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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/31/2015

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Its God Calling


"But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those that God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Cor.1:23-24).

We certainly live in the ultimate communication world. Whether its a cyber trail or a paper one, we receive lots of "calls." Perhaps they are invitations to social events or just someone taking the time to say hi or give an opinion. On the negative side, maybe its one of those pesky telemarketers or a call to jury duty. Whatever the call, how we respond depends on the nature of it... God calls man, and it is the wise person that responds in a positive way. As the apostle Peter preached that first gospel sermon many years ago, this was included... "The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off ---- for all whom the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:39). When God calls, many are not ready, and may think that they are too busy for a life change. If we take a look at 1 Corinthians 1:1, we see that Paul was called to be an apostle. The physical life change was not easy for him because of his past life. There were those who saw him as a traitor and wanted him dead, but the spiritual aspect of that calling was too powerful for him to refuse. Paul had to make big sacrifices to answer the call... "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ..." (Phil.3:7). I find it interesting that he contrasts what he lost with what he gained in the next verse... "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ" We, more than likely will not have to suffer the way Paul did in answering his call, but the change in lifestyle might put off some people that we care for. In a world that is about instant communication, we should make no mistake... God calls....

Have a wonderful day... Make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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