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My thoughts, looking back briefly, knowing it was not in vain.

I've had my Judas among the heathen (expected). And I've had my Judas among the believer (unexpected). These I have loved, given my loyalty, defended, financially aided, delivered employment, welcomed in my home, shared meals, allowed my children to hold, built history and embraced as family.

It was a difficult challenge to persevere through the slanderous attacks which came from the jealousy of these cunning betrayers. The various temptations provoking me to react in bitterness, lack of trust, insufferable anxiety, jaded emotion, unrighteous regret, hate, revenge, retaliation, loss of faith and hope, lack of appetite and sleep, was as real as heaven and hell.

Though these scars will remain till the Day Judgment is upon man, yet in Him all things were conquered, even the deep despair and sorrow of betrayal and injustice.

God blessed me (though unworthy and broken) with insight, humbled me with discernment, Scriptural focus and fruitfulness.

The Bible answered my desperate weeping and unanswered lashes, from His providence we received His mercy. He healed us and made us His faithful assembly, wounded but not defeated, grown strong.

Some of you have been witnesses and supporters, your understanding has comforted us. All to His glory, we count it all joy.

If you've been through similar trial, know that you are not alone, we are here for you📜✝️❤️🙏

Your servant
SM

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"Cleansing the Temple"

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EastCoast church of Christ
Moncton, NB, Canada.
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2022.

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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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