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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.

 

  Most, if not all, of us are well aware that Memorial Day is a day set aside annually to remember all of those who are no longer with us. While much of the attention and the “festivities” (parades, etc.) are focused upon those who have sacrificed themselves for our country, the occasion is also a time to remember those who have made an impact on our lives in other ways. It remains to be seen what impact the lack of the usual gatherings and festivities this year, will have on the “celebration” of this very special day in our Nation. While it is easy to get caught up in all of the “pomp and circumstance” that is part of most Memorial Day observances, the solemnity of the occasion should never be degraded or forgotten. For the most part, on this special day in May, we Americans pay homage to those who have meant so much to us in our personal lives and/or as citizens of the United States. And rightfully so! However, the real essence and profoundness of this day is that the people that we honor, and the occasion for which we honor them, have a unique meaning…

  •                 In the history of mankind, God’s people were “challenged” to make a freewill contribution or offering as their heart was “moved” to do so.  In Exodus 25:1-2 we read the LORD’s words to Moses: “…tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.” The purpose of the contribution, or heave offering, was to construct a sanctuary for God…

  •             It was God Who created MOTHERHOOD and His scriptures are filled with instructions and insight into regarding the role of MOTHERS and examples of proper MOTHERHOOD:  Gen. 3:20: Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the MOTHER of all the living.                                                                                                                                             Deut. 5:16: Honor your father and your MOTHER, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go…

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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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