Sunday, July 27, 2014

PLANTED AND FLOURISHED



Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz
“Each Sunday, Christians gather together to praise the Lord our God, Jesus Christ.” While this is not an earth-shaking statement, it is a sublime, and obvious truth. That all in attendance here today have come to worship the Lord and learn more about Him might be taken for granted, but it is a reality to be cherished and a freedom to be held dear. By reading, studying, and learning more about God at every opportunity, our freedoms (personally and nationally) become the tangible evidence of the faith that we exercise.

By their faith, the Founding Fathers understood that equality, life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness were self-evident.

> Equality, because: “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” Acts 17 : 26

> Life, because: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10 : 10

> Liberty, because: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Gal. 5 : 13

> The persuit of happiness, because: “These things (the Gospel) have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15 : 11

> And : “The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 29 : 19

In First John 1:1, John speaks of Jesus: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” ...this tells us the John knew Jesus personally.

The Apostle John grasped that the Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. He understood all that that entailed, and that it was a work of the Spirit of God. Jesus had come to change mankind to life, from death. He came that we might find our hope in Him because of our great need (John 3:15-17). He also warned us of others who come with a similar message, but they are false prophets, false professors, and wolves in sheep’s clothing. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Worship Jesus with us today!



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