The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

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06/22/2010

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"Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, 'I am not the Christ'" (John 1:19-20).

Sometimes in the early hours of the morning, I cruise through the channels and it falls upon a sermon from some big-time preacher from one of the "mega-churches..I guess that there is a place for churches of all sizes, but I am sometimes stuck by the often glitzy approach that some take. Please understand, this is not an indictment, but rather an observation. In our Bibles, we find that God has more than often chosen to work His will through quiet, godly people. People that do not always attract attention to themselves, or come with some sort of pedigree. The Bible says that Noah was "a just man, perfect in his generations." Noah was not a high powered politician or military leader. He was simply a just man, and that was good enough for God to do mighty things through him. Then there's John the Baptist of the New Testament. Luke describes his parents, Zacharias and Elizabeth this way; "Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly" (1:6). They were just average people. Today, they might be the people who attend all the services with their kids. They would be those who hold down jobs, love their children, and pay their bills and are good neighbors. They are probably not looking for their 15 minutes of fame, but rather just want to contribute and do their part.

John the Baptist was the same sort of unassuming person. He certainly didn't go in for fancy clothes or eat at the posh restaurants. But his job was clear to him and his message was a powerful one. His job was to "pave the way" for Jesus. "I am the voice of the one calling in the desert, Make straight the way for the Lord....but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of who's sandals I am not worthy to untie" (John 1:23 & 27). Even though John had a great following, he knew his role and played it perfectly. The Lord's kingdom needs alls the "regular" folks it can get. People who are just willing to do their part, and give the credit to the Lord. John wanted to decrease so that Jesus could increase. The church is not all about personal glory or self-acclaim. The message of truth is still the same...It's about faith, repentance, and the forgiveness of sins. What better people to proclaim it than average folks........ like us...

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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