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Appreciate Christ

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R eceiving Christ in your life as Savior is the best thing that could happen to you. However, there are many who are miserable and unhappy in their walk with Christ. This is due largely in part to personal comfort and conveniences. Many are unappreciative of their salvation because life is not going how they would like for it to go. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Psalms 1:1 (KJV) God gives us all things to enjoy freely. However, the joy and happiness of the Christian should not rest in material possessions and worldly gain. Joy and happiness should be founded upon the Christian’s deliverance from a life of sin and the bondages that come with it. In Psalm 1, the writer tells us that blessed or happy is the man who does righteousness. When you do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand (live) in the way of sinners, this should fuel your happiness. When you are able to

The Hallmark of a Disciple

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  J esus came into the world to save man from sin. Biblical history reveals the continual rebellion and unrighteousness of men following the Fall. Yet, we see in the scriptures the love, patience, and mercy of God even upon those who refused to acknowledge Him. This “love legacy” of God culminated with Him sending His Son, Jesus. God loved the world, so He sent Christ. Christ loved the world, so He gave His life – giving all that receive Him the ability to stand before God in peace. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35 (KJV) All those that receive Christ are His disciples. A Christian’s discipleship is verified by LOVE. Love is the hallmark of the disciple. Those who receive Christ have been recipients of God’s love, grace, and mercy. This should fuel the Christian’s resolve to share the love that they have received. Although we carry God’s message to the world, Jesus stated that the disciple is known by his love for other dis

What are you Wearing?

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T oday, style and fashion are very important. When one wears the latest trends, he is considered with the times. Daily, men and women get up and dress themselves according to their lifestyle and likes. They dress in order to show others what they think of themselves and to get a response from those who see them – rather good or bad. In addition, many others dress according to their professions. You can know where they are employed by their uniforms. Waiters, waitresses, doctors, nurses, police officers, and the like all wear uniforms so that they are quickly identified. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Eph 4:24 (KJV) Since clothing is an important part of life, the  Christian has to understand that he also must be properly dressed. We have stated that certain professions have particular uniforms for easy identification. The same holds true for Christianity. The dress code is not revealed in outer clothing, but in the “spirit

What a Waste: Having a Profitable Mind

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Years ago, the United Negro College Fund implemented the slogan, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” as a way to increase awareness for education. Its sentiment is clear; a mind that does not expand and grow is a waste. This signifies that growth and transformation of the mind is essential to an individual’s progress in life. The same holds true in the Christian walk and experience. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 (KJV) Paul reminded his readers that they were to be transformed (into Christ’s image) by the renewing of their minds. Hence, we understand that our minds play an important role in our Christian journey. Though with the heart man believes, it is with the mind that man achieves renewal, growth, and maturity in Christ. You must ask yourself on today, “Am I letting my mind go to waste, spiritually?” When you do not allow your mind