MAKE A THANKFUL LIST


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 5:18(NIV)

To help you achieve and maintain a new level of contentment in your life, I encourage you to use some of your quiet time with God to make a list of everything you have to be thankful for. It should be a long list, one that includes little things as well as big things.

Why should it belong? Because we all have a lot of things to be thankful for, and we’ll see them if we look for them. Get out a piece of paper and start listing things you have to be thankful for. Keep the list and add to it frequently. Make it a point to think about and thank God for whatever you might be doing throughout the day. You can only learn the power of thankfulness by practising it intentionally. When you meditate on what you have to be grateful for every day and verbalize it to God, it will be amazingly helpful to your thought life and heart.

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PRAYING FOR OUR GOVERNMENT

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. – Romans 13:15.
I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2:1-3


INTRODUCTION
It is wrong for one to rebel or refuse to obey the government’s laws or regulations unless those laws clearly require us to violate the moral standards revealed by God. Wherever we find ourselves, we must be responsible citizens, as well as responsible Christians.
Praying for those in authority over us will also mean that we will watch them closely. If we pray diligently for our leaders, we will be functioning as God’s sentinels.


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT?


Bring up politics, and we are likely to get many opinions on topics, issues, and current situations. Turn on the news or look at social media and there are differing and sometimes heated debates over what to believe, how to vote, and who to support—even among Christians.
We are currently living in some of the most turbulent, stressful, and anxiety-filled times any of us have ever experienced. Now more than ever, people are looking for direction. Those in office are navigating situations that few of us have ever had the responsibility of carrying. The higher the tensions, the more controversy it seems there is.


WHAT CAN WE DO TO ASSIST UNITY AND SUPPORT THOSE WE ELECTED TO OFFICE?
We are called to pray for our government and nation. According to the NIV Exhaustive Concordance, variations of the word prayer is used 375 times in the Bible. When Scripture repeats itself, it is to emphasize something or remind us to do something. Prayer is one of the most important things we can do. Through prayer, we get the privilege of communing with God and seeing Him work.


In Scripture, when we are given a command, we are also given a promise. In, 1 Timothy 2:1-3 it says, “I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Essentially, by praying for our leaders, God’s word tells us that we will live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. But why is that?
First, our leaders determine how our country will run. The officials we elect directly impact how our lives function. Their reach can stretch from our religious freedoms to our taxes. When our leaders are obeying God’s will, it is easier for us to live peaceful lives. We want our government leaders to be in tune with the Lord, so that they will make the best choices for us.


Additionally, our leaders are under tremendous amounts of pressure and stress due to the responsibility they carry. Under normal circumstances, they have to manage public criticism and crises. Now with the pandemic, everything is more complicated and confusing. They need our prayers.
Scripture tells us, in Mark 12:30-31, that out of all the commandments, there are two most important. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
When we show love to our neighbors, we then reflect the love of the Lord. It is so important that Jesus, Himself, emphasizes it.
HOW SHOULD WE PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS?
How then do we pray for our leaders, and what should we pray for them?


• Pray that if they don’t already know Jesus as their personal Saviour, that they would trust Him for their salvation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
• If they are a Christian, pray for them that they will follow closely after Christ, using His discernment and wisdom to guide them in their decisions. “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.” – John 14:15-16
• Ask God to use your leaders in mighty ways for Him. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2;1-2
• Pray that they would be strong in adversity and ready to seek wise counsel when uncertain of the right decision. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.” – Psalm 27:1-2
• Pray that they would have empathy and compassion for those who are hurting. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
• Pray for their families and their health as you do your own family’s needs. “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1:2
• Pray for God’s will to be done through your leader. “For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37 (AMP)
CONCLUSION
Finally, remember that prayer is our way of communicating with our Creator. He is our Father, and we are His children. He hears our cries, just like we do those of our children. As a parent, when our child cries, they immediately get our attention. As flawed, imperfect humans, we want to help. How much more then will the perfect God of the universe have compassion on us? Our helplessness reminds us that we do not have control. When we acknowledge that lack of control in prayer, we open the door to see God work!
Today, will you invite God to move in the lives of your leaders, trusting Him for the outcome?
________________________________________Pray this week:
Heavenly Father, You, alone control all things. I will trust you in all areas of my life, remembering to pray for those who you have placed in leadership over me. Amen.
Source: Culled from the book ‘Issues Facing Christians Today’ by John Scott.
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SALT AND LIGHT

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people
light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to
everyone in the house.    In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see
your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16.

