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Roman 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, preserving in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” We as Christians must be faithful in tribulation knowing that God will be with us. We need to continue in our trust in God and keep on obeying the will of God. God will be there for us, to give us the strength to overcome all the adversities that we face without fear. We need to continue in prayer knowing we cannot do it alone, we need God. God does answer our prayers, not only when we think we need them, but every day of our lives.

Romans 12:13 says “contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” Christians are to help other Christians who are in need. We are family, we need to take care of each other. Also, we need to remember what Paul said in 1 Timothy 5:1-16. Relatives ought to take care of their own and not charge the church. Also in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If a man does not work do not let him eat.” But we need to remember that there are many cases of genuine need among us and we must take care of these. At the end of verse 12 is says “practicing hospitality,” The idea is that Christians must be active in the pursuit of hospitality. It must be done or given in a cheerful and loving manner.

Verse 14 continues with more applied Christianity. “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Implied in persecution is unjust and malicious maltreatment. It is because one is a Christian, not because he or she has done wrong (1 Peter 3:13-17). When one is persecuted unjustly, there is a temptation to want to get revenge, but this is forbidden for a Christian because he or she is to act right, because of who he or she is, not to react to what people do to him or her. He is to return good for evil, and that implies that he or she will pray for the one who is persecuting him or her. It is not always easy to practice applied Christianity, but that is who we are. We must be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving.

 

 

 

  Do you ever think, I would sure like to know all the people that we worship with, but just never get to the other side of the building to meet them? Sometimes we may get comfortable with just the people we have known for a long time, and never make the attempt to meet others. We are so blessed with people from different walks of life that it might just be to our detriment that we fail to meet them. The larger we get, the more difficult it will be to know everyone, but we all need to start somewhere, and today just might be that time. In Acts 2:44 “And all those who believed were together and had all things in common.” And then 46 “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” We know that we all don’t live close together like the first century Christians did, but that does not mean we should not know each other and be close to each other. It does take work, but it can be done with some effort.…

  •   My prayer every day includes the phrase “let my light shine.” It is a great privilege to do the best I can every day. My Brothers and Sisters, are we seeking to serve the Lord Jesus in the best way we can? When we read the example that Jesus gave us, are we doing our very best to conform with the example that He gave us? Can we say we are putting the Lord…

  • I believe we know that to create something you need a pattern to follow. When God created this earth, He had a pattern. It is called a blue print. Can you just imagine the results of this earth if there was no pattern? From the very beginning, God had a plan for us to come close to Him. God understood that we needed a pattern to follow. He did not fail to let us know…

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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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