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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.

 

     As we begin a new year in this crazy uncertain world that we live in today let us pray. Before we do things this year, let’s pray like we never have before. This country we live in needs God more now than ever in our lifetime. So, let us seek Him out first. If you wanted to ask someone for guidance, wouldn’t you ask God first? We probably are all praying several times a day now, I’m sure. So, it couldn’t hurt to do more, could it? We are told that in everything by prayer let our request be known. We need this year more than ever to pray before we do anything. Pray when you wake and be thankful for another day. Pray before you leave your home for a safe journey throughout the day. Pray for guidance in all you do or say on this journey each day. Pray before you make a purchase. Pray before you go to class, to learn or to teach. Pray before you study for wisdom. Pray that God will guide your tongue each day to help you say the right things to help others. Pray for guidance in discipline when…

  •   Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it The price can be high for serving the Lord. Our brothers and sisters in the 1st century were willing to pay the price. They knew the price that they were going to have to pay for living and serving our Lord. When John wrote about the seven churches in Asia, we know some were willing to pay the price, but many were not. What church…

  •   Remember that winners do what losers aren’t willing to do The word “can’t” sure can play a role in our lives. Are we willing to say we can’t, even before we try? Negative ideas can defeat us in our lives. It is such a great a feeling, when you look at something you have never tried to do and find out that you can do it. I can look at all the inventions that…

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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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