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RE: READING THE NEW TESTAMENT IN 30 DAYS

     I read half of today’s assignment this morning and I am attacking the second half this evening. I am really excited about reading larger portions of God’s Word at one setting. I am getting much more out of this method than my usual daily reading.

“TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT”

Gene

p.s.  Here is our guiding principle for the New Year:

“DAILY DELVE INTO THE WORD OF GOD IN 2012”

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“Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20)

COMMENT: This world is not our home; we are ambassadors of Christ. Our situation is similar to the condition we had when the Soviet Union was intact. Although we were enemies, each country exchanged emissaries. Suppose the American ambassadors became so enthralled with socialism and autocratic rule that they embraced that philosophy rather than democracy. That can be likened to Children of God who live in this world when they adopt or continue in the sinful ways of this world. This planet is just our temporary home; you might say it’s a “stop over”. In the Army, we used to call this TDY (Temporary Duty). Our home is Heaven. We represent Jesus and those in the world should see Jesus in us and want to emulate us and receive Him as Lord and Savior also. 
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Matthew 5:13-16 and 2 Cor. 3:2&3 
WISE SAYING: I’D RATHER SEE A SERMON THAN TO HEAR ONE ANY DAY. I’D RATHER ONE WOULD WALK WITH ME, THAN MERELY SHOW THE WAY.

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“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)
COMMENT: I like to find out what is going on in the world early in the day, therefore I often listen to a local “all news” radio station. However, on weekend mornings I have had a real problem with the commentator. I was irritated by his pronunciation; he tends to elongate the last letter of certain words. Here is an example: “You are listening to WTOP Radio-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o. I thought about calling the station to make a complaint about his unpleasant sounds. After a few weeks, I came to my senses; I could either accept his verbiage as is or tune into another station. That revelation put me in mind of the relationships that you and I ought to have with each other as Christians. Unconditional love is vital for believers. In fact, 1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us that when we compare faith, hope and love, the greatest of these three is love. There are some people who are easy to love and then there are the unlovely. We cannot pick and choose those we will love. If we are going to be good disciples of Christ we have to love them, flaws and all. Now let’s get down to the “nitty gritty”. We all have character blemishes and idiosyncrasies and if we could read minds, we would be surprised how often we irritate some of our brethren. Sometimes we have been made aware of how we aggravate others. For instance, I’ve been told that when I receive a phone call, I don’t give the callers a chance to tell me the reason they are calling; instead I immediately launch right into a diatribe. Since none of us are perfect, let’s learn to love our imperfect brethren.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: John 13:34, 15:12 and 1 John 3:11
WISE SAYING: FAITH IS LOVING GOD AND LOVING ALL THAT HE LOVES.