Church is not synonymous with a building, as many think. The church, first of all, consists of people who share one confession, namely that Jesus Christ is Lord! As people in Christ, we care and carry each other.If someone stumbles , he or she is taken aside and encouraged, or they should get encouragement from other believers. The Body of Christ is suppose to be there for each other. They lift each other up, pray for each other, forgive each other, care for each other .
Romans 15:1 (NASB)
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.
Christ means the Anointed One. Jesus is God's Messiah, Jesus came to fulfill God's will on earth through His death and resurrection. Through faith in Him we share the new life that God gives. Jesus is God's answer to all the sin, death, violence and chaos in the world. He is God's remedy for all the wrong in the world. He turns heaven and earth upside down. Believe in Him!
1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT)
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.
I have to prepare these devotionals days or sometimes weeks in advance. For instance, I am working on getting them through the end of March because on March 12 , Sandra and I are going to Israel/Jordan. We are truly excited.This will be our third trip and it is our anniversary trip. Seven from our church is going with two other groups. Three years ago we tried to get to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan but a snow storm, yes, a snow storm stopped us less than two miles from Petra. For those of us on that cold bus it was not pleasant at all. However, two highlights of Jordan were seeing the Jabbok River and going to Mt. Nebo.
If you do not know the biblical significance of these locations, do a little Bible search and see why they are important. I will give you a hint- Jacob and Moses. Have a great day.
I read through the Book of Revelation every month. There are 22 chapters. So I have read through this magnificent book numerous times. Each time there is this amazing wonder to it. But the most frightening is not the plagues, and the bowls of wrath it is found in chapter 20. It says this," ...and books were opened, And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books."(vs.12)
When I first read this a sense of dreadful fear fell over me. I then asked God , is my name written in the Book of Life? This is a question we should all ask.
The response I received from the Lord was,"Yes, your name is written in the Book." Oh, what assurance that is. Oh, what joy that brings.
Is you name written in the Book of Life?
Today, fifty years ago Sandra and I were married in Alexandria, Louisiana. We met at Louisiana College, a small Baptist college in Pineville,LA. She was from Shreveport,LA and I was from Port Neches,TX. We came from two totally different backgrounds. She was one of seven children and I had one brother. She came from dysfunction junction and I came from Beaver Cleaver family. We have totally different personalities. She is an extrovert and I am a introvert. So what is our commonality- Jesus Christ as our Lord! It has been His power, His grace, His love, and His guidance all these years that has sustained us in our relationship. We have truly been ministry partners all these years. We were both called to the ministry and that is an important factor when serving the Lord. We have three precious children, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law ,eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. We are blessed beyond description. Today, here in Mexico City our church, Capital City Baptist Church is celebrating with us, family and friends.