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The ocean of blessings streamed for all faithful Christians is unmatched by anything the corrupted can offer. We are spiritual people guided by a Holy Book and no greater peace than to be found within the grace of our Master. We are gifted to receive true friendship, family, and purpose, humbled by His mercy. Knowing that the loyalty of our King will never fade from our hearts while we walk in His doctrine, while His love passionately resides in our faith, is the armour that keeps us secure. We eagerly await His return; we comfort each other with these words. To be with Jesus forever in the heavenly realm, away from the numerous hostilities of this fallen land, is an hour we anticipate with great hope. And so, dear saints, do not lose your anchor; Christ navigates us through the storms.

To be the victim of toxic abuse is no easy challenge. It is a heavy burden to have evil people you thought were your friends sin, a great sin against God, your family, and your work. It is most frustrating and sorrowful to suffer long and patient with injustice, waiting for God to have His court in session, where devils will have no room to hide from righteous procedures. To feel isolated and shackled, broken and uncertain, taken advantage at the hands of slander, false witness, bold-faced lies, malicious words, self-righteous hypocrisy, cunning phycological manipulation, hate, gossip, greed, and division. Please know you are not alone; many of us have also been the victims of Diotrephic Pharisees, malignant narcissists. All faithful in Christ will suffer persecution; none are exempt.

From the Prophets of Old, Christ our New Covenant, to His Apostles in faith, all have gone through difficult and devastating moments, despairing trials. Do you have the wisdom to understand such deep pain? Their enemies called them liars, blasphemers, thieves, deceivers, and lawless; sometimes, they even accused them of being the Devil himself. Were such accusations true? The integrity of their ministry, the fruits they produced, and the transparency of their love refuted such baseless attacks. Yet, some hardened hearts still chose to side with the enemies, devoured by flattery and emboldened into their delinquencies.

In Christ, beloved, we have victory over wolves in sheep's clothing; factious brutes have no power over us anymore. We can persevere through everything this existence has thrown our way. We can conquer death through our King, the Saviour of humanity. To Him be all glory and dominion, the honourable and living God.

Your servant,
SM

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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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