Posts made in July, 2007

Sharing in the Sufferings of Christ: Part 1

Posted by on Jul 8, 2007 in Rev. Serven

Text: 1 Peter 4:12 Nobody really enjoys suffering. Perhaps there are some wicked and perverse individuals who take delight in the sufferings of others, but even they do not like to personally suffer in their own body. The Apostle Peter, however, speaks of a radical new way of approaching suffering in this life when he actually urges his readers to be joyful about their sufferings! Let me qualify this by pointing out that Peter does not endorse suffering in general as a way to have a great time. Instead, he says that to the degree you share in the sufferings of Christ you should be joyful....

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The Lord is Our Helper

Posted by on Jul 1, 2007 in Rev. Serven

Text: Psalm 40 How does the Lord go about helping his people? It has already been stated that the Lord helps his people in many ways that they don’t fully appreciate. Most importantly, the Lord helps us by bringing about our eternal salvation. We didn’t merit his favor by our good works, we didn’t deserve it because of our personal background, and we didn’t assist in bringing it about through our human efforts or individual decision. Paul speaks directly to this truth in Romans 9:14-16 where he says, “What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to...

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