Bulletin Message

There is an adage that says "Use it or lose it." It is used to express the observation that if we do not continue to practice a skill or ability, whether physical or mental, we might well lose that skill or ability.

If we do not continue with physical exercise, we will lose strength, stamina, and health. If we do not continue with mental exercise, we will lose cognitive ability in our later years. If we do not continue to practice speaking a second language, we will lose the ability to speak that language.

To "see" means to look on, to perceive, to know.
To "seek" means to go in search of, to go about inquiring of, to try to obtain.

Jesus sees all. Jesus also seeks:
Who will believe our report/testimony?
Who will enter in at the narrow gate that leads to life?
Who will lose his life for My sake and find it?
Who will humble themselves before God and follow Me?

When Lucifer was corrupted by pride, he made 5 "I will" statements: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:12-14).

In Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, and Heb 10:38 the Bible tells us, "The just (righteous, pleasing/acceptable to God) shall live (eternal life) by faith (trusting/believing what God has said)." Such faith is rational. All other faiths are irrational.

The Word of God tells us, "whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted," (Luke 14:11) and "we are the circumcision (of the heart), which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." (Phil 3:3). Regarding righteousness, Scripture declares, "Where is boasting then? It is excluded." (Rom 3:27)

Therefore, whereas self-confidence in the (evil) world is good, in the (good) kingdom of God, it is evil. The citizens of the kingdom of God have God-confidence!

What once was localized to Las Vegas has now spread across our nation. Legalized gambling. To gamble is to risk money or anything of value on the outcome of something involving chance, such as slot machines, dice games, Black Jack, horse races, Fantasy Football, NBA games, etc.

In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as lights in the world (Phil 2:15), we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; we are persecuted, but not forsaken; we are cast down, but not destroyed (2 Cor 4:8-9).

How do the children of God keep going?

An inheritance comes to a child from the father. Our Father in heaven’s inheritance is eternal life. How can we be pleasing to the Father that we can have eternal life?

Scripture tells us that our righteousness is like a filthy rag (Is 64:6). Scripture also tells us that the righteousness of God is revealed by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe (Rom 3:22, Rom 1:16-17, John 1:12-13).

“Childish” and Childlike”, although often used synonymously, are subtly different.

Childish refers to characteristics of a child that are not endearing, not pleasing, and not desirable. Characteristics like selfishness, temper tantrums, and whining. Spoiled brats, regardless of age, are childish.

Childlike refers to characteristics of a child that are endearing, pleasing, and desirable. Characteristics like innocence, honesty, and trusting. Children of God, regardless of age, are childlike (Matt 19:13-14).

Life is meaningful when you serve the Lord and others.

Life is miserable when you serve Self.


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