The Blessing of Persecution

God uses trials like persecution to purify His church.

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by pvarious trials, so that qthe tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes rthough it is tested by sfire—may be found to result in tpraise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” – 1 Peter 1:6-7

Read this interesting article by Carl Thomas, the blessing of persecution.

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/blessing-persecution/

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“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19-20

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The End of Human Trafficking

In response to the question, “What is wrong with the world?” G.K. Chesterton famously replied, “I am.” If you want to end modern slavery, start by examining your own life. Ask yourself, “Do I live in a way that contributes to this problem, knowingly or unknowingly? What can I do to fight?”

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Call for authenticity

It’s a matter of the heart, of what motivates us. God wants us to live authentic lives, to be real. God despise, hates hypocrisy. The world is dying for authenticity.

Immediately after Jesus set the standard for the Christian’s behavior in Matthew 5:13–48, He emphasizes the importance of authenticity in the Christian’s lifestyle in Matthew 6:1–18. It isn’t good enough to live right, Jesus calls His followers to authentic living. Not the kind of righteousness religious men demonstrate, but a genuine, authentic righteousness.

Consider the following words by Jesus:

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” – Matt. 15:9-9

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. – Matt. 6:1

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matt. 6:2-4

Keep in mind the following:
An authentic person will be one with obvious integrity. Daniel was a man of integrity. He was consistent and strong. Daniel didn’t pray to show his integrity; he prayed because of his integrity.
Genuine – not forced.
Flowing from what’s true.
Not judging others. Don’t judge people’s motive. Don’t judge appearance. Don’t judge harshly.
Judge yourselves.

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Thought for the day:

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” – Phil. 2:3

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The Gospel

Without the gospel, the preaching of the fact that we are dead in our sins, that Jesus died in our place for our sins and rose on the third day to give us eternal live with him, Christianity is just one more system of morality or man-made religion.

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An Invitation to a conversation

Has salvation become another personal consumer product (like personal computers, a personal journal, personal time, etc) and Christianity it’s marketing program? Has Christianity become just “fire insurance”?

Has churches become places of self-interest and purveyors of goods and services, constantly shopping and trading up for churches that can “meet my needs”?

Has the church sold out to individualism?

We want to hear what you think?

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“I believe in order that I might understand.” – Agustine

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Speak HOPE… Speak LOVE… Speak LIFE…

Look through the eyes of the broken hearted.

Don’t let even one encounter be lost.

Speak HOPE… Speak LOVE… Speak LIFE…

We are facing a great paradox. We are living in desperate times of great opportunities. wars and rumors of wars… unrest… Venezuela… Haiti, Ukraine, great human suffering… a world that is more concerned with what is the next iPhone that with what is happening to our neighbors.. we all have become insensitive… we go on with our lives and don’t hurt with those who are hurting.

Church! We have the greatest opportunity in history since jesus walked the earth to touch a hurting world with the Love of Christ.

Watch the video and Speak HOPE… Speak LOVE… Speak LIFE…

 

 

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