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The National Day of Prayer is being observed in the nation's capitol from 9 till noon today. Family Life's Sarah Harnisch attended services today at the Almond Union of Churches in Almond, New York. Steve Dygert is the pastor.
Suffering is part of the Christian's life. It is a part of our union with Christ in the He suffers with the Church and believers when they suffer but also that we suffer with others in that union. Suffering is very much a part of our union with Christ and it extends in both directions.
One of the most foundational matters for understanding biblical Christianity is the relationship of the physical to the spiritual. Scripture teaches that since God is Creator and Redeemer he created a physical world that is inherently, or in its essential nature, spiritual. God as Creator is truly distinct from, yet not disconnected from his creation. He is certainly not dissolved into it so that we cannot speak in any meaningful sense about God without simply talking about the physical material realm. If we are to understand Jesus and his kingdom we must understand, at least in part, what his teaching and preaching had to do with his physical healing. Matthew 4:23-25 highlights these points, and along with some other passages in the Gospels helps us to understand that the very reason why Jesus was so popular became the very reason why he became so unpopular--he would not allow people to play the spiritual off against the physical.
There is a real spiritual union between Jesus and his covenant children, the true Church. The apostle Paul explains in various places--Romans 6, Ephesians 1 & 2 as well as Colossians 2 & 3--that what takes place with Jesus also takes place with all his true covenant children because they are united to him. This is the organic root of all that takes place from the beginning of the Christians salvation all the way to its final consummation that results in a glorified new body and soul in the New Heavens and New Earth. To live as the church and as individual Christians we must recognize that because we have been raised from the spiritual dead we not only will eventually be raised from the physical dead, but also have now resurrection power to live in increasing obedience to the Lord Jesus. This only takes place, according to Paul in Colossians 3:1-11, as we think according to right doctrine and fulfill our relational duties.
Since God in his mercy has saved his people from sin to serve him by uniting them to Jesus through faith in Jesus, he has united them to one another. The true church is comprised of individual Christians who have a real spiritual union with one another. This union has profound iimplications for their relationships to each other. Paul's words in Romans 12:3 to 8 help us in identifying a true congregation of the church of the Lord Jesus and what it means to live as a Christian. The true Christian recognizes his or her obligation to serve with the gifts God has granted to him or her, not so that he or she feels fulfilled or appreciated on his or her terms, but rather, so that God is glorified and God's people edified. Jesus, as the one who came not to be served but to serve is both our example and enabling power through his sacrifical service culminating in his death and glorious resurrection.
There are changes happening in one of the largest teachers unions in the country. The National Education Association, faced with declining membership and diminished revenues, is shifting its focus from being a powerful national lobbying group to more of an education-oriented local partner in education. Ironically, the problems the NEA is facing have been largely caused by their own unwillingness to work cooperatively with local school districts, resulting in financial cutbacks and teacher layoffs. There is reason for cautious optimism that the union is finally “getting the message” and seeking to work with school administrators rather than pursuing its own agenda. www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org and www.fln.org/media.
Gal 4:4-7 describes one of the 5 Pauline Adoption texts. Redemptive Historically speaking, this is the middle text and it sets forth Christ's Incarnation. God sent Jesus the Son for our Adoption and God sent the Holy Spirit for our Union
When Christ went to the cross in our place, He not only died for our sins, but also made possible a glorious exchange; His life for our life. Essentially, the death of Christ for us was to put the life of Christ in us; and this life is available to every believer right now. We need only access His life so that He can be the animating power of our personality. This life is evidenced in the new man, the new union and the new victory we have in Christ.
You have NEVER heard a 4th of July message like this one. Listen and be blessed as Pastor Radcliff continues in his social justice series entitled, 'Fight The Power'. In this particular message, Pastor Radcliff handed out copies of the Declaration of Independence and used the prophet Amos to dissect this historic document and to speak to the state of our society today.