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.

 

Time, we have 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. This has not changed from the beginning. The question is; what we are doing with our 24/7? Solomon stated that man has three score and ten years (70 years). This is also has not changed from ancient times to our modern “Western Medication” days.                We need to live for the Lord and Savior with each day we have. We need to study his word, so we will be prepared to share his love with whomever we can. We can find his love and peace by reading his word. The study of his word will increase our knowledge of what he wants for us and what we need to be, a faithful follower making us ready for our reward if we overcome as the apostle John states in Revelation. We need to live our life with Jesus as our center and overcome problems that come our way.      This is easier said than done, but as we move along living our lives we need to keep our Christian family, our Christian life and our Christian studies in the forefront. Keeping these things in the forefront will help us…

  • Our Obligation to God   In this life we all have obligations.  We should provide for our family, obey the laws of the land, pay our taxes, love our spouse and children, be good neighbors, and many others.  But what about our obligations to God?  The following verses can give us guidance regarding our responsibilities to our heavenly Father.   We must be grateful to God. Heb 12:28 - Therefore, since we received a kingdom…

  •   People ask, “Why should I become a Christian? What’s the advantage of being a Christian instead of a non-Christian?” There are many biblical reasons for our becoming a New Testament Christian, but here are some reasons I can think of. Our Past — The inspired writer Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 “….for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” Since our sins separate us from a holy God (Isaiah 59:1-2),…

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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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