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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 John 20:1-10 the Bible tells us “on the first day of the week” Mary Magdalene discovered that the tomb in which Jesus was laid after His crucifixion had been unsealed. When she reported this to the disciples Simon Peter and John, we read, they ran to the tomb with John out-running Peter and getting there first. Upon looking into the tomb, John saw the linen cloths lying where Jesus had lain in death, but he did not enter. It was Peter who entered the tomb first and saw these same linen cloths as John, but he also saw the facecloth that had been on Jesus' head neatly folded up (or rolled) and lying "in a place by itself". Afterward, the two disciples went back to their homes, believing what they had seen, but not yet understanding the scripture "that He must rise again from the dead". (Psalm16:10&Luke24:46)             John 20:11ff reveals that Mary Magdalene remained at the tomb and wept. As she "investigated" the tomb she saw two angels, in white, sitting where Jesus had been laying, and inquired of them regarding where Jesus had been taken. As she was conversing with the…

  •       As we begin to “recover” from the rather tumultuous past twelve months, or so, we need to consider how we have been able to endure all of these different, but oftentimes related, issues.   This, of course, is one of the first steps we need to take to move on with an active Christian life. It’s also only the first step in renewing our primary mission and our goal of reaching the community(ies)…

  •   Christianity continues to be faced with many challenges. As we are keenly aware, one of those challenges in the recent past involved whether or not the “practice” of Christianity would continue to enjoy the same freedoms and liberties that other “religions” enjoy. Despite the favorable changes that are beginning to take place within the political and government arenas, pessimism remains and continues to impact the LORD’s Church negatively. Congregations agonize and have become reluctant…

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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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