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It didn't matter how passionately you pleaded with me; the Devil remained my friend. It didn't matter how much evidence you presented; the Devil remained my friend. It didn't matter how many "red flags" were reared; the Devil remained my friend. Only once the snake bit me did I wake to the damage he had done, the toxicity that had infected my blood, my thoughts, my life and soul, my friends, and my family. Sin is made in such ways.

Adam & Eve only woke up to the chaos and consequence of his exploit once the crawler had bit them. Sadly, some brethren will only awaken to the Devil once they are a bit, and unfortunately, at times, the venomous measurement is murderous.

Whether sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, we must pray, suffer long, and practice mercy on those who have yet to learn a heavy lesson in their spiritual life due to weaknesses, "blind spots," misplaced loyalties, and immaturities. A prideful, controlling, and divisive wolf, does not sleep with sheep's clothing; pay close attention to those vulnerable moments. Be strong to discern and withdraw from an untoward source.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Pt. 5:8). The world will do what the world will do; God has judged them already. But for us? We must be mindful of our "Christian" circles, preachers, elders -- leaders. "For what have I to do judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?" (1 Cor. 5:12).

God is good; He teaches us, and He disciplines us. All to His glory.

Your servant,
SM

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Passing thoughts,

Within the confines of a year, Diotrephes had me fully convinced I was clinically insane, a toxic and abusive person, a criminal, a liar, a dishonest and corrupted soul, a thief, a monster without any redemptive quality, damned to hell, the reason the church was not growing and would never succeed. Of course, my wife tried to convince me not to fall prey to those cunning lies. Still, my loyalty to a supposed friendship was yet too firm, and who was I to ever question a scholarly brute utilizing mind science as an expert? I was ignorant to know.

Throughout the months, I began to sit in the back, isolated, uncertain of everything; all the while, Diotrephes took preeminence, premeditated, no doubt. Diotrephes would tell the congregation I was sick when they sought an inquiry. And behind the curtains in secrecy, Diotrephes devoured low-hanging fruit against me, idle souls, delinquent behaviors. Once Diotrephes had cultivated his discord and sown his oppression, I was removed from the pulpit by the hands of ...

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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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