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11/27/2017

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A Call To Steadfastness


"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work"  (2 Tim.3:16-17).

I chose the word steadfast to be a part of my title today. Since the word is not normally a part of our everyday jargon, lets see what Merriam Webster has to say about it... "Absolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering... Synonyms... loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable."  When folks decide to believe and obey Jesus into salvation, they do not get put into a cocoon or placed under a bubble, sheltered and safe from the world. Things like sensuality, apathy, pride and literally scores of sins cause many who are baptized into Christ to fall away. In the Parable Of The Sower, (Mk.4:4-20) Jesus puts out a warning to those who would become His followers. He said that some seed would fall on shallow soil. Some would hear the Word with joy but when threatened or harassed by non-believers, they would immediately fall away. Other seed would fall on thorny soil, and the cares of the world or the deceitfulness of riches would crowd out the Word... Jesus made it perfectly clear that being a Christian requires more than just a conversion; It would also require steadfastness.... It is against this backdrop that Peter writes his 2nd epistle. Its main thrust is to encourage Christians to continue steadfastly on the great journey they had begun. He offered his readers knowledge and reassurance to help them on their path to glory. He did that by helping us to resist the temptations that would draw us away. Our family of believers are also there to encourage us on our walk. William Golden wrote the words of the song "A Beautiful Life" in 1918. Its words reflect our part in the lives of fellow Christians... "Each day I'll do a golden deed, by helping those who are in need; My life on earth is but a span, and so I'll do the best I can.."    "While going down life's weary road. I'll try to lift some traveler's load; I'll try to turn the night to day, make flowers bloom along the way...."  I think I'll be singing this song all day long....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.....    Love                             mark                               Phil.4:11

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