Author Archives: Michael J Erdel

About Michael J Erdel

Mike is a pastor with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in the Rochester N.Y. area at "The Savior's Chapel". His desire is to encourage the Church of Jesus Christ, and declare God's hope through His Son Jesus, to a world which is long on excuses and short on hope. Mike has experienced the truth that when we kneel before Christ, surrendering to Him as Savior and LORD, we truly can rise above this world and the sinfulness that entangles us. We can Defy Gravity.

Blood Blessings: Cleansing Power

Perhaps, one of the most familiar blessings known among followers of Christ is His ability to cleanse us from our sin. Most of us, at one time or another, have sung… “What has washed away my sin? Nothing but the … Continue reading

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To “Know Him” Is Worth the Pain #2

In Part #1 of this blog series we began considering the cost of Paul’s prayer “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” from Philippians 3:10. Simply stated, the cost is to be set apart for Christ, … Continue reading

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To “Know Him” Is Worth the Pain #1

A virtuoso is defined as a person supremely skilled in music or another artistic pursuit.  Many of America’s cultural and entertainment icons are virtuoso’s. These virtuoso types leave no shortage of moments that inspire. If given a little bit of … Continue reading

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Blood Blessings: Peace (Colossians 1:19-21)

Thus far we have discovered two wonderful blessings which flow from Jesus shed blood… We are freed and Redeemed We are forgiven through His shed Blood In today’s post we will consider a third blessing, that of having peace with … Continue reading

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The Best of Intentions, are not Good Enough!

I have recently been reminded, very loudly, that having the best of intentions in living for Christ, is of little value, if we do not properly execute those intentions. In 20 years of following Christ, I can say, that I … Continue reading

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Blood Blessings: Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)

Thus far in this series on the power and blessing of Jesus’ blood, we have discovered why the only true God chose blood of the Messiah to deal with humanity’s sin and sought to understand the first of four Blood … Continue reading

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Blood Blessings: Redemption (Ephesians 1:7)

(Ephesians 1:7) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Over the course of two postings we considered the “why” of the Messiah’s shed blood. Knowing the mind of … Continue reading

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