Flying High with God
It had been almost 18 years since I last flew on an airplane, and that was for a vacation with my wife and two young boys. I didn't realize it had been so long. My employer was sending me to the east coast on a business trip. I didn't look forward to it. It was for training, which meant concentration and hard work.
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Building Christ's Kingdom

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The Kingdom - Where Christ rules and reigns.

The Kingdom has become an expression we often use when we do something good. "I'm helping to build the Kingdom." Some would argue that Christ rules and reigns everywhere. There is some validity to that, but He gave us a responsibility to take the Gospel message to a lost and dying world. It is His desire to rule and reign in the hearts and minds of men.

So how can we help build Christ's Kingdom? The obvious answer is obedience. But obedience to what? To the Law of Moses? No that is legalism. It is obedience to the commands of Christ. Jesus said,"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." - Matthew 11:29 (NKJV) Do we really believe that? Some of the primary commands of Christ are found in what we call the great commission. Jesus said,"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations" - Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

What is a disciple? Disciple means "learner" or "follower." Leading someone to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ is only the first step. They must truly follow Him. To do that they must learn about Him. Jesus said, "Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." We are to die to oneself. We are to set aside our worldly ambitions and learn about Jesus, the God-Man. Are you willing to do that? If so, then you can help build the Kingdom of Christ! Please check out our Resources section.

Sadly many today want their church like fastfood, but a steady diet of sermonettes will only produce Christianettes. That is not the way to turn the world upside down. If you notice the picture on the right, it is of a village or "city" built on the side of cliff. The Anasazi or Ancient Puebloans of Mesa Verde built it almost a thousand years ago. What was their purpose - survival. Men will do a lot to hang on to life as they know it, even if it is hard and difficult. Christ offers men a new life. One that will last for an eternity. It is a life of freedom from sin and dealth and hell. It is the opportunity to spend eternity with a God that loves us more than we could ever love anyone else.

Fighting the Good Fight

Near the end of the Apostle Paul's life he wrote, "I have fought the good fight" - 2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV). The question is will we be able to say or do the same? How can we fight the good fight? Some might answer quickly, "preach the Gospel both in season and out of season" - 2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV). But, maybe there is more to it. God has given a variety of gifts to a myriad of different people. One of the keys is "different." People are different and they bring different thoughts, ideas, and perspectives to the table. Our varied backgrounds, personalities, spheres of influence and seasons of life make each of us uniquely qualified in some way to fight the good fight.

Someone might accuse me of having a particular ax to grind - and I would have to plead guilty. Mine is that salvation is by grace, through faith, in Christ alone - apart from works. This most likely goes back to my being raised in a religious "works - righteousness" system that did not teach that truth. Certainly Jesus was a part of that system. But, that was the problem, He was only a part - the rest depended upon my "righteous" living. Which was a definite recipe for failure. I was on the broad road to destruction and all the while I believed I was on my way to heaven. That is the plight of countless millions today.

To fight the good fight we need to get the truth of the Gospel out to those that haven't heard. However, even Paul noted that some people planted, others watered and still others harvested. That being the case, where do you fit in? Are you planting? Are you watering? Are you harvesting? We might be called to do all three of those things at different times. Even if you are a pacifist, you need to be involved in fighting the good fight. Please check out our Services section.

- David E. Thiele

 

 

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