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"Not immediately available" - take time to heal first.

When an opponent who practices foul play injures a professional athlete, the recipient of the injury must remove his activities for healing purposes before returning to the field. And pending on the severity of the injury, one can be out of the game for many months. Of course, the heart of passion within the player wants to return immediately and keep fighting for his team, but such could further disable his faculties, resulting in permanent removal. So the sportsman learns humble patience, allowing the body to heal into full strength slowly, sometimes even more robust. His loving medical and familial attention necessary indeed helps expedite the process. And once he can reinstall to the green, he's ready to win the championship with the wisdom his scars produced, mentally and physically.

Sometimes faithful Christians in the sward get injured, both within the fold and without. Diotrephes is a phycological deceiver and cunning wolf whose divisive ways are treacherous; he slanders as he breathes and has no remorse for the chaos his ambitions indulge. And so, some traumas from evil workers are grievous, deep sorrows filled with agony, taking many months (years?) to heal from the unjust attacks. Yet we can rest assured that the written Word comforts us back into total health if we allow ourselves to learn from His guidance and trust in His will, pray fervently, and be humble into production. Yet as much as we'd love to insert ourselves immediately, we first must restore the household from the despair inside. But once made well again, we reinstate our commitment to the trenches and remain victorious for Christ, winning souls for His kingdom and welcoming all who seek refuge from toxic characters. And therein we understand the wisdom of Paul when he said, "My circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel." (Phil. 1:12).

The faithful know our trials, discern the truth, and encourage us in such times of pain; we are not the only victims of Diotrephic manipulation, "knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world." (1 Pt. 5:9).

Have heart, fellow saints; we may live in a corrupt generation that has fallen out of season, and its worldly ways crept into the church, but we are not alone without help to persevere. Seek the truth, don't mindlessly follow the masquerade, contemplate the account (2 Cor. 11:14). The faithful will persevere and await His mighty return (Phil. 3:20), being fruitful till His great Day of appearing (Mt. 24:46).

Your servant,
SM

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"Cleansing the Temple"

Sermon Sunday: John 2:13-25
EastCoast church of Christ
Moncton, NB, Canada.
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2022.

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"Water Baptism, Saves?"

In 1 Peter 3:21, we see the explicit inspired words of Peter the Apostle of Jesus the Christ. Was he teaching the Christians of the 1st Century that they were saved by "water?" What exactly did Peter mean within the context? This and more we explore in this exclusive LOCALS podcast session.

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They've been building those encampments in Canada also. World powers say 3-4 months, maybe sooner, war will break. How much of this is true? Probably more than we are comfortable with, but not as much as they want us to fear.

Thoughts.

I am convinced Paul's thorn was not a physical issue,

Disappointment, discouragement, anger, anxiety, sadness, lack of sleep, lack of hunger; emotions we experience when we see the injustice of evil workers getting away with it on this earth. It is most challenging not to fall prey to temptations when brethren are so ignorant, lacking humble discernment, endorsing, promoting, and financially contributing to a professional liar such as Diotrephes. But we know Pharisees had their devoured loyalists, and Diotrephes has his birds of a feather.

On that coming Day God will set things right, evil will be eternally lost, and many who willfully sided with a factious brute, will be shamed, even notable men in the "brotherhood."

The faithful must focus on the work and continue to serve our Master's local presence and growth, even when it is very challenging to do so.

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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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