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As we continue our journey thru Romans chapter 12 we know that Christianity is more than just a term that we call ourselves. We must apply our Christianity in all parts of our lives. Christians are brethren. Verse 10 says “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor:” Christians must have the tender family type of love towards one another. We should be free in giving honor to others. Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;” Our love of our brothers and sisters will motivate us Christians to give honor to others and not seek it for ourselves.

Christians are to be full of zeal when we serve the Lord. It is another way of saying to be faithful in serving our Lord. Verse 11 continues with these words, “not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” We have too much at stake and too much to be done in such a short time. The church that Christ could not stand was the lukewarm church found in Revelation 3: 15-16. Serving the Lord is the occupation of Christians. This term is from “doulos” which means to be a slave of one another and wholly subject to his will and committed to him. There must never be a reduction of commitment in our service to the Lord.

Romans 12:12 continues with these great words, “rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation devoted to prayer.” The hope that Christians have, an eternal home with God and Christ in heaven, is the grounds for rejoicing. We Christians know that all things are working together for his good (Romans 8:28) thus we can rejoice in hope. There are no hopeless situations in life. There are only those who have grown hopeless about them. More on verse 12 next week. Apply your Christianity every day.

 

       Everyone has a story of things they have done in the past. Some may be good some may not be so good. We can be very influenced by the ones we grow up with. Sometimes they can convince you to do things that when you look back now, wasn’t such a good idea. The ones we look up to as children can influence who we become as adults. I did things when I was young that I’m not proud of, more than I care to remember. Many grow up in troubled homes and see things they should not have to see. It may affect them and cause them to act in ways that they shouldn’t. We are taught things when we are young that we may not know are wrong at the time. Things that were okay in the house you grew up in may not really be okay.      In our search for the true meaning of this life we all will be faced with different obstacles. Maybe it is family members that aren’t very good people. Some may seem just pure evil, it is out there and dangerous. They could be abusive or just always putting…

  •        We go through this life meeting people every day. Maybe at the store where you shop or at work. Maybe on the street or in passing, saying hello and never meeting again. Family members we see on holidays or just occasionally. Your doctors that you see, more often as you get older. Everyone has someone that first mentioned God to them. The one who taught them about Jesus. Do you remember the people…

  •   How many times have we sung this song and wondered, what it meant to our lives and how it's going to affect our lives in the future? The song was the introduction to a TV show called “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” The speaker for many years was brother Mac Lyons, and then brother Phil Sanders. Many great lessons were heard from these two men. In these troubling times, we had no idea…

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Words of Wisdom to help you through the week.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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We are so excited to welcome the Threlfall family to Ripon! Matt will become our fulltime minister in January. We had a wonderful potluck lunch and welcome party for the Threlfalls yesterday. We are looking forward to serving the Lord together!

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