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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.

 

 

 

          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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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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