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The ladies met Thursday morning for prayer and Bible study. They are following a Bible Study by Stormie Omartian on “The Power of a Praying Life.”
The Jubilee Singers sang a special song Sunday morning. Dan Stillings accompanied the singing with his guitar. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message he called, “Seven Philippians ‘Be’attidudes.”
In the Letter to the Philippians, they were told to “Be sincere.” Christians are not to be hypocritical. There was once a practice among non-ethical sculptors to use wax to hide their errors in fashioning a marble statue. The wax could be formed to replace a missing piece and might not be noticed until sunlight caused the wax to melt. Hypocrites may appear to be genuine, but when they go through the fires of testing the error will be revealed. Somebody might say, if you are a Christian, act like it, but if you are a true Christian, it won’t be an act.
“Be likeminded.” To be properly “like minded” each one must always be drawing closer to the mind of Christ. That means reading and agreeing with what the Bible says about Jesus, what he said, what he taught.
“Be blameless.” Being human, you will have faults. There is no one perfect, but if you knowingly, purposely choose to do wrong then you are to blame.
“Beware.” Pay attention. The Bible says that we should not walk close to, take advice from, and sit down with people who are double minded or immoral, dishonest, destructive, mockers of godliness.
“Be found in him.” Don’t glory in your own greatness. You are not going to heaven, because of your goodness, but because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. You could not be “good enough” to “pay yourself out of Hell,” but Jesus paid the sin debt for us. It is not according to your goodness, but the mercy and grace of God.
“Be followers.” You were told to “mark” the ungodly, but you should also “mark” godly men and women. Paul served as an example for Christians. They could be followers of Paul, because Paul was a faithful follower of Jesus.
“Be careful for nothing.” We are to walk in faith. Doubt and worry will wear you down, but you need not be burdened by the world. Yes, we all have trials, but God uses these to prove his faithfulness. We can live by faith by relying on prayer and supplication. Nothing comes without God’s permission. If God allows it to happen, he has a purpose. We may not understand until we get to the other side, but God does not owe us an explanation. We can stop worrying and start praying and praising God for the good that we know will come out of the trial.