INTRODUCTION

Everybody is familiar with salt and light. They are found in virtually every household in the world. Jesus Himself, as a boy in the Nazareth home, must have watched His mother Mary use salt in the kitchen and light the lamps when the sun went down. He knew their practical usefulness.

WHAT JESUS EXPECTS OF US AS SALT AND LIGHT

1. Christians are fundamentally different from non-Christians, or ought to be.

Both images set the two communities apart. The world is dark, Jesus implied, but you are to be its light. The world is dark, Jesus implied, but we are to be its light.

The world is decaying, but we are to be its salt, and hinder its decay. In English idiom we might say they are as different as ‘chalk from cheese’ or ‘oil from water’; Jesus said they are as different as light from darkness, and salt from decay. This is a major theme of the whole Bible. God is calling out from the world a people for Himself, and the vocation of this people is to be ‘holy’ or ‘different’. ‘Be holy,’ He says to them again and again, ‘because I am holy.’

2. Christians must permeate non-Christian society.

Although Christians are (or should be) morally and spiritual distinct from non-Christians, they are not to be socially segregated. On the contrary, their light is to shine into the darkness, and their salt to soak into the decaying meat. The lamp does no good if it is put under a bed or a bowl, and the salt does no good if it stays in the salt cellar.

Similarly, Christians are not to remain aloof from society, where they cannot affect it, but become immersed in its life. They are to let their light shine, so that their good deeds are seen.

3. Christians must influence non-Christians society.

Before the days of refrigeration, salt was the best-known preservative. Either it was rubbed into fish and meat, or they were left to soak in it. In this way the decaying process was retarded, though not of course entirely arrested. Light is even more obviously effective; when the light is switched on, the darkness is actually dispelled. Just so, Jesus seems to have meant, Christians can hinder social decay and dispel the darkness of evil.

William Temple wrote of the ‘pervasive sweetening of life and of all human relationships by those who carry with them something of the mind of Christ’.

Our Christian habit is to bewail the world’s deteriorating standards with an air of rather self-righteous dismay. We criticize its violence, dishonesty, immorality, disregard for human life, and materialistic greed. ‘The world is going down to the drain’, we say with a shrug. But whose fault is it? Who is to blame?

Let me put it like this. If the house is dark when nightfall comes, there is no sense in blaming the house, for that is what happens when the sun goes down. The question to ask is ‘Where is the light?’ If the meat goes bad and we cannot eat it, there is no sense in blaming the meat, for that is what happens when the bacteria are left alone to breed. The question to ask is ‘Where is the salt?’ In the same vein, if society deteriorates and standards decline, till it becomes like a dark night or stinking fish, there is no sense in blaming society, for that is what happens when fallen men and women are left to themselves, and human selfishness goes unchecked. The question to ask is ‘Where is the church?’ Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing society?’ It is sheer hypocrisy on our part to raise our eyebrows, shrug our shoulders or wring our hands. The Lord Jesus told us to be the world’s salt and light. If therefore darkness and rottenness abound, it is our fault and we must accept the blame.

4. Christians must retain their Christian distinctiveness.

If salt does not retain its saltiness, it is good for nothing. If light does not retain its brightness, it becomes ineffective. So we who claim to be Christ’s followers have to fulfill two conditions if we are to do any good for Him. On the one hand we have to permeate non-Christian society, and immerse ourselves in the life of the world. On the other, while doing so, we have to avoid becoming assimilated to the world. We must retain our Christian convictions, values, standards and lifestyle.

