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Pastor's Word

March 2019

Christian Character

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
 
Christian character is not mere moral or legal correctness, but the possession and manifestation of nine graces. Character as an inward state is revealed in the believer through love, joy, and peace. The outward expression of a Christians character toward our fellow man is longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness. Christian character toward God is expressed through faith, meekness, and temperance.
 
Putting these characteristics together they present a moral portrait of Christ, and may be taken as the apostle's explanation of Galatians 2:20 "not I, but Christ." These characteristics are possible because of the vital union a believer has with Christ; and is wholly the fruit of the Spirit in those who are yielded to Him.
 
Pastor Paul Cook


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Encouragement and Warning

The Bible is a wonderful book of encouragement and it's also a book to be revered. With all the troubles we face as a Christian people it's nice to open the Bible to passages of encouragement and hope. This week as I was reading in Revelation I read a passage that I've read many times, but it was a passage that I needed to read again as it encourages me to continue to be faithful to the Lord. John wrote " And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:6-7
 
Continuing in this passage there are words of warning. As Paul Harvey used to say "And now the rest of the story." John goes on to warn against unbelief and wrong living. The society we live in as Christians has become increasingly immoral in nature, and the things that were once frowned upon have become the norm. We must turn from all wickedness or face the consequences. "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Revelation 21:8 We as Christians need to share both the "Good News" of the Gospel, but we also must give warning so that nobody perishes.
 
 
Pastor Paul Cook
 


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Guard Your Heart

In each one of us there is a physical heart and a spiritual heart, and the two are parallel. Physically speaking, the heart is the most important bodily organ. When the heart becomes sick we experience physical death. Spiritually speaking the heart is the most important aspect of the spiritual body. When the spiritual heart becomes sick we experience spiritual death or seperation from God.

There are many conditions of the heart, some are positive, some are negative. Proverbs 4:23 "Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." This means that we should guard our hearts like a soldier guards a city to keep out invaders. The enemy will attack, and we must stand ready. The Bible tells us that the enemy has come "to kill, steal, and destroy." Understanding the condition of your spiritual heart is important because there are a lot of things in our hearts that should not be there.

The heart attitude is a major issue for many believers. It is not the lack of ability or potential that prevents most people from making progress and enjoying fulfillment in life; it is the wrong condition of the heart; it is the wrong heart attitude.

 

Pastor Paul Cook



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Controlling our Thoughts

Our mind or our thoughts often times become our own worst enemy. When we allow ourselves to think or dwell on things we shouldn't we open the door to possible sinful actions? We can also allow ourselves to become depressed or worried about things beyond our control. I've heard it said that worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. It's something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere. When given too much time to think we or at least I can get myself into trouble. I have to stay busy doing something, idle hands are the devils workshop I've heard said. I would go further and say that idle minds are the devils playground. How do we control our thoughts?
Paul wrote "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8 We need to meditate or think about things that are of value to ourselves. Good and pure thoughts lead to a good and pure lives. This Sunday I would ask that you find a church that can feed your mind with good edifying thoughts.
Pastor Paul Cook


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