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So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, "We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do." - Luke 17:10

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Means of Grace
Here is our new verse of the month:
Hebrews 12:1
Therefore we also, 
since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, 
let us lay aside every weight, 
and the sin which so easily ensnares us, 
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us . . .
Hebrews 12:1

I am so thankful that so many of you learned, from January through March, three of the most important verses in the New Testament when it comes to the life of Christ's church, a "Life Together" as a covenant family, not as a commercial, social or special interest group. 

Hebrews 11:23-25
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
And let us consider one another,
in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some,
but exhorting one another,
and so much the more,
as you see the day approaching.
Hebrews 11:23-25

We are Christ's family, and we are made such by the confession of our hope, children of God born, "not of natural descent, nor of human decision, or a husband's will, but born of God" (John 1:13).

I encourage you to gather as a family to read and study the Bible on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  Many are lonely and isolated in our society, and even in the Christian community.  It behooves us to avail ourselves not only of Sunday morning worship, but also Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday evening services at 6:00 p.m.    

If we will not take care to . . . assemble ourselves together when we have ample opportunity to do so, if we do not use the means of grace as appointed by God . . . 

. . . .in public worship on the Sabbath Day (Luke 4:16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.), 
. . . in corporate prayer (Act 1:14  These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers), 
. . . in intentional Bible study together (Acts 17:11  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

. . . why should we wonder if we are not growing, or not happy, or do not feel  "connected".  Here are the appointed means of connection:  use them!

On another subject, there are occasional times of gathering which you may or may not find to be a blessing in your life, but I can assure you, these are times that God has used to bless others ! Whole families  have come into our congregation through something as simple as a game night . . .  Back in spring of 2010, God used a game  night brought a brother to us, a brother who is now introducing many of his family to us here at RRPC.  This one coming up is on Friday, April 12 at 7 pm.  Bring some games along, and if you like, bring a simple snack to share . . . and bring the love of Christ with you.

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Redeemer Reformed Presbyterian Church
548 Luzerne Road * Queensbury * NY * 12804 * 518-798-9794