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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.

 

  Do you ever think, I would sure like to know all the people that we worship with, but just never get to the other side of the building to meet them? Sometimes we may get comfortable with just the people we have known for a long time, and never make the attempt to meet others. We are so blessed with people from different walks of life that it might just be to our detriment that we fail to meet them. The larger we get, the more difficult it will be to know everyone, but we all need to start somewhere, and today just might be that time. In Acts 2:44 “And all those who believed were together and had all things in common.” And then 46 “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” We know that we all don’t live close together like the first century Christians did, but that does not mean we should not know each other and be close to each other. It does take work, but it can be done with some effort.…

  •   My prayer every day includes the phrase “let my light shine.” It is a great privilege to do the best I can every day. My Brothers and Sisters, are we seeking to serve the Lord Jesus in the best way we can? When we read the example that Jesus gave us, are we doing our very best to conform with the example that He gave us? Can we say we are putting the Lord…

  • I believe we know that to create something you need a pattern to follow. When God created this earth, He had a pattern. It is called a blue print. Can you just imagine the results of this earth if there was no pattern? From the very beginning, God had a plan for us to come close to Him. God understood that we needed a pattern to follow. He did not fail to let us know…

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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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