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Stay the Course

How easy it is to fall distracted by a false gospel. Many say, “The Lord is here.” Some say, “The Lord has deemed it so.” And then others are saying, “The truth is abound.” God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

(Matthew 6:31-34)

We need to keep our focus on Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Only His sheep will recognize His voice, and they will know what His will is, as it will be the Father’s will also. His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

Allow not anxiety to strangle the truth from our minds. Our hope and strength is in Jesus. He is all we need. Take heed not to listen to others who want you to fall. Keep God’s Word, strengthen each other with truth, and love one another as Jesus did when he died for us.

Lastly, brethren, listen for God’s voice, for it will not come in a thunderous wind but in a gentle breeze. Follow His voice, pay attention to where it leads and give caution to others so as they also may find salvation. Stay the course.

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Do Good to Others

Be thoughtful towards one another, for the days are short, and when Jesus Christ comes back, He will ask us to give an account of all our doings. No manner of riches will save the sinner who has flaunted grace in Christ’s name.

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:15)

Bless all, give heed to the Holy Spirit and love others despite their outward appearance. Christ will save the poor of spirit and the pure of heart. He will judge the world according to their works. Those who love God, keep His commandments, and love others, will live.

Take care of the aged among us, for they do not have the strength to look after themselves. Provide shelter to the homeless, for we do not know what their plight was before seeing them on the street. Give to the poor, for they will have rest in Christ.

Look to God for strength. Have mercy on those who are blind to the truth. Let your light shine in a world where deception reigns. God will remember your deeds and He will reward you for all that you have done. Do good to others.

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Jesus’ Love for Us

Let us not mistake Jesus’ love for us. Through Adam, we all have sinned, but through Christ, who died on the cross for us, we are all alive. He died for us while we were still sinners and His sacrifice glorified His love.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

(Romans 5:6-8)

Would we die for a friend? Even more so, would we die for a friend who had done us wrong? Our friend may have hurt us in word and in deed, may have besmirched our name, or may have hated us. Jesus calls us friends, and He died for us while we were yet doing wrong to Him.

How great is God’s love for us that He would consider us friends and want to give up His Son so that sin would not claim our lives to the fiery depths of hell. As great as the tallest mountain is, so is God’s love for us.

How great is Jesus’s love for us that He would endure the stripes of affliction, the heated words of His persecutors and the suffering of the cross so that we would have salvation. As wide as the universe is, so is Jesus’ love for us.

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Christ Lives in Us

Jesus loved us so much that He did not want to see any of us perish. Through sin, we were all dead, but through Christ dying on the cross for us, we are now alive; for God extended His mercy upon us and forgave us of our sin so we might live.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

(Galatians 2:20)

When we repented and were baptized, God’s gift to us was the Holy Spirit. Christ now lives in us, His righteousness is manifest and by faith, we are justified. No longer do we have the penalty of sin hanging over our head, but instead we have eternal life.

God is good. His pleasure for us as a church is to live an abundant life, filled with joy and love toward Him and our neighbor. His plan is for mercy and goodness to follow us all the days of our life and for us to dwell in His house forever.

God is merciful toward us because He loves us. He wants all of us to experience the fruit of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The only way He could have done that is if Christ lives in us.

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He Is Risen!

The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ our Lord died, was buried and rose on the third day to sit at the right hand of the Father. As Christians, our hope is in Him through whom we have salvation by His sacrifice on the cross for our sins.

“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.’”

(Matthew 28:5-6)

How great is our God to have given His Son so that we could have eternal life. No other event throughout all ages compares with what He purposed from the beginning, to redeem us from death so that we would have redemption.

As Christ rose from His grave, He defeated Death and Hades, after which there were no more enemies to conquer. His majesty is sure, the breadth of His domain is without end and His kingship over all things will last forever.

O wonderful is He; Jesus Christ our Lord, for His name is holy and pure. Through Him, we have eternal life, and through Him, we have salvation, which God has given to us freely because we believe He is the Son of God.

Blessed are those who believe Jesus, as we will one day rise, for He is risen!

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The Gift of God Is Life

Believe Jesus is the Son of God and have salvation. Through Christ’s sacrifice, God has forgiven us, imparted into us eternal life through the Holy Spirit and saved us from the penalty of sin, which is death. Our hope is in Jesus.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 6:23)

We have reason to celebrate the wonderful, free gift God has given us. We no longer bear the burden of guilt brought upon us by our sins. We are no longer bondservants to iniquity. God has redeemed us through Christ’s death and resurrection.

We have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. He is our salvation. He is the only person through whom we can come to the Father. By no other name do we have life eternal. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Believe Jesus is the Son of God and God will save you from the wages of sin. He will give you the free gift of life, filled with hope, brimful and running over. Blessed we then will be, for ours will be the kingdom of heaven.

The gift of God is life.

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Forgive as God Forgives

Should others bring shame upon your name, even though you have committed no wrong, forgive them. For as God has forgiven us, we ought to forgive others. Should others mistreat you and gossip about you, forgive them. God forgave you.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

(Colossians 3:12-13)

Should others bring charges against you, saying evil things about you and spreading lies to cause you harm, be ready to declare the hope that lives within you. Proclaim Jesus and forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

Should someone hurt you in anger, giving the devil a door to work through, fear not! God will keep you and comfort you in your time of need. He will never let you go, for He has forgiven you your sins, as you should so do to them who sin against you.

Should you feel anger against another, wanting to take vengeance for a wrong done to you, repent and forgive them. God knows you and loves you and has forgiven you. Justice is His. Forgive as God forgives.