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Praying for the Persecuted

Lord, this morning dear brothers and sisters are facing danger and death.  They may be killed for their belief in you.  Please defend these dear saints, Lord!  Guard them and their children. Deliver them miraculously from evil men and women seeking to do them harm.  Above all Lord, guard and sustain their faith–given them hourly glimpses of the joy of their eternal home with you.  Fill them with your Spirit and may they hear the assurance of your Fatherhood resounding in their soul.  Lord God, bring revival to this earth!  Convert many who are now persecuting your church into mighty witnesses of your gospel.  Let your Kingdom come.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus. 

House Troubles

All of us have them.  The AC just broke. The roof leaks. The coffee spilled on the carpet. The children colored on the wall.  There’s a crack in the ceiling.  And these are just the house itself. Add to that the daily maintenance needs.  The grass will not stop growing. There’s an ant fortress in my front yard. Wasps are trying to nest next to my porch.  Laundry needs to be done, rooms vacuumed, floors mopped. And then the lists starts over again.  House troubles.

John 14 is a chapter made just for such thoughts–rooting out the anxiety/anger/impatience that surfaces in response to house troubles.

“Let not your heart be troubled….I go to prepare a place for you.”

The homes we live in conform to the world we live in–a fallen world, with cracks and decay and perpetual pests and challenges.  But most disappointing of all, our homes exist in the world in which God’s glory can only be seen by faith.  But we’re heading to a new home. In that home God’s glory is visable to every eye.  He is the foundation and the light and the security and center of that home.

Let’s address every house trouble this week with the promise that Jesus has prepared a place for us through his death and resurrection– a home in the presence of God, a home that cannot fade or decline.  A home of worship and glory and closeness with our Savior and our Father, our God of eternal glory and perfect redemption.  What are a few house troubles compared to that promise?

 

 

Cross Correction

How does a Christian bring an observation of wrongdoing to another Christian?  For some Christians, this is too easy a question; for others, it’s too hard.  If this is an easy question, it may reveal self-righteousness, pride, anger or bitterness.  Perhaps we view ourselves as better than those around us.  If this is a hard question, it may reveal fear or self-pity, or doubt in God’s calling and provision. Perhaps we would rather avoid a difficult task then truly love our neighbor.   Whether it tends to be an easy or a hard question, the right location for every correction is at the foot of the cross.

Bringing correction at the foot of the cross means at least four things:

First,  it is a reminder that any sin we observe in others are not as significant as the sins we committed against God that required the cross.  (Good counsel for the person who finds correction as easy task.)

Second,  it is a reminder that sin is cosmic treason, punishable by death and Divine curse, and should not be ignored or dismissed as less important than our reputation with our Christian brother or sister.  (Good counsel for the person who finds correction a task easily avoided.)

Third, it is a reminder that every sin we observe in others can be forgiven because of the blood of Christ, fully forgiven, completely forgiven.

Fourth, it is a reminder that we share with our Christian family the same union to Christ, and therefore the same hope of heaven, and the same indwelling Spirit, purchased by the same cross.  Whatever they have done, they are our family member in Christ.  It is our honor to be related to them in Christ, whatever they have done.

The foot of the cross is best place, truly, the only place, that Christian correction can be practiced rightly.

Much more should be said: correction should be expressing Biblical truths and not preferences,  correction should be offered graciously and patiently, correction should begin with inquiries rather than statements, correction should be coupled with encouragement and expressions of hope and love, correction should normally be offered in the context of a life-giving relationship.  But the place to begin the discussion of this practice is with the location of our hearts.

Are we talking with our brothers and sisters in the shadow of the cross?

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May
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10:00 am Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join us this Sunday as we worship God and hear his word preached!  We are continuing our Believe sermon series in the Gospel of John. Here’s what else you can expect: A Diverse Church: You’ll see[...]
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10:00 am Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join us this Sunday as we worship God and hear his word preached!  We are continuing our Believe sermon series in the Gospel of John. Here’s what else you can expect: A Diverse Church: You’ll see[...]
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10:00 am Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
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Come join us this Sunday as we worship God and hear his word preached!  We are continuing our Believe sermon series in the Gospel of John. Here’s what else you can expect: A Diverse Church: You’ll see[...]
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Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
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Come join us this Sunday as we worship God and hear his word preached!  We are continuing our Believe sermon series in the Gospel of John. Here’s what else you can expect: A Diverse Church: You’ll see[...]
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10:00 am Sunday Meeting @ Redemption Hill Church
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