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John 1:5 KJV And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

++ We encounter those living in darkness every time we go out into society. Although they are unaware of where they are . It's like a deer blinded by headlights. It's like there is no real lasting substance present. Because those in darkness tend only to think of today. Eternity is so far off, believing the lie that only the here and now counts. The darkside of society is void without Jesus. Some of us try our best to let the light shine everywhere we go. Others seem to leave what little light they have at the church building on Sunday. During the workweek the light is forgotten. Please, if you encounter one who has the light, ask them to share the light. You will be blessed.                        Rob K.

We are all on a journey, not all are at the same place. Patience with those not where we are and respect for those beyond where we are. But above all love for those who are constantly traveling in search of more truth. Only the Bible has the map.                     Rob K.

Rom 15:2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

 

++ The question is not: "who is my neighbor?" The real question is: "what can I personally contribute to society?" To answer this question is to become Christlike. "We must become engaged in a thought process of listening, listening, listening." Jesus, being both human and Deity immediately knew the heart of those He came in contact with. Jesus gives us some guidance in accomplishing what the Rom 15:2 above is challenging us to do in Matt 12:34 "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." In simple terms: "listen for clues in their speech that will reveal ways of building up". A smile is always welcoming: Proverbs 15:1 -- “A soft word turns away wrath,                                            Rob K.

Gal 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

 

++ What a wonderful word!!! When in Christianity, it takes on a "special" significance because of its individual empowerment.

Freedom to pursue righteousness in serving our Creator.

Freedom to indulge in our sinful nature. That's why being "pro-choice" is so much larger than being about abortion, guns or politics. It's about where we spend eternity. After all God is "pro-choice". God does not want "robots" who would follow Him mindlessly. Freewill means the right to choose. Examples are plentiful: the speed limit is 55 mph, we make a moral choice as to obey or not to obey. Legislation has no control over morality. It is not a flawless guide for morality like the Word of God is. Until we, as Christians obey the fundamental commandments in Matt 28:18-20 and teach the morality found in Gods Word there will be immoral choices made in the name of freedom. Ponder your choices carefully, train your mind in the ways of Jesus who died on the cross for us. God rewards His followers with the gift of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:38 who will comfort and guide you in all truth. John 16:13 The choice is yours.          Rob K.

1 Cor 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

 

++ if one were to have a $100 bill and dividing it equally amongst five children, each would receive a $20 bill or part (or denomination) of the $100 bill. This is the thought behind different church "denominations". Each one being a part of the original "whole" $100 bill. The question then is asked: "What denomination are you?" Or: "What faith are you?" Consider the following:

Eph 4:4-6 There is (ONE BODY) and one Spirit—just as you were called in the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, (ONE FAITH), one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (If there is only ONE $100 bill then there are no "denominations".) Think of how this also applies equally to ONE hope, Lord, baptism, God and Father. At the time in Matt 16:18 when Jesus said, "I will build my Church" He had no "denominations" or dividing it up in mind. When Christs Church was established (built) on Pentecost Sunday in AD33 there was just ONE, not many. Throughout the NT whenever Church is mentioned it is written THE CHURCH (singular) The point of this is: Churches of Christ as written in Rom 16:16 is the official, original and whole name of its founder and builder, its owner who died on the cross to purchase it with His blood. Any Church established after AD33 cannot be THE CHURCH. This brings me to express our desire to "restore" or bring back all "denominations" to the first century Church which is only found in the Bible. Want to see how The Church worships God? Come visit Dale Ridge Sunday @ 10:30.       Rob K.