If asked what the ‘saltiness’ and ‘brightness’ of Christian holiness are, the rest of the Sermon on the Mount gives us the answer. Jesus tells us not to be like others around us: “Do not be like them’ – Matthew 6:8a. Instead, He calls us to a greater righteousness (of the heart), a wider love (even of enemies), a deeper devotion (of children coming to their Father) and a nobler ambition (seeking first God’s rule and righteousness). It is only as we choose and follow His way, that our salt will retain its saltiness, our light will shine, we shall be His effective witness and servants, and exert a wholesome influence on society.

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HOW TO GUARD AGAINST MAN-MADE RELIGIONS

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” –Colossians 2 : 23(NLT) 

We can guard against man-made religions by asking these questions about any religious group:Does it stress man-made rules and taboos rather than God’s grace?Does it foster a critical spIrit toward others, or does it exercise discipline discreetly and lovingly?Does it stress formulas, secret knowledge, or special visions more than the Word of God?Does it elevate self-righteousness, honoring those who keep the rules, rather than elevating Christ?Does it neglect Christ’s universal church , claiming to be an elite group?Does it teach humiliation of the body as a means to spiritual growth rather than focus on the growth of the whole person?Does it disregard the family rather than hold it in high regard as the Bible doesTo the Colossians, the discipline demanded by the false teachers seemed good, and legalism still attracts many people today. Following a long list of religious rules requires strong self-discipline and can make a person appear moral, but religious rules cannot change a person’s heart. Only the Holy Spirit can do that.

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PAUL CONDEMNS HERESY

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “…Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” –Colossians 2:22-23(NLT) 

Paul writes against any philosophy of life based only on human ideas and experiences. Paul himself was a gifted philosopher, so he is not condemning philosophy. He is condemning teaching that credits humanity, not Christ, with being the answer to life’s problems. That approach becomes a false religion. There are many man-made approaches to life’s problems that totally disregard God. To resist heresy you must use your mind, keep your eyes on Christ, and study God’s word.

We cannot reach up to God by following rules of pious self-denial, by observing rituals, or by practicing religion. Paul isn’t saying all rules are bad. But keeping laws or rules will 

not earn salvation. The Good News is that God reaches down to human beings, He asks for our response. Man-made religions focus on human effort; Christianity focuses on Christ’s work. Believers must put aside sinful desires, but doing so is the by-product of our new life in Christ, not on our own discipline and rule keeping but on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.

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NO LONGER SLAVE TO SIN


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” –Colossians 2:13-15(NLT) 

Before we believed in Christ, our nature was evil. We disobeyed, rebelled, and ignored God (even at our best, we did not love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind). The Christian, however, has a new nature. God has crucified the old rebellious nature; “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6) and replaced it with a new loving nature; “..for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him”  (Colossian 3:9,10)

The penalty of sin died with Christ on the cross. God has declared us not guilty, and we need no longer live under sin’s power. God does not take us out of the world or make us robots—we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin. The difference is that before we were saved, we were slaves to a sinful nature; but now we are free to live for Christ.

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YOU ARE COMPLETE THROUGH YOUR UNION WITH CHRIST

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So you also are complete through your union with Christ, Who is the Head over every ruler and authority.” –Colossians 2:10(NLT) 

Look around you. People are searching for something to give their lives a boost. Few people seem content within themselves. A strange and often hard-to-identify inner vacuum gives most people an uneasy sense of incompleteness. Christ fills that vacuum! As Jesus’ Person is fully divine, so we, united by faith to Jesus, find personal fulfillment in Him: “you also are complete through your union with Christ.”

When you know Jesus Christ, you don’t need to seek God by means of other religions, cults, or unbiblical philosophies as the Colossians were doing. Christ alone holds the answers to the true meaning of life because He is life. Christ is the unique source of knowledge and power for the Christian life. No Christian needs anything in addition to what Christ has provided to be saved. Some days may not feel like it, but in Jesus, the vacuum is gone; the full power and presence of God has taken up residence in your mind and heart. You are a new person equipped for life and satisfied in God. Take some risks-God will guide you. Give more generously-God will supply. Love more freely-God will energize you. Say “can do” more often-God will amaze you.  

