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Published on August 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. “I want to welcome to our church two new members, called to join us by the will of God..” Will- -of- -God. “Will of God.”

    My name is Will. And so, by human happenstance, I heard my new God-given name: Will of God. Very Biblical. Jacob became Israel. Saul became Paul. A new name for a new man. Amen.

    At the time I found this humble beautiful church, or rather, God called me to offer myself to Him through His church, I was a new creation in Christ, having been drawn by the Father, into the loving merciful arms of His Son Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to put away the old man, and become a new Adam. I was , without doubt, humbly, mercifully, miraculously chosen to be saved. I hadn’t asked; in fact, I didn’t know it was necessary. After all, I had been baptized as an infant
    (and full triple immersion it was!) into an historical church that called itself the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.” Wasn’t my membership card valid everywhere? Even Heaven? Let’s leave that for another time…

    The point is…I’m starting a blog. Thanks for reading this far (anybody out there?). I was a cradle Orthodox (Big ‘O’) Christian, from Brooklyn, who somehow was led to Texas to get the message that God loves me and that He numbered me among the saved. Praise be to Jesus Christ forever and ever.

    Saved? Me?
    Worthy? Positively not!
    Wretched? Absolutely !
    Grateful? Eternally!

    Here’s my blogosophy:

    I blog to share the Gospel, the Good News, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

    I blog to declare that, for those foreordained, salvation is assured and cannot be lost. “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9)

    It is accomplished through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and demands from us a response. Not works, for works cannot earn us any credit toward salvation, but a response from the heart to God’s grace. Salvation is far more than an altar call, or a recitation of mere words. Salvation requires faith and true repentance, a complete change of the heart, and a turning away from sin. “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’”(Luke 3:8)

    I blog to affirm that our regeneration and sanctification are not of our own doing, but a gift of God, and represent not a closing event, but a new chapter in our lives. Our repentance is but the starting point for our lifelong process of sanctification. As Jesus prayed : “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” (John 17:18)

    I blog to share and receive encouragement through the fruits that are brought forth by those who love and obey and seek to know God. “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)

    I blog to open a forum for those who are misled by the false religions of our age, both those who worship false gods, and those who have twisted the Gospel and put man and self as the focus of our attention rather than the triune God of the Bible: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    I blog to give glory, honor and worship that is due our Creator. I give thanks to God for allowing us the freedom to believe in Him openly, to proclaim our faith without fear of persecution. I ask His guidance, strength, and wisdom to adhere to His Word, to discern the truth, and to show love as He loves us. “… if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11)

    In my first at bat in the world, I was a high school football coach. A big day for every athlete is the day you make the team and get your uniform. Here I stand, an athlete for Christ. God has saved me, put my name on His team roster, and handed me my uniform. I’m on His team!
    Now the new creation begins. Like a good team player, I dedicate myself to growing in my role as God ordains, obeying His rules, learning from my teammates, helping them when I can. I will wear my uniform proudly. I ask God’s help in explaining my uniform to prospective team members. When it is cheered I will ask humility. When it is soiled I will ask God’s mercy and grace to make it spotless. When it is mocked I will ask God to give me patience and courage.

    I open this blog and ask God’s blessing to bear fruit and bring glory and honor to Him, through the grace of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and in the communion of the Holy Spirit.

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