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September 4, 2018, 6:31 PM

September 5, 2018


"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.?  Psalm 62: 5-8
     The days in which we live are very unsettling.  The threat of war in the Middle East looms heavier every day, another shooting in our nation and the reality of evil that exists all around us.  We look around us only to find people stumbling through life without any real sense of purpose.  There is an encompassing attitude that has taken over our nation.  It is the attitude of carelessness, apathy, and entitlement.  This attitude, that seems to dominate our society, is the same experienced as a fifth grade teacher some years ago.  There is an overwhelming desire to obtain goals and receive accolades without any effort.
     How does this attitude of deserving play out in our churches?  People seem to have come to the conclusion that all people, regardless of relationship with Christ, will be saved.  After all, we deserve God's best ? right?  We've left the truth of God's Word for the deception of our own selfish attitude.  The deserving attitude has become very popular in religious circles.  The Bible clearly shares the love and compassion of God by telling us that ?it is God's desire that all come to repentance and be saved?.  However, the Bible clearly reveals that salvation is only possible in a restored relationship with God.   That restoration is possible only through Jesus.  Let us be sure to share the truth with others which negates the attitude of deserving.  We do not deserve everlasting life!  In fact, we all deserve death because we are stained and marred with sin.  Romans 6:23 tells us; ?The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord?.  It is definitely not something we deserve but is totally God-given.
     It is through our relationship with God that we understand a real sense of purpose for our lives.  We are all here to serve Him!  Our purpose is God-centered which is totally opposite of the self-centered attitude of our society. Sadly, those who are lost do not realize the true meaning of this life.    We are called to teach and make disciples of all nations.  There is a real sense of urgency about our calling.  Let us be laborers in God's field because the harvest is truly plentiful.  May you have a blessed week as you diligently share with others the message of truth. 
                                                                                                                                                     We love you,
                                                                                                                                                     Brad and Virginia

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