Updated: Jun 9, 2020

By Senior Pastor Jeff

Daily reading Ephesians 4

The Rehabilitation of the Church

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. . — Ephesians 4:13

In light of racial tensions and mass protesting the only unity we will find is in a spiritual rehabilitation. Spiritual rehabilitation means the putting back of the whole human race into the relationship God designed it to be in, and this is what Jesus Christ did when he paid for sin on the cross. The Church ceases to spiritually rehabilitate when it is looking to develop its own self. The rehabilitation of the human soul on Jesus Christ’s plan means the realization of Jesus Christ in corporate life as well as in individual life. Jesus sent apostles and teachers for this purpose — that the corporate personality might be realized. We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy spiritual retirement; we are here to realize Jesus Christ — that the Body of Christ may be built up. Am I building up the Body of Christ, or am I looking for my own personal development? The essential thing is my personal relationship to Jesus Christ — “That I may know Him.” To fulfil God’s design means entire abandonment to Him. Whenever I want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. It will be a big humiliation to realize that I have not been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ, but only about realizing what He has done for me. “My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.” Am I measuring my life by this standard or by something less?

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Updated: Jun 9, 2020

By Pastor Sherry Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3 & 4

2 Timothy 4:17-18 “ But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the gentiles might hear it? And I was delivered from the Lions mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly Kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever Amen......

Do you have the confidence that Apostle Paul has here? Have you been In situations where you felt the pressure of being in a Lions Mouth? Take heart my friend, I have been in that situation many times since becoming a Christian almost thirty three years ago. The Truths in this Scripture have come alive in me because of those trials, and can be in you also. At those times I learned to immediately look up and experience Him who saved me standing right with me. Jesus has always strengthened me and given me the Trust that I need to take my head out. Sometimes we may not see what He is doing in our situations, Just knowing He never sleeps or slumbers helps me to Know he’s working on it! He’s got it! We may experience pain, fear, heartache, loneliness and many other negative emotions, but absolutely knowing Jesus, who rescues us from all evil and in His time gives us beauty from ashes will help us live a victorious life on earth as well as when He takes us to our heavenly home.... Are you in the lions mouth now? Look up my friends, if you are in Him, He has you!

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

By Pastor Alex Bible Reading: 2 Timothy chapter 1 & 2 An overview of the book of 2 Timothy is included for additional understanding.

2 Timothy 2:3-4 "Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved with civilian affairs - He wants to please his commanding officer."

Just as a soldier is familiar with the pain and grueling toil of battle, a soldier of Christ experiences hardship and spiritual battle firsthand. All believers enter a spiritual battle, and this Christian life is no lighthearted game. Have you been feeling wearied by battles or hardships in life? God tells you and me to be strong in His grace, to endure. Imagine if soldiers began to run away when things got hard. How much more should we stand confidently knowing that by enduring through hardship God uses us to advance an eternal kingdom that cannot be shaken? When we are weary from the heat of battle, there is a temptation for us to turn to "civilian affairs," to cease from viewing our lives as part of God's mission and for His glory. We begin to say, "What is in all this for me?" Instead of consoling ourselves with a bit of the world, let this fast be an opportunity for you and me to be consoled by getting alone with our commanding officer, to hear His gentle authority as He renews the sense of His direction, call, and purpose, in our lives.

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