"We love Him, because He first loved us."
- 1 John 4:19
A little girl was critically ill and need a blood transfusion. The doctor tested her brother's blood and found it just right. They asked the boy if he would give his blood. Of course he would. they prepared him. Just as the doctor was ready to begin, the boy turned deathly pale. "What's the matter, Buddy?" the doctor asked. "When will I die?" the boy inquired. "Die?" You're not going to die," the doctor replied and then asked: "Did you think this would kill you?" Sure, said the boy. "And yet you were willing to give your blood for your sister?" Sure she's my sister, isn't she, and I love her.
Christ first loved us. Willingly He left the company of seraphim and cherubim and lived in the . . .
"We love Him, because He first loved us."
"In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
- Romans 8:37
I found this story about a family in which three children died of diphtheria in less than a week. It was a crushing blow. Only one child was saved. Yet when Sunday came, the parents and the child went to Sunday school and church. The mother taught her class of girls as usual, and the father presided as superintendent of the Sunday school. As he read the great Resurrection Chapter of 1 Corinthians 15 there was only a slight break now and then in his voice.
Amid the faces lined by suffering, rebellion, and despair, noticeable here and there in the worshiping congregation, this family had seemed like a miracle. "How can they bear up that way?", the people of the congregation asked each other. A fifteen year old boy walking home with his father, solved the mystery. "Dad", he said, "they . . .
"Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tried Stone, a precious Cornerstone, a sure Foundation."
- Isaiah 28:16
The Prophet Isaiah here tells us about the abiding Foundation upon which the Church is built. That Foundation is Christ, a precious Cornerstone, concerning whom St. Paul writes: "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid."
He is a sure Foundation. Firmly standing on this Foundation, St. Paul decalres in the face of all persecution: "I know whom I have believed." "I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to . . .
"And He saith unto them: Follow Me."
- Matthew 4:19
This was the short but significant command which our LORD directed to Peter and Andrew, the two fishermen brothers, as He called them to be His disciples. To follow Christ means, first and foremost, that we accept Him as our personal Savior and Redeemer. Having found Christ and believing in Him as our Savior from sin, we have a paece in our hearts that passes all understanding. That peace we can have no matter where we are and no matter how much noise and confusion there is about us.
The call of Jesus, "Follow Me" also presents a challenge to live a courageous and heroic life, but there are those who imagine that Christianity is for sissies, that for folks who are . . .
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Are you ready to receive the Gift of the Kingdom?
Jesus calls us to live on the edge, a place that is often uncomfortable. "Sell your possessions and give to the poor, be dressed for action." Above all be ready, because you don't know when the Son of Man will come. Don't get too comfortable with this earthly life. Yes, it is a gift from God, but as we learned last week, the gift must not be allowed to overshadow the giver. We must beware, so our . . .
"There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve."
- Acts 27:23
St. Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, was on his way to Rome to be brought before Caesar. The vessel on which he was sailing was tossed to and fro by a furious storm on the Mediterranean Sea. Those with Paul had given up all hope. But the angel of the LORD appeared to Paul and told him not to fear, for no one would be lost. And Paul, addressing himself to all on board ship said: "There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve."
In the persence of those rough and godless seafaring men and before his fellow prisioners Paul confessed himself to be . . .
"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the LORD."
- Ephesians 2:21
"I believe in the holy Christian Church." These familiar words of the Apostles' Creed are being spoken in thousands of Christian churches today. The holy Christian Church is also referred to as the bride of Christ, His city, His flock, His body, and "temple of God."
The Builder is the Holy Spirit. The tools with which He operates are the Word of God and the Sacraments. Whenever the Word of God is preached and the plan of . . .
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The Reverend James L. Snyder is an award winning author whose writings have appeared in more than eighty periodicals including GUIDEPOSTS. In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyder?s first book, won the Reader?s Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. Snyder has authored 8 books altogether.
Rev. James L. Snyder has a knack for making fun of daily frustrations and will increase your humor aptitude so you too can discover that life is less stressful when you?re laughing. Through these essays, you will realize that humor and religion belong together and that its OK to keep from taking yourself and others too seriously.
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Pastor Barkat is a graduate of Punjab University. After receiving a call to ministry in 1999 he attended Gujranwala Theological Seminary, graduating in 2003 with a Master of Divinity (His thesis covered a Biblical model of house churches.) Upon graduating he started pastoral ministry with the Anglican Church and was ordained in 2004, working within that church in different positions until mid 2015 when he got the opportunity for a short training program on Pneumatology from South Korea. Suneel currently is a visiting teacher in an evangelical Bible College empowered by Korean Mission in Pakistan, as well as doing independent teaching and preaching ministry. He has established many Bible study groups and has the passion to preach in remote areas of Pakistan.