Mar 9 – Preach the Word

Preach the Word;
be prepared in season and out of season; 
correct, rebuke and encourage –
with great patience and careful instruction.    ~~2 Timothy 4:2

Quotations from Christianity Today Reflections of March 5, 2007.

“THERE IS GOOD biblical evidence that God not only suffered in Christ, but that God in Christ suffers with his people still. … It is wonderful that we may share in Christ’s sufferings; it is more wonderful still that he shares in ours.”  John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ

“UNLESS GOD is on the balance and throws his weight as a counterbalance, we shall sink to the bottom of the scale. If it is not true that God died for us, but only a man died, we are lost. But if God’s death and God lie dead in the opposite scale, then his side goes down and we go upward like a light or empty pan. But he could not have sat in the pan unless he became a man like us, so that it could be said: God dead, God’s passion, God’s blood, God’s death.”      Martin Luther, quoted in the Formula of Concord

“GOD not only participates in our suffering, but also makes our suffering into his own and takes death into his life.”     Jurgen Moltmann, in Theology Today

Christ came at the right time, God’s time.  He lived for 30 years preparing for his season to preach, teach, encourage and demonstrate.  Then he gave his life so that we might live.  If we do not take this time that He has given us to preach, teach, encourage and demonstrate what would it have been for?  Stop standing on the sideline, step out and use your gifts and show the love of Christ to others.

Published by: Seekers of Christ, Let's Pray

Let me tell you who I'm not. I'm not a Pastor or trained religious scholar. I have no degrees that declare me qualified; I have a God who makes it so. So, how can I write about Christ? How can I teach, preach, evangelize, share or testify? I am doing nothing more than answering a call from God. I am a woman of faith, a nobody, as a current song espouses, who wants to tell everybody about somebody. I want to share my personal insights into God and the Gospel, the Good New. I want to share the hope that is given to us and share the unbelievable gifts of grace, mercy and forgiveness that is given so freely with the birth, death, resurrection and acceptance of God's son, Jesus Christ.

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