The Distinctiveness Of The Church
The church is distinctive in its design and very nature. In order to live up to its identity, the church must maintain its distinctiveness.
The Uncertainty Of This World
This World is an uncertain place, and life herein is equally uncertain. History is filled with examples of such uncertainty. Many people would take security in the supposed sovereignty of their country. But the geographic landscape of this world is always in a state of continual flux. In its day the Assyrian empire was mighty, but it no longer exists. Egypt was once a powerful, conquering nation but ceased to be so many hundreds of years ago. The Babylonian empire was sweeping in its conquests, but its reign of power was comparatively brief. The Persian empire was even more impressive in its might, but its status as an empire ceased long ago. The Greek empire under Alexander was like no other before it. Long since gone. The Roman empire far surpassed all of those previous to it, including that of the Greeks. It crumbled well over one thousand years ago.
The Power To Face Life
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians he instructed them as to where to find the power to face and deal with life successfully (Phlp. 4:11-13). The lesson within that text is equally important for us today.
Is Almost OK?
Is it OK to be almost the winner in a contest, almost right on a question of facts, almostsuccessful in an endeavor undertaken, almost safe and secure in the face of potential danger? In most cases we’d quickly acknowledge that almost is not OK.
Gary L. Hutchens