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An Invitation From The King

Text: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
My elderly uncle, who I enjoy listening to as he relates stories of a very interesting life, tells of the time when he drove a bus for a famous singing group.
While traveling with one of three singing groups, a member of one of the groups decided to give his friend “the king,” a call. Elvis was doing a show in nearby Las Vegas and invited all of them to front row seats to his show. After the show, Elvis told them he had an entire upper floor rented and an all night banquet planned. They were invited to attend that as well.

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Hold Fast And Hold Forth

Ponder: The gospel of Christ – Life and Light
Scripture: “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life . . .” (Philippians 2:14-16a, NKJV).
Today’s Scripture is one of Paul’s trademark (enormously long!) sentences. Let’s narrow the focus to the last phrase: “holding fast the word of life.”On one occasion, when numerous disciples had become offended and were leaving Him, Jesus asked the twelve if they, too, wanted to go away. Peter perceptively replied, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

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Love Or Hate

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (I John 4:8).
The first commandment is to love God 100 percent. The second is to love our neighbor. Hatred of enemies is out. Jesus’ followers are to love and pray for everyone. Yet, there are so many people who wear the name of Christ and proudly demonstrate hatred of others.


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