Saturday, December 24, 2005

A Most Blessed Christmas to All

I would like to take this time to offer my greetings to all for a most wonderful and blessed Christmas, and for a joyous New Year in 2006. I also want to offer a New Years resolution on my part to post more often. I want to get back to the earlier format of looking into God's Word, but continue to include the needs of those that I know or hear about that need our prayers and support; such as the Schrock family I have posted on since early November. Thank you all for your prayers for this family and for all you bloggers that carried the story out to your readers. May God bless you for your caring and sharing in Jeff and Carolyn's loss and grief.
A true evangelical faith moves in whatever way it can to meet another's need whether a spiritual need or for needs of the body. Service to others must operate in parallel to our witness of Christ; it starts at home, goes into Samaria, and on to the uttermost part of the earth. I believe the witness of the gospel of Christ carries with it this action of love to meet as many needs as possible while being God's hands and feet among the lost we seek in the name of Christ. The Epistle of James points out this reality quite well:
Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (NKJV)
As a Christian, I believe I am brother to all men and women and commanded to obey Christ's Word, "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31. Also this from the Apostle Paul:
Ro 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NKJV)
May God continue to bless us as we faithfully serve our Lord Jesus Christ; once the babe of the manger, but now and forever Immanuel, God with us; the One that came to live among us and to die for us as the Lamb of God so that we might truly live forever. Alleluia, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! REJOICE, AND AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE!
Yours in Christ, Truthseeker.


Friday, December 16, 2005

Rejoice with the Schrocks

Jeff and Carolyn Schrock welcomed their sixth child, fourth daughter into the world yesterday afternoon. Her name: Jolene Marie Schrock.

After the heart break of this family losing all of their children they now have their sixth child, rejoice with them. I will update this as I gain more information.