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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.

 

    In the song we sing, “He Lives,” the first statement is all about who we are. “ I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today.” We serve a Savior who has risen. There would be no point in being in a worship service to Him if He had not risen. We remember His death, burial and resurrection. If Jesus was still in the grave that Joseph of Arimathea gave to be the grave of Christ, (Matt 27: 57-60) that would be hopeless for us today, if Christ had not overcome the grave. But the good news is that our Lord, Jesus Christ did come out of that grave. Mark 16:6, “Do not be amazed, you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold. Here is the place where they laid Him.” People for 2000 years now have been celebrating that. We remember that each Lord’s Day and that is so important, because that is what our Lord told us to do. (Matt 26:26-29)   I do understand many never remember our Lord. Some once every year, some once a week. But what should I do as…

  •   In a book that brother Bill Stewart wrote a few years ago, called “The Road Less traveled,” there is a chapter that deals with things I should have done. Brother Bill will be here this summer along with his wife Pam for our lectureship. I am looking forward to their visit.   Here are some of the things we should have done, and for sure when I write these things down, I have three…

  •   This is a song that has been sung with our pew packers for many years. The idea is to put Jesus in their hearts for the rest of their lives. This song has so much meaning in it. Now true as it may be a song for our little ones, just maybe all of us should sing this little song in our hearts every day. If we look again at what this song says:…

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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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