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Purpose

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Recently I had occasion to examine the statement of beliefs of one of our local churches. It attempted to be succinct, and wisely so. I felt that a good job had been done at summarizing the positional side of things.

Who is God? What is the Word of scripture? What is the Trinity? What did Jesus accomplish through His obedience and passion? What is the way of salvation? How does the Spirit help in sanctification, and in the bestowing of spiritual and ministry gifts? What is the baptism in the Spirit? What are the ordinances of believers' baptism and communion? What is the hope of the Second Coming? What are the consummate destinies of eternal blessing or doom?

I found myself asking how to address the motivational side of things. Get the faithful going in compassionate Christ-like endeavour. Show fruits meet for repentance.

I thought of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10). In this exchange between Jesus and a lawyer, I heard the Lord say two things:
1) How readest thou?
2)

Hillsong

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Just the two of us Lord
On this green country plot
Raised a little bit high o’er the rest.
And the breeze says you’re here
To decipher my thoughts.
Precious time that I treasure the best.
And the wildflowers wave
And the larks soar on high
And the cattle just low, “All is good.”
And the City’s rushed noise
Is forgotten a while
As I rest in your love, as I should.

He Beautifies the Meek

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Dr. S. M. Lockridge has given us the impressive recitation “That’s My King”. In so many ways in that piece he remarks on the glory of Jesus. He asks several times “Do you know Him today?”

Take a look at the video on our site Conversation Above.
https://sites.google.com/site/conversationabove/

One of the phrases points out that Jesus “beautifies the meek“. You know that person. He gives up his seat on the bus – probably has to ride the bus. Does the extra task at the workplace nobody else wants. Never has been heard to retaliate against abuse. Often just smiles when he is made the brunt of a joke. Appears consistently controlled and moderate.

Do not for a moment believe that the meek one is unmanly. Moses was called the meekest of men. Jesus described Himself as “meek and lowly”.

Psalm 37 says a delightful thing, a most appropriate thing:

The meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.