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BE ROOTED IN CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” –Colossians 2:6-8(NLT) 

Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in faith. Christ wants to guide you and help you with your daily problems. You can live for Christ by:Committing your life and submitting your will to Him;
Seeking to learn from Him, His life, and His teachings;
Recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in you  Paul uses the illustration of our being rooted in Christ. Just as plants draw nourishment from the soil through their roots, so we draw our life-giving strength from Christ. The more we draw our strength from Him, the less we will be fooled by those who falsely claim to have life’s answers. If Christ is our strength, we will be free from human regulations.

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POLITICS AND CHRISTIANITY

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all
people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all
godliness and holiness. — 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

INTRODUCTION
As Christian believers we are called to be light in the dark place, the salt penetrating a rotten world. James 4:17 – “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” As Edmund Burke remarked, “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”. We Christians have a moral obligation to be involved in our world.

In Paul’s day, the form of government was an empire. Although citizens could not elect Caesar, they could pray for him. It’s hypocritical to pray for something for which we are not willing to work. If we are obligated to pray for a government in accordance with 1 Timothy 2, then we are also morally obligated to work for it.

SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE POLITICALLY INVOLVED?
Because of that constitutional separation, Christianity in the form of the institutional, organized church is constrained from formal integration with our government. But Christianity in the form an individual’s theological identification with the body of Christ can and should play a part in the political process.


Working as individuals within the political system is not contrary to our Christian faith. We
believe in the redemption of humanity, a redemption that takes place on an individual basis,
not on an institutional basis. Likewise, our political influence comes from the involvement of individuals, not institutions. In fact, any free and democratic society must be based on the strong participation of individual citizens. Without this, it devolves into an elitism or anarchy.
The vision, abilities, character, and skills of individuals are a positive and necessary force in democracy.

Jesus admonished His followers to become the light, the salt, and the yeast in society. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.   He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” – Matthew 5:13-16; 13:33) Wherever these elements are added, they transform the environment. In the same way, we penetrate and permeate political institutions with Christian values and beliefs.
It would be wise for all of us to carefully examine the warning provided by de Tocqueville. He said: “Once religion is mixed with the bitter passions of the world it cannot avoid losing

influence: The Church cannot share the temporal power of the state without being the object of a apportion of that animosity which the latter excites.”
We can have far more impact by working within a secular political organization to help our laws reflect Christian values than by separating ourselves and banding together with other believers as a “Christian Political Movement.”


Some Christians believe that being salt and yeast means being separate from the political
process. But the common denominator of every political issue is a spiritual problem. For
instance, when we deal with environmental problems, we are not only concerned with the
environment for the sake of the environment; we are also concerned with the spiritual issue of stewardship. When we talk about an unfair tax system rife with loopholes, we are talking about the spiritual issues of fairness and justice. When we consider the problem of corruption in politics, again we are talking about spiritual questions – honesty and integrity. We need to maintain a spiritual perspective on these secular issues.

Even if we are not involved by our actions or by public identification with a political party, we
still have important political roles to play. We have a responsibility to vote. Even more
important, we are instructed to pray for those in political office. “I urge, then, first of all, that
petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all
those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ” — 1Timothy 2:1-3.


We need to pray for the issues confronting our society and for hurting individuals within our
society. And we have a responsibility to reach out to minister to the poor.
Whether we choose to work directly in politics or to support it with our votes and prayers, the political process in a democratic country gives us a vital opportunity to demonstrate our love for Christ.


Christians ought to support godly principles wherever they are found. We should vote principle, not just party. What principles are worth upholding and fighting for? Godliness, justice, goodness, righteousness, life, defending the innocent, helping the poor – in other words, issues that are clearly spelt out in the Bible.
Principles translate into issues. For example, defending innocent lives is a principle, and
abortion on demand is an issue. Because of their principles, Christians will know how to react to the issues of the day.

When there is a clear-cut moral issue, Christians are obligated to become involved. On some issues, however, Christians hold the same principles but disagree over the means to put them into action. War is one of those issues. Activist says a Christian should always go to war when the government commands it. Pacifists say we should never go to war, even if the government commands it. And selectivity says we should sometimes go to war; it depends on whether or not it just a war. You will find Christians on all sides of this issue. I think they all agree with the same principle – that justice and peace should be preserved – but they disagree as to the best way to arrive there.

In spite of the fact that we won’t always agree with each other, we Christians need to get
involved in politics. If good people don’t get involved in running the government, then evil
people will. It is not going to do us any good to curse the darkness; we have to light a few
candles. Politically, the Bible is more like a library than a single book. It is difficult to come up with a black-and-white answer that fits every diverse situation. For example, some people try to apply
Jesus’ words about non-resistance (Luke 6:27-31) to every act of injustice. But in practice, I
don’t know anyone who always turns the other cheek. On the other hand, Christians should
not ignore those verses. Even though the verses might not apply to every situation, the One
who spoke them remains decisive, and Christians need to consider what he says.
If it is difficult to know what a Christian political position is, how can Christians know what their political involvement should be? There are several guidelines a Christian can follow.

  1. NOT TO BE INVOLVED IS TO BE INVOLVED. Not to take a stand is to take a stand. When
    we look back at history, we see that those who weren’t for the abolition of slavery were
    contributing to its existence. Those Catholics and Lutherans in Germany who didn’t speak up against Hitler were, in a sense, supporting him. They weren’t taking a stand when a stand was needed.
    Sometimes Christians will say they don’t want to be involved politically, but they are really
    saying they don’t care about the current political issues. Some Christians who today make
    fighting abortion their main cause once said it was sinful for Christians to be in politics. Once they thought there was no cause worthy of the risk of being tainted by politics; now they have found an issue.
  2. POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE THE PRIME ACTIVITY OF THE CHURCH. Politics does not preach the kingdom of God. Politics does not fulfil the will of God. It does not save souls. It is simply a modest act that works against selfishness and violence.
    In preaching God’s kingdom, Christians try to create a space for the presence of God in the
    world. In political involvement, Christians try to hold God’s plumb line to the world (Amos 7:7-9). We do this even though in holding the plumb line, our hands are shaky and our perspective is distorted. God has called us to be salt and light in the world, and this is our duty.
  3. LOVE GOD AND ACT REASONABLY. In deciding what stand to take, Christians should let
    their love for God by their filter. Beyond that, they should act reasonably. They won’t choose
    the right stand all the time, but that is a risk they have to take.
    Politics seeks to minimize violence. It works to assure that no one person or organization has a disproportionate amount of control. But working together for good can never be done without compromise. To compel attention and gather votes, Christians must make coalitions. To make coalitions, Christians must make compromises. When it comes to politics, no Christian is pure.


Christians need to be involved in politics, but we must remember not to confuse politics with bringing in the kingdom. The proclamation of the kingdom influences political action, but political action is not the centre of the kingdom.
ADVICE TO VOTERS BY JOHN WESLEY AS RECORDED IN HIS JOURNAL OF OCTOBER 3, 1774:

  1. Vote, without a fee or reward, but for the person, we judge most worthy.
  2. Speak no evil of the person we voted against.
  3. Take care our spirits are not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.
    Source: Culled from the book “Practical Christianity” – The Down to Earth Guide to Heavenly Living.

TELL OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter one. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me..” –Colossians 1:28-29(NLT) 

The word ‘perfect’ means ‘mature or complete,’ not ‘flawless.’ Paul wanted to see each believer mature spiritually. Like Paul, we must work wholeheartedly like an athlete, but we should not strive in our own strength alone. We have the power of God’s Spirit working in us. We can learn and grow daily, motivated by love and not fear or pride, knowing that God gives the energy to become mature.

Christ’s message is for everyone; so everywhere Paul and Timothy went, they brought the Good News to all who would listen. An effective presentation of the Good News includes warning and teaching. The warning is that without Christ, people are doomed to eternal separation from God. The teaching is that salvation is available through faith in Christ. As Christ works in you, tell others about Him, warning and teaching them in love. 

Whom do you know that needs to hear this message?

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