to highlight closeness, knitness, compactness, and communion. The Father-Son designation is primarily spread abroad in the books of Matthew-Revelation, commonly ...

Thanksgiving

I expect everyone is preparing their favorite Thanksgiving meals, maybe trying a few or one new dish this year.  I am not sure how Thanksgiving’s are for everyone, but they are commonly a time to reflect upon what we are thankful for.  As I have taken some time to think about what I am thankful ...

A Glimpse of Glory in A Letter | A Primer for the Epistle to the Ephesians

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:”~ Ephesians 1:1 ~ The letter to the Ephesians is the long-awaited “perfect is come” (1 Cor. 13:10). The doctrine in Ephesians contains the “deep things” “prepared” and “ordained before the ...

The Simplicity That Is In Christ

This issue of “simplicity” has been a matter that has been employed countless of times.  If you had a nickel for every time one used this issue in a conversation we all would be rich.  I am not saying there isn’t a context for this, for Paul uses it in 2 Corinthians 11:4; however, often ...

Justification By Faith: Looking At The Evidence

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [29] Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the ...

Who Are You?

“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?” {1 Corinthians 3:5} The Corinthian divisions were from the strife and envying going on among them, that were rooted and embedded in the fleshly wisdom of the world. By nature, each man seeks ...