August 2016

ChurchDear Members and Friends;

Matthew 7:24-27 says; “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell – and great was its fall.”

A Life Worthy of Reward:

The head of my seminary once made the comment that building anything worthwhile requires a firm foundation: a chicken coop may not need much of a base, but a skyscraper must be constructed upon tons of buried steel and concrete. Jesus Christ is the strongest and steadiest foundation upon which a life can be built. 

Think Of Your Life As A Skyscraper. In Order To Be A Wise Builder …

Apply the Word of God. Believers build a lasting spiritual structure through study and application of Scripture. The Lord’s principles and commandments are the blueprint for a victorious Christian life.

Give sacrificially, forgive willingly and love extravagantly. (Acts 2:45; Eph. 4:32; 1 Peter 1:22)  Pride and selfishness have no place in this edifice.  Using these things a construction materials results in a teetering shack that is susceptible to fire.  (1 Cor. 3:13)

Use your gifts to glorify the Lord.  The Holy Spirit has equipped every believer to serve the Lord.  We cannot afford to be lazy or fearful because we have only a few years to work for Him on this earth.

Share the Gospel.  Telling others about Jesus Christ is the greatest service that we can offer to God and to our fellow man.  The Lord Himself has called us to this task.  (Matt. 28:19)

May we always be faithful to the Lord, each other and the church.

Faithfully Yours,

Merrill  

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