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A PICTURE OF THE TRUE CHURCH PART 4

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  Romans 12:9-2 A twit I came across this week said “My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance, we’ll see about that”  What Paul writes in this chapter is very challenging,  even for the most veteran Christian.  Why? If we were honest with ourselves, we all agree that we all have people we don’t like.  And as Christians, we want to believe we could never dislike someone because that would contrary to the Christian life.  But as one theologian wrote we want to believe that is true but, “Like a phantom they haunt us when we’re fatigued or lonely or discouraged. It’s frustrating because we’ve presented ourselves as living sacrifices, yet the sinful actions of another person tempt us to crawl off the alter and get some much-deserved justice.”   See for us not to crawl off that alter we need to remain sacrificed.  To remain submitted to God’s way instead of following after what the world would do in that situation.  We must … submit and seek God for strength and wisdo

A PICTURE OF THE TRUE CHURCH PART THREE

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Romans 12:16-18 What Paul writes in chapter 12 is very important towards the spiritual health of the local church   Churches are like hospitals, full of wounded and sick people, but in the church the sickness is sin and the wounds are those we inflict upon ourselves and one another because of sin.  I think I know why! I came across this study that said….  Among evangelicals by belief, 66% say they use Facebook at least about once a day, including 49% who say they’re on several times a day.  Around 2 in 5 evangelicals (39%) watch a YouTube video at least about once a day.  Other social media apps and networks have fewer, but still significant numbers of daily evangelical users: Instagram (22%), Twitter (16%), Pinterest (12%), Snapchat (12%). These statistics are not problems in and of themselves.  Social media can be used to inform and challenge us as we continue in the Christian life.  Social media can be a place of gospel opportunities with those outside the covenant bles