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February 2019

Get to Know the Father Through the Son

As we finish our series on relationships I want to look at the most important relationship that each one of us should have. A relationship with God. There isn't another relationship as important as that relationship. If we have a relationship with God then all our other relationships tend to be better. So the question then arises, "How do I have a relationship with God?"

I remember when we moved to the Columbus area, I didn't know anyone here. The way that I became familiar with people was through my sons. I signed them up for baseball and football. I volunteered to coach or help coach, and through that experience I met many people. I now have friendships or relationships with other dad's in the community through their sons.

We can have a relationship with God if we have a relationship with His Son. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 Our relationship with God is dependent on us having a relationship with Jesus Christ. That relationship begins by reading the Bible, and through prayer. If you don't know the Son you can't get to know the Father. This Sunday I urge you to find a church that preaches the Word, and that can introduce you to God's Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor Paul Cook



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Choose your friends wisely

We are continuing February looking at relationships. This week I want to look at our relationship with those outside of our families, which brings us to the question. Is it okay for Christians to have a relationship with non-Christians? To answer that question we have to look at what Paul wrote to the church in Corinth. "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?" 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
We all have people we know who are not Christian, and do not have the same beliefs that we have. Some are good people, so it is easy to be friends and to have a close relationship with them. Paul warns against this type of friendship or fellowship. Why? Paul warns against this type of fellowship because it can be easy to slip back into our old sinful lifestyle. People are easily influenced by those they are close too. We must continually guard against this.
However, as a Christian we need to witness to those old friends so that we may lead them into a relationship with Christ. How do you do that? By allowing others to see the change that has taken place in your life. Once you enter into a relationship with Christ your life should be different. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 This change or transformation should be noticeable, and your old friends should see a difference in your life. This will allow you to witness more effectively than just the words you may speak. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
Pastor Paul Cook


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Marriage Relationship is God Ordained

God created man for His fellowship, but soon realized that the man He had created needed someone to make him whole. The bible say's in Genesis chapter 2 that God took a rib from the man and made a woman. This was the beginning of a unique relationship between a man and woman. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
 
The relationship between a husband and a wife can be challenging, but also very rewarding. Some studies show that people who are happily married actually live longer than people who are single or divorced. A happy marriage requires love, and a commitment to work through the difficulties that your marriage is bound to face. Couples that pray and worship together, I believe, stand a greater chance of surviving. Commit this week to your relationship with your spouse, and may God bless you and your marriage!
 
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Make Children a Priority

With the first month of 2019 in the books we begin February looking at relationships. As adults we are busy, and we are pulled in many different directions. Sometimes we just need to slow down, and take a moment to work on our relationship with others. One relationship that sometimes gets ignored is the relationship between a parent and a child. Our children need to be higher on our priority list. Unfortunately, we sometimes let them fall down the list and allow work and other activities to take a higher priority in our lives. As parents we have an obligation to care for and love our children and to spend time with them. Parents in Jesus day understood the importance of bringing their children to Him.
 
"Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." And He took them up in His arms, laid Hishands on them, and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16

Whether it is with Jesus feeding the five thousand through the help of a young boy, or Jesus as we see in this passage encouraging the children to come to him, it is evident that Jesus loved children. It is important that we bring our children to Christ today maybe more so than any other time in history. As a parent our relationship with our children is greatly improved when Christ is in the center of that relationship. Show your love for your children this week by taking them to church and introducing them to Jesus.
 
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