We often think of the church as a building of wood and bricks, sticks and mortar but the building is only a representation of the spiritual community that assembles within. The church is a place to hear and discuss the Word of God; to accent the work of parents in training their children and the discipling of men and women. It used to be a central influence to the city around it but that has grown limited, sometimes non-existent today. But God's purpose for the church has never changed. It is a place of encouragement, fellowship, prayer, involvement in spiritual gifts given to enhance its ability to bless itself and bless the world around it. And, the "gates of Hades [hell] will not overcome it." (Matthew 16:18) Thank God for your church. Thank Him for the energy of those who work inside it and for the many who attend weekly. Thank Him that He has left this place where new believers can be nurtured and more mature believers can train others in the ways of God.
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Sometime back beyond the beginning of time, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit (the Trinity) discuss what they would do about the sin of man on earth. God the Son "was chosen before the creation of the world." (1 Peter 1:20) He was chosen yet volunteered to be the sacrifice for sin. Speaking of this moment in the book of Hebrews God the Son said, "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, 'Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God.'" (Hebrews 10:5-9) God set aside the ritual worship of the Law to bring a greater and more sufficient sacrifice for sin and that was His only Son. We are able to give thanks for His Son because "we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (10:10) It became no longer necessary on a daily basis for sacrifices of bulls, …
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Where would we be without the guiding lamp of Scripture? It illuminates all God wants us to know about ourselves, our world, and Him. Composed by over forty different authors whose end product was the inspired Words of God, over a span of sixteen hundred years, it has one consistent message threaded through its sixty-six books. It begins with the broad picture of creation, the fall of man, the worldwide flood, and desperate attempts by men to take control of their environment however weak those attempts are. (Genesis 1-11) Then, narrows the focus to one man, Abraham, and his wife Sarah, to which were given the promise by God of a growing family, later enslaved in Egypt, released by God's hand, develop into a powerful and respected nation, only to be taken into captivity due to disobedience, but, the one through whom the Messiah of the world came to take away sin by his death and resurrection. (Genesis 12-John 21) The rest of its books (Acts-Revelation) share our present and futur…