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I speak for all who are faithful and understand the wisdom. There was a time when we first began this mission work, we did so without a dime of financial support, and without any approval "likes" on social media. No contacts, no awareness. Against all odds in a location swept under the rug, we still proclaimed the gospel, why? Because it's never been about us. I can't save you, can I? I don't hold the power to send you to heaven or hell, do I? Of course not. The passion of our Master had to be proclaimed, whether we be poor or wealthy. Salvation is in His name and no other (Acts 4:12). We are but the vessels utilized by His grace, for His purpose, and His work (Phil. 2:13).

Throughout the years this discipline made us good stewards of our blessings, ethical in our efforts, pouring everything into the security of the gospel this field had to offer. Every penny recorded and accounted for. Giving 15-20% each week into the treasury. Thousands more apart from that into evangelism and benevolence. There is more joy to give than to receive, God taught us this truth. And for living according to His instructions He provided us with food, shelter, and clothing (Mt. 6:33).

Sadly, corrupt brethren will never understand that, they'd much rather steal than earn. They'd much rather take than learn, destroy than build. Their arrogance and pride blinds them into thinking they deserve to be exalted in such manipulative ways. That's why you never see them create anything, they just hop on to the next victim to infiltrate and control. Their motives are driven by envy and self-interest. Their end is destruction (Phil. 3:19), though they've convinced themselves that the Bible defends their cause, in reality the Bible actually condemns their sinful ways (John 5:39, 12:42).

But for those of us who know our Lord, we persevere and keep moving forward, knowing we can survive through anything with Christ as our Ruler. Paul understood this very well, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."

Our resume, to all who can discern, defends us from any lies attacking our integrity. Take courage, though some will never appreciate you, those who are hearing and receiving the Word of God proclaimed with love, void of hypocrisy, will.

Your servant,
SM

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"Cleansing the Temple"

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"Water Baptism, Saves?"

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We know why they hate him, don't we?

Faithful Christians:

Our little children have seen us cry, devastated in deep sorrow; have they not wept along with us? Have we not embraced and shared tears, seeking an answer from God, guidance, hope, peace, justice, and mercy? Are we not humbled before the great I AM? Yes, yes, it is true. When we hurt, they hurt and break, yet God gracefully heals us. The selfish and cold-hearted never humble themselves to the damage they cause; sin has no remorse. But what evil workers fail to know is how stronger in love the faithful flourish, despite their hate. It's not easy being the voice who leads and ministers. It's not easy going through trial and temptation, but we learn patience, do we not? We grow in wisdom, correct? We learn to discern, becoming more fruitful for the Master.

Is it not remarkable how Paul described himself as a prisoner of Christ Jesus when the world considered him the prisoner of Rome? Did not the world consider itself victorious over Christ on the cross, only to be defeated...

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Rescued - Transferred - Redeemed
The Kingdom of His beloved Son

You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,

SM

 

 

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