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Life Is Brief, Prepare For Eternity

“For the living know that they shall die. . .” (Ecclesiastes 9:5)
 
Death is one of the most prevalent events of life. It is an event that is both certain and uncertain.
Its certainty is summed up by the writer of Hebrews when he tells us that “it is appointed unto man
to die (9:27). Its uncertainty centers around the fact that no one knows when or how it will happen, whether by disease, illness, accident or a body that has simply worn out from old age.

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Being a Christian Is A Struggle Until

“For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do
not want” (Romans 7:19).
 
It is a struggle that tears us apart. We want to change and become more like Jesus.
It should be easy to change, right? We have been buried in baptism into Jesus’
death and resurrected into a new life. Our sinful nature was crucified with Him,
and we are freed from sin (Romans 6:3-7). Yet we struggle.
 
We struggle caught between two worlds. We are used to pleasing ourselves,
and that definitely feels good. We lie to make ourselves look better or to avoid
admitting our sins. We indulge our pleasures by over drinking, over eating, being
sexually active physically and/or in our minds outside of marriage, and wasting time
by being entertained.In Kipling’s poem, “The ‘eathen” we see a young recruit and his development into a soldier. We understand that in any work place or the military a time of learning and maturing is necessary.
 
For many of us who have become Christians, we find that while we know right from
wrong we still struggle with giving into temptation. We struggle to become Christ-like
and fail. It is only when we examine Jesus closely through the Scriptures and learn
from Him that we begin to change. Like Kipling’s young recruit who reaches a point,
“Till ‘e finds ‘isself one mornin’ with a full an’ proper kit.”
 
There is a time when we grow in an image of Jesus that it becomes easier and not
a struggle. Look at Matthew 25:31-46. The ones whom Jesus welcomed were the
ones who demonstrated love for others and did not think what they were doing
was special. It had become their nature. Do not forget that while our struggles
lighten in some areas, that our enemy will hit us from another direction.

Song: “Living for Jesus”

Father, as we read Your word and observe spiritually mature brethren, open
our eyes to see Jesus and to learn to be like our Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

es_witt_504@yahoo.com

http://avoicecryingontheinternet.weebly.com



Are You A Bond-servant?

“Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel
of God” (Romans 1:1).
 
Paul and other writers of the New Testament considered themselves bond-servants
of the Lord. When Jesus walked the earth, He was a bond-servant (Philippians 2:7).
What exactly is a bond-servant? In Vine and other sources, there is no difference
between slave and bond-servant. The original word “doulos” can be translated
either way.

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