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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.

 

          The reality is that life offers many circumstances for which there is no explanation or which can sometimes become overwhelming for us mere mortals. There are issues with which we cannot help ourselves, hurts we do not know how to deal with, mistakes we need to be forgiven for, and obstacles that we are unable to overcome by ourselves. In an instant, life can change and we are confronted with an experience that leaves us perplexed and confused and hurting. Sometimes we are brought to tears because of heavy burdens or difficult decisions. Some days we have to ask ourselves how did I get so completely engulfed in what seems to be so many difficulties or problems. We can’t understand how we got to this point in our life where it seems that we can’t handle one more trial. Sometimes we feel like the whole world is about to come down upon us. These realities can rob us of our joy and replace it with fear. Most, if not all, of us who have some years behind us have experienced this condition, perhaps, more than once.           It is during these times that we need…

  •   Are there times in your life when you feel unworthy? I certainly do! There have been times that I thought that either my attitude or behavior was so unacceptable that I didn’t understand how anyone could possibly love me or want me in their company. At other times, the mistakes and misdeeds or careless thoughts or words of my past creep into my mind and “tell” me that I am not lovable or worthy…

  •   You shall have no other gods before (besides) Me; You shall not make for yourself an idol (or carved or graven image); You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain… Honor your father and your mother; You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor; You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor your neighbor’s house,…

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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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