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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.

 

     This past year was a very trying year for so many. Not much has changed as we start a new year, but this too shall pass. Some have lost much in this troubled year and many are still hurting. Lost loved ones, sickness, lost incomes, lost homes. So many different struggles for so many to overcome. How do you get over something that makes your heart so sorrowful? As one who knows the sorrow of losing a child to sickness and an adult child to the world, I understand the pain. We lost my wife’s parents at a very young age. We get the feelings of pain, sorrow and just feeling lost and uncertain about so much. Jesus knows the human emotions of sorrow and loss. Jesus wept over the sadness He was feeling over His friend’s death, even when He knew the outcome was being raised again. Sorrow is a strong emotion and can overwhelm you, if you let it. So please talk to someone. Please talk with God and pray for strength and understanding.        You must find your joy in the promises to come. Find it in your heart to be thankful for the…

  •        In this world there are things that you can wait to take care of and some you cannot. Getting some of the chores done around the house can sometimes wait if you want to do something else, unless it is a water leak or something serious that can cause damage. There can also be some health issues that may be a wait and see situation. If it isn’t life threatening, that is. If…

  •      As we begin a new year in this crazy uncertain world that we live in today let us pray. Before we do things this year, let’s pray like we never have before. This country we live in needs God more now than ever in our lifetime. So, let us seek Him out first. If you wanted to ask someone for guidance, wouldn’t you ask God first? We probably are all praying several times…

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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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