Friday, November 24, 2006

About Time to Post

I apologize to my faithful readers, I have been involved in a discussion forum rather intensively and I am assuming a deeper commitment there from here on as Head Moderator. Please come and check out our many discussions and the sometimes painful learning process of interpersonal relationships in things pertaining to the Christian life from a Christian Anabaptist view point. We welcome all individuals regardless of Christian affiliation. You can go here and access the site.
As I said, there are many learning experiences to be gained in participating in such sites, some are pleasant and some are not so pleasant, but then so it is with life. We are challenged at many turns in our lives with choices which will set us on paths that may bring joy or grief; hopefully, we learn from both sides of that experience.
The Christian life is not a cut and dried existence. Salvation in Jesus Christ is a dynamic work in progress as the Holy Spirit abides within us and empowers us in the work of sharing God's Kingdom and the call to salvation within the lives of those around us. We bring nothing to God when we come to Christ, only our desire to worship and serve Him as the Spirit of God directs us. Christ said, "ye can do nothing without me." In and of our own strength we are unable to please God nor do anything toward our salvation. However, as we yield to the calling of God's Spirit by the hearing of the Word of God, we can choose to believe in God. For we must come to Him believing that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that seek Him, Hebrews 11:6. We come through the Door of His Son (John 10:9) who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) the only One to which we can come and be able to stand before the Father and find acceptance by Him.
Salvation is at first a personal and individual experience. The relationship is one we maintain by abiding in the Person who is our Lord in life and the personification of our Salvation, Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God (John 15:1-11). Faith is the straight and narrow path of abiding in God, and is available by the Grace of our Father in accepting His Son's atonement for our sins. Ephesians 2:9-10. We live life by the power of God and enter into the joys of fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ, in the power and direction of the Holy Spirit which brings us life eternal. Beyond this individual experience is a relationship in the Church, the living Body of which Christ is the Head. We are lively stones which God uses to construct the Church of Jesus Christ. Coming together, in many ways, we fellowship with one another and worship our Lord and God. Such is the nature of our individual local church fellowships which we each attend. So too, are sites like Menno Discuss where thoughts and ideas are shared on the many issues of understanding Scripture and living according to its precepts and commandments.
I hope to return on a more regular schedule of posting. Thank you for your patience in my absence. I hope to bring a few pearls from our Forum and share them here as I am able.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day before our God, and look forward to the rememberance of the birth in His Son soon. God be with all who seek salvation in faith through our Lord Jesus Christ by the Abundant Grace of Almighty God.