We all are aware that none of us are perfect. We all have different imperfections and different personalities. It is sometimes that exact thing that helps us relate to someone and help them find their way to Christ. When we let our Christian life be an example to others, even though the people you talk to know you’re not perfect, it makes us more relatable. When people see that they don't have to be perfect to come to know Jesus, it makes it easier to seek Him. Your story may be just the story they need to hear. Some of our own cracks or imperfections may be the same struggles they are experiencing. Just as the cracks between the boards on a barn wall let the sun shine through. Your life experiences may help your light shine in this world for someone in search of a better way. We all have our thorns in the flesh we must deal with every day. We not only should reach out to each other and our Lord for strength, but it may be possible that dealing with these thorns will allow you to light the path for someone else. After Paul implored the Lord, He told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness."

 

     Therefore, let us find strength in our own weaknesses to let sun shine through those cracks. Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

 

     John 1:6-8 "There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light." Let us be as John and use our life to testify Christ the true Light and let His light shine through us. 

                           In Him, Chuck

 

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     It has been such a blessing to be part of this family in the Lord’s church. The great love for one another that is shared and the servant’s attitude that runs throughout. The service provided to those in need lately has been answered by the ones who could in a great way. We thank you for always going out of your way for others and putting others before yourself. What a wonderful Christian attitude, thank you for your examples.

Ephesians 3:14-21; "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

     Thanks for being that great example of a church family rooted and grounded in Christ. For being servants to whatever we are called to do. We are being blessed by our God and have much to do in service to Him. So may we all be firmly rooted and ready to grow in Him. May our servant’s hearts here in Ripon abound always.

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My daughter Jenny, at about 4 years of age, was trying to explain an apparently very difficult idea to her grandma. After several unsuccessful tries at an explanation, grandma again told Jenny, “I’m sorry but I still can’t figure out what you are telling me.” Jenny, being a little frustrated said, “Grammy, it’s easy to explain but it’s hard to understand.” This happens to me frequently. How about you?

An example of this is found in the book of Romans 5:8-11.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Easy to explain, hard to understand! Thank you God for your tremendous love that we may never understand while on this earth. Someday it will be made clear to us, just as the words of some of our favorite hymns state: “In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.” “He prepared us a dwelling place there.” “Christ died for us while we were sinners.” Hard to comprehend. Oh, what a Savior we have!

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    It has been such a blessing to be part of this family in the Lord’s church. The great love for one another that is shared and the servant’s attitude that runs throughout. The service provided to those in need lately has been answered by the ones who could in a great way. We thank you for always going out of your way for others and putting others before yourself. What a wonderful Christian attitude, thank you for your examples.

Ephesians 3:14-21; "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

     Thanks for being that great example of a church family rooted and grounded in Christ. For being servants to whatever we are called to do. We are being blessed by our God and have much to do in service to Him. So may we all be firmly rooted and ready to grow in Him. May our servant’s hearts here in Ripon abound always.

 

                                                                                  In Him Chuck

 

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God has given to each of us, the ability to make choices in our lives. Along with that ability comes responsibility. We are then accountable for our actions, whatever they are. We can live by the pattern God has given us, or what the world has to offer. How important that decision is, when it comes to our eternity. We understand that the lives we live need to be patterned after Christ. So, what does that entail?

Jesus knew the scriptures and so should we. Jesus knew how to treat people, and so should we. Paul writes in Gal 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control: against such things there is no law.” Our responsibility is to put these nine fruits of the Spirit into our lives.

Love, it seeks to do others good and never seeks to do them harm. Joy, this joy does not depend upon outward circumstances but upon, one’s faith and trust in God. Peace, when one has peace, it is easy for him be a peacemaker and live at peace with all men. Patience, it is keeping the right attitude towards those who annoy, oppose or ridicule. Kindness comes out of a loving heart. Goodness, to be good to others means one helps and aids others, and is generous. Faithfulness means loyalty, fidelity and trustworthiness which includes being faithful and true to God. Gentleness, it can be a quiet spirit which suffers wrong without resentment. And Self-control, this is a person who is able to control his life by principles of right instead of by his desires and wants. Let us all make our light shine in a world of darkness and be responsible for our actions